Gibraltar (British Overseas Territory)

Summary

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. There is no formal British consular representation in Gibraltar and the local authorities deal with all requests for consular assistance.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism in Gibraltar. Attacks could be indiscriminate including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travelers.

Local laws and customs

You should be aware that there is a low tolerance of any alcohol or drugs-related crime e.g. being drunk in a public place. Driving with a blood/ alcohol level greater than 0.5 ml is illegal.

Insurance

We recommend that you obtain comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for all the activities you want to undertake.

Import and Export of Goods

Gibraltar is not part of the EU Common Customs Territory.

The amount of goods (e.g. tobacco and alcohol) that you can take into and out of Gibraltar is therefore more limited than for visits between the UK and other EU countries, for example when bought tax-paid.

Exporting to Spain

You should declare any duty free goods to Spanish customs officers on leaving Gibraltar.

Money

Sterling is the currency in Gibraltar, and British notes and coins circulate alongside Gibraltar pounds and pence. (NB Gibraltar notes and coins are not accepted in UK and Scottish & Northern Irish notes are not accepted by most businesses in Gibraltar.) Euros are accepted but with an exchange rate (not necessarily favourable) and change normally given in Sterling.

UK debit cards and all major credit cards are readily accepted in Gibraltar.

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