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With Portugal now off the UK Green List, Gibraltar is the only realistic travel option for anyone looking for a few days in the sun.

I am meant to be down there myself next week for a couple of days, to take a look at some of the options open to you.

With minimal notice, however, Gibraltar has placed added restrictions on visitors from the UK.

What has changed for visitors to Gibraltar?

At present, it is a very easy system.

You do not need any sort of test in the UK before you fly to Gibraltar. Instead, you take a free lateral flow test at the airport with the results texted to you within 60 minutes.

If you plan to return home within 72 hours, you can pay £30 to have the results of the free lateral flow test presented in a form that the UK Government will accept for your ‘fit to fly’ return test.

This means that the only tests required for a stay of 72 hours are:

  • the lateral flow test you take on arrival
  • the ‘Day 2’ PCR test you take back in the UK, which can actually be taken on Day 0, Day 1 or Day 2 and can potentially be taken in the Arrivals Hall of your returning airport if you are lucky

This changes on Sunday

From Sunday 13th June, unvaccinated travellers aged 12 or over (defined as anyone who has had fewer than two doses of the Pfizer or AZ vaccines) must show a negative test at the airport before they fly. The test result must also be uploaded into the Passenger Locator Form used by Gibraltar.

Any of the key tests are accepted – PCR, LAMP or high specification lateral flow – but it must be taken within 48 hours of departure.

If you have had both vaccinations, you do not need to do this. Instead, you must upload a ‘vaccination certificate’ into the Passenger Locator Form.

It is not yet clear if a screenshot from the NHS app will be acceptable proof of vaccination, as the Passenger Locator Form had not been updated at the time of writing. You may need to download the PDF certificate which is available via the app.

No time gap is required after your second vaccination. This is good news for me, because if I do travel as planned next week it will only be 9 days after my second jab. My second vaccination is already showing correctly in the NHS app so I should be good to go.

(For anyone who had the one-shot J&J vaccine, you do need to wait two weeks after vaccination before you will be allowed in without a test.)

This is getting a bit silly ….

If you are double vaccinated, this is not a lot of extra work, assuming that the NHS app is accepted as proof.

For everyone else, you may want to reconsider your trip.

After all, you will require:

  • a PCR, LAMP or high specification lateral flow test taken in the UK
  • a lateral flow test taken at Gibraltar airport
  • a 2nd lateral flow test taken at Gibraltar airport (assuming you are staying over 72 hours)
  • a PCR test taken on Day 0/1/2 of your return to the UK

…. in order to visit somewhere where the entire adult population has been offered vaccination.

I am still hoping that my trip goes ahead. There was virtually no hotel accommodation left when I booked a few days ago – my options are likely to have opened up, I think ….

You can find out more about the new restrictions on the Visit Gibraltar website here. Please double-check what I wrote above with the official wording, especially as it is liable to change, and change, and change ….

Comments (208)

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  • Steven says:

    Isn’t one of the problems that in the event of high winds, the Gib plane will divert to Spain (Malaga) which is obviously not green for COVID purposes. It’s never happened to us but a couple of times pilots have referred to it before landing. Or has our departure from the EU put an end to that?

    • Rob says:

      Still happens.

    • Anna says:

      Never happened to me either – I guess it would hinge on how long you were then in Gibraltar for and whether you ultimately departed GIB, and not AGP. If you were in GIB for 10? 14? days, presumably you’d be exempt from quarantine on arrival back in the UK.

      Another consideration would be that you might not be insured for the time you were in Spain, so you’d need to hope you didn’t need cover!

      Brexit doesn’t affect aviation safety – if you need to divert then you go to the nearest airport which can accommodate you, regardless of where it is.

      • mutley says:

        Gibraltar. It’s a dump, a lot of 1950’s style barrack blocks and old MQ’s. If anyone was transported from 1964 they would feel at home in the pubs there. When I was in the Navy the ships company ran out of things to do three days after docking.

    • David says:

      It’s not windspeed, it’s wind direction.There is a small wind direction angle when the run way can’t be used. Its very well understood. HOWEVER, it is very rare for this to be a problem in summer.
      Also, unlike in years previous, in the even of a Malaga divert they only very rarely coach people now, usually the aircraft will remain on the ground for 30mins, then depart Malaga and fly to Gib, in which case you have not left the aircraft, etc.

      I really would not worry about this right now.

  • Sam says:

    Hi, what is the meal service like from LCY to GIB in Club Europe on their E190s?

    Surely not just a box of cold plates? Any pictures from the passed two weeks worth of first flights?

    Also, any decent grog on the go?

    • Rob says:

      I was on it on Friday coming back. Cardboard box of cold items. Decent stuff, to be fair, but still served in a cardboard box. Champagne etc available.

      The joke is that the Heathrow flight I went out on had a full hot meal which was very good.

      If food is your concern, take Heathrow.

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