The tiny nation state of Gibraltar is only four square miles in size, but packs a lot of personality into the small town and 426-metre high rock it calls home. A British Overseas Territory since 1713, Gibraltar delivers what most Brits wish they had at home: classic Full English breakfasts, red post boxes, afternoon tea and pints of London Pride, all with a side helping of sun, sea and sangria. Visitors feel at home while getting a taste of the exotic – boisterous macaque monkeys jostle for space on that infamous Rock, which boasts views across the water to Morocco.
Gibraltar has been put on the UK’s green list of countries, which comes into effect from May 17. Prior to this date, it is illegal to travel abroad from the UK for the purpose of a holiday.
Will I have to quarantine?
The government has set up a traffic light system, which categorises countries based on risk alongside the restrictions required for travel. The Department for Transport said that key factors in the assessment include:
- the percentage of their population that have been vaccinated
- the rate of infection
- the prevalence of variants of concern
- the country’s access to reliable scientific data and genomic sequencing
After May 17, people arriving in the UK from green list countries will need to take a pre-departure test in that country. On or before the second day after arriving in the UK, they will need to take a PCR test, but will not need to quarantine on their return – unless they receive a positive test.
Air travel into Gibraltar is restricted until May 17, after which British and EU passport holders will be allowed to fly there on holiday. Covid tests will not be required upon arrival although you must fill in a passenger locator form and inform the authorities if you have travelled outside of the EU in the previous 14 days.
What happens if Gibraltar moves to the amber list?
After May 17, people arriving from amber list countries will have to quarantine for 10 days at home. They will have to take a pre-departure test, then a PCR test on days two and eight, but there will be an option for “test to release” in which they can end self-isolation early if they test negative on day five by purchasing an extra PCR test.
How do I get there?
New routes to Gibraltar are being launched from May 17 due to increased demand. Wizz Air will fly there from Luton Airport, with Eastern Airways connecting Gibraltar to Birmingham and Southampton, and British Airways flying there from London City Airport.