Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar greatly welcomes the announcement at the Downing Street press conference today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps, MP, that Gibraltar is on the “green list” for travel to and from the United Kingdom as from 17th May.
The Minister for Tourism, the Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, said: “It is excellent news that Gibraltar has been placed on the Green list for travel and we are grateful to the British Government for this. It is a great opportunity for our British friends to visit our homeland and enjoy our wonderful Gibraltarian hospitality. This is also a tremendous boost for our hospitality, leisure and business sectors. The Government has worked extremely hard to provide unprecedented connectivity from UK to Gibraltar Airport and I look forward to welcoming tourists to enjoy their British staycation in the Mediterranean.”
The Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, said: “This is a significant opportunity to see the arrival of tourism to help the sector which has been so affected for the past 15 months. It is also hugely important for our family, social, business and other commercial links with the United Kingdom. I believe this will be good also for our retailers and will help even further cement our enduring, unbreakable, ties with the people of the United Kingdom. It is also a demonstration of the very hard work done in Gibraltar, with the support of the United Kingdom, our vaccinations. Additionally, there has been a lot of work done by our ministry for tourism and colleagues in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and in the Convent in Gibraltar, on achieving the inclusion of Gibraltar in the Green List.”