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Updates to COVID-19 testing and self-isolation requirements for travel to Gibraltar – 706/2021

By October 1, 2021 No Comments

In line with the UK Government, HM Government of Gibraltar has introduced a simplified system for international travel effective from Monday 4th October 2021.

The current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries and territories which will continue to be crucial in order to protect public health.

The day 5 lateral flow test has been removed, however the requirement to have a lateral flow test within 24 hours of arrival for those over 12 years of age remains.

The arrival test will now incur a cost of £25 (GHA card holders / Gibraltar residents / individuals who are registered Gibraltarian, either by birth or naturalisation) and £30 for all others.

Air passengers will still be required to complete the passenger locator form and upload evidence of their fully vaccinated status or negative COVID-19 test result as applicable.

There are no changes for those traveling from a red list country and the current measures remain in force.

Passengers should continue to check the travel guidance including before, during and after travel to keep up to date in entry requirements and ensure compliance with the latest COVID-19. The Technical Notice COVID-19 – TESTING AND SELF-ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO GIBRALTAR provides a detailed explanation of the new requirements.

Fully vaccinated passengers flying out of Gibraltar to the UK, will no longer require a pre-departure test. Unvaccinated passengers will however be required to test on day 2 and day 8 and self-isolate (test to release remains an option to reduce self-isolation period). Further information can be obtained by visiting the UK government travel advice:  New system for international travel – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Minister Sacramento said: ‘Today we have simplified the travel rules to make them easier to understand and follow and in line with the UK changes. Public health has always been at the heart of our international travel policy, today’s changes provide a simpler, more straightforward system. One with less testing.’