Flights and Covid-19
As airlines begin to resume flights it is important to remember that Covid-19 is still circulating globally and the risk of spread, particularly to those who are vulnerable, is still present.
People who intend to travel are urged to avoid those parts of the World with a high incidence of COVID-19. It is unwise to travel to places where the healthcare system may be under stress, where you may not be covered by insurance, and where you may bring infection back into your family and community in Gibraltar. It is also important to become familiar with the rules and regulations in the country you intend to visit and, if applicable, transit through before departing Gibraltar.
You will be required to wear a mask for the duration of any airline journeys (from entering the airport, throughout the flight, and upon leaving the airport at your destination). Ensure you follow any guidance set out by your airline company.
To enable effective contact tracing (should you come into contact with a positive case) you will be asked to complete a form prior to entering another country; many of these can be completed in advance so it is worth looking into this (for the UK forms click here, for inbound flights to Gibraltar click here).
As standard practice you should try to maintain physical distancing, following markings on the floor where provided. Clean your hands regularly, using sanitiser when offered, and follow good respiratory etiquette.
For more considerations and information: read here.
Out-bound flight from Gibraltar
Some jurisdictions now require certificated proof of a recent negative test showing no virus present. Further information can be obtained from the FCO Travel Advice website, but different countries have different requirements for the test and the time when those tests have to be taken. It is your responsibility to ensure you have met the relevant requirements.
If you are required to provide a negative test before entering your destination, there are several options available to enable both testing and certification to take place.
Passengers travelling to an airport in England can take a negative antigen test at the COVID Rapid Test facility at the Gibraltar International Airport, at a cost of £30 inclusive of the certificate (read more below).
Using the GHA/ Public Health service:
Travellers who require PCR tests and certificates should contact the Public Health Department at least 96 hours (excluding weekends) before their date of travel. They should email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Full Names (as printed on Passport)
- Passport Number
- Date of Birth
- Scanned Copy of your GHA Card
- Contact Telephone Number
- Date of travel AND return date
- Evidence of the country of destination requiring a PCR test (e.g. electronic flight ticket)
On receipt of above, an appointment will be made for testing which will be carried out at the advised testing facility. The traveller should make sure that the timing and type of test is valid for their country of travel.
Note: applicants should contact the certification service a minimum of 96 hours prior to their departure date to arrange, even if testing is required as close as possible to departure date/ time.
The standard rate for a PCR test is £150. A further £30 is chargeable for the production of the certificate. PCR test is not required for all countries, please check relevant requirements beforehand.
Private company options:
It is also possible to arrange private swabbing through any of the following clinics (payment as advised by each clinic):
- Maritime Medical Services Ltd – Tel: +350 54075070, Email: email@example.com
- College Clinic – Tel: 200 77777, Email: Shipping@collegeclinic.gi
- Specialist Medical Clinic – Tel: 200 49999, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- We Care – Tel: 200 41448, Email: email@example.com
The Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service is located at Gibraltar Airport. This service is for:
- Airline passengers arriving and departing within 72 hours of their flight
About the Rapid Test:
- The price per test is £30.
- You must register and pay for your test online before visiting the test service unit. Register here.
- A nasal swab will be taken at the Testing Service Unit
- You will be informed of the test result via SMS. You will receive an email within 30 to 60 minutes as well as an online Certificate.
In-bound flight to Gibraltar
Restrictions upon entry to Gibraltar vary according to vaccination status and country of origin. See graph below and read more on categorisation/ colour status of countries HERE.
Testing and Self-Isolation requirements for entry into Gibraltar – Vaccinated
Testing and Self-Isolation requirements for entry into Gibraltar – Unvaccinated
The high level of vaccination in the UK and the complete adult vaccination in Gibraltar has made the re-establishment of an open air corridor very safe. However, in view of the current new variant of coronavirus B.1.617.2 current stipulation dictates that all arrivals require a rapid lateral flow test; there will be no charge to the arriving traveller.
Those entering Gibraltar will be required to:
Undertake a mandatory a pre-departure COVID-19 test if not fully vaccinated and travelling by air. This requirement also applies to fully vaccinated people who have been to a country or territory on the Red List in the 10 days preceding their arrival into Gibraltar. It will be necessary to upload evidence of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test or fully vaccinated status, as applicable. Read more HERE.
Wear a mask if using public transportation. Any one travelling from a country on the red list, in the 14-day period prior to entering Gibraltar, will only be able to use a prebooked Taxi via the Gibraltar Taxi Association – Tel: 20070027 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You are required to inform that you have arrived from a ‘Red List Country’. Call 111 (or 200 72266 and asked to be transferred to 111) as soon as you reach the address where you will be isolating.
- Call 111 immediately if you feel unwell at any point (even if you have already been swabbed).
Note: If calling from a Non-Gibraltar telephone line you will need to call 00350 20072266 await the pick up by a call handler and request a line transfer to 111.