Flights and Covid-19

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. Current advice continues to be:

  • avoid all non-essential travel,
  • and follow public health guidance.

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 £50 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: covid-travelcertificate@gibraltar.gov.gi 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 will be chargeable for the production of the certificate. There will be a reduced test fee of £30 for GHA eligible individuals only for their first private travel test, in addition to the £30 fee for their travel certificate. Any further PCR tests required for private travel by the same person will be charged at the standard rate.

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: 00350 54075070, Email: info@mms.gi
  • College Clinic – Tel: 200 7777, Email: Shipping@collegeclinic.gi
  • Specialist Medical Clinic – Tel: 200 49999, Email: info@smg.gi
  • We Care – Tel: 200 41448, Email: info@wecare.gi

COVID-19 Rapid Test

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
  • Any NON-RESIDENT of Gibraltar (no airline travel required to have a test)

About the Rapid Test:

  • The price per test is £50.  
  • 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.

For more information on the  Rapid COVID-19 Testing Service call: +350 200 44038 or click here

In-bound flight to Gibraltar

As a result of the continued rise of COVID 19 infections, particularly in view of the new strain of the virus detected in the United Kingdom, additional restrictions for those travelling by air into Gibraltar have been agreed between the Governments of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.  

The following additional restrictions have been invoked and, unless passengers comply with the requirements and fall within the exemptions specified below, they will be refused entry into Gibraltar. 

Only the following passengers will be permitted to disembark: 

  • Individuals who are registered Gibraltarians, either by birth or naturalisation;
  • Individuals with residence in Gibraltar, upon demonstrating satisfactory proof of residence;
  • Sea farer on transit to a vessel which is berthed at Gibraltar and has immigration pre clearance letter issued by the Borders and Coastguards Agency;
  • Spanish nationals who are in transit to Spain;
  • Individuals travelling to Gibraltar on transit to Spain and who hold lawful residence in Spain, upon demonstrating satisfactory proof of residence;
  • People who are carrying out a work activity in Gibraltar or who are taking up employment in Gibraltar and who provide proof on arrival;
  • Military personnel who have been issued with Travel Orders; And/or
  • Individuals who hold an electronic letter issued by the Borders and Coastguard Agency granting that individual permission to enter Gibraltar.

In addition to these restrictions, passengers will need to be found to be negative for Covid-19. This will mean the provision of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry to Gibraltar, or the completion of a fast test at Gibraltar Airport (detailed above). The fast test is free for GHA card holders, for anyone who is not registered this will cost £50; information regarding this test is also provided in a leaflet by BCA on arrival.

Those entering Gibraltar will be required to:

  • Provide a negative PCR test on entry, or get tested at the Rapid Test Centre (as described above, self isolating until a negative test is received).
    A negative test will mean self isolation restrictions are lifted (unless travelling from a *Relevant Area, as mentioned below).
  • Wear a mask that is an FFP2 / N95  between first test and second test (Day 5) as a minimum level of protection.
  • Get tested again on day 5; guidance will be provided at the airport detailing how to arrange this.
    A negative test on day 5 will mean restrictions on FFP2 / N95 mask wearing are lifted, and normal mask wearing applies.
  • Self-isolate for 5 days if returning from a Relevant Area* in the 14 days preceding entry to Gibraltar. If you are staying in a hotel, you must remain in your room and not use any of the public areas.
  • Do not use public transportation with the exception of a Gibraltar Taxi booked via the Gibraltar Taxi Association – Tel: 20070027 / Email: taxiassociation@gibtelecom.net. You are required to inform them that you have arrived from a ‘Relevant Area’. 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.
  • Provide a negative PCR test or be swabbed on arrival and be tested again on Day 5. Those who are travelling to Gibraltar for less than 5 Days will need to conduct a second test between Day 3 to 5. You must stay at your accommodation until the second test is carried out and you receive your results. If the second result is negative, the self-isolation conditions will be lifted.  If you are staying in a hotel, you must remain in your room and not use any of the public areas.

Note: A *Relevant Area is any country outside of the EU that is not on the exemption list below:
All EU countries, United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of man, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China. Read more here.