Like with all destinations across the world, it is essential to check that you have all the necessary travel documents available. Therefore, if you travel to Gibraltar, you should seek out all-important visa information about the Gibraltar Embassy.
If you are coming to Gibraltar from outside the EU, there is an online application form and a fee, payable online. Once completed and printed, book an appointment at the offices of your nearest Visa Application Centre.
Gibraltar entry requirements
Gibraltar’s policy on visa requirements is relatively straightforward. To enter Gibraltar, all visitors must hold a valid passport. EU citizens can enter Gibraltar if they have a valid national identity card readily available to show at any border control.
Citizens of countries outside the EU will undoubtedly require a valid passport, and those of specific countries and stateless citizens will require visas.
Gibraltar visa policy
Of course, Brexit has brought about many changes concerning Gibraltar visas. Particularly for obtaining a Gibraltar Visa for UK visa holders.
Last-minute talks between Gibraltar and Spain Government departments resulted in a Gibraltar soon to join the European Schengen Scheme, thus bringing about a visa waiver for frontier workers.
However, joining Schengen may affect other types of travel to Gibraltar from non-EU and non-Schengen territories, including Britain! For those asking “Can I go to Gibraltar with a British visa?” It used to be that a British citizen with a valid passport did not need a visa to enter Gibraltar regardless of length of visit.
When the Schengen Treaty comes into full force in Gibraltar, if you are travelling to Gibraltar from the UK and plan to spend extended many months here, things may change concerning visa requirements to enter Gibraltar. Travellers should look to contacting the various embassies.
Also, keep an eye on ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System.) for visa exemptions.
You may need a work visa to work in Gibraltar. With Gibraltar leaving the EU, new rules come into play. If your home country falls into one of the 26 (soon to be 27!) Schengen Zones, you may apply for a special visa for employment purposes. If your home country falls outside the EU or Schengen Zones, you will most definitely need to apply for a work visa to work in Gibraltar via the Employment Training Board.
Getting married in Gibraltar is extremely popular and for a good reason! John Lennon and Yoko Ono fell in love and hoped the Rock would cement the foundations of their relationship.
Entering Gibraltar for studying is highly recommended, and you will be welcomed, provided you have the correct study visa. Again, visa requirements are subject to conditions determined by your home country.
Although Gibraltar does not have an “investment visa” per se, it does attract High Net Worth Individuals and entrepreneurs.
Gibraltar Visa for US citizens
Coming from the US to visit Gibraltar requires no visa. US citizens are free to travel to many countries as a tourist without a tourist visa. You will need your passport and, if you decide to stay in Gibraltar for the long term, you will need to enquire about obtaining residency.
Gibraltar Visa for India
Ordinarily, you will require a visa to come to stay in Gibraltar if your home country is India. It is advisable to check on the Gibraltar border advice website for extra information on obtaining a visa or finding out if you have an exemption.
Gibraltar Visa for Pakistan
Again, persons domiciled in Pakistan will need a visa unless exempt. The Gibraltar border control website provides a list of exemptions and if you need to apply for a visa to visit Gibraltar, you should go along to the British Embassy in your home country to find out what documents you require.
Gibraltar Visa for South Africa
Visiting Gibraltar from South Africa requires a visa although there are exemptions.
Gibraltar Visa for Nigeria
As per South Africa, the same applies to Nigeria when visiting Gibraltar and you will need a visa unless you fall into the list of exemptions set out in the Gibraltar border website.
Gibraltar Visa Morocco
The Moroccan community is vast in Gibraltar and, despite the proximity of Morocco, citizens of Morocco require a visa to visit. Exemptions include “nationals or citizens of Morocco who hold multiple-entry Schengen visas with a minimum remaining validity of seven days on the date of departure. Such persons may remain in Gibraltar for a maximum of 21 days.”
Gibraltar Visa for Philippines
Many Filipinos enjoy living and working in Gibraltar and make up a sizeable section of the ex-pat community. When coming to Gibraltar from the Philippines a visa is required.
Can I go to Gibraltar with a British visa?
If you hold a British Visa, you can travel to Gibraltar from Britain, and if you have a UK multiple-entry visa, you can visit Gibraltar for 21 days.
There are various other types of British Visas, including work, study and business visas.
During these turbulent COVID pandemic months, Gibraltar has officially withdrawn from the EU. With Gibraltar officially named as the newest Schengen Zone country, it will soon follow the rest of the Zone with easily accessible visas, better travel services, and exciting opportunities to invest in real estate. Not forgetting new rules on passport and visa requirements.
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