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10th June 2021, 20:28

​Unvaccinated travellers flying into Gibraltar will now need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test; entry requirements to the Rock updated

Unvaccinated travellers flying into Gibraltar will now need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within 48 hours of their flight. The changes will take effect as from Sunday 13th June. 

The Government's updated testing and self-isolation requirements also apply to fully vaccinated individuals who are flying into Gibraltar from a country or territory on the Red List in the 10 days preceding their arrival.

Number Six says the changes have been proposed by public health professionals given the increasing numbers of cases of the Delta variant which is causing concern in the UK.

It adds this will provide an extra layer of protection in detecting positive cases of COVID-19.

Shelina Assomull has been following the story.

The countries on Gibraltar's travel lists are the same as the UK's, with the exception of the Rock's Green list. This has 12 countries on it, with Spain and the UK added.

The Red list consists of 50 countries.

Anyone on Gibraltar's red list will not be able to enter unless they are a resident of the Rock or of Spain and allowed to enter Spain from Gibraltar, with a few exceptions such as seafarers.

Any country not on Gibraltar's Red or Green list is, by default, on the Amber list.

Much attention has been given to the UK’s traffic light system, its new route to international travel.

However, until Portugal was announced as an amber list country last week, we hadn’t really heard the term used in reference to guidelines on the Rock before. New entry requirements outline the implications of red, amber and green lists here on the Rock.

The changes largely affect unvaccinated individuals who will now require a COVID-19 test within 48 before flying into Gibraltar, regardless of which country they come from. They will also have to pay for the test themselves and will need a lateral flow test on arrival in Gibraltar.

If staying for more than seven days, they'll need to take another test on day five.

However, Amber or Red list arrivals will now need to have a more accurate PCR test, and isolate for five days and 10 days, respectively. A further PCR test is also required on their final day of isolation.

As for vaccinated individuals, not much change. They will need to show proof they're fully vaccinated if flying into Gibraltar from a Green list country, such as the UK.

Amber arrivals, whether by land sea or air, will have to present their vaccination certificates AND have a lateral flow test on arrival as well as on day five.

The same applies to vaccinated travellers from red list countries - if they are eligible to travel to the rock - except they must have PCR tests instead.

However, remember these requirements are just for those entering Gibraltar, and every country may have their own.

You can find the technical notice with further details here.

GREEN LIST COUNTRIES

Australia 

Brunei

Falkland Islands 

Faroe Islands

Iceland 

Israel

New Zealand

Singapore

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Spain

The United Kingdom, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man

RED LIST COUNTRIES

Afghanistan

Angola

Argentina

Bahrain

Bangladesh

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

Burundi

Cape Verde

Chile

Colombia

Congo (Democratic Republic)

Costa Rica

Ecuador 

Egypt 

Eswatini 

Ethiopia 

French Guiana 

Guyana

India

Kenya 

Lesotho 

Malawi 

Maldives 

Mozambique 

Namibia

Nepal

Oman

Pakistan 

Panama 

Paraguay 

Peru 

Philippines 

Qatar 

Rwanda 

Seychelles

Somalia