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Practical information Gibraltar

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Gibraltar : Travel Information before you go!

Area

2.6 sq mi

Flights

Approximately two and a half hours flying time from London.

Population

30,000

Airports

North Front airport is located less than 1 mile away from the centre of town. A shuttle service runs every 15 minutes (1). For a taxi ride, expect to pay about 8.

Security

Do not tempt pickpocketers by displaying valuable goods. Avoid teasing the monkeys on the Rock, they can bite if annoyed.

Languages

English is the official language, but Spanish is also widely spoken. The dialect of Gibraltar people is 'spanglish', a mix of English, Spanish and Italian.

Required travel documents for

For European citizens, a valid passport is sufficient.

Religion

57 % Anglican and 13 % Catholic.

Currency

The currency is the Gibraltar Pound, which is pegged at par with the Pound Sterling. Bring Pounds Sterling with you as these are accepted everywhere, and don't forget to exchange any Gibraltar Pounds you may have left over before you leave, as these cannot be exchanged outside of the territory. Spanish Pesetas can also be used as payment, though the exchange rate is generally poor. Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard) are widely accepted and will also enable you to withdraw money from ATM machines. Banks are open from 9:00am to 15:30pm.

Local transportation

Buses serve the whole territory. A cable-car also allows you to reach the top of the Rock. You can almost entirely explore Gibraltar by foot (two sq mi). To rent a car, only your national driver's license is necessary. The speed limit is 50 mph.

Health

No vaccine is required, but be sure to update the usual vaccinations. Get the European health card (given by your local health care office) that allows your medical care to be free of charge once in the country.

Electricity

Voltage is 220. Electrical outlets have three pins.

Telephone

To call Gibraltar, dial 00 350 + the number you are trying to reach.

To call the UK from Gibraltar, dial 00 44 + the number you are trying to reach.

Gibraltar : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gibraltar Desk
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH
Tel: 020 7270 2862

Gibraltar Tourism Office
Gibraltar Tourist Board
Arundel Great Court
179 The Strand
London
WC2R1EH
Tel: 020 7836 0777

At the destination

Gibraltar Tourism Office
Duke of Kent House
Cathedral Square
Gibraltar
Tel: 74950.