Green list Gibraltar adds new testing requirement for unvaccinated visitors

Jun 11, 2021

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One of the few green list travel options for U.K. residents looking for a summer holiday right now has added new restrictions for entry by non-vaccinated travellers.

Gibraltar has instituted new protocols from this Sunday 13 June that require unvaccinated travellers 12 years or older to show a negative test at the airport before they fly. The test result must also be uploaded into the Passenger Locator Form used by Gibraltar. Any of the key tests are accepted – PCR, LAMP or high specification lateral flow – but it must be taken within 48 hours of departure to Gibraltar.

All arrivals, including vaccinated travellers still require a free, on arrival lateral flow COVID test at the Gibraltar airport that should be pre-booked here. Results from the rapid test will be ready within an hour.

Related: What kind of COVID test do I need to travel and what does it cost?

An unvaccinated traveller is defined as anyone who has had fewer than two doses of the Pfizer or Oxford -AstraZeneca vaccines. There is no waiting period necessary after the second vaccine shot meaning if you have your second jab on Saturday, you could fly to Gibraltar on Sunday with no test required. But if you have had the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you must wait two weeks after getting the shot to be allowed to enter Gibraltar without a negative test.

Related: All 11 countries and territories currently on the UK’s green list

If you’re fully vaccinated, you will have to upload a vaccination certificate into the Passenger Locator Form. It’s not immediately known if a screenshot from the NHS app will be accepted as proof of vaccination, so it may be prudent to download the PDF certificate, an option also available on the NHS app.

Bottom line, if you’re fully vaccinated, the new guidelines for visiting Gibraltar won’t impact your trip very much. If you haven’t received the vaccine, then your travel just became more complicated. Gibraltar is one of the only destinations in the world that have vaccinated almost every adult resident.

As we noted in an earlier story, traveling this summer will require you to take several COVID tests. Even fully vaxxed people visiting a green list destination such as Gibraltar will need to take a minimum of two COVID tests to return to the United Kingdom, because the U.K. government hasn’t revealed any exemptions for travellers who are fully vaccinated.

Related: 6 reasons why you should book a trip to Gibraltar this summer

Also note – Gibraltar is not considered a domestic flight and it is not part of the UK Common Travel Area, so visitors must have a valid passport/EU identification card to enter.

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