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Gibraltar is a British overseas territory on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula on the Strait of Gibralter. The northern border is shared with Spain. Gibraltar, one of the most densely-populated territories in the world, has a population of about 29,396 (July 2017).

Gibraltar is self-governing with an elected parliament. The head of state is the monarch of the United Kingdom, who is represented by an appointed governor general. The head of government is a chief minister.

For many years, Spain, France and Britain claimed and fought for possession of Gibralter. In the 1950s, Franco renewed Spain's claim to Gibraltar. However, in the GIbraltar sovereignty referendum of 1967, Gibraltarians voted overwhelmingly to remain with Britain. To retaliate, Spain closed the border with Gibraltar and severed all communications. The border was completely reopened in 1985. In another referendum in 2002, Gibraltar citizens again voted overwhelmingly to remain with Britain.

Gibraltar is a popular tourist destination. Travellers to Gibraltar can enjoy seeing the Barbary Macaques, St. Michael’s Cave, lovely beaches, fortresses and castles.

Currency GIP: Gibraltar pound
Language English (official); Spanish, Italian and Portuguese commonly spoken
Capital Gibraltar
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Gibraltar. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A virus in this country through contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B

There is a risk for acquiring hepatitis B in this country.


Rabies may be present in bats, but has not been reported in domestic or wild animals in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Gibraltar.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A in this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers whose activities or employment may bring them into direct contact with bats (i.e. adventure travellers, veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers, etc.).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Gibraltar.

None required.

Safety and Security in Gibraltar

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Personal Safety

The crime rate in Gibraltar is very low. However, petty crime can occur anywhere at tourist sites or crowded places. Take usual precautions to protect your belongings and safeguard important documents. Avoid leaving luggage or valuables in an unattended vehicle.

Never leave food or drinks out of sight. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

Persons travelling overland between Gibraltar and Spain may experience delays at the border due to the high volume of traffic or occasional unexpected border closures.

LGBTI rights in Gibraltar have been legal since 1993.

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