Gibraltar: Passport and Travel Document Requirements Post-Brexit

Contributed by ISOLAS, 19 October, 2020

The third in a series of Technical Notices' relating to the end of the transition period was published by HM Government of Gibraltar earlier this week.

In the event that the UK and Gibraltar leave the EU without an agreement on 31 December (at the end of the transition period) 2020, procedures and requirements regarding passports and travel documents for travel within the Schengen Area (including Spain) will change significantly, commencing 1 January 2021.

Withdrawal without agreement

If no agreement has been met regarding Gibraltar’s future relationship with the EU by 31 December, British passport holders, including holders of passports issued by Gibraltar, will be considered third-country nationals under the Schengen Border Code. As a result, the following points must be taken into consideration for travel to the Schengen area as from 1 January 2021:

Even in the event of withdrawal without an agreement, it is likely that reciprocal arrangements between the UK and the EU will be made, meaning British passport holders will not need a visa in order to enter the EU (including Spain) and may be exempt from the aforementioned travel documentation.**

Individuals are advised to familiarise themselves with new rules and regulations regarding Gibraltar’s departure from the EU in the case of uncertainty, in order to best prepare for the adjustment.

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*The public are advised to use the following service on the UK Government website before travelling anywhere within the Schengen Area as from 1 January 2021:

** HMGoG will confirm the position definitively once those arrangements are agreed as expected.

The following countries are part of the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Passport holders are reminded to check the entry requirements for other countries that are in the EU but not in the Schengen area.

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