Gibraltar tightens entry rules for British holidaymakers

By Linsey McNeill
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Gibraltar has toughened entry restrictions for UK holidaymakers who haven’t been fully vaccinated.

Anyone over the age of 11 arriving by air who hasn’t had both COVID jabs must now provide a negative COVID test taken 48 hours before arrival.

The test can be PCR, LAMP or lateral flow (LFT), but Gibraltar is warning that not all LFTs will meet its testing standards.

All British holidaymakers, including those who have been fully vaccinated, must also take a lateral flow test within 24 hours of arrival in Gibraltar, which must be pre-booked.

Holidaymakers staying longer than seven days must also take a second LFT on day five.

Gibraltar is the only remaining accessible holiday destination on the UK’s green travel list following the sudden removal of Portugal on 8 June.

Its Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told Sky News last month that it ‘wouldn’t be appropriate’ for Gibraltar, which is a British Overseas Territory, to ask for PCR tests from UK holidaymakers. Until yesterday, it only required them to pre-book a LFT to be taken on arrival.

It’s not clear why it has introduced the requirement for a pre-departure COVID test from non-vaccinated arrivals a month after opening its borders to travellers from the UK.

Gibraltar’s entire adult population has been vaccinated against COVID and the Rock has had very few cases.

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