Passports and Visas - VERY IMPORTANT! Please read carefully.



  • All EU Nationals may enter Gibraltar with a valid identity card or passport.

  • Holders of Schengen visas must obtain a separate visa for Gibraltar (check exemptions below)

  • Gibraltar visas can be obtained from the British Embassy/Consulate in your home country.

  • Holders of UK Multiple Entry visas issued for 6 months or more do not require a separate Gibraltar visa.

  • Travelling via London? You need a British and a Gibraltar visa.

  • Travelling via Spain? You need a Schengen and a Gibraltar visa.


Please click here to check for full details.


More info can also be obtained from the Borders & Coastguard Agency on .



Note: Players who travel on passports of the following countries, if in possession of a valid Schengen multiple entry visa, and who enter Gibraltar (also via the airport) do not require a separate Gibraltar visa for visits of up to 21 days: China, India, Mongolia, Russia, Morocco and Ukraine.


The organisers will provide formal invitations for visa purposes, however it is vital that players start their visa application process no later than 1 November 2016.


Warning: if you leave your application too late you will not be able to process your visa in time.


By Air: Gibraltar Airport has daily scheduled flights to and from London-Heathrow (British Airways), Bristol and Gatwick (EasyJet), Luton, Manchester, Birmingham (Monarch Airlines), in the UK. The is also a New EasyJet route, twice weekly, year-round, Manchester to Gibraltar. Approximate flying time from the UK is 2½ hrs. Royal Air Maroc also operate a service between Tangier and Gibraltar twice a week. The flying time is 50 minutes.



Malaga in Spain is the nearest other airport hub with flights from most European cities. The distance to Gibraltar is about 120 km, with the transfer time by road about 90 minutes. Car hire is available. There are also taxis.


Malaga to Gibraltar Bus Transfer

The organisers offer a special transfer service from Malaga Airport. Buses will leave Malaga Airport for Gibraltar from 12.00hrs to 17:00hrs on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 January 2017, returning from Gibraltar to Malaga Airport on the morning of 3 February 2017, commencing at around 7am. The cost will be as previous years: £15 one-way, £30 return.


You must contact Peter Purland at with your arrival time and flight number (and date) if you wish to make use of this service. If you wish to book a return journey please give Peter your departure time from Malaga including your flight number. Booking now, guarantees you a seat. Please note: buses may not run later than 17:00 from Malaga.


Malaga to La Linea Public Bus



La Linea is at the border with Gibraltar. You can travel via Malaga city centre, or via Marbella, but the journey time from Malaga Airport can be over 3 hrs. For timetables see



The legal tender is the Gibraltar pound. UK pounds have exactly the same value and are equally welcome. Euros are widely accepted in shops, restaurants and so on.



No specific vaccinations are required for Gibraltar, Spain or North Africa. If you wish to visit Tangier (Morocco), there may be a ferry from Gibraltar on certain days of the week. If not, you should plan on taking a ferry from either Algeciras or Tarifa (Spain).



The average temperature at that time of year is 15 degrees celsius.



There is limited parking at the Caleta Hotel, as well as in designated spaces nearby, both these options being strictly for hotel residents only. However, a large public parking area is available for all, by the beach, 5-7 minutes' walk from the Hotel, and for which there is no charge.


See our Gibraltar page for more tourist information.


Gibraltar offers an abundance of sights and attractions:

For more information please contact the Gibraltar Tourist Board:


  • See the Rock and Nature Reserve (and meet the famous monkeys) on a coach or taxi tour, or walk all the way to the top!

  • Enjoy the views from The Cable Car.

  • Explore the Rock’s many tunnels.

  • Climb and scramble through Lower St. Michael’s Cave.

  • Walk through the city centre and the beautiful Alameda Botanic Gardens.

  • Learn about Gibraltar’s history at the Gibraltar Museum.

  • Enjoy a drink in Casemates Square, or visit the beautiful marinas of Ocean Village, Queensway Quay and Marina Bay.

  • Visit spectacular Europa Point, with its unparalleled views of North Africa.

  • Take to the sea for dolphin watching, fishing, sailing or diving.


For more information please contact the Gibraltar Tourist Board:

T: (350) 200 74950


F: (350) 200 74943


Web: and


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