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POST COVID 19 TRAVEL FACTSHEET

We've all had our fair share of anxiety in these recent, unprecedented times.

Nothing lasts forever and nor will this current pandemic.

With no Covid-19 related deaths and 122 persons having shown mild symptoms of the virus but having made a full recovery, Gibraltar remains a safe destination to visit.

As of 7th May 2020, many of its businesses including hairdressers, beauty salons and gyms have reopened whilst still practicing social distancing measures. As of 1st June 2020, restaurants reopen albeit with a maximum 50% occupancy. The Rock is slowly but surely making a welcome recovery.

Whilst there is no definitive ban on travel to Gibraltar nor any direction on when non-essential travel may resume, we have seen a surge in enquiries and bookings for travel for later this year and beyond. Booking ahead certainly has its advantages with air fares being the lowest they have been in decades and hotels offering promotional offers and free nights. Now is a very good time to book for travel at a future date.

And if you work for the NHS or are a frontline/key worker, there are even more benefits awaiting you! Take a look at our special offers tailor-made just for you: www.mygibraltar.co.uk/frontline.aspx

After months of confinement, it will feel incredibly liberating to be on the move again.

So let's get you moving. Here are some answers to common questions you may have about travelling abroad:

Is it safe to fly?

The air inside aircrafts is always flowing in and out of the cabin. It is purified every three minutes through high-efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA filters) that remove 99.97% of airborne viruses and bacteria. It, therefore, provides the same level of sterile and clean air filtration as that found in hospital operating rooms.

Electrostatic spraying or fogging is also being used to kill germs and viruses in the aircrafts at the end of the day.

Of course, it is still best to practice proper hand hygiene & coughing etiquette and to wipe down the area around your seat as well as toilet door handles after touching them. The wearing of gloves and face masks will continue to be actively encouraged or even a prerequisite.

Flying Club Europe (business class) will now offer an added reassurance in the air with its separate and limited entry cabin.

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

Yes. Hotels have stepped up their sanitation measures including thorough cleaning of common areas. All but one of the Gibraltar hotels have remained open for business throughout the pandemic and, as of July 2020, all hotels will be operational.

Are Gibraltar shops and businesses open?

Yes. Almost all retailers including hairdressers, beauty salons and gyms reopened on 7th May 2020. Restaurants followed on the 1st June 2020 and will be practicing social distancing measures.

Are airlines now flying to Gibraltar?

British Airways have continued operating six weekly flights to/from Gibraltar from Gatwick and Heathrow. A further three weekly flights are being added shortly.

EasyJet has reinstated its flight schedules to and from Gibraltar as of 22nd May 2020 and are flying from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh.

If I fall sick in Gibraltar, can I get medical help?

If you're a British national living in the UK, you are eligible for free medical emergency treatment in Gibraltar by presenting your British passport. However, as some emergency treatment may require transfer to Spain, you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance but entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Spanish nationals. You will not be covered for medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment or non-urgent medical treatment.

If you have any further specific questions, please email us on sales@mygibraltar.co.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rock.

The My Gibraltar Team.