Commonwealth Data Forum Europe 2018

COUNTRY PROFILE: Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi) and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities

Communications in Gibraltar comprise a wide range of telephony systems (both fixed-line and mobile), Internet access, broadcasting (radio and television) and satellite control. There is also printed and online media.

Gibraltar has a digital telephone exchange supported by a fibre optic and copper infrastructure; the telephone operator Gibtelecom also operates a GSM network. Internet connectivity is available across the fixed network. Gibraltar’s top-level domain code is .gi.

Listed ISPs registered in Gibraltar include: TS2 Space, Business Com Networks, Juch-Tech Inc, CTS Gibraltar, OneWeb, SpaceX, Sapphire Networks Ltd and Gibtelecom.

Gibraltar has 0.028 million subscribers in total, or a 92.12% penetration rate (December 2009).

Regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting are the responsibility of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA), established by means of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority Act in 2000.

In Gibraltar, the Data Protection Act 2004 is the law that governs how organisations (both private and public) should use information about individuals. It includes the rules that organisations must follow and the Rights that individuals have in respect of information about them e.g. the Right of access to your personal data.

Under the Data Protection Act 2004, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority is nominated as the Data Protection Commissioner.

HOST

The Commonwealth Data Forum 2018 – Europe will be hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development, Telecommunications & the GSB has portfolio responsibility for Economic Development & Inward Investment, International Trade

Telecommunications, Enterprise, The Gibraltar Savings Bank (GSB) and the administration of Government Departments charged with the aforesaid.

The Ministry is headed by The Hon Joe Bossano MP.

https://www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/economic-development-telecommunications-and-gsb

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Visa requirement

Please note a Gibraltarian visa is not the same as a United Kingdom visa, and, Gibraltar exists outside the Schengen zone. Delegates need to obtain a Gibraltarian visa in addition to either of these visas, the only other port of entry is via Morocco but a visa for Morocco will also need to be obtained ahead of travel in addition to the Gibraltar visa. To clarify a UK , Moroccan or a Schengen Visa is not enough to gain entry into Gibraltar, an additional Overseas Territory and Commonwealth visa is required.

Visa should be obtained from the nearest British High Commission within the region.  For this purpose you may require a letter of invitation to the event from the CTO. Kindly inform the CTO if you require this letter.

Visas will not be issued at the port of entry or immigration in Gibraltar unless it is a matter of emergency which is left to the discretion of the Immigration.

The visa fee is not a set fee, and it varies from country to country.  Please note that this cost will not be reimbursed by the CTO or the Host Organisation.

You will need a visa to come to Gibraltar, unless you are in any of these exempt groups:

  • Persons who hold Service, Temporary Service and Diplomatic passports issued by the Holy See.
  • Persons holding EU issued family permits, UK Residence Permits issued for a period of 12 months or more, UK Biometric Residence permits or a UK multiple entry visa issued for 6 months or more.
  • Persons who hold indefinite leave to remain in the UK and persons who hold UK certificates of entitlement to the right of abode and have not been absent from the UK for more than 2 years.

Gibraltar follows mainly the visa policy of the United Kingdom. European Union citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to freedom of movement.

A visa-free stay is granted to nationals holding ordinary passports of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Vatican City. Passports are required by all visitors to Gibraltar, except EU nationals who are in possession of a valid national identity card.

How to apply for a visa:

Applications should be made to any British Diplomatic Visa issuing post in the applicant’s normal country of residence (British Embassy). If applying online go to www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk and choose the following options:

Reason For Visit: OTHER

Visa Type: OVERSEAS TERRITORY & COMMONWEALTH

Visa Subtype: OVERSEAS TERRITORY APPLICATION.

Visa waiver – Holders of a Schengen visa:

Nationals of Morocco, the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, India or Russia who are holders of multiple entry Schengen visas with a minimum remaining validity of 7 days on the date of departure, can apply for a visa waiver for a maximum period of 21 days. Please download and complete the form (see link) and present it together with your passport and Schengen visa to one of our officers on arrival at Gibraltar.

Visa Waiver – Sponsor:

Persons resident in Gibraltar can apply to sponsor for a maximum period of 21 days any person who holds leave to remain in any member state of the EU, which is part of the Schengen acquis, for more than 3 years. Please download and complete the form below and present it at our headquarters together with your passport/ID card, proof of residence in Gibraltar and a photocopy of the visitor’s passport and residence card at least one working day before the arrival of your visitor. (see link)

As soon as you have registered and paid for your pass in full, we will be happy to prepare a visa support letter for you, should you require one. Please complete the below table and send to events@cto.int

**All visa arrangements and costs are to be borne by the attendees and/or their administration. CTO will be happy to assist with an Invitation Letter on request**

 

Travel

How to get there – By Air

Gibraltar is accessible by land, sea and air. Direct scheduled air services originate from the UK* and Morocco**.

Regular services to Gibraltar operate from the following destinations:

  • London Heathrow  UK by British Airways
  • London Gatwick  UK by easyJet
  • Manchester UK by easyJet
  • Bristol* UK by easyJet
  • Tangier** Morocco & Casblanca by Royal Air Maroc

Gibraltar is also easily accessed by those wishing to fly to Malaga or Jerez and both can be reached by road in approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Seville Airport is also accessible by car and is approximately two hours away. For further information on how to travel to Gibraltar from Malaga, Jerez or Seville please contact the Gibraltar Tourist Board.

In order to be allowed into Gibraltar you will be required to be in possession of a valid passport. If you are unsure as to whether you require a visa to enter Gibraltar please

Gibraltar International Airport

Gibraltar Airport (GIB) is only 400 metres from Gibraltar’s city centre and welcomes up to 50 flights per week to major UK and Moroccan destinations. In addition, the Airport’s terminal building is adjacent to Gibraltar’s land border with Spain. The easiest way to cross the border into Spain is on foot and takes less than two minutes.

Information

The airport customer service desks provide information on flights, facilities and travel.

Website http://www.gibraltarairport.gi

Terminal facilities

Money

There are two cash machines available at Gibraltar International Airport.

Both machines dispense both Sterling and Euro notes.

Landside: This machine is located next to the Airport Information Desk just by the Arrivals Area.

Airside: This machine is located next to the Calpe Lounge as you enter the main departures seating area.

Public transport

Driving directions:

From The Gibraltar International Airport, leave Winston Churchill Avenue, then take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, approaching onto Smith Dorrien Avenue, take the 1st exit on to the next roundabot. Oun the third roundabout take the 1st exit on to Line Wall Road, at the 4th roundabout, take the 2nd exit on to Boyd Street, drive on to the final roundabout, taking the 2nd exit, bear right on to Eliot’s Way, finally following on to Europa Road, Where you will arrive at the University of Gibraltar.

Public transport

Bus: There are a total of 8 different bus routes in Gibraltar. There are two companies who provide stage-carriage bus services in Gibraltar: Gibraltar Bus Company Limited and Calypso Transport Limited. The Gibraltar Bus Company is 100% owned by the Government of Gibraltar and operates all but one of the services here. Calypso Transport operates the other, linking the city centre with the airport and the Frontier (border with Spain).

Taxi:

Taxicabs are available from a number of taxi ranks around the Rock. Many taxis cater specifically for tours of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and these can be picked up from the frontier or the city centre, however, taxi drivers are also obliged to take standard fares as well as tours.

Taxi Service in Gibraltar

There is a taxi stand outside the Airport Terminal or at the following locations:

  • Frontier
  • Casemates Square
  • Piazza
  • Anglican Cathedral
  • Trafalgar Cemetery

There is also a 24-hour radio taxi service available.

Tel: +350 200 70027
Fax: +350 200 76986
Email: gibtaxiass@gibtelecom.net

Taxi Service in Spain

If you are travelling into Spain, you will find a taxi stand to the right of the border exit on the CA-34/N-351 Av Principe de Asturias.

Health

All travellers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine. Nationals of some countries are required to possess proof of vaccination against Measles, Rubella & Polio.

There is no risk of yellow fever, Cholera, Typhoid and Malaria in Gibraltar.
UK citizens are entitled to free treatment in public wards at St Bernard’s Hospital and at Casemates Health Centre on presentation of a UK passport during stays of up to 30 days. Other EEA nationals are similarly entitled on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card. All other nationals are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance.

Communications

The Conference venue will be equipped with WIFI in the plenary room and break out rooms.

Registration

The registration Counter will be operating at the main conference centre at the University of Gibraltar from 8:00am hrs on 21st February 2018.

Time zone

Gibraltar is off the southern tip of Spain with a Latitude of 36.14 Degrees North and a Longitude of 5.35 Degrees West, falling under the Central European Time Zone (+1 hours Greenwich Mean Time)

Language

The official language of Gibraltar is English, and is used by the government and in schools. Most locals are bilingual, also speaking Spanish. However, because of the varied mix of ethnic groups which reside there, other languages are also spoken on the Rock. Berber and Arabic are spoken by the Moroccan community, as are Hindi and Sindhi by the Indian and the Pakistani communities. Maltese is spoken by some families of Maltese descent.

 

Gibraltarians often converse in Llanito (pronounced [ʎaˈnito]), a vernacular unique to Gibraltar. It is based on Andalusian Spanish with a strong mixture of British English and elements from languages such as Maltese, Portuguese, Genoese Italian and Haketia (a Judaeo-Spanish dialect). Llanito also often involves code-switching to English, with technical terms and complex ideas mostly expressed in English.

Water and Electricity

Water

Gibraltar’s supply of drinking water comes entirely from desalination, with a separate supply of saltwater for sanitary purposes – both supplies are delivered from huge underground reservoirs excavated under the Rock of Gibraltar., it may be advisable to drink bottled water.

Electricity

Electricity in Gibraltar is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Gibraltar with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. In Gibraltar, the power sockets are of Type C European 2 – Pin and G British 3 – Pin.

It is advisable to bring along Global adaptors.

Telecommunication

Gibraltar has a digital telephone exchange supported by a fibre optic and copper infrastructure; the telephone operator Gibtelecom also operates a GSM network. Internet connectivity is available across the fixed network. Gibraltar’s top-level domain code is .gi.

International Direct Dialling (IDD) is provided, and Gibraltar was allocated the access code +350 by the International Telecommunication Union. This has been universally valid since 10 February 2007, when the telecom dispute was resolved.

Business hours

Gibraltar has a digital telephone exchange supported by a fibre optic and copper infrastructure; the telephone operator Gibtelecom also operates a GSM network. Internet connectivity is available across the fixed network. Gibraltar’s top-level domain code is .gi.

International Direct Dialling (IDD) is provided, and Gibraltar was allocated the access code +350 by the International Telecommunication Union. This has been universally valid since 10 February 2007, when the telecom dispute was resolved.

Currency

The unit of currency is Gibraltar Pound (GIP) £

Major credit cards are widely accepted.

To check up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com. Rates are around: –

1USD             GIP  1.323

1GBP             GIP  1.000

Weather

 

The climate of Gibraltar is Mediterranean/Subtropical with mild winters and warm summers. There are two main prevailing winds, an easterly one known as the Levante coming from the Sahara in Africa which brings humid weather and warmer sea currents and the other as Poniente which is westerly and brings fresher air and colder sea. Its terrain consists of the 430-metre (1,411 ft) high Rock of Gibraltar and the narrow coastal lowland surrounding it. Rain occurs mainly in winter, the summers are generally dry.

Average morning relative humidity: 82%, evening relative humidity: 64%.Sunshine hours is till 2,778 per year, from 150 in November (5 hours of sunshine every day) to 341 in July (11 hours of sunshine every day).

Its average annual temperature is 18.2 °C (64.8 °F): 21 °C (70 °F) during the day and 15 °C (59 °F) at night. In the coldest month – January, the typically temperature ranges from 11–18 °C (52–64 °F) during the day and 9–14 °C (48–57 °F) at night (sometimes above and below these temperatures), the average sea temperature is 15–16 °C (59–61 °F). In the warmest month – August, the typically temperature ranges from 25–31 °C (77–88 °F) during the day, above 20 °C (68 °F) at night, the average sea temperature is 22 °C (72 °F). Average number of days above 21 °C (70 °F) is 181, average number of days above 32 °C (90 °F) is 5-6 (2 in July, 3 in August). The highest temperature ever recorded is 40.6 °C (105.1 °F) on July 5, 1994 while the lowest temperature ever recorded is 0.0 °C (32.0 °F) on January 13, 1978

 

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:
Robert Hayman, Events Manager.
44 (0) 208 600 3805
44 (0) 208 600 3819