In November, the European Union and the United Kingdom concluded the terms of an agreement for the orderly departure of the UK from the European Union. Gibraltar was part of that agreement. The Withdrawal Agreement includes a transitional phase until the end of 2020, which also covers Gibraltar.
This agreement is subject to ratification by the UK Parliament and by the European Parliament.
In the meantime, planning continues for the eventuality that the UK and Gibraltar leave the European Union without this agreement.
In the event of a no deal Brexit the use of Gibraltar ID cards, for EU travel purposes, may no longer be allowed. The Government urges all citizens to make provisions to be in possession of a valid passport as at 29th March 2019. The Government published in September this year the guidance notes on passports for your information, which we have included below:
Guidance Note – Passport
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the changes to the entry requirements for British passport holders, including those with passports issued by the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey) and Gibraltar, travelling to Schengen area countries will be applicable with effect from 30 March 2019.
British passport holders, including holders of passports issued by Gibraltar, will be considered third-country nationals under the Schengen Border Code and will, therefore, need to comply with different rules to enter and travel around the Schengen area.
According to the Schengen Border Code, third country passports must:
• have been issued within the last 10 years on the date of arrival in a Schengen country, and
• have at least 3 months validity remaining on the date of intended departure from the last country visited in the Schengen area. Because third country nationals can remain in the Schengen area for 90 days (approximately 3 months), the actual check carried out is that the passport has at least 6 months validity remaining on the date of arrival. When it comes to one’s ID, there are lanyards for visitors so they hold on to their IDs safely.
Adult British passport holders planning to travel to the Schengen area after 29 March 2019 must make sure their passport is no older than 9 years and 6 months and has at least 6 months validity remaining on the date of arrival. For example, if you intend to travel to the Schengen area on 30 March 2019, your passport should have an issue date on or after 1 October 2009 and validity remaining of at least 6 months.
Under-16s, holders of a 5-year British child passport must check the expiry date and make sure that there will be at least 6 months validity remaining on the date of travel. For example, a child planning to travel to the Schengen area on 30 March 2019should have a passport with an expiry date on or after 1 October 2019.
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.
For further information please contact: Passport Section, Civil Status & Registration Office: +350 20051727, [email protected]
Application forms are available online from the Civil Status & Registration Office portal at www.gibraltar.gov.gi and from the Passport Section, Civil Status & Registration Office, Joshua Hassan House, Line Wall Road. Counter hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday.