Our detailed guide to European destinations.

EU member?

Yes, but not in VAT area.

Visas?

No.

Ship’s papers

Legally, yachts do not have to be registered to visit Gibraltar, but Customs generally ask to see your boat’s certificate. If the boat is borrowed/chartered you will need written authorisation to use it in English and Spanish.

Ship’s radio licence.

Crew papers

Passports.

Three copies of crew list.

Report to Customs?

Yes. Fly Q flag. You will need to fill in forms. Notify Immigration Office of departure.

Duty-frees

Yes. Just before leaving you can buy duty-free alcohol and tobacco from any shop.

Diesel

From fuel berths, some at reduced-duty prices.

Water

Readily available alongside.

Shore power 220V

At all marinas.

LPG

UK-type bottles not available. Refilling difficult.

Camping Gaz

Readily available.

Berthing fees

Less than in UK.

Currency

UK and Gibraltar sterling.

Credit cards

Accepted. With PIN can get cash from cash machines.

Eurocheques

Not usually accepted in shops. Can change in banks.

Travellers cheques

Accepted.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Ch 16 monitored by coastal radio stations. Good rescue coverage by Gib police, port patrol, and Spanish services.

Emergencies ­ phone

General number ­ 112

Police ­ 199

Ambulance ­ 199

Fire ­ 190

Pets?

Can bring in if pet has “animal passport” ie certificate of health from a vet, including rabies vaccinations.

Dialling code to UK

0044 then the number, omitting the first 0.

Telephone boxes

Use coins or phonecards.

Weather forecasts

Call port radio on VHF, see Imray Almanac for frequencies. Forecasts on British Forces radio ­ 93.5 and 97.8MHz, see almanac for times. Ashore, phone the Met office on 53416.

Charts and books

Admiralty charts.

East Spain Pilot. Robin Brandon. Imray.

Imray Mediterranean Almanac.

www.ybw-books.com

British Embassy

None. Gibraltar is a British Dependent Territory.

Tourist office in UK

Gibraltar Information Bureau, 179 The Strand, London WC2R 3DT. Tel: 020 7836 0777. Visit www.gibraltar.gi/tourism or e-mail tourism@gibraltar.gi

Languages

English spoken everywhere.

Thanks to Shepherd’s Marina, Gibraltar, for help with information

September 2001