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Moving to Gibraltar


    Moving to Gibraltar from the UK

    On the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula lies the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. Its Mediterranean lifestyle, a unique blend of cultures (with a predominantly British influence), coastal landscapes, and flexible tax system are only some of the incentives drawing expats from all across the globe. Our guide streamlines the Gibraltar moving process for UK nationals, providing you with everything you need to know.

    Getting Ready to Move to Gibraltar

    Relocating can easily become complicated if you leave things until the last minute. It’s important not to be preoccupied with the appeal of life abroad, especially if you haven’t sorted out the necessary documentation.

    Gibraltar Rock and seafront

    Passport and Visas

    Carrying your passport is a must when travelling abroad. As for visas, UK citizens can legally work and reside in Gibraltar without applying for one. However, you must be aware of any documentation and/or permits necessary for your move due to specific local regulations.

    Currency and Finance

    Gibraltar’s official currency is the Gibraltar Pound, which is almost at par with the British Pound. One of the primary advantages of moving to Gibraltar for UK expats is that Bank of England-issued cash and coins are widely used here and can be exchanged with Gibraltarian issues. 

    Post-Brexit, Gibraltar continues to offer unfettered access to its world-class financial services to the UK. You can open a bank account upon arrival, although you will need documents to prove your identity, address, and residency.

    Moving With Your Pet

    Parting with one’s furry friends is easier said than done. If you don’t want to leave your pets behind, you need to get them ready for moving. That includes getting their identity documents sorted, making sure all vaccinations are up-to-date, completing a CITES compliance check, and more. At Gerson, we take care of all aspects of pet moving to ensure your pets can enjoy a comfortable transition to their new home.

    Life in Gibraltar

    You’re set for a wonderful life if you’ve picked Gibraltar as your destination. Below we’ve outlined some aspects that you should consider before finalising a move.


    Gibraltar boasts a thriving real estate market for both residential and commercial properties, offering a wide selection of apartments for sale or lease. While its Mediterranean climate is one of the perks of living in Gibraltar, there’s more to consider when choosing an area to rent or buy property in. This includes your budget, the type of work you do, and whether you’re moving with family. From modern studios to large villas and luxury apartments, the choice of properties is incredible, particularly in towns such as Santa Margarita, La Línea, and San Roque.

    View of the Gibraltar Marina


    The Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) is the cornerstone of healthcare in Gibraltar, providing comprehensive and free medical services to registered residents. The GHA runs a Group Practice Medical Scheme, a contributory program that allows registered individuals to receive free medical care. The healthcare system is comparable to Western Europe, although specific treatments require patients to travel to Spain or the UK. When required, medical specialists can even be flown in from overseas.


    Gibraltar provides free primary and secondary schooling to all its residents, although private institutions and nurseries are on the rise. For UK entrepreneurs and executives looking to relocate, the diverse choices available when it comes to the education of their young family is one of the biggest advantages of moving to Gibraltar.

    Cultural Orientation

    The merging of British and Mediterranean influences in Gibraltar has produced a vibrant and stimulating atmosphere. The region’s culture has been shaped primarily by British, Spanish, Portuguese, and German influences. UK expats find it easy to settle in, owing to the similarity of social practices, as well as the presence of familiar cultural icons such as red post boxes, fish and chips shops and pubs. Similarly, English is the official language making communication effortless for British expats.

    View from Gibraltar Rock

    Lifestyle & Recreation

    Recreational pursuits in Gibraltar include a state-of-the-art sports facility furnished with tennis courts, squash courts, football pitches, gyms, hockey pitches, water sports facilities, and more. The region’s waterfront marinas house casinos, bars, clubs, luxury apartments, and five-star yacht hotels providing a plethora of luxury leisure opportunities. 

    Gibraltar is also a mere 20-minute drive from the famous Costa del Sol, home to towns like Marbella, known for its stunning beaches and top-tier golf courses such as Valderrama.

    Gibraltar’s stunning coastline, warm weather, and relaxed pace of life are some of the biggest incentives for potential expats. For Brits, in particular, the ease of communication and finance are some of the factors that make the transition easier. Whether you’ve already started planning or have just started to consider a move, Gerson’s international relocation experts are here to help. Get a removal quote today!

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