Travel to Gibraltar

30/04/2013 -- Admin
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Medical and Health

The UK has special healthcare arrangements with the Gibraltar Health Care Authority which means that visitors to the island for stays up to 30 days can get access to urgent medical treatment.

Documents needed: UK passport.  Non-UK nationals need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Doctors and Dentists

GPs, medical care and dental treatment are available at the Primary Care Centre.   There’s a small charge for limited emergency services available at the centre, and a nominal fee for house calls.

Only emergency dental treatment is free under the scheme.

Not surprising for a tax haven, there are plenty of small private clinics and dental surgeries in Gibraltar.  Private treatment is expensive and not covered by the UK health agreement or standard travel insurance unless agreed by your insurer.

You’ll still need travel insurance for things like personal accident if you take a tumble down the Med Steps, and for cancellation or curtailment, if you have to cut short your trip because of ill health and want to fly home sooner than planned.

Hospital Treatment and Ambulance Costs

Most medical emergencies can be dealt with locally at St Bernard’s, the main hospital, but some may need transfer to Spain, so take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you. 

Your travel insurance company will usually waive the excess if you use the EHIC (the old E111 Form) and need to claim for medical emergency expenses.

Lots of visitors to the island go on day trips to nearby Spain, so the EU medical card would come in handy if you fall sick or get injured there.

Ambulance: The emergency telephone number for calling for an ambulance is 190. Emergency transport is free.


There are plenty of well stocked pharmacies on the island, including one at St Bernard's Hospital and the Primary Care Centre.

Older travellers shouldn’t have any problems getting medication for existing medical problems (heart disease, arthritis, diabetes).  See  Over 65s and Age UK.

You’ll pay a small charge for each item of medicine, as long as it’s on the approved list.  Free for pensioners.

Check if generic versions - not the original - medicines are available.  Just as effective but cheaper to buy, unless your doctor recommends the original.