If you are not an EEA national, you may be required to get a visa in order to enter Gibraltar. Non-EEA nationals who marry British citizens and plan to settle in the UK with their spouses will need to seek settlement visas, regardless of whether they are visa-required nationalities. If your marriage ends, you would need to leave Gibraltar otherwise you could be prevented from returning.
In general, countries require visitors to obtain a visa if they intend to stay longer than three months. However, for visits under 18 days long, no visa is required. So, if your marriage is valid in your country of origin and has not been annulled or terminated by divorce, then you should be able to visit Gibraltar without a visa.
However, even if your marriage is legal, you might still be denied entry into Gibraltar if the government believes that it would be unfair for them to allow you to enter the territory. They can make this determination based on information found in your personal statement when you apply for a residence permit. If they believe that your marriage is intended only as a way of getting citizenship papers instead of being entered into sincerely, then they might refuse you entry.
The good news is that there are ways around this problem. If your marriage is valid but some sort of objection is raised against you entering Gibraltar, you can request a permit extension.
British citizens do not need a visa to enter Gibraltar. Foreign passport holders possessing "Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom" do not need a visa to enter Gibraltar. Foreign passport holders who have a multiple entry visa for the United Kingdom valid for at least six months may enter Gibraltar without a second visa. Otherwise, you will need a visa.
Gibraltar is part of the European Union and therefore follows its rules. If you already have a residence permit for another EU country then it would be easy for Gibraltar to issue you with a new one. However, if you don't have such a permit or haven't applied for one yet, this would be difficult if not impossible. You would have to apply directly from your home country or through an EU embassy/consulate. The process could take several weeks or months depending on how many other applicants there are for the limited number of permits available.
The best option for British citizens who want to stay in Gibraltar for longer than six months is probably to apply for a long-term resident's permit. These permits are only issued by Gibraltarian authorities to British citizens or residents who can prove that they have some connection with Gibraltar. This could be because you work here, have family connections, or just like the weather too much to leave.
People usually need to show that they have some kind of employment contract to prove their economic connection to Gibraltar.
Otherwise, you should contact the British embassy or consulate in your home country to see if it has an entry ban on Gibraltarian citizens.
Non-European students who desire to study in Gibraltar must get a visa. As a British colony, the visa requirements are substantially the same as those for students planning to study in the United Kingdom. The most convenient approach to get particular visa requirements is to visit the nearest British Embassy in your country. However, before you do that, it's best to know exactly what documents you'll need and how much they will cost.
The fee for the general visa is £60, but this can be reduced to £45 if you apply online. There is also a facility to pay by credit card. The visa can take up to 12 weeks to be issued. Once approved, you can expect to receive it by email or post.
Those eligible for an entry clearance permit will be able to stay in Gibraltar for a maximum of six months at a time. The permit costs £160 for non-EU citizens and can be paid by credit card. It should be noted that the permit is only valid for three years and once it expires, you will need to reapply.
In addition to these documents, you will also need evidence of health insurance (usually covered by your employer), proof of funds (usually a bank statement) and permission from your school or university (details on how to obtain them are given below).
It is advisable to start applying for all types of visas well in advance of your desired arrival date to avoid any delays.
Only Gibraltar natives and British citizens are permitted to live in Gibraltar without a residence permit. Because Gibraltar is a member of the EU, EU nationals can live and work there. A six-month residency permit is first obtained upon entrance into Gibraltar. After this time, it can be extended once for another six months.
Gibraltarians have always had a close relationship with Britain. In fact, the Rock has been under British rule since 1713. So it's no surprise that almost all Gibraltarian residents have some form of citizenship with the United Kingdom. The only exception is the population of non-EU nationals living in Gibraltar. According to official statistics, about 1,400 people from other countries live in Gibraltar. They make up 10% of the total population. Of these, 40% are Spanish, 35% are British, and 25% are other European nations such as Italian or French.
If you're one of these foreign nationals, you'll need to apply for a permit to enter Gibraltar. The process is similar to that of obtaining a residence permit for Europeans - including passport requirements - but it must be done at an immigration office rather than a police station. There is also an additional fee to pay when applying for your permit.
Once you have a permit, you can stay in Gibraltar indefinitely provided you continue to meet the criteria to remain here.