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Introduction To Gibraltar

Welcome to Gibraltar British Gibraltar occupies all of 2.7 inhabited square miles on "The Rock," one of the last bastions of Britain's colonial empire. And a crowded one it is!

The 1,400-foot Rock of Gibraltar sits at the southernmost tip of Europe with a land frontier to Spain on its northern front. It rests at the crossroads of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Down through history the Strait of Gibraltar has played a key role in battles fought and won to control the western Mediterranean seaways. Intrinsically linked with the sea, Gibraltar is one of the busiest ports of call in the Mediterranean, and it's not uncommon to see dozens of ships anchored in the bay taking on duty free fuel from small coastal tankers.

In the ancient times, right through the age of empires and in the global conflicts of our own century, Gibraltar has stood guard over the entrance to the Mediterranean, its unique position making it the focus of a continuous struggle for power.

The area is steeped in history dating back to the glacial period, and a rock tour makes a terrific introduction to Gibraltar’s past. Highlights include: St Michael’s Cave, the Barbary apes' den, the Moorish Castle and the City Under Siege exhibition.

Fronting on the Bay of Gibraltar and facing the Spanish city of Algeceras, Gibraltar is almost totally surrounded by sea and has five beaches. Water sports play a large part in Gibraltarian life and center around its three marinas, Marina Bay, Sheppard’s Marina, and Queensway Quay Marina. Diving, sailing and dolphin watching are widely enjoyed, and Gibraltar is a must-do stop for virtually every yacht entering and leaving the Mediterranean.

Gibraltar is a British Dependent Territory, self-governing in all matters except foreign policy, and in 2004 it celebrates its 300th year under British rule. The English seized the rock from Spain in 1704, and it was ceded to Britain in 1713, and Gibraltar remains a source of gritty friction between Spain and Britain. In 1967 and 2002 referendums, Gibraltarians ignored Spanish pressure and voted overwhelmingly to remain a British dependency. Abutting Spain, Gibraltar retains an uneasy peace with Spain--the Spanish can freely visit Gibraltar and Gibraltar residents are free to come and go across the "frontier." Spain controls the air space tightly, meaning the only flights allowed into Gibraltar are the daily flights to and from London.

Tourism is king in Gibraltar, and more than 7.8 million people, mostly day-tripping tourists, visited Gibraltar last year. Tourists arrive mostly by bus around 10 in each morning and remain until about 6 pm, when the are reclaimed by Gibraltarians and everyone can breathe easier. Evening in Gibrltar is a relaxed affair, with residents and and the relatively few overnight visitors alike strolling the reclaimed land along the waterfront, sampling some of the many restaurants, and enjoying the evening air.

Christians, Jews, Muslims and others co-exist peacefully and in mutual tolerance in Gibraltar. There's a feeling of safety and security in the territory, and there's no question that it's the Brits who are in charge. Gibraltar is VERY crowded, but one can walk most anywhere in town in 15-20 minutes; plenty of taxis and far too many cars and two-wheeled vehicles to make driving comfortable and easy. No rental cars are permitted.

Gibraltar is a VAT-exempt jurisdiction, which means some of Europe's lowest prices on tobacco, cosmetics, perfumes, spirits, jewelry and electric appliances.

The subtropical climate is warm and welcoming throughout the year. The local people smile their welcome with friendly charm borne from a blend of many cultures united in a unique community.

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Marina Bay

Marina Bay is considered the premier marina in Gibraltar and affords excellent protection except in west winds, which are very rare in summer. Offering a draft of 15 feet, the marina can accommodate almost any size vessel at one of the 209 berths, all equipped with electricity, water, and soon--we are promised--dockside Internet service at every slip. Gibraltar has a tidal range of about one meter.

Marina Bay stands by on VHF channel 16 and uses channel 71 as a working frequency.

As arranged with customs, rally yachts will go directly to their slips at Marina Bay for clearance into Gibraltar.

Marina Bay will accommodate most rally yachts with Mediterranean mooring. Before approaching the dock, fenders should be rigged port and starboard as other vessels will probably be in adjacent slips. Rigging fenders on the transom is also a good idea. The only lines necessary are sternlines.

The marina has one-inch diameter lines running from heavy moorings (off the bow) back to the pier. As the vessel approaches the slip, a dock attendant on the pier assists by passing over the line running to the mooring, then a deckhand on the yacht takes that line to a cleat on the bow to hold the bow in place, while the helmsman backs in to the pier. Tide is about one meter. Crossed stern lines work best, and these are passed to someone on the pier to secure either on cleats or on rings on the dock facing the yacht. When the yacht is within passarelle range of the dock, the forward deckhand is told to secure the mooring line. Final adjustments are then made, and the passerelle is put over.

Metered electricity (220 volt, 50 hz.) and metered water are at every slip, and all electric and water charges are included in your rally fee. Water is scarce in Gibraltar, with virtually all water being made from reverse osmosis. It appears that U.S. standard hose fittings will fit the water outlets. As a footnote, let us add that like many yachts Gibraltar has two water systems--one for fresh water and a separate salt water system for flushing water. We ask that captains be considerate in their use of fresh water, since water is billed by the gallon used and water is a scarce commodity in Gibraltar.

Marina Bay is adjacent to Gibraltar's international airport, but in a typical day there are only three or four flights in or out, so noise from the airport is not a major concern. Within easy walking distance from the town center, the marina has bars, restaurants, a chandlery, a shop selling nautical books and charts, a supermarket (though there is a larger one in town), health and dental clinics, and a laundry.

Piermaster at Marina Bay is Adrian Gilson, a Gibraltar native who is a wonderful source of information on all things nautical in Gibraltar and the Mediterranean.

Although Marina Bay has many liveaboards, Gibraltar has no pumpout facilities. There is good water flow in the marina and the water is mostly clear. The piermaster recommends that Rally yachts use holding tanks, but there is no requirement that they do so and few yachts at the marina use holding tanks.

Fuel drums are located on the pier behind the marina office for disposal of used oil. Trash may be disposed of in bins on the pier.

Marina Bay accepts Master Card and Visa, and all bills are to be paid prior to departure.

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Hotels
Gibraltar has only nine hotels, and most of them tend to be expensive.

Eliott Hotel, Governors Parade, Tel. 70500, eliott@gibnet.gi, www.gibraltar.gi/eliotthotel 114 newly renovated air conditioned rooms each with in-house safe, coffee and tea making facilities in each room, satellite channels, gym, sauna and pool. A genteel hotel in the British tradition, with breakfast included in the price. Nice views of the harbor or "the Rock". Right in the middle of town--a 15-minute walk from Marina Bay. Rating: four stars.

The Rock Hotel, 3 Europa Road, Tel. 73000, rockhotel@gibnynex.gi, www.rockhotelgibraltar.com 104 rooms and suites in a British colonial style, all with a sea view. Well up on the rock which makes it a tough hike from the marina, but you can catch a cab or the cable car up. Rating: four stars.

Bristol Hotel, 10 Cathedral Square, Tel. 96800, bristhtl@gibnet.gi, www.gibraltar.gi/bristolhotel 60 bargain-priced rooms right in the heart of town. Air conditioned, mini-fridge, satellite TV, hair dryer, telephone. Rating: three stars.

Continental Hotel, 1 Engineer Lane, Tel. 76900
Cannon Hotel, 9 Cannon Lane, Tel. 51711, www.gibraltar.gi/bristolhotel
Queen's Hotel, Tel. 350-40030, www.queenshotel.gi

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Currency
The Gibraltar pound sterling is the local currency, but British pound sterling can be used interchangably. Euros are also accepted in most shops.

Visa and MasterCard widely accepted; American Express and other credit cards less so.

ATMs are easily accessible. Barclay's Bank on Main Street has two.

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Transportation
With only 2.7 square miles, thousands of tourists and locals, narrow and congested roads, and driving on the left side of the road, Gibraltar is not a place Americans want to drive. Good thing, too, because no rental cars or motorbikes are available. One can walk most anywhere in lower Gibraltar in 15 minutes or less; taxis, mini-vans, and the cable car up the Rock work well for anything else.

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Provisioning
Provisioning in Gibraltar is very good. Most supplies are imported from Britain and prices are fair. Don't expect to look on the package for nutritional data such as grams of fat, carbohydrates, or other such information--it is not required in Gibraltar or, for that matter, the rest of Europe either.

The local market (just outside Casemates Square on the Marina Bay side) offers a good selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, poultry and seafood. This was the only place in Gibraltar where we saw fresh fish for sale, and the single stall with seafood had a good selection: bay scallops in the shell, mussels, shrimp (heads-on), calamari, sea bass, sardines and several other varieties of fin fish. The sea bass was delicious!

There are several supermarkets, including Safeway with a large store in Westside. Judy's reconnaissance shows that Safeway is by far the best alternative for good, smooth provisioning. Produce is fresh, clean and looks good, and the meats look very good. Judy did comparison shopping and concluded that prices are roughly 150% what she normally pays in Fort Lauderdale. (The following prices have been converted from pounds sterling to dollars at an exchange rate of £1.60 to $1.00.) Some items like Irish butter are very inexpensive (at $1.63/lb.) and some like small rolls of Bounty paper towels are VERY expensive ($5.26 for 4 rolls).

A few representative prices (May 2003) converted to US$ are:

  • tomato soup (standard U.S. can) $1.04
  • Special K cereal (13.2 oz.) $3.76
  • no name corn flakes (17.6 oz.) $2.06
  • Hellmans Mayonaise (14.1 oz.) $2.38
  • Quaker Oats (35.3 oz.) $2.70
  • no-name teabags (80 bags) $2.06
  • fresh milk whole or skim 2.3 qts. $1.75
  • eggs 6 medium $.78
  • eggs 15 medium $1.84
  • bread (large fresh loaf, white or wheat) $2.00
  • Coca Cola (50.7 oz.) $1.04
  • pasta (2.2 lbs.) $1.49
  • canned tomatos (14 oz.) $.62
  • generic toilet paper (9 rolls) $5.44
  • Charmin toilet paper (9 rolls) $6.54
  • ribeye steak (1 lb.) $7.04
  • pork tenderloin (1 lb.) $4.36
  • hamburger ("chopped steak", 1 lb.) $4.79

Safeway also has much prepared food, a good selection of (duty-paid) wine, beer and liquor, frozen foods (mostly British brands), and cheeses and other dairy products. Fresh fish are hard to find in Gibraltar--the only ones we saw were being hawked from the back of a van on Governors Lane--and they looked terrific.

Safeway Supermarket, Westside Store, Westside Road, Tel :41114
Checkout Supermarket, Marina Bay, Tel: 48598, Fax: 44650, Opening seven days a week Peralta Supermarket, Devil's Tower Road, Tel: 75547, Fax: 77281, Delivery to marinas. Saccone & Speed, 35 Devil's Tower, Tel: 76400, An old established firm with a wide selection of wines, beers, spirits, fruit juices, soft drinks and also canned food.

Nice small shops along Governors Street north of the Elliott Hotel include:
#46 Produce Shop with nice fresh produce
#74 Butcher Shop with a limited selection of fresh meats
#83 Patisserie, with a mouth-watering selection of fresh baked goods.

Duty-free stores are widely available and the price of spirits purchased through duty free agents is reported to be the lowest in the Mediterranean.

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Restaurants
Restaurants and bars abound in Gibraltar. You can find restaurant meals at every price level in Gibraltar, starting with "pub grub" for less than £5.00 ($8.50)/person. The level of food is good and the service about equal to Stateside standards.

Among the highly recommended restaurants are Klaus at Queensway Quay for a special night out, Bianca's for pizzas at Marina Bay, Charlie's Tavern for steaks at Marina Bay, and da Paolo at Marina Bay. Casemates Square offers several enticing restaurants and taverns.

Hungry for fast food? You'll also find American franchises around: Burger King, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut.

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Laundry
Laundromats, as we know them, do not exist in Gibraltar due to the high cost of both water and electricity. Marina Bay has a "launderette," which provides wash, dry and fold service at £8.00 for 5 kilos or roughly $1.00/pound with two-hour turn-around. Gibraltar Laundry Service, tel. 705098, also provides laundry service with free pickup and delivery at Marina Bay.

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Internet and Telex
Marina Bay Marina expects to have ADSL lines installed in June 2003 for direct Internet connection right from the slip. Pricing has not yet been determined, but the piermaster will advise and prices will be posted here.

Marina Communications is located on the 2nd floor Neptune House, Marina Bay. Both their telex and fax may be used by marina clients.

Internet service is available through the following providers:

Cafe Cyber world
Ocean Heights Gallery,
Queensway
Tel:+350-51416
www.gibnet.gi/~cybercaf, cybercaf@gibnet.gi
Opening Hours: open 1200-2400 daily

Internet Business Centre
36 Governors Street
Tel: +350-44227,
Fax:79992
www.gibc.gi, gibc@gibnet.gi
Opening Hours: 1000 - 2200 daily Internet access, email, fax & telephone, photocopying.

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Travel
If one does not want to fly through London or arrive by sea, Gibraltar is a hard place to get to.

Because of the friction between Gibraltar and Spain, the only flights allowed into Gibraltar are daily flights to and from London. There are no exceptions.

The only alternatives are trains, busses and automobiles between the Spanish city of Algeciras (a € 20.00 cabride from the border) and other large Spanish cities such as Barcelona and Madrid where air travel is easier. Milt and Judy took a pleasant six-hour train ride from Madrid to Algeciras in May 2003, and the cost of $105 per person one way.

Travel agents are plentiful in Gibraltar.

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Consular Information Sheet
U.S. Department of StateBureau of Consular AffairsWashington, DC 20520 United Kingdom and Gibraltar February 13, 2003

COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: The United Kingdom is a highly developed constitutional monarchy comprising England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland; Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. Tourist facilities are widely available.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A passport is required. Tourists are not obliged to obtain a visa for stays of up to six months in the United Kingdom or to enter Gibraltar. Those wishing to remain longer than one month in Gibraltar should regularize their stay with Gibraltar immigration authorities.

In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child’s travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian if not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry/departure.

Further information on entry requirements may be obtained from the British Embassy at 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008; tel: (202) 588-7800. Inquiries may also be directed to British consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. The website of the British Embassy in the United States is http://www.britainusa.com/embassy.

DUAL NATIONALITY: U.S. citizens who are also citizens of the United Kingdom or any other nation are reminded that U.S. law requires they enter and depart the United States documented as U.S. citizens. They are not entitled to U.S. visas or to travel to the U.S. on the visa waiver program. U.S. citizens who attempt to travel to the U.S. from the United Kingdom on foreign passports risk being denied boarding pending acquisition of a valid U.S. passport. For additional information, see the Consular Affairs home page on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov for our dual nationality flyer.

SAFETY AND SECURITY: The United Kingdom is stable and modern but shares with the rest of the world an increased threat of terrorist incidents of international origin, as well as violence related to the political situation in Northern Ireland (a part of the United Kingdom.) Americans are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution. In recent months, several arrests have been made in Great Britain in connection with various possible terrorist plots. The British Home Secretary has urged its citizens to be alert and vigilant by, for example, keeping an eye out for suspect packages or people acting suspiciously at subway and train stations and airports and reporting anything suspicious to the appropriate authorities by contacting the free confidential anti-terrorist telephone hotline on 0800 789 321. Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where any current Worldwide Cautions or Public Announcements can be found.

From time to time during periods of heightened threat of terrorism, the U.K. government deems it necessary to raise levels of security activity. Heightened activity may include the use of military personnel in support of the police and law enforcement officers. The use of troops, who remain at all times under the control of the police, is part of long-standing contingency plans. Military personnel and equipment may be deployed at airports and other transportation links, or other public locations. For more information about U.K. public safety initiatives, consult the U.K. Civil Contingencies Secretariat website at http://www.ukresilience.gov.uk

Political demonstrations are well policed and, except at times in Northern Ireland, generally orderly. Although the political situation in Northern Ireland has dramatically improved since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, incidents of terrorist violence have, nevertheless, occurred in the past few years. Early in 2001, two explosive devices were detonated in London suburbs, injuring eight people and damaging buildings. Within Northern Ireland, flash-points for sectarian confrontations still exist, but they are generally removed from areas where tourists congregate. Sporadic incidents of street violence often erupt during the summer marching season (April to August), with tensions heightened during the month of July, especially around the July 12th public holiday. As a result, American citizens traveling in Northern Ireland have experienced delays and disruption.

CRIME: The United Kingdom and Gibraltar benefit from generally low crime rates; however crime, including violent crime, has increased over the last few years. Incidents of pickpocketing, mugging, “snatch and grab” theft of mobile phones, watches and jewelry and theft of unattended bags, especially at airports and from cars parked at restaurants, hotels and resorts.

Pickpockets target tourists, especially at historic sites, restaurants, on buses, trains and the London Underground (subway). Thieves often target unattended cars parked at tourist sites and roadside restaurants, looking for laptop computers and hand-held electronic equipment. In London, travelers should use only licensed “black taxi cabs” or car services recommended by their hotel or tour operator. Unlicensed taxis or private cars posing as taxis that may offer low fares, but are often uninsured and may have unlicensed drivers. In some instances, travelers have been robbed while using these cars.

Due to the circumstances described above, visitors should take steps to ensure the safety of their U.S. passports. Visitors in the England, Scotland, Wales and Gibraltar are not expected to produce identity documents for police authorities and thus may secure their passports in hotel safes or residences. In Northern Ireland, however, passports or other photographic I.D. should be carried at all times. The need to carry a passport to cash travelers’ checks is also minimized by an abundance of ATM’s able to access systems widely used in the U.S. and offering more favorable rates of exchange. Note: Common sense personal security measures utilized in the U.S when using ATMs should also be followed in the U.K.

The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If you are the victim of a crime while overseas, in addition to reporting to local police, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for assistance. The Embassy/Consulate staff can, for example, assist you to find appropriate medical care, to contact family members or friends and explain how funds could be transferred. Although the investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities, consular officers can help you to understand the local criminal justice process and to find an attorney if needed.

U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State’s pamphlet, A Safe Trip Abroad, for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs, or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.

MEDICAL FACILITIES: While medical services are widely available, free care under the National Health System is allowed only to U.K. residents and certain EU nationals. Tourists and short-term visitors can expect charges roughly comparable to those assessed in the United States.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: The Department of State strongly urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and if it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. U.S. medical insurance plans seldom cover health costs incurred outside the United States unless supplemental coverage is purchased. Further, U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States. However, many travel agents and private companies offer insurance plans that will cover health care expenses incurred overseas including emergency services such as medical evacuations.

When making a decision regarding health insurance, Americans should consider that many foreign doctors and hospitals require payment in cash prior to providing service and that a medical evacuation to the U.S. may cost well in excess of $50,000. Uninsured travelers who require medical care overseas often face extreme difficulties. When consulting with your insurer prior to your trip, ascertain whether payment will be made to the overseas healthcare provider or if you will be reimbursed later for expenses you incur. Some insurance policies also include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains in the event of death.
Useful information on medical emergencies abroad, including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure, Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page or autofax: (202) 647-3000.

OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); fax 1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or via the CDC’s Internet site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World Health Organization’s website at http://www.who.int/en. Further health information for travelers is available at http://www.who.int/ith.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning the United Kingdom is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Safety of Public Transportation: Excellent
Urban Road Condition/Maintenance: Excellent
Rural Road Condition/Maintenance: Excellent
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Excellent

U.K. penalties for drunk driving are stiff and often result in prison sentences. In contrast to the United States and continental Europe where traffic moves on the right hand side of the road, traffic moves on the left in the U.K. Visitors uncomfortable with or intimidated by the prospect of driving on the left-hand side of the road may wish to avail themselves of extensive bus, rail and air transport networks that are comparatively inexpensive and very extensive. Roads in the United Kingdom are generally good, but are narrow and often congested in urban areas. If you plan to drive while in the U.K., you may wish to obtain a copy of the Highway Code, available in the United Kingdom. The Automobile Association (AA) of the U.K. provides information and updates on travel and traffic-related issues on its website at http://www.the-stationary-office.co.uk. If you intend to rent a car in the U.K., check that you are adequately insured. U.S. auto insurance is not always valid outside the U.S. and you may wish to purchase supplemental insurance, which is generally available from most major rental agents.
Public transport in the United Kingdom is excellent and extensive. However, poor track conditions may have contributed to train derailments resulting in some fatalities. Repairs are underway and the overall safety record is excellent.

Many U.S. citizens are injured every year in pedestrian accidents in the United Kingdom, forgetting that traffic moves in the opposite direction than in the United States. Care should be taken when crossing streets.

Driving in Gibraltar is on the right-hand side of the road, as in the U.S. and Continental Europe. Persons traveling overland between Gibraltar and Spain may experience long delays in clearing Spanish border controls.

For additional general information about road safety, including links to foreign government sites, see the Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov/road_safety.html. For specific information concerning United Kingdom driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax and mandatory insurance, refer to the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment and Transport web site at http://www.detr.gov.uk; the Driving Standards Agency web site at http://www.dsa.gov.uk, or consult the U.S. Embassy in London’s web site at http://www.usembassy.org.uk.

The phone number for police/fire/ambulance emergency services - the equivalent of "911" in the U.S. - is 999 in the United Kingdom and 12 in Gibraltar.

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority as Category 1 –- in compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight of the United Kingdom’s air carrier operations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA’s Internet website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa/.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may contact DOD at (618) 229-4801.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: British customs authorities may strictly enforce regulations regarding the import or export of certain items, including material deemed likely to incite racial hatred, firearms and personal defense items such as mace or knives. It is advisable to contact the British Embassy in Washington or one of the United Kingdom's consulates in the U.S. for specific information regarding customs requirements. Customs authorities encourage the use of an ATA (Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission) Carnet for the temporary admission of professional equipment, commercial samples, and/or goods for exhibitions and fair purposes. ATA Carnet Headquarters, located at the U.S. Council for International Business, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues and guarantees the ATA Carnet in the United States. For additional information call 212-354-4480, send an e-mail to atacarnet@uscib.org, or visit http://www.uscib.org for details.

CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law. Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating British law, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking in illegal drugs in the United Kingdom are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. Many pocketknives and other blades, and mace or pepper spray canisters, although legal in the U.S., are illegal in the U.K. and may be confiscated.

Air travelers to and from the United Kingdom should be aware that penalties against alcohol-related and other in-flight crimes (“air rage”) are stiff and are being enforced with prison sentences.

REGISTRATION/EMBASSY AND CONSULATE LOCATIONS: Americans living in or visiting the United Kingdom are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in London or at the U.S. Consulates General in Edinburgh or Belfast and obtain updated information on travel and security within the U.K.

The U.S. Embassy is located at 24 Grosvenor Square, London W1A 1AE; Telephone: in country
020-7499-9000, from the U.S. 011-44-20-7499-9000 (24 hours); Consular Section fax: in country 020-7495-5012; from the U.S. 011-44-20-7495-5012. The embassy web site is http://www.usembassy.org.uk.

There is no U.S. consular representation in Gibraltar. Citizen services questions should be directed to the U.S. Embassy in London. Passport questions can be directed to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, located at Serrano 75/Madrid, Spain; telephone (34)(91) 587-2200, and fax (34)(91) 587-2303. The web site address is http://www.embusa.es.

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Links
www,gibraltar.gi
www.noonsite.com/Countries/Gibraltar/Gibraltar
www.marinabay.gi/
www.gibraltar.gov.uk/maritime1.asp
www.yachtscene.gi

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