British passport (Gibraltar)

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Gibraltar passport
British passport (Gibraltar).jpg
The front cover of a contemporary Gibraltar biometric passport.
Gibraltar ePassport information page
Issued byUnited KingdomGibraltar Governor of Gibraltar on behalf of
United Kingdom Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
(on the advice of the
United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), at the request of
Gibraltar HM Government of Gibraltar made to the
United KingdomGibraltar Deputy Governor of Gibraltar
Type of documentPassport
Eligibility requirementsBritish citizenship and/or British Overseas Territories citizenship connected to Gibraltar

The Gibraltar passport is a British passport issued to British Citizens and British Overseas Territory Citizens who live in, or have a connection (for example by birth) with Gibraltar.

As a result of the British Nationality Act 1981, Gibraltarians were made British Overseas Territories citizens by default, but could apply for registration as a British Citizen ("an entitlement that cannot be refused") under section 5 of the Act. They are considered British citizens for EU purposes making them full citizens of the European Union with all consequential rights and entitlements.[1] Under The British Overseas Territories Act (2002) all British Overseas Territories Citizens have the right to register as British Citizens.[2]

Gibraltar passports are issued by the Passport Office of the Gibraltar Civil Status and Registration Office. Since 2005, passports issued in Gibraltar have been biometric.

Gibraltarians travelling within the European Union, EEA[citation needed] and Switzerland[citation needed] are entitled to use a Gibraltar identity card instead of a Gibraltar passport as a travel document.


Cover of an older-style Gibraltar-issued British passport from the 1970s

British passports issued in Gibraltar differ from UK issued ones only in some of the wording but otherwise have the same status. The word "Gibraltar" is added beneath "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" and on the information page. The only other difference is that Gibraltar-issued passports replace the mention of Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State with The Governor of Gibraltar:

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  1. ^ Gibraltar's Status in the EU Archived 2009-09-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rights of BOTC's Archived March 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Inside front cover of a regular UK passport

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