Commonwealth Data Forum Europe 2018


Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6.7 km2 (2.6 sq mi) and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities

Communications in Gibraltar comprise a wide range of telephony systems (both fixed-line and mobile), Internet access, broadcasting (radio and television) and satellite control. There is also printed and online media.

Gibraltar has a digital telephone exchange supported by a fibre optic and copper infrastructure; the telephone operator Gibtelecom also operates a GSM network. Internet connectivity is available across the fixed network. Gibraltar’s top-level domain code is .gi.

Listed ISPs registered in Gibraltar include: TS2 Space, Business Com Networks, Juch-Tech Inc, CTS Gibraltar, OneWeb, SpaceX, Sapphire Networks Ltd and Gibtelecom.

Gibraltar has 0.028 million subscribers in total, or a 92.12% penetration rate (December 2009).

Regulation of telecommunications and broadcasting are the responsibility of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA), established by means of the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority Act in 2000.

In Gibraltar, the Data Protection Act 2004 is the law that governs how organisations (both private and public) should use information about individuals. It includes the rules that organisations must follow and the Rights that individuals have in respect of information about them e.g. the Right of access to your personal data.

Under the Data Protection Act 2004, the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority is nominated as the Data Protection Commissioner.


The Commonwealth Data Forum 2018 – Europe will be hosted by the Ministry of Economic Development, Telecommunications & the GSB has portfolio responsibility for Economic Development & Inward Investment, International Trade

Telecommunications, Enterprise, The Gibraltar Savings Bank (GSB) and the administration of Government Departments charged with the aforesaid.

The Ministry is headed by The Hon Joe Bossano MP.


Visa requirement

Please note a Gibraltarian visa is not the same as a United Kingdom visa, and, Gibraltar exists outside the Schengen zone. Delegates need to obtain a Gibraltarian visa in addition to either of these visas, the only other port of entry is via Morocco but a visa for Morocco will also need to be obtained ahead of travel in addition to the Gibraltar visa. To clarify a UK , Moroccan or a Schengen Visa is not enough to gain entry into Gibraltar, an additional Overseas Territory and Commonwealth visa is required.

Visa should be obtained from the nearest British High Commission within the region.  For this purpose you may require a letter of invitation to the event from the CTO. Kindly inform the CTO if you require this letter.

Visas will not be issued at the port of entry or immigration in Gibraltar unless it is a matter of emergency which is left to the discretion of the Immigration.

The visa fee is not a set fee, and it varies from country to country.  Please note that this cost will not be reimbursed by the CTO or the Host Organisation.

You will need a visa to come to Gibraltar, unless you are in any of these exempt groups:

  • Persons who hold Service, Temporary Service and Diplomatic passports issued by the Holy See.
  • Persons holding EU issued family permits, UK Residence Permits issued for a period of 12 months or more, UK Biometric Residence permits or a UK multiple entry visa issued for 6 months or more.
  • Persons who hold indefinite leave to remain in the UK and persons who hold UK certificates of entitlement to the right of abode and have not been absent from the UK for more than 2 years.

Gibraltar follows mainly the visa policy of the United Kingdom. European Union citizens and citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to freedom of movement.

A visa-free stay is granted to nationals holding ordinary passports of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Vatican City. Passports are required by all visitors to Gibraltar, except EU nationals who are in possession of a valid national identity card.

How to apply for a visa:

Applications should be made to any British Diplomatic Visa issuing post in the applicant’s normal country of residence (British Embassy). If applying online go to and choose the following options:

Reason For Visit: OTHER



Visa waiver – Holders of a Schengen visa:

Nationals of Morocco, the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, India or Russia who are holders of multiple entry Schengen visas with a minimum remaining validity of 7 days on the date of departure, can apply for a visa waiver for a maximum period of 21 days. Please download and complete the form (see link) and present it together with your passport and Schengen visa to one of our officers on arrival at Gibraltar.

Visa Waiver – Sponsor:

Persons resident in Gibraltar can apply to sponsor for a maximum period of 21 days any person who holds leave to remain in any member state of the EU, which is part of the Schengen acquis, for more than 3 years. Please download and complete the form below and present it at our headquarters together with your passport/ID card, proof of residence in Gibraltar and a photocopy of the visitor’s passport and residence card at least one working day before the arrival of your visitor. (see link)

As soon as you have registered and paid for your pass in full, we will be happy to prepare a visa support letter for you, should you require one. Please complete the below table and send to

**All visa arrangements and costs are to be borne by the attendees and/or their administration. CTO will be happy to assist with an Invitation Letter on request**


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Further Information:

For further information, please contact:
Robert Hayman, Events Manager.
44 (0) 208 600 3805
44 (0) 208 600 3819