Strategic British overseas territory and important military base, Gibraltar is located at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea, on a huge limestone peak with a very densely populated area lying at its feet. “The Rock”, as Gibraltar is often called, may share a border with Spain, but its population and atmosphere is definitely British. Gibraltar makes an interesting change of scenery from the neighboring Spain. The curious travelers will find here an impressive labyrinth of caves and tunnels to explore inside of the Rock, a stunning panoramic view over Africa from the top, countless playful dolphins and mischievous Barbary macaques.
INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
GIBRALTAR – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”|
|Hepatitis B||Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).|
|Lyme disease||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
MEDICAL CARESThe medical care system in Gibraltar is of satisfying quality. If you need health care in the territory, you can go to the Specialist Medical Group Ltd or to the Westminster Private Medical Clinic. These modern medical establishments offer diverse quality specialized services. But in the event of serious sickness or injury, an evacuation to your country of origin is advised. In case of emergency in Gibraltar, call 122. Access to quality medicines is easy in Gibraltar. Pharmacies are accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. But it is always safer to bring your own medical supplies, especially if you require specific treatments.
In case of emergency dial:
- 199 for police and emergency services
- 190 for ambulance and fire services
From a cellphone, dial 122 for all emergency services.