Embassies and Consulates in Gibraltar

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Gibraltar, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Gibraltar. Embassies and Consulates are foreign territories where the host country cannot.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Gibraltar does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate?

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or other emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Gibraltar, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Gibraltar

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

The Gibraltar “capital”, Gibraltar city, does not host any official embassy representation.

However, there are 12 consulates and a United Kingdom Governor’s Office in Gibraltar (Country where Gibraltar belongs to, nowadays).

All consulates and honorary consulates are located in the only city in Gibraltar.

You will find below the information regarding the United Kingdom Representative Office in Gibraltar. Below, the list also includes consulates and honorary consulates located in Gibraltar.

Representations in Gibraltar

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British Office of the Governor in Gibraltar

Address: Office of the Governor, The Convent, Main Street, GX111AA Gibraltar
Tel: (+350) 200 45440 and (+350) 2002 4250
E-Mail: enquiry.gibraltar@fcdo.gov.uk
Social Media: https://twitter.com/convent_gib and https://www.facebook.com/ConventGib
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, excluding public holidays

The United Kingdom's Governor Office in Gibraltar is the sole British representation in Gibraltar.

The Governor has special responsibilities for the conduct in Gibraltar regarding external affairs, defence, internal security and certain functions in relation to public offices.

Honorary Consulates in Gibraltar

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Gibraltar, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in London, United Kingdom for Gibraltar.

Honorary Consulates in Gibraltar