Gibraltar is the only European region that has a wild monkey population. Around 300-400 of them can be found trying to steal your food from your backpack, so beware!
Besides that, what can you actually do and see in Gibraltar? Of course, you have to see the Rock of Gibraltar. You can also find many caves as well, such as the Saint Michael's Cave. Moorish Castle has cool views from it too.
What is not cool is dealing with an expensive roaming bill you get from roaming with your provider in Gibraltar. Roaming can be expensive in many cases, which is why many travelers prefer to buy a local SIM card, like a Gibraltarian.
Mobile data is not overly expensive, but not super cheap either in Gibraltar. Even then, using a local SIM card will probably be cheaper than roaming.
In this article, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Gibraltar. Let's do this.
Telecom Provider in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has 1 telecom operator:
They have 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks.
Best SIM Card in Gibraltar
If you want to buy a SIM card in Gibraltar, then Gibtelecom would be your only choice.
SIM Card Registration Regulations in Gibraltar
Like many countries in Southern Europe, and Europe in general, you do not have to register yourself when buying a SIM card in Gibraltar.
Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory. This means that it is not a country, nor is it part of the United Kingdom. However, Gibraltar does fall in the legal jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, which makes it, until the end of 2020, part of the European Union.
As of June 2017, a new regulation has been enforced, which is known as roam like at home, meaning that those with a European Union (or EEA) SIM card should be allowed to use (some) of their data allowance in other EU/EEA countries without a surcharge.
Until the transitional period expires on the 1st of January, 2021, those with an EU/EEA SIM card can Roam Like at Home in Gibraltar. After that, things can change drastically. The same can be said for using your Gibtelecom SIM card in the EU/EEA. Once there is more information about this issue, this section will be updated, but it is something to be aware of.
With that being said, let’s see what Gibtelecom has to offer to us.
Gibtelecom is the sole operator in Gibraltar, and they are state-owned.
You can get a Gibtelecom SIM card, called Reload, for 25 GBP ($30.20) at the Customer Service Center in Jon Mackintosh or from other retailers. You will get the 25 GBP spent on the SIM card as credit.
Reload scratch cards are sold for 10 GBP and 25 GBP in many stores throughout Gibraltar, but you can also recharge online. To top-up, dial *101*VoucherCode#. For example, if your voucher code is 123456, then you would dial *101*123456#. Dial *100# to check your Reload balance.
Gibtelecom has 5 data packages to choose from:
- 10 GBP: “Unlimited” data (3 GB high-speed, then throttled to 128 Kbps until you have hit 10 GB, then the speed will be reduced to 64 Kbps) for 7 days. Activation: text DATA7 to 8100
- 10 GBP: 1 GB for 30 days. Activation: text DATA1GB to 8100
- 14 GBP: 2 GB for 30 days. Activation: text DATA2GB to 8100
- 17 GBP: 4 GB for 30 days. Activation: text DATA4GB to 8100
- 29 GBP: 10 GB for 30 days. Activation: text DATA10GB to 8100
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Gibraltar
The cheapest way to get online in Gibraltar is to get a SIM card from Gibtelecom, unless you have an EU/EEA SIM card and can roam for free in Gibraltar. However, local SIM cards are not your only method of staying online when abroad.
Below are some other options to consider.
Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected. You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.
However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.
International/Travel SIM Cards
International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers. The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local operators will charge you.
Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)
Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.
Free WIFI Networks
Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option. Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.
Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.
The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Gibraltar
Getting a SIM card from Gibtelecom would be your only option when considering a Gibraltarian SIM card.
Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other European Countries
Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.
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