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Gibraltar Tax

Gibraltar has a number of different tax regimes depending on your individual situation and whether you enjoy earned or passive income or a combination of the two. What all residents of Gibraltar benefit from is a jurisdiction free from Capital Gains Tax, Wealth Tax, Savings Tax, Gift Tax and VAT. Neither is there any Gibraltar liability to Inheritance Tax but British Expats beware, UK Inheritance Tax is based on the concept of domicile rather than residency and British Expats in Gibraltar may never be able to remove their liability to this UK tax.

Retiring to Gibraltar from UK

The requirements for obtaining residency will vary depending on the residency category you wish to apply for but will certainly require you to obtain permanent accommodation in Gibraltar either by renting or by buying a suitable property. It is also worth noting that following the introduction of Common Reporting Standards residency, tax and other information is shared with other tax authorities throughout the world. It is therefore important to spend sufficient time in Gibraltar to maintain your residency status as well as not to run the risk of triggering residency elsewhere.

This is particularly important if you intend to spend significant periods of time in Spain where the residency rules can be extremely complicated. Fortunately, our team have specialist in-depth knowledge of the residency rules in both jurisdictions and the way they interact, and are able to guide clients to ensure they remain within the law in both countries.

Tax In Gibraltar

A successful change of residency is not just about relocating to another country it is also about ensuring that you properly exit the country you are leaving and that your investments, pensions and other financial affairs are reviewed and assessed to ensure they are as tax efficient as possible for your new life in Gibraltar. Our highly qualified financial advisers are able to review your investments and retirement plans to make sure they are as tax efficient as possible and to provide you with ongoing advice and support.

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FAQ About Moving to Gibraltar for British Nationals: A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to the FAQ section for British Nationals seeking residency in Gibraltar. If you're considering moving to Gibraltar and have questions about the residency process, benefits, taxation, and other related topics, you've come to the right place.

This FAQ provides valuable information to help you understand the requirements, advantages, and tax benefits of Gibraltar residency for British nationals.

Whether you're looking for information about working in Gibraltar, tax advantages, healthcare access, Gibraltar living costs or documentation requirements, we aim to address your concerns and provide clarity on the path to Gibraltar residency.

Please explore the following sections for answers to commonly asked questions about Gibraltar residency for British nationals.

All residency applications which are processed under the provisions of Gibraltar’s Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Act continue to treat British nationals who have no material connection with Gibraltar as EU nationals. Individuals wishing to take up residency in Gibraltar must do so as a ‘qualified person’. The practical effect of this is that as a British citizen you may only take up residency in Gibraltar on a self-sufficiency basis if you are a UK pensioner who intends to make Gibraltar your permanent home and transfer your UK medical rights to Gibraltar or you enter the country on an employed or self-employed basis. You may also establish residency as a Category 2 individual. The requirements have become more onerous and are subject to change in the future. 

Residency in Gibraltar grants British nationals access to various benefits, including favourable tax rates, a stable economy, a high standard of living, and a vibrant international community.

Yes, British residents in Gibraltar are eligible to work in the territory. Gibraltar offers a range of employment opportunities across different sectors, including finance, gaming, tourism, and more.

Gibraltar offers attractive tax advantages for residents, including low personal Gibraltar tax rates, no capital gains tax, and various tax incentives. Consult a tax advisor to optimize your tax planning in Gibraltar.

Yes, British nationals can maintain their UK citizenship while residing in Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, allowing dual citizenship with the UK.

The residency process duration can vary based on individual circumstances and the volume of applications. It is advisable to check with a qualified professional regarding processing times before engaging their services.

Yes, British residents of Gibraltar can typically bring their immediate family members to reside with them. Spouses, children, and dependent relatives may be eligible for family reunification. Check with our Gibraltar Residency Department for specific requirements.

Gibraltar provides a range of housing options, including apartments houses and villas. Start by browsing online listings or contacting local real estate agents who can assist you in finding suitable accommodation property in Gibraltar that meets your preferences and budget.

English is the official language of Gibraltar, making it easy for British nationals to communicate and conduct daily activities without the need for Spanish. However, learning some basic Spanish phrases can enhance your overall experience and help you engage with the local community.

Yes, you can bring your pets to Gibraltar. Ensure that you comply with the necessary pet import regulations, such as microchipping, vaccination records, and health certificates. Additionally, research local pet policies to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friends.

Gibraltar has a robust healthcare system that offers high-quality medical services. British nationals can access healthcare facilities through the Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA). As a resident, you may be eligible for free or subsidized healthcare, but it is advisable to secure private health insurance for comprehensive coverage.

Gibraltar is known for its higher cost of living compared to the UK. Prices for accommodation, groceries, and dining out are generally higher. However, salaries in Gibraltar often reflect the higher cost of living, and tax rates are favourable. Researching and budgeting your expenses in advance will help you manage your finances effectively.

You have several options for transporting your belongings to Gibraltar, including shipping services and removal companies. Research and compare prices, obtain quotes, and consider factors like transit time and insurance coverage. Ensure compliance with customs regulations and any specific requirements for shipping personal items.

Gibraltar's economy offers diverse employment opportunities across sectors such as finance, gaming, online gambling, and tourism. Many British nationals find work in these industries due to their language skills and transferable qualifications. Networking, online job portals, and professional recruitment agencies can assist in job searches.

Opening a bank account in Gibraltar is a relatively straightforward process. Approach local banks, provide the required identification documents, proof of residency, and comply with anti-money laundering regulations. Research different banks to find one that suits your specific financial needs.

Gibraltar has a significant British expatriate community, providing a sense of familiarity and support for newcomers. Numerous social groups, clubs, and events cater to British nationals, helping you connect with like-minded individuals and build a support network.

Gibraltar has a favourable tax system for individuals. The personal income tax rates are typically lower than those in the UK, with a maximum rate of 27%. It is important to consult with a tax professional to understand the specific tax implications based on your individual circumstances.

Gibraltar offers a special tax regime for High-Net-Worth Individuals (HNWIs) who meet specific criteria. Under this regime, eligible individuals can apply for a tax cap, limiting their annual tax liability to a maximum amount. To qualify, you must meet certain asset and income thresholds. Consult a tax advisor to assess your eligibility and understand the requirements.

As a resident of Gibraltar, you will be subject to Gibraltar's tax laws. It is important to understand the residency rules and their impact on your tax obligations. Gibraltar operates a "days of presence" test, which considers the number of days you spend in Gibraltar to determine your tax residency status. Seek advice from a tax professional to ensure compliance with the residency rules and optimize your tax planning.

Yes, you can transfer your UK pension to Gibraltar. However, it's crucial to seek professional advice to understand the tax implications, potential benefits, and suitable pension transfer options available to you.

Gibraltar offers various retirement planning options, including personal pensions, occupational pension schemes, and Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme (QROPS). Consult a financial advisor to determine the most suitable retirement plan based on your financial goals.

Wealth management in Gibraltar involves creating a comprehensive financial plan, diversifying investments, and reviewing your portfolio regularly. Work with a wealth management advisor to optimize your wealth growth and protect your assets.

Effective tax planning in Gibraltar involves understanding local tax regulations, utilizing tax-efficient investment structures, and optimizing deductions and allowances. Consult a tax advisor for personalized advice tailored to your financial situation.

Structuring your finances for tax efficiency requires careful planning. Consider utilizing tax-advantaged investment vehicles such as pensions, to minimize your tax in Gibraltar. Additionally, explore opportunities for offshore investments or trusts, taking into account any relevant tax treaties between Gibraltar and other jurisdictions. It is crucial to seek professional advice from a tax specialist to ensure compliance with tax regulations and optimize your tax planning strategies.

Gibraltar and the UK have a unique tax relationship. While Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory, it has its own tax legislation separate from the UK. Income earned in Gibraltar is generally not subject to UK tax, but it is important to consider any potential implications for income generated outside Gibraltar. Consulting with a tax advisor who specializes in cross-border taxation can help you navigate the complexities of the Gibraltar-UK tax relationship.


Moving to Gibraltar as a British national can be an exciting adventure. By addressing the frequently asked questions above, we hope to have provided you with valuable insights and guidance for a successful relocation. Remember to plan ahead, research thoroughly, and seek professional advice when needed to ensure a smooth transition to your new home in Gibraltar. Good luck with your move, and we hope you enjoy all that Gibraltar has to offer!

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