Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory in the sunshine just a short flight away. However, it is still important to research ‘life on the rock’ before you travel (and ideally before you apply). Whilst British, RAF life in Gibraltar is not the same as in Britain.

Here we give you a starting point for your research, providing an overview of Gibraltar and known sources of locational information:

Local information

All Service personnel will be issued with a ‘Guide to Gibraltar’ ( required) following issue of assignment order. This will provide you with information about history of Gibraltar, what it’s like to live in Gibraltar, local facilities and more.

Gibraltar HIVE

In Four Corners you will find a HIVE – this is a great source of local information. If you want information in advance of travel contact details are below:

VisitGibraltar Hive Blogspot
Email[email protected]
Tel: 00350 2005 3174
Mil: 98531 3174

Open: Mon-Thurs 0830-1630 and Fri 0830-1330

About Gibraltar

Gibraltar is in one of the most strategic geographical areas in the world at the southern tip of Spain, with clear views to Morocco across the Straits of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. It is only 6.8 km² in size with a population of approximately 34,500 inhabitants and ranks number 5 on the most densely populated country in the world list.

RAF Gibraltar Runway

RAF life in Gibraltar

RAF Gibraltar is located at the northern end of the Gibraltar peninsula, between the Spanish border and the Rock of Gibraltar. The Service accommodation is split across two sites: families are all located at Four Corners (close to RAF Gibraltar) and single and military married unaccompanied personnel are at Devils Tower (on the eastern side of the Rock).

Four Corners

Four Corners is also home to the hub of the community: HELM Point (Housing, Education, Leisure and Meeting Point) is home to the Community Centre, HIVE, Families Housing Services, NAAFI shop, St Christopher’s Primary School and the Sunflowers Nursery, swimming pool, small gym and a private sailing club. It is a safe area for children to play and boasts four play parks for varying ages, a tennis court and has a gate access to Western Beach.

Gibraltar really does have it all, and with regular flights to the UK taking only 2.5 hours your family is closer than you think. My role as SO3 J1 Welfare and Community Support keeps me very busy but there is always room for that very important work/life balance to enjoy all that Gibraltar has to offer. Would I recommend an assignment to Gibraltar? Absolutely!

Flight Lieutenant Sarah James

Points of difference

Pet policy

There is a one pet policy in Gibraltar, owing to the confined nature of SFA (apartments).

In Gibraltar, dogs are required by law to be on a lead at all times and are not permitted on any beaches in Gibraltar (apart form Northern groyne of Eastern beach Nov-Mar).

Dogs must be registered on arrival in Gibraltar, registration is renewable on an annual basis with one of the vets in Gibraltar. A dog tag will be issued by the vets which must be worn on the collar. In addition, Families Housing maintain a register of dogs in SFA and also issue a licence to the occupant of SFA to keep a dog on the MOD estate.

Furniture provision

There is no furniture wharfing available in Gibraltar, owing to the lack of space to store SFA furniture in Interserve barrack stores. If you wish to bring your own large furniture items, such as sofas and beds, you need to be aware the SFA furniture will need to remain in the apartment also (unless exceptional circumstances exist for specialist furniture).

Accompanied assignment considerations

If you are on an accompanied assignment, especially with children, you should make sure your entire family’s needs are met in Gibraltar – this will ensure there are no surprises on arrival. We recommend you review education and childcare offerings, and spousal employment in particular.

For further information read our ‘‘considerations before you go’ page.

Welfare support in Gibraltar

If you are currently in Gibraltar and you are in need of personal support or social work services, SSAFA are the local providers and can be contacted on 00350 2005 3204.

Overseas welfare support information >

How we can help

If you are in Gibraltar and have any issues or concerns, we can help you find a solution.