Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory at the tip of the Iberian Peninsula, is, according to the El Pais, set to join Schengen on January 1, 2021, if Brexit negotiations are concluded.
This would mean that passengers arriving from the UK would need to clear passport control upon arrival in Gibraltar and adhere to the entry requirements for third-country nationals entering the 22 country bloc + Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
Here’s an excerpt from the Gibraltar Chronicle:
There would be no immigration checks at Gibraltar’s border with Spain if an agreement is reached for the Rock’s future relations with the European Union and the Schengen area, according to a report in the Spanish newspaper El Pais yesterday.
According to the article, the EU’s Schengen border would effectively be at Gibraltar’s airport and port.
Immigration checks in accordance with Schengen rules would be handled jointly by officers from Frontex – the European Borders and Coastguard Agency – working alongside Gibraltarian immigration officers.
As part of the agreement, Gibraltarians would also be able to move freely through the 26 Schengen member states including Spain, El Pais reported.
It also said the agreement would open up the possibility of flights from Gibraltar to the 26 Schengen member states.
Most of the people living in Gibraltar voted against Brexit, but, at the same time, don’t want to be part of Spain.
The Rock, as the southern tip is often referred to, is more integrated with Spain than with the UK, and the free movement without passports checks is equally important for those working daily in Gibraltar and Gibraltars.
It would be quite a coup for Spain if the Rock would become part of Schengen, and those from the UK visiting the British Overseas Territory would need to fulfill the Schengen entry and length of stay requirements.