News media are saying there of much worse delays at the border if you are thinking of taking a car in.
Wonder why that is ?
I walked over a couple of weeks ago, parked on the huge car park near to the border for €1,80 per hour.
If you have a bio chip on your passport there are now automatic passport readers to negotiate, similar to airports.
This has gone on for years, it's not just down to the latest bit of sabre-rattling on both sides. That's why there are the dedicated sites referred to above. In the run up to Christmas last year the game was to stop coaches that were doing Christmas shopping trips to Morrisons and have everything out of the luggage-hold for inspection.
If you cross on foot you rarely have any problems, if you take a vehicle across always be prepared for delays coming back off the Rock.
We knew some people who were Gibralarians and lived there. They bought a property at Villacana, near Estepona, where we used to own. They used it for weekend breaks etc. Shortly after they bought, the Spanish closed the border. The only way they could get to their place was take a ferry from Gib to Morocco, ferry from Morocco to Algecerias, then by road to Estepona. This went on for many years until the border was reopened.
I hope it doesn't get closed again.
The Gibraltarians have made it very clear that they don't want Spain to have any sovereignty over them.
The queues were caused because all passports were being checked,under the guise of the tightening of the EU border controls.
Those walking in were ( and still are today) being directed to use the auto gates, & for at least an hour last night the walking queue to leave Gibraltar was backed up to where the old airport used to be.
The queue is 14 minutes at the moment. As I said before, it varies all the time depending on the attitude of Spanish Frontier Control. The electronic gates provide them with a new method of disruption, they're appallingly inefficient at the best of times - the ones at Gatwick are terrible.Edited: 07 April 2017, 00:01
The new Schengen controls come into force at midnight, so expect delays coming off the Rock at peak times from tomorrow. They seem to be having a test run this evening as the queue is back up to 55 minutes now.