It would seem this is the opposite of red tape
, but an attempt to expedite processing into the port. The language is, "we recommend ..." and " individuals who sail to Gibraltar may provide...". The implication is that none of this is mandatory, but a means to expedite the processing, especially for vessels such as cruise
ships or freighters. I'm not sure it has much applicability to a cruiser. It would be interesting to hear from any cruiser who put into Gib without doing the pre-arrival notification.
One area for cruisers where it might be helpful would be getting a Pratique for a non-EU vessel as a means of restarting the EU VAT timetable. Although that was a iffy means of dealing with the VAT issue when I was in GIB in 2006, I did go to the Port Authority (not customs) and get the document for my vessel. I suspect this pre-arrival registration
would make that procedure go more easily today (although it wasn't that difficult in 2006). In 2-1/2 years in EU waters I was never challenged on the VAT issue and thus never learned if the Gib Pratique was of any value.