Since 1 January 2018, any firm carrying out by way of business, in or from Gibraltar, the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT) for storing or transmitting value belonging to others (DLT activities) needs to be authorised by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) as a DLT Provider.
Scope of the Travel Rule
All "virtual asset transfers", which means any material transaction, on behalf of a payer, to make a virtual asset available to a payee, irrespective of whether the payer and the payee are the same person between "relevant financial businesses" as defined in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2015 (Transfer of Virtual Assets) Regulations 2021, section 3.1.
EUR 1 000
Information to be exchanged
Originator's virtual asset account number,
Originator's physical address, national identity number or customer identification, or date and place of birth,
Beneficiary's virtual asset account number.
When dealing with unhosted wallets, enhanced due diligence must be performed. Beneficiary VASPs shall require from its customer the following information: originator name as well as the originator's physical address, national identity number or customer identification, or date and place of birth. It should be noted that the Travel Rule does not apply when VASPs send a virtual asset transfer to a person other than a VASP.
When do you need to comply?
22 March 2021
However, the GFSC granted an 18-month grace period.
What else do you need to know?
All activities falling within the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) definition of virtual asset service providers (VASPs) are now regulated activities under Gibraltar law and within the regulatory and supervisory ambit of the GFSC.