There has been some other comments about the captcha to open gitlab.com that may have suggested that it is an obnoxious problem. However, this is a big problem for me as my projects are used as submodules. The gitlab ci wiil (and needs) to do a recurive update of these modules by https, but they fail!!! On the command line I can also access fine via ssh but https returns 403. This is a really dumb policy! If there is not a solution to this issue fast then Ii will have to move back to github.
Has this just started happening recently? This seems similar to an issue a user had on twitter: https://twitter.com/boydkelly/status/1282417829720010752