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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
List of Maltese diplomatic representations
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
Buses are the primary method of public transport for the island ; they offer a cheap and frequent service to many parts of Malta and Gozo. The vast majority of buses in Malta depart from a large circular terminus in Valletta.

Taxis are also widely used and are quite cheap as well.

Although there was a railway line in Malta, its use has been abandoned now.

Maps of Urban Networks
Visitmalta.com
Maporama
Maps Live
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Malta Intl (MLA) 7 km / 4 miles EUR 20-25 / 15 min EUR 0.47+ 0.35 for luggage / 20 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Malta being a small territory, buses are a convenient way to move from one city to another. To reach the Maltese islands, the maritime route can be chosen as well. 

For connections with other countries, Malta offers excellent air transportation system.

Rail Companies
No railways in Malta

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Air Malta National Domestic flights Yes
Alitalia Major Yes
British Airways Major Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The rate of development of the road-network in Malta is low as compared to the European average. Despite a high urbanization level, Malta has less than 100 km of highways. Public transport in Malta is controlled by the Malta Transport Authority, an organization working under the Ministry of Transport. The main mode of public transport in Malta is buses. The Public Transport association ensures road links through buses in the entire island, thanks to the fleet of more than 500 buses belonging to private owners. On the website of the Public Transport association a detailed map of existing itineraries, details of bus plying timings and information on ticket costs are all available. Travelling in buses in Malta to reach for business meetings is not advisable mainly due to delay in timings.

Another mode of transport in Malta is taxi. Taxis are easily identifiable thanks to their white color. It is necessary to settle the price before traveling in a taxi in order to avoid any unpleasant experiences later on (one could refer to the official informations on the taxi price of the Malta Transport Authority). On arrival at the airport, you will have to go to the "Taxi" ticket office which gives tickets according to the desired destination. A taxi network run by private garages also exists (these taxis are black in color), which is particularly reliable.

Car renting is also possible in Malta. It is a left-hand drive in Malta and sign post are on the right-hand side. Car renting rates are particularly attractive in Malta, especially at the airport. Principal international companies (Hertz, Avis, etc.) exist inside the international airport.

Road Maps
Public transport association
Find an Itinerary
Mappy website (itineraries, maps)

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The Maltese archipelago consists of five islands, Malta being the largest one. The 2nd largest is the island of Gozo and consists of around 30,000 inhabitants.
Malta is particularly known for its linguistic and cultural heritage. The island offers the richness of its historical inheritance and captivating colors of omnipresent stone color of honey.
The city of Valette is listed as the World Heritage city in UNESCO. The fortress city has a rich historical past.
The festivities and religious processions have an important place in the lives of Maltese people.
Amongst the other key tourist sites of the island, we can cite the city of Mdina, the temples of Hagiar Kim, the neighboring islands of Gozo and Comino, the Cottonera and the church of Mosta.
Cultural
Malta offers great cultural sites to visit. These sites are linked to the Islands' prehistoric period as well as to the Phoenician and Roman periods. We can site among them Skorba temples, St Paul Catacombs, St Paul Milqui. For more information about these cultural aspects of Maltese tourism, please visit: http//www.heritagemalta.org.

Among museums that one must see, the National Museum of Fine Arts exhibits splendid masterpieces.

Nature
The Maltese islands offer various natural sites to be explored. Gozo is among the best natural site to see with a walk along Dingli cliffs.
Religious
The islands are rich in religious sites. There are around 365 churches and chapels throughout the islands

The Mdina cathedral, St George's basilica, Gozo's cathedral should be cites as religious places to visit.

Thermal
Spa and fitness facilities can be found at most 5-stars hotels.
Beach
Malta being an island surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, beaches and all related activities are to be found. The main costal resorts and larger sandy beaches are to be found in Northern Malta. Most popular beaches are Mellieha bay, Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden bay.
Winter Sports
Because of the climate, there is no real winter sport in Malta.
Outdoor Activities
The island of Comino offers great possibilities for hiking and walking. Parks and gardens (Argotti garden, hastings in Valletta etc) allow also for outdoor activities.
Horseback riding, diving are also well enjoyed activities in Malta.
Shopping
Valletta, Sliema, St Julians and St George Bay are the best places for shopping.

Shopping in Malta is characterized by two opposite aspects - modernity and traditions. Indeed, near fashion boutiques, more traditional Maltese products can be found.

Open air markets are also a tradition in Malta and interesting items can be found.

Tourism Organizations
Tourism Board of Malta
Malta Tourism Authority

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is needed from travelers over 9 years of age coming from countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.

Otherwise, no particular recommendations apply when visiting Malta.

For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Health Department Malta
 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency 112
Ambulance 196
Police 191
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Valletta (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time goes from June to September with August being the hottest month of the year.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The type of climate in Malta is Mediterranean: summers are hot, dry and very sunny. Winters are mild with a few short and pleasant spells. The average temperature is 11 degrees in winter and 29 degrees in summer. The rainy season is between November and February but the annual rainfall remains low.
For Further Information
Malta weather
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
The Maltese cuisine is Mediterranean, strongly based on Italian influences and enriched with Arabic spices. Garlic, olive oil and aromatic herbs play an important role in the culinary preparations.

Rice and pasta play a dominant role in the Maltese cuisine as well as meat (light preferably like rabbit).

Of course, due to the proximity with sea, seafoods and fishes are also found in the Maltese specialties.

Main specialties are: "aljota" (fish soup), "Mqarrun il-forn" (baked macaroni), "fenkata" (with rabbit meat), "imquaret" (date-filled deep fried pastry).

Drinks
Maltese wine and beers are quite famous as well as Maltese liqueurs (limuncell and kinnie).
Dietary Restrictions
No particular restrictions are found in Malta.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Euro
ISO Code
EUR
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency of Malta is the Euro (EUR) since January 1st, 2008. The foreign exchange offices at the International Airport of Malta are open round the clock. One can withdraw cash from the ATM's installed in almost all big tourist centers in the country. Various hotels as well as the big restaurants and boutiques provide currency exchange facilities but the rates offered at these places are generally lesser than those provided by the banks.
Possible Means of Payment
Many international banks can be found in Malta and international credit cards can be used in the country as well as travelers' checks.

Money can be received at ATMs thanks to an international credit card.

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Speaking

Official Language
Maltese and English
Other Languages Spoken
 English is the second official language. A majority of the Maltese people know a third language which can be Italian, German or French.
Business Language
English
Getting Some Knowledge
The following websites offer some knowledge on Maltese language: http://www.mylanguageexchange.com/Learn/Maltese.asp, http://www.word2word.com, http://www.digitaldialects.com/Maltese.htm
Free Translation Tools
Eurodicautom : The European Union Dictionary (12 languages available)

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Globespan property (property and rentals portal)

Apartment rental in Malta
To Find a Job
Malta Jobs

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