Top events in Malta

May
31

Virtually every weekend throughout the summer months, different villages celebrate the feast of their patron saint with extensive firework...

June
30

Malta's summer arts festival is an ambitious collection of visual and performance offerings that takes place at venues across the old city of...

June
30

Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg and the Black Eyed Peas have headlined the Isle of MTV Malta Special, Malta's biggest open-air party. The line-up of top...

St. George Basilica Gozo, Malta
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Malta Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

316 sq km (122 sq miles).

Population

411,277 (2013).

Population density

1,301.5 per sq km.

Capital

Valletta.

Government

Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964.

Head of state

President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca since 2014.

Head of government

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat since 2013.

Electricity

240 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin plugs are in use.

From the MTV music festival in Valletta to abseiling and climbing in Gozo, Malta rocks. Small in size but big in character, Malta offers cool cafes, buzzing night clubs, exhilarating activities, exciting festivals and amazing archaeological wonders, whatever the time of year.

Situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, the Maltese archipelago, which includes Gozo, Comino, Cominotto and Filfla, exudes character at every turn, from its vibrant blue waters and secluded bays, to medieval walled citadels and splendid baroque churches. Every year, visitors flock to Malta's striking coastline to sample its mouth-watering seafood and immerse themselves in fascinating history, traditional villages and colourful fiestas.
From retracing the footsteps of St Paul to discovering where the Knights of St John defended Christendom, this open-air museum will reveal new surprises to you at every turn.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 25 May 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.


Crime

Crime against tourists is rare although robberies, handbag snatching, pick-pocketing and theft from parked cars can occur. Safeguard passports, money and other valuables. Be vigilant when exchanging money and using ATMs, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use the hotel’s own safe if possible.

There have been instances of pick-pocketing on bus routes, especially the 12 and 13 routes between Valletta and St Julian’s. Thieves are targeting crowded afternoon buses. Be vigilant and keep sight of valuables at all times. Local police are aware of the problem and conducting investigations.

There are occasional incidents of organised crime involving firearms or explosives. These events are rare but have the potential to cause serious injury to bystanders. Report any suspicious activity to the police on 112 immediately.

Hunting season

The Maltese spring hunting season runs from 14 to 30 April. Hunting areas are rarely marked and can overlap with camping areas, country walkways and other public areas. Hunting with firearms is common and is permitted from 2 hours before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. Be vigilant if you visit rural areas and nature spots.

Scams

British and Maltese nationals are increasingly being targeted by scam artists operating globally. The scams come in many forms (romance and friendship, business ventures, work and employment opportunities) and can pose great financial risk to victims. Be very cautious about any requests for funds, a job offer, a business venture or a face to face meeting from someone you have been in correspondence with over the internet.

Local travel

The political situation in Libya has resulted in tensions between two offices claiming to represent the Libyan government in Malta. The two buildings are situated near bus stops on Triq L-Abate Rigord in Ta’ Xbiex and Triq L-Imdina in Attard. Take extra care and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations at these locations.

Road travel

You can drive in Malta using your UK driving licence.

Take care while driving as some roads are in poor condition.  Keep to the speed limit. Local standards of driving are poor.

In 2013 there were 18 road deaths in Malta source NSO. This equates to 4.5 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.7 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2013.

See the European Commission,AA and RAC guides to driving in Malta.

Swimming

Follow local advice if jellyfish are present.

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