Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1964.
Head of state:
President George Abela since 2009.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat since 2013.
240 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin plug 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.
Most visits to Malta and Gozo are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
You need a passport or a National Identity Card to enter Malta.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice: