Area : 121 sq mi km2
Population : 419,285 inhabitants
Flights last about three and a half hours and should cost approximately £160.
Luqa airport is 4 miles away from the heart of Valletta. It takes 25 minutes to reach by bus and 15 minutes by taxi.
It is possible to walk around the island without fear and at any hour of the day. It is undoubtedly the safest country in the Mediterranean.
The two official languages are Maltese and English. The people also understand French, Italian and German.
For British citizens, a valid passport is required to enter into Malta.
98% of the population is Catholic (85% being practicing Catholics).
The Euro has been legal tender in Malta since 1st January 2008. Cash can be withdrawn using an international credit card (Visa or MasterCard in particular) at any of the ATM machines in the archipelago. Do remember, though, that payments by travellers cheque must be issued in Euros.
If you are already familiar with Malta and were used to having prices marked in Pounds, the fixed exchange rate is as follows: 1 MTL = 2.08 GBP and 1 GBP = 0.48 MTL.
Bank opening hours: from 8:30am to 2:00pm during the week.
The simplest way to visit the whole island is by car (except for Comino where you can only move around by foot). All rental companies have offices on the island. You can hire a car with or without a driver. Allow about £20 per day for unlimited mileage. A national driver's licence is enough, but this should be approved at the police headquarters at Floriana (you must be at least 25 years old or 21 years old if you have an all-risk insurance). Speed limit: 40 mph out of town and 25 mph in town.
Another way to explore the archipelago is by motorbike (for those with a license, or by scooter). Great news, they also drive on the left in Malta! It is also easy to get around by bicycle as there are no steep hills.
Ferries also link the islands to one another. There are bus lines at Malta and Gozo. In Malta, they always run through Valletta, the capital, to get to the other smaller towns so make sure you leave yourself enough time.
Taxis are also a good means of transport, but they are more expensive than buses. The white cars are state-owned taxis, while the black ones are private companies that can be contacted by phone.
No vaccine is required. There is no major health problem. Tap water is drinkable. Think about bringing sunscreen cream and mosquito repellent products.
220 V. The electrical plugs are of British type (three-pin plugs).
Malta welcomes 450,000 British visitors per year, on average.
Service is generally included in the bill, and is about 10% of the bill, but you can also leave a tip if you wish to. Services are taxed at 5% and products at 15%.
To call Malta from the UK, dial 00 + 356 (country code) + 21 followed by the number of the person you are calling.
To call the UK from Malta, dial 00 + 44 followed by the number of the person you are calling without the initial 0.
Malta High Commission
Telephone: 020 7292 4800
Tourism Authority of Malta
You can find more information by visiting the website: www.visitmalta.com
British High Commission
XBX 1026 MALTA GC
Tel:+356 2323 0000
Tourism Authority of Malta
1 City Gate Arcades
Tel: 23 77 47