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Practical information Malta

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

Malta : Travel Information before you go!

Area

121 sq mi

Flights

Flights last about three and a half hours and should cost approximately 160.

Population

419,285

Airports

Luqa airport is 4 miles away from the heart of Valletta. It takes 25 minutes to reach by bus and 15 minutes by taxi.

Security

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.

Languages

The two official languages are Maltese and English. The people also understand French, Italian and German.

Required travel documents for

For British citizens, a valid passport is required to enter into Malta.

Religion

98% of the population is Catholic (85% being practicing Catholics).

Currency

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 Cash can be withdrawn using an international credit card (Visa or MasterCard in particular) at any of the ATM machines in the archipelago.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.

Local transportation

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.

Health

No vaccine is required. There is no major health problem. Tap water is drinkable. Think about bringing sunscreen cream and mosquito repellent products.

Electricity

220 V. The electrical plugs are of British type (three-pin plugs).

Tourist numbers

Malta welcomes 450,000 British visitors per year, on average.

Taxes and tips

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%.

Telephone

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 : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Malta High Commission
Malta House
36-38 Piccadilly
London
W1V 0PQ
Telephone: 020 7292 4800
Tourism Authority of Malta
You can find more information by visiting the website: www.visitmalta.com

At the destination

British High Commission
Whitehall Mansions
Ta'Xbiex Seafront
Ta'Xbiex
XBX 1026 MALTA GC
Tel:+356 2323 0000
Tourism Authority of Malta
1 City Gate Arcades
Valetta
Tel: 23 77 47