National information Malta
Temperatures Malta – Valetta
The Mediterranean island state of Malta comprises the main island of Malta, the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino, and the uninhabited isles of Cominotto, Filfla and St. Pauls. Spanning a total area of 316 square kilometres, the main island of Malta accounts for 247 square kilometres. The group of islands is 93 km south of Sicily and 290 km north of the North African coast.
System of government:
Republic (member of the Commonwealth) since 1974. Constitution of 1974, last amended 1987. Independent since 1964 (former British crown colony). Malta is a member of the EU.
97% of the population is Catholic.
The official languages are Maltese and English. Italian is widely spoken.
Malta is famous for its blue skies and steady sunshine. Even during the winter months of November and December, the sun shines for an average of 6 hours a day and even 12 hours a day during the summer months of June to August. It can also get very hot in spring and autumn when the Sirocco winds bring hot dry air from Africa to Malta. Winter temperatures seldom fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Occasional rain falls in autumn and winter but is usually only brief.
The Maltese power network is supplied with 220/240V alternating current. Frequency is 50 Hertz. As in the UK, power outlets have three rectangular openings arranged in a triangle.
CET. Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October: CET+1 (summer time).
Making telephone calls:
The country code for Malta is 00356. Malta, Gozo and Comino do not have area codes. To call the UK from Malta, please dial 0044 and the area code without the zero.
The country and its people:
The landscape of the three inhabited islands is characterised by hills and terraced fields. Malta does not have any mountains or rivers. Harbours, inlets, pretty sandy beaches and rocky bays can be found along the coast. Gozo is accessible from Malta by ferry and offers sumptuous vegetation, gently rolling hills and rugged cliffs. Comino is the smallest island and can be reached by ferry from both Malta and Gozo.
Entry requirements for British citizens:
British nationals do not need a visa to visit Malta. For stays of up to three months, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this. Malta is a contracting party to the European Agreement on the regulation of passenger traffic between member states of the Council of Europe dated 13.12.1957.
However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependant on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we can not be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements are not satisfied.
The Euro has been the official Maltese currency since 1 January 2008. Exchange rate (as of May 2017): 1 EURO = 0.84 GBP; 1 GBP = 1.19 EURO
BANK HOURS OF BUSINESS
Mon. – Fri., 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sat., 8:30 am – 11:30 am. Some banks have longer opening hours.
Most hotels and restaurants and many shops accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club. Details are available from the respective credit card companies.
EC / MAESTRO card
Using your EC card and PIN, cash can be withdrawn in local currency at ATMs throughout Europe. Cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are also usually accepted as means of payment.
On entering or travelling through Malta, cash (in any currency) or easily convertible valuables (bonds, travellers‘ cheques etc.) to the value or equivalent of 10,000 EURO or more must be declared. Personal luggage may contain duty-free gifts to the value of 190 EURO. These include goods purchased in the duty-free shop in the arrivals hall. (NB: The value of larger gifts can not be distributed among a group, e.g. various family members.) Items whose value exceeds 190 EURO are subject to a percentage rate of duty. These restrictions no longer apply to goods brought from member states of the European Union to Malta. Items requiring special permits (e.g. arms) will be held for safekeeping by the customs authorities until such permits are issued. If you require more detailed customs information on importing goods, please contact the embassy of your destination country directly. Only there will you receive legally binding information. The customs regulations for the UK are available online on the British customs Web site: www.fco.gov.uk.
Special criminal regulations:
The possession of even the smallest quantities of drugs is a criminal offence. Importing drugs is generally regarded as ”dealing“ and as such punishable by minimum imprisonment of 6 months. Considerable prison sentences are awarded for proven drug dealing on Malta; the standard term of imprisonment is currently 15 years.
Standard vaccinations for children and adults should be reviewed and supplemented before travelling. The Foreign Office also recommends vaccination against Hepatitis A and B in cases of particular exposure (e.g. current outbreaks, basic travel conditions, poor hygiene, military operations, poor medical care, special professional/social contacts). Please consult your doctor for advice.
Persons who are sensitive to the sun should wear longsleeved clothing and protective sun cream offering a high sun protection factor as the sun intensity and ozone pollution are significantly stronger than in the UK. In summer and early autumn, hot and humid weather can exert great pressure on your heart and circulatory system; in autumn and winter, the respiratory system in particular can be affected by the damp and cool weather.
Rheumatic complaints also arise during longer stays in Malta on account of the prevailing conditions. Tap water is a mixture of groundwater and desalinated seawater and should only be drunk after boiling. No guarantee can be assumed for the integrity and completeness of medical information or any liability accepted for any damages which may occur. You remain solely responsible for your own health. If you’re visiting Malta, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. The EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state-provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Maltese nationals. If you do not have your EHIC with you or you have lost it, you can call the Department of Health Overseas Healthcare Team (+44 191 218 1999) to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate (www.gov.uk).
Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Customers must ensure that their physical and psychological condition is compliant with the respective trip. Customers are obliged to enquire about the physical mobility and psychological autonomy associated with this trip.
All information is subject to change/Last updated: May 2017