Malta is an island country in the Mediterranean Sea that lies south of the island of Sicily, Italy. The country is an archipelago, with only the three largest islands (Malta, Ghawdex or Gozo, and Kemmuna or Comino) being inhabited. Throughout much of its history, Malta has been considered a crucial strategic location due in large part its position in the Mediterranean ... Sea. It was held by several ancient cultures including Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Sicilians, and others. The island is commonly associated with the Knights Hospitaller who ruled it. This, along with the historic Biblical shipwreck of St. Paul on the island, ingrained the strong Roman Catholic legacy which is still the official and most practiced religion in Malta today. The country's official languages are Maltese and English, although there are strong historical ties to the Italian language on the islands. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and is currently a member of the European Union.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Malta. Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay less than 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Malta for the most up- to-date information.
You may be required to pay a departure tax when flying within the country or departing it, though many airline tickets cover this cost.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread, and insurance can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Other recommended Items:
• Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, sunglasses
• Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent)
• Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
• Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol. Also, re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations
• Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
• Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
Malta has a Subtropical–Mediterranean climate with very mild winters and warm to hot summers. Rain occurs mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry. Malta has the highest amount of sunshine in all of Europe approximately 3,000 per year. Summer generally lasts 8 months from mid April – November. Malta is one of the few places in Europe which are "green" all year round.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Suggested items to pack:
Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.
Electricity: Electricity in Malta is provided at 230V/50Hz,. If you are using a Canadian or American appliance, an adapter is needed and readily available.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.
Internet: Internet Cafes are very popular in Malta and can be found all over Malta with several internet cafes in the tourist areas. Prices are usually around €2 per hour. Wi-Fi connections are becoming increasingly popular in bars, restaurants and hotels. There is a free Wi-Fi connection provided by the government in a number of public places, gardens, and piazzas. Please note that wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
Malta's currency is the Euro. The highest bill is €500 and there are notes of €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5. There are several places across Malta to exchange your money such as banks, ATMs, currency exchange offices and local tourist offices. The two main banks in Malta have been Bank of Valletta (BOV) and HSBC for several years, however; recently Banif Bank and several other banks grew in popularity. Bank offices and ATMs can be found all over Malta..
For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Language: Maltese, English
Religion: Roman Catholicism
Time Zone: GMT +1 hrs
Electricity: 230 volts /-10%
Telephone: Country code for calling is +356
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Malta: Dial 112 for emergency assistance.