MALTA TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

The ancient island of Malta is fabled in legends as the island where the Greek hero Odysseus was kept for seven long years after being lured into captivity by the siren Calypso. Today Malta doesn’t have any sea nymphs (or none that mere mortals can see), but the enchantment remains as it were. The island continues to lures modern-day travellers bitten by wanderlust, to its pretty towns and gorgeous beaches.

 

Malta does have a lot more to recommend it - beautiful bays and harbours, ancient towns with quaint cobblestoned streets, Baroque churches and Roman Catholic festivals and the icing on the cake – a sunny, balmy Mediterranean climate.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Malta has restarted flights to and from specific countries and territories. Travelers will have to demonstrate proof of residence in one of the countries on the list for at least 2 weeks before their flight. All arriving passengers must have completed a paper copy of both a public health and a passenger locator form. These are available at the Malta Airport website.
Foreign nationals who are not residents of Malta will not be able to enter Malta except when traveling from one of the countries on this list.Starting from August 21, Maltese Authorities will launch an "Amber list" of countries from which arriving travelers must show a negative COVID-19 test. The test must be carried out before arrival into Malta and be no older than 72 hours before departure. This list will be updated weekly by the Maltese Government and can be found here. Effective from midnight August 28, the list of countries required to test prior to arrival has been expanded. The current list can be found on the Maltese Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ website.Arriving travelers who meet the requirements for entry, including proof of residence in the departing country for at least 2 weeks, will not be required to enter self-isolation. Those not meeting the criteria will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Valletta
  • Currency: euro (€)
  • Area: 316 km²
  • Population: 514 564 (2019)
  • Language: Maltese (official), English (official)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (UK type plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 10 February, Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck
  • 19 March, Feast of St. Joseph
  • 31 March, Freedom Day
  • 1 May, Workers’ Day
  • 15 August, Feast of the Assumption
  • 8 September, Feast of Our Lady of Victories
  • 21 September, Independence Day
  • 8 December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • 13 December, Republic Day

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The climate of the Maltese Archipelago is typically Mediterranean, with distinct winter and summer season i.e. mild, rainy winters and dry, hot summers.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

Peak Season

Shoulder Season

Off Peak Season

JANUARY

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FEBRUARY

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JUNE

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AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER

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OCTOBER

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NOVEMBER

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DECEMBER

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

You can enjoy outdoor activities in Malta throughout the year. This means that there is no need to visit during the peak tourist season!

BEACH:

Malta has loads of beautiful beaches with a summer beach season stretching from April to October with June to August being the busiest months.

WIND:

You can only kitesurf off the beaches in Cyprus from October to April as all beaches are closed to kitesurfing during summer. Luckily winter also has the best winds, but the conditions are not great for beginners!

SURFING:

You can find some good surf in Malta from October to March. The best surf spots are Ghajn Tuffieha and Golden Bay in the Northwest and St. Thomas Bay in the Southeast.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Malta are of the highest standards, even by comparison to other European countries. Same-sex marriage in Malta has been legal since 1 September 2017, and prior to that Malta has allowed civil unions for both same-sex couples since 2014.

 

Malta is regarded as being among the best European countries in terms of friendliness towards LGBT travellers and host their own annual Malta Gay Pride March.

 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

Malta

For the latest travel health notices and recommended precautions click

 
 
 

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