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Malta

Malta: At a glance

Capital: Valletta

Population: 460,297

Official languages: Maltese, English

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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Malta: Travel Health Information

Malta is known for its history, architecture, natural landscapes, and year-round sunny weather. Travellers can visit the island’s many beaches, coves, and historic sites, including megalithic temples, fortresses, and cathedrals.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Malta may differ from your home country. Malta has a nationally funded public system as well as a private healthcare sector. Despite Malta’s small size, the island has many hospitals and healthcare centres, providing quality care that meets international standards. While the number of doctors and nurses in Malta meets the EU average, the number of specialists on the island is low.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Malta typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Malta.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained by a local doctor. There are many pharmacies in Malta, with at least one available in every village.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Malta’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Malta’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Major roads in Malta are generally well maintained but road quality varies by region, and may be unpaved or poorly maintained in rural regions. Old, narrow, and winding roads may pose a risk to travellers, especially with heavy traffic. In Malta, traffic drives on the left.

Seat belts are required for vehicle drivers and passengers at all times. Helmets must be worn on motorcycles at all times. Helmets are recommended for cyclists.



Malta: At a glance

Capital: Valletta

Population: 460,297

Official languages: Maltese, English

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: Yes

Risk of malaria: No

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