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PRACTICAL INFO

Accessibility

If you have a disability or any special need, please contact the National Commission Persons with Disability before you travel.

KNPD

The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD), a government organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of disabled persons, has a useful website with numerous contact details and links. They are also able to provide practical information on other organisations which can assist you while you are in Malta.

National Commission Persons with Disability
(Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b'Diżabilita)
Bugeja Institue
Braille Street
Santa Venera
SVR 1619, Malta
Tel: 356 22788555
SMS Only: 356 79788555
Fax: 356  22788490
Email:  helpdesk@knpd.org
Website: www.knpd.org

Airport

If you require any assistance at the airport, please notify your airline before you fly. They will notify Malta International Airport (MIA) directly. The MIA can provide assistance both airside and landside.

Facilities

For information about facilities provided by local hotels, transport companies and other service providers, click here.

Beaches

Beach Trotters for wheelchair users can be found at Għadira, Golden Bay and St. George's Bay. Contact the beach supervisor on site at the respective beach (mid-June - mid-September, daily from 10.00 - 18.00 hrs).

Toilets for Disabled Persons are available to the public, free of charge, at the following locations:

St. George's Bay:
- Across the road from the beach (parallel with Villa Rosa Wall) mobile units to complement are available 24/7.

Golden Bay:
- At the bottom of the Parking Area.

Buying Property

Malta and Gozo are becoming increasingly popular locations for the purchase or rental of second homes.

Situated at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea, with easy access from all major cities in Europe, North Africa and neighbouring states, the islands have many advantages to offer, including the following:

Why Malta
- An excellent climate with pleasant all year round weather.
- Genuinely friendly and hospitable people who will make it easy to integrate within the local community.
- Very low levels of crime which make Malta one of the safest places in the region.
- A member of the European Union since 2004, Malta is an independent republic enjoying political stability.
- English is one of the two official languages of the Islands and is spoken fluently by everyone.
- The island boasts a high standard of hospital and medical services, both private and public.
- Excellent schooling with a choice of English-speaking schools and University.
- A relatively low cost of living.
- A stable property market offering a wide variety of properties in all price ranges, and good prospects for capital growth.

These, together with an abundance of historical and cultural attractions, crystal clear seas, a variety of sporting facilities (including world class diving) and a lively calendar of events, make these islands a favourite for those seeking their dream ‘Place in the Sun'. Moreover, the residency conditions are very attractive and include a favourable tax regime and the absence of Rates or Council taxes.

Purchase of Property by Non-Maltese Buyers
It is quite easy for a non-Maltese to purchase property in Malta and Gozo. Naturally, some conditions apply including certain restrictions regarding the minimum value of property that can be purchased and the use that the buyer will make of the property. Some buyers may also require a special permit.

More Information
For further information and assistance, we recommend that you contact one of the excellent local Estate Agents who can offer professional guidance and advice to help you make the best choice.

Currency & Banks

On 1st January 2008 Malta adopted the euro as its currency. On 1st February 2008 the euro became the only legal tender currency in Malta and Gozo.

Banks are normally open until early afternoon from Monday to Friday, and until midday on Saturday. Some banks/branches work longer hours. Summer and winter opening hours may differ.

Exchange bureaux at Malta International Airport are open 24 hours a day. International bankcards are accepted and foreign currency is easily exchanged. Banks, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and exchange bureaux can be found all over the Islands. The majority of hotels, larger shops and restaurants also accept payment in the main international currencies. Conversion charges may be applied where outlets opt to accept payment in currencies other than the euro.

In line with EU legislation on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community, any person entering or leaving Malta carrying cash or other monetary value of which is equal to or in excess of €10,000 or equivalent is obliged to fill in the appropriate declaration form available from the Customs.

Diplomatic Representation

For a list of Embassies and Consular Offices representing foreign countries in Malta, click here.

Health

Medical care in Malta is available through both public and private hospitals and the quality of medical care in Malta is excellent. However we suggest that before you travel to the Maltese Islands, all necessary measures are taken to ensure that you, and anyone else travelling with you, is up-to-date on all routine and recommended immunisations according to schedules defined in your country of residence.

The information provided on this portal is not a comprehensive medical guide for travellers to the Maltese Islands. We strongly recommend that you consult with your doctor for specific information related to your needs and your medical history; recommendations may differ for pregnant women, young children, and persons who have chronic medical conditions.

Health Services

Malta has an excellent health service. Hospitals are modern and supported by a regional network of health centres. Travellers do not normally require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter the Maltese Islands. Visitors from EU member states should make sure that they have a European Health Insurance card. It is advisable that all visitors, irrespective of their nationality, take out a personal medical insurance policy. Malta has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the United Kingdom. Nationals of these countries, visiting the Islands for no longer than one month, are entitled to free medical and hospital care in both Malta and Gozo.

Visitors receiving special medical treatment should bring a medical prescription or a letter of introduction from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase particular medicines.

Public General Hospitals

Mater Dei Hospital
B'Kara By-pass
B'Kara MSD 2090
Tel: 356 25450000
Email: mdh@gov.mt


Mater Dei In-Patient Visiting Hours:

Monday to Saturday: 12:00-12.30pm; 3.45-5.30pm; 7.30-8.00pm    
Sundays & Public Holidays: 10.00-11.30am; 3.45-5.30pm; 7.30-8.00pm
Gozo General Hospital
Victoria.
Tel: 356 21561600
Fax:  356 21560881

For more information on health sevices click here. 

Pharmacies

Pharmacies are found throughout the Maltese Islands and are open during normal shopping hours. On Sundays, chemists open on a roster from 09.00 until 12.30 in Malta and from 07.30 until 11.00 in Gozo. See pharmacy roster.

Religion & Worship

The majority of the Maltese are Roman Catholic, but many other religious denominations are also represented on the islands with small but well established and active communities. These include:

    Anglican
    Adventists
    Baha'i
    Bible Baptist
    Buddhist
    Greek Catholic
    Christian Evangelical Church
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Church of Scotland
    Evangelical Church of Germany
    Greek Orthodox
    Jehovah's Witnesses
    Jewish
    Islamic.

Remember: Churches are places of worship. When visiting, please show respect and dress accordingly.

Swimming & Sunbathing

The Maltese coastal waters are generally clean and safe for swimming as there are no tides. Some bays are exposed to north and north-easterly winds which do produce some strong undercurrents at times. If you are new to the Maltese Islands, swim where the locals do.

Sun Bathing
The Maltese Archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean and has a latitude more southerly than that of northern Tunisia. It is advisable to take precautions to ensure that you avoid over exposure to the sun. Even in winter it is recommended to wear sunscreen with a suitable factor for your skin type. This is important if you are out walking, or taking part in water sports. A sun hat is a must. Children and especially babies need extra protection from the sun. If you are sunbathing, it is advisable to avoid the strongest sunlight between the hours of 11am and 3pm in peak summer months.

For more about safe and proper beach behaviour, consult our Code of Conduct here.

Remember: Do not wear bathing suits in public areas. Beachwear is for beaches only.

Useful Numbers

The following is a list of useful telephone numbers when you are visiting the Maltese Islands:

Ambulance: 112
Consumer Protection: 21250221
Direct Dialling Code (Malta): 356
Directory Enquiries: 1182
Directory Enquiries: (Go Mobile) 1187
Directory Enquiries: (Vodafone) 1189
Emergency: 112
Emergency Rescue by Helicopter: 21244371
Emergency Rescue by Patrol Boat: 21238797
Emergency Vet Services: 50043888
Fire Brigade: 112
Flight Information: 52302000 (rate per call €1.00) *
Government Information Service: 153
Gozo Ferry: 21556114
Hospital - Gozo: 21561600
Hospital - Malta: 25450000
International Code (to make an overseas call): 00
Lost Property: 21224781
Overseas Operator: 1152
Passport Office - Gozo: 21560770
Passport Office - Malta: 21222286
Police: 21224001-7
Time Check: 195
Weather Information (basic): 52302021 (rate per call €1.00) *
Weather Information (detailed): 52502002 (rate per call €5.00) *

* Flight and Weather information services are also available, free of charge, on www.maltairport.com or the Information Channels on local TV networks.

Wi-Fi

The Malta Communications Authority, in collaboration with other entities, manages a number of free Wi-Fi hotspots across Malta and Gozo. Find out where these Wi-Fi hotspots are located by clicking here.