Malta Travel Information
All commercial aviation in and out of Malta will be
suspended from 23:59 on Friday 20 March. For more
information about coronavirus, see Health.
Malta is a popular tourist destination with a lot of
charter tourism. There are also more and more direct
scheduled flights from Norway to the island. Most trips
to Malta are hassle free. Malta is included in Schengen,
but passports must always be brought. Health and
sanitation are generally good, but varied.
Diplomatic relations between Norway and Malta were
established in 1969 and are covered today from the
embassy in Rome. Norway is also represented in Malta by
an Honorary Consulate General.
Threats and acts of terrorism in all parts of the
world indicate that terrorist incidents cannot be ruled
out, even in Malta. However, there is nothing to
indicate that Malta or Norwegian targets in Malta are
particularly vulnerable. Nevertheless, travelers should
be wary and take reasonable precautions. Most trips to
Malta usually go safely and without special problems.
There is relatively low crime rates in the country, but
tourists can be targets for pickpockets. Common caution
must be exercised.
In Malta, it is a left-hand drive. When renting a
car, Malta's tourist office recommends that additional
insurance be purchased. Despite a somewhat rough driving
style from the perspective of Norwegian conditions,
safety is mainly good on roads, buses and ferries. There
is well-developed bus transport in Malta and Gozo.
- Countryaah: Valletta is the capital
of Malta. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Malta has a well-developed bus network, and most of
the bus routes have their terminus at the bus station
outside Valletta's city gate. Here you can find an
overview of the bus routes.
There is no railway in Malta. There is a ferry
between Malta (from Cirkewwa, on the west side of the
island) and the second largest island, Gozo. In the
summer season the ferries run approx. every 45 minutes.
There is left-hand traffic in Malta. The speed limits
are 50 km/h in urban areas and 80 km/h outside. There
are no toll roads in Malta.
Taxis in Malta are safe. Make sure the tachometer is
not turned off. It is still common to agree a fixed
price for taxi rides. Payment for taxis from the airport
is made in advance at the exit and at a fixed price.
Norwegian driver's licenses are valid in Malta.
Malta has not had major natural disasters in the last
approx. 500 years.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period of time in Malta are encouraged to register on
the Foreign Travel Registration pages. This also applies
to Norwegians who are permanent residents of Malta. Only
upon such registration will the embassy have an overview
of which Norwegians are located in a crisis situation.
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance. Full-year travel insurance is
recommended rather than short-term insurance linked to
In crisis and emergency, Norwegians are encouraged to
contact the Norwegian Consulate General in Malta or the
Embassy in Rome, which covers Malta.
Address and contact info of the Consulate General:
Consul General Ms Giselle Balzan Demajo
Honorary Consulate General of Norway
W Business Center
Dun Karm Region
B'Kara BKR 9033
Tel. +356 994 36 706
Contact information for the embassy +47 23 95 29 00,
Outside opening hours, the public can contact the
UD's 24-hour operating center on tel.: +47 23 95 00 00
or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Malta is a member of Schengen. Before traveling to
Malta, make sure you have a passport, European health
insurance card and valid travel insurance.
For Norwegians, passports are the only valid travel
document. Although you can get into Malta without a
passport (no passport control in Norway on departure),
you will not get out of Malta without a passport.
Passports must also be displayed upon check-in at
hotels. Norwegians must therefore have a valid passport
before traveling to Malta.
Immigrant passports and travel documents for refugees
issued by Norwegian authorities are valid travel
documents in Malta. In addition, the holder of a
foreigner passport/travel certificate should bring a
valid residence permit issued by the Norwegian
Coronavirus (covid-19: All
commercial aviation in and out of Malta is suspended
from 23:59 on Friday, March 20. Persons located in Malta
are encouraged by Maltese authorities to contact their
travel or airline.
See also information from the Maltese authorities.
It is a relatively well-developed health system in
Malta, with both public and private hospitals. Health
and sanitation conditions vary somewhat. Better hotels
often offer their own medical services.
St. James Hospital Sliema (private hospital): +356
213 35 235
St. James Hospital Zabbar (private hospital) +356 216 92
Malta's water supply largely comes from seawater
desalination plants. The water should be drinkable, but
bottled water is recommended for visitors.
The currency unit in Malta is the euro. Most credit
cards can be used. Malta is part of the Schengen
cooperation. Passports must nevertheless be brought, as
the only full Norwegian credentials.
Stores are usually closed in the middle of the day
between 7 p.m. 1300 and 2 p.m. Regular opening hours are
9 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 7 pm. Most shops are closed on
Sundays and public holidays. During the tourist season,
some shops in the most prominent tourist areas will
remain open until 10 pm. 2200.
Official Maltese Holidays: January 1, February 10,
March 19, March 31, Good Friday, May 1, June 7, June 29,
August 15, September 8, 21, September, December 8,
December 13, December 25.
Emergency number in Malta: Emergency number 112,
ambulance 196, fire 199, police 191
Malta has 240 volts current. Adapters are usually
required as Malta uses UK three pin plugs.