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is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily, 284 km (176 mi) east of Tunisia and 333 km (207 mi) north of Libya, with Gibraltar 1,755 km (1,091 mi) to the west and Alexandria 1,508 km (937 mi) to the east. Malta covers just over 316 km2 (122 sq mi) in land area, making it one of the world's smallest states. It is also one of the most densely populated countries worldwide. The de facto capital city of Malta is Valletta; the largest town, Birkirkara. The main island comprises many towns, which together form one Larger Urban Zone (LUZ) with a population of 368,250 according to Eurostat. The country has two official languages, Maltese (considered the national language) and English. Throughout history, Malta's location has given it great strategic importance, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Habsburg Spain, Knights of St John, French and the British ruled the islands. Malta gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 and became a republic in 1974, whilst retaining membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. Malta was admitted to the United Nations in 1964 and to the European Union in 2004. Malta is also party to the Schengen Agreement and in 2008 it became part of the eurozone. Malta has a long Christian legacy and is an Apostolic see. According to the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, St. Paul was shipwrecked on "Melite", as the Greeks called the island, and ministered there. Catholicism is the official religion in Malta as declared by the Maltese constitution. Malta is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, with numerous recreational areas and historical monuments, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites, most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

Currency Euro
Country code 00356
Spoken languages ​​ maltese, English

Passport/valid identity card needed for border crossing: you must travel with a valid foreign travel document for non-expired (passport, identity card, ministerial card AT/BT). The country is a member of the EU and is part of the Schengen area, were then eliminated controls at land borders, ports and airports, but you must still travel with a valid document for expatriation among those listed. For any changes related to the survival of the Passport you should request to be informed beforehand at the Embassy or Consulate of the country present in Italy, or at your travel agent. Travelers in possession of a valid identity card needed for border crossing renewed vision of what should be reported under the heading "FOCUS" on the home page of this site.


The health situation is good, as well as the standard of health care; There are difficulties in obtaining any type of Medicine (in some cases there are only "generics"). Italian citizens who travel temporarily for tourism, business, study or work in the country (Member State of the European Union) can receive necessary medical care provided by local public health care, if you have the European health insurance card (TEAM) so-called health card. The TEAM replaces the previous models E110, E111, E128 and E119 and is being distributed by the Ministry of economy and finance. Those who had not yet been received to its ASL can contact and ask for the "provisional replacement certificate". For more information you should consult your own SLA or the website of the Ministry of health: We recommend, however, to conclude, before embarking on the journey, a health insurance that includes, in addition to the coverage of medical expenses, even the eventual repatriation medical air or transfer in another country. Pharmacies keep normal opening hours of shops (9-13/16-19). Sunday open pharmacies take turns, from 9.00 to 12.30 at Malta and 7.30 to 11.00 in Gozo.


"GO" (formerly Maltacom) is the main company of mobile and fixed telephony. Other mobile operators are Vodafone and Melita (3 g Communications). VOIP system are widespread and international phone cards. In the village there are several internet providers and many Internet cafes scattered throughout the territory. In Malta and Gozo are public phones that operate with phone cards, rarer ones with coins. Mobile operators to enable Malta to receive communication from GSM and UMTS mobile phones throughout the territory; It is however well contact your operator for information about coverage in Malta.


The climate is temperate Mediterranean.


Licence Italiana Insurance The green card is no longer required: the Italian insurance policy is also recognized in Malta. Insurance for third party liability is mandatory for all motor vehicles and boats (dinghy) transported on trailers. Remember those driving abroad, a car that is not advisable to have a delegation to conduct of the owner, with signature notarized by the notary public. Driving rules Movement left, overtaking on the right. -Helmets for motorcyclists: required. -Seatbelts: required wear seat belts on the front seats. Ports Valletta, Marsaxlokk (porto franco), Mgarr (Gozo). There are numerous recreational. For further information see the website of Malta "," Transport "Maritime" section at Airports Luqa (Malta International Airport, 10 km from Valletta). For information about flights: 21249 600 +356 The national airline is Air Malta. Tel: +356 21662211/2299900 Seaplane A seaplane service has replaced the helicopter in the link between Malta and Gozo airport. The flight duration is approximately 10 minutes. For information: Harbour Air Seaplane 14 St Aircraft Valletta HRBR/MGARR HRBR + Panoramic Tours Tel 21228302/+356 21228309 Only in case of emergency +356 99440096 Fax +356 21228298 Internal transport Bus (bus) From July 1, 2011 joined the new public bus service, operated by the company "gets" that connects the various locations on the island. Have changed, bus routes and fares. In addition to the terminus at Valletta terminus are also present in other cities of the country. You may want to check into a hotel or before departure new routes and travel conditions. A summary of all driving routes and schedules is distributed to the tourism authority. Internal maritime links The Gozo Channel ferries connecting Malta to Gozo and vice versa with an operational service throughout the year. The crossing takes about 30 minutes. Tel. 00356/21556114 (Gozo)/21580435 (Malta) website: Valletta and Sliema are linked by a ferry-boat service that takes place everyday at 7.30 at times VARs from 18.15. Alcohol Anyone driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs commits an offence and the sentence imposed can be either a fine or arrest for up to 3 months. In addition, anyone driving a vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages or narcotic substances may be withdrawn the licence for a minimum period of 3 months, in the first sentence, and for a minimum period of one year in case of recidivism. Vehicles imported temporarily without customs documents Vehicles registered in EU countries can be taken temporarily in Malta (maximum three months) without registration formalities, fees or licensing details. Such vehicles must still be registered in another Member State and be covered by insurance. The exemption from registration (and taxes) covers a period of 185 days a year. In order to take advantage of the exemption, the visitor must have his normal residence outside of Malta. Students can stay 6 months to Malta without having to pay the registration fee of the vehicle. The exemption also applies to vehicles to transport goods and people, as long as in rule as required by the regulations of the Member State of origin and in possession of the correct permissions.

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