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Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, this three-island archipelago is only about 80 km south of Italy, making it a perfect location to explore as a day trip if you’re in Italy. The country is known for its good-quality resorts, attracting about 1.6 million visitors annually. It has also started to promote itself as a medical and health tourism destination.

While most travellers come for the weather and beaches, the unique appeal of the country is found in its numerous historical sites, which include some of the oldest structures in the world. Regardless of your reason for visiting the country, ensuring you have travel insurance will allow you to relax and enjoy everything Malta has to offer.

Travel tips for visiting Malta

As a member of the European Union and part of the Schengen area, Malta applies the EU's visa policy. To enter the country, Canadians must have a passport that is valid for at least three months past their departure date. Tourist, business and student visas are not required for trips of up to 90 days.

You should exercise normal safety precautions when travelling in Malta. Tourists have been known to be targets of thieves.

Malta’s official languages are Maltese and English. The currency used is the euro (EUR), and major credit cards are accepted across the islands.

Strong currents are common, so exercise caution when swimming. The best time of the year to visit is May to August, when there is little to no precipitation, and the average daily temperature ranges from 20°C to 27°C. If you want to beat the crowds, consider visiting in April or September, just before or just after the peak tourist season.

What to do in Malta

Home to some of world’s most impressive historical sites, Malta is sure to keep travellers busy with places to explore. With huge temples on seaside cliffs, the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (a 5000-year-old necropolis), walled cities, fortresses and lasting remnants from WWII, you may feel as though you have gone back in time.

If you are a beach-goer, you will have beautiful beaches to choose from, not to mention coves to swim in. Malta is regarded as one of the best places to go snorkelling and diving. During your diving adventures, you will be able to see undersea caves, diverse aquatic life and sunken WWII bomber planes.

During your stay, consider taking a boat trip through the caves in the area and visiting the Blue Grotto cave, Blue Lagoon in Comino, the Ġgantija Temples, Gozo Citadel and the Gozo Cathedral, Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra to see spiritual carvings, St. Agatha's crypt and catacombs, and Valletta, a fortress city built from sandstone in 1566.

Get travel insurance for Malta with Blue Cross

Don’t overlook the importance of a reliable travel insurance policy for your trip, which would allow you to enjoy your trip worry-free. One in four Canadians choose to travel with Blue Cross because we offer personalized travel insurance solutions for all travellers, no matter where they travel worldwide. Call us for a vacation travel insurance quote today!

General Malta Canada
Continent: Europe
Population (2012): 419,455 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 316 9,984,670
Capital: Valletta
Currency: Euro
Official language(s): Maltese, English
Drive: Left
Diesel (2012): 1.75 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2013): 1.92 1.23 (2013)

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