Capital: Valletta

Language: Maltese, English

Area: 316 km²

Population: 445426

Timezone : UTC/GTM 1

Currency: euro (€)

Code: +356

Electric sockets: 230 V AC, 50Hz. Type G (of British origin)

Malta is a member of the Schengen Area.

To travel to Malta U.S. citizens are required to:

  • Hold a valid U.S. passport
  • From 2022, register for an ETIAS visa waiver for Malta

ETIAS is not a visa, it is an electronic travel authorization that grants access to all 26 Schengen member states. ETIAS will be a mandatory entry requirement from 2022.

U.S. citizens staying in Malta for more than 90-days:

  • ETIAS for Americans is only valid for short-term stays of up to 90 days. If you intend to remain in Malta longer than 90 days, you must obtain the appropriate visa.

U.S. Embassy in Valletta, Malta

Address:Ta’ Qali National Park Attard, ATD 4000 Valletta, Malta

Phone: (+356) 2561 4000

Fax: (+356) 21 243229

Tourist Travel Information about Malta

etias maltaMalta is an archipelago comprised of 7 islands. The two biggest islands are Malta and Gozo; they are also the only islands that are inhabited. The third largest island, Comino, features just one luxury vacation resort, and the remaining islands are uninhabited. Malta sits about 50 miles south of Sicily, Italy.

While it is one of the most isolated spots on the Mediterranean, there’s evidence that suggests that civilizations have been living in Malta since the early Neolithic period of 5000 BC. The terrain is mostly low with the highest point, Ta’ Dmejrek (near Dingli), being only 253m above sea level. It is rocky, flat to dissected plains, with a coastline that has many coastal cliffs and numerous bays that provide good harbors.

Following 150 years as a British colony, Malta gained state independence in 1964, became a republic in 1974 and later part of the European Union in 2004. Victoria, the capital of Gozo, is also known as Rabat. It’s famous for its beautiful Cittadella, which goes way back to the Middle Ages.

Valletta, its current capital, is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world, according to UNESCO, and a spot worth visiting if you are traveling to Malta.

Interesting facts

  • The remains of the Megalithic temples that Malta is known for are the oldest free-standing stone structures in the world, older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt
  • While no longer tied to the United Kingdom officially, the Maltese still keep to the British tradition of driving on the left side of the road
  • Due to its unspoilt nature, quiet coastline and ancient artefacts and relative obscurity, Malta has been used as a film-location shoot for many huge Hollywood productions, from ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Troy’ to ‘Captain Philips’ and TV’s Game of Thrones
  • While it showcases some great architecture and natural sights, you won’t find a single forest in Malta. There are also no mountains or rivers across all seven islands
  • The capital, Valletta, was the first ever planned city in Europe. The city was sketched out back in 1565 during the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Completed in just 15 years, it also holds a record as one of the quickest scaled cities in the world, and looks absolutely beautiful at sunset

Medical Information for U.S. citizens

Recommended vaccines:

  • Routine Vaccines
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies


  • 112 is the pan-European emergency number and is always free to call.
  • 112 - Emergency
  • 196 - Ambulance
  • (+356) 2122 4001-7 or (+356) 2122 1111 - Police
  • (+356) 2132 0202 - Traffic Accident
  • 112 - Fire Brigade
  • 2545 0000 - Hospital (Malta)
  • 2156 1600 - Hospital (Gozo)
  • (+356) 2122 2286 - Passport Office – Malta

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