Malta Business Travel Guide

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The Malta Business Travel Guide brings a range useful resources and tools for business travellers to use to assist them on their trips. The travel guide contains facts on Malta, visa information, business customs, culture, tips, and more. A good understanding and appreciation of other cultures, languages, customs and protocols can of great use for business travellers helping to foster better understanding, avoid cultural misunderstandings and helping to create a successful business trip.

Malta has an advanced and developed economy with a number of business opportunities. Located in southern Europe, it is an archipelago of seven islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a member of the European Union and the Eurozone and is known as a popular tourist destination with its warm climate, beaches and historic monuments including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Major trading partners include EU neighbours France, Germany, UK, Italy and the USA. Malta lies to the south of Sicily, east of Tunisia and north of Libya.

The compact islands include a variety of landscapes including beaches, coastline, hills, harbours and fields. Famous attractions include the Valletta Waterfront, National War Museum, Casa Rocca Piccola, National Museum of Archaeology, Manoel Theatre and the National Museum of Fine Arts in the capital Valletta and Mnajdra, Megalithic Temples of Malta, Fort Rinella, Tarxien Temples, Inquisitor's Palace and Fort Saint Angelo.

Malta Guide

Quick Facts on Malta
Malta Travel Advice
Visa Requirements
Business Customs and Etiquette
Travel Advice and Tips
Public Holidays
Malta Map
Malta Weather & Climate

Quick Facts on Malta

Country: Malta

Capital: Valletta

Currency: Euro (1 euro = 100 cents)

Population: 419,000 (UN, 2012)

Area total: 316 sq km

Languages: Maltese, English

Time Zone: GMT +1

Daylight Saving Details: Starts in late March until late October

Electricity: 240V 50Hz

Dialling Code: 356

GDP: USD 9.642 billion (World Bank, 2013)

Religion: Catholic.

Political System: Republic

Internet Domain: .mt

Malta Travel Advice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers travellers useful advice when travelling to Malta. Here you can find more information on entry requirements for Malta, advice on local laws and customs, tips on safety and security and the address and contact details of the British High Commission in Malta. The information is updated regularly making it a useful resource to check for both business and leisure travellers, before starting their trips to Malta. For more information please see: Malta Travel Advice

Visa Requirements

No visa requirement for national of EU member states. No visa need for US and Canadian nationals for visits less than six months. Visa requirements are subject to change with changes in requirements and rules for further information please see: Malta High Commission UKs

Business Customs and Etiquette

Business meetings should be made in advance, business attire is conservative and smart, greetings are usually done with a handshake, business cards are usually exchanged after introductions. Titles are used when addressing people unless invited to use first names. Punctuality for business meetings is important.

For business people visiting, the best months are between October and May. Many Maltese business people speak English however interpreters are available if needed.

Travel Advice and Tips

Malta has a relatively low crime rate committed against visitors and the majority of visits each year are incident free. You should however be aware of pick pockets and bag snatchers, incidents of car crime do occur and valuables should not be left in cars. Valuables should be kept away from public view and it is always wise to be alert and vigilant to your surroundings and environment.

Travel Checklist: See our Packing & Things to Remember Checklist containing useful tips and reminders to ensure you have everything you will need on your trip.

Travel Vaccinations: It is recommended you check with your GP, up to eight weeks before you travel whether you are required to take any travel vaccinations for your trip. For more information and advice on travel vaccinations please see the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Tipping: If service charge is not included usually around 10%

Hours of Business:

For Businesses:
9.00 to 13.00 then 16.00 to 19.00 Monday to Friday

NOTE: Some shops are open up to 22.00 in tourist areas, Most shops are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Public Holidays

Public Holidays (2015):

January 1: New Year's Day
February 10: Saint Paul's Shipwreck
March 19: Feast of Saint Joseph
March 31: Freedom Day
April 3: Good Friday
May 1: Feast of St Joseph the Worker
June 7: Sette Giugno
June 29: Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Day
August 15: Assumption Day
September 8: Victory Day
September 21: Independence Day
December 8: Immaculate Conception Day
December 13: Republic Day
December 25: Christmas Day

Malta Map

Map of Valletta, Malta

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Malta Weather & Climate

Mata has a subtropical Mediterranean characterised by mild winters and warm to hot summers. Malta has year round sunshine making it a popular holiday destination, the summer season is from May to October and the period from July to September is the peak tourist season and when temperatures peak, the days can also be humid. For those after cooler temperatures, the winter offers relatively mild days although there is more rain in the winter.

There are a number of beaches tourists can enjoy in Malta whilst in the winter winder surfers enjoy the stronger winds. The mild climate makes Malta a destination that can be visited throughout the year.

Lightweight cotton and linen clothing can be warn in the summer months; water proof clothing/light coats are required in the winter. A jumper or light coat is also useful if visiting in the spring or autumn with cooler mornings and evenings.

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