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VISAS

PLS CHECK WHETHER YOU NEED A VISA.

Click the Travelling to Malta link under Services. You can also send an Email

*PLEASE THINK EARLY. IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A VISA AT SHORT NOTICE. AT LEAST A MONTH IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A VISA. 

 

Personal and Other Insurance 

Participants are reminded to take out personal insurance for themselves and accompanying persons, including insurance of personal effects.

 

Climate and Clothing 

The weather in Malta in April is usually mild, though some showers are usually expected. Light jackets and umbrellas are recommended.

 

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers may be booked online by logging on to: www.maltatransfer.com  The cost is 7 Euros each way.


Telecommunications 

New state-of-the-art equipment links Malta to the rest of the World.  Broadband Internet Access and fax facilities are readily available while Vodafone, Go and Melita provide the latest generation mobile telephony services (WAP, GPRS). Relatively cheap international calling cards may be bought from various outlets.

 

Currency 

The unit of currency in Malta is the Euro. 


Banks 

There are banks in all the towns and villages with additional "Bureaux de Change" in Sliema, St. Julians and Valletta.  

Bank of Valletta and HSBC banking hours are as follows:

 

Bank of Valletta 

Monday - Thursday 08:30 - 14:00 

Friday  08:30 - 15:30 

Saturday  08:30 - 12:30


HSBC 

Monday - Thursday  08:30 - 13:30 

Friday 08:30 - 16:30 

Saturday  08:30 - 12:30


The bank at the airport is open twenty-four hours.


Electricity 

Electricity supply is 220/240 volts, single phase, 50 cycle.  The square fitting standard three-pin plugs and sockets are used.


Food/Catering 

Coffee Breaks and lunches will be available on conference days. 

Dietary Requirements 

Please specify on the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements.

Restaurants in Malta offer a wide choice of cuisine ranging from the local to Continental, Indian, Mexican, Chinese.  Maltese food is heavily influenced by the Italian and Italian restaurants abound on the islands.

Dinner can cost from 14 Euros to 45 Euros per head depending on the category of restaurant. Snack bars and cafes are cheaper.  Nightclubs and discotheques charge entrance fees of around 7 Euros and cinema tickets cost 6.5 Euros.

 

Leisure 

Malta offers facilities for practically all kinds of sports and the Marsa Sports Club has an 18-hole golf-course, 18 tennis courts, a racetrack and several badminton and squash courts.  Many of the leading hotels in Malta have modern health and fitness facilities.


Health 

Delegates should ensure that they are covered by adequate medical insurance.  Health care in Malta is of a high level conforming to European standards.  The new Mater Dei Hospital is the state hospital.  There are also two private hospitals, St. James Capua and St. Philips.

 

Language 

The national language is Maltese which is a complex derivative of Semitic and Romance languages using a primarily Latin alphabet but also including a number of additional letters which originate in the Arab language.  English is also an official language and is widely spoken in Malta and will be the language of the conference.


Postal Services 

Stamps may be bought from most Newsagents/Stationers.  For full postal services the main Post Office is located in Castille Place, Valletta whilst branches may be found in most areas.  Postal rates for an ordinary letter/postcard are as follows: 

Local:   Euros 0.19 

Europe and UK   Euros 0.37 

USA and Canada   Euros 0.51 

Australia   Euros 0.63

 

Shopping 

Shops are usually open from 09:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.  However, many are closed on Saturday afternoon.  Malta is renowned for its Lace, Mdina Glass and reasonably priced gold and silver items.  Local honey and wine have been famous since antiquity.

Markets: Il-Monti, Valletta, Mondays to Saturdays, 07:30 to 12:00; St. James Ditch, Valletta, Sundays, 07:30 to 12:00. Marsaxlokk, Sunday mornings.

 

Useful Telephone Numbers 

Communications Office, University of Malta 2340-2828
Emergency (Police, Ambulance, Fire)  112 
Overseas Operator  1152
Directory Enquiries  1182
Vodafone Operator  1189
Go Operator  1187
Melita  27 27 5000
Flight Enquiries  5004 3333 (Malta International Airport)
Gozo Ferries  21  556114

 

Restaurants 

Barracuda, 194, Main Street, St. Julians  Tel: 21 331817, 21 337370

San Giuliano, Spinola Beach, St. Julians  Tel: 21 332000, 21 319615 

Dolce Vita, 159, St. Georges Road, St. Julians  Tel: 21 337806 

Da Peppino, St. Georges Road, St. Julians  Tel: 21 373200 

Portopalo, Tigne Sea Front, Sliema  Tel: 21 331915 

Bacchus, Triq Inguanez, Mdina  Tel: 21 454981, 21 459437 

Medina, 7, Holy Cross Street, Mdina  Tel: 21 454004 

The Arches, 113, Main Street, Mellieha  Tel: 21 573436, 21 520533 

The Carriage, South Street, Valletta  Tel: 21 247828 

Trattoria Palazz, Old Theatre Street, Valletta  Tel: 21 226611 

Grabiel, Marsascala Seafront, Marsascala, Tel: 21 684194 

Porto del Sol, Xemxija Hill, St. Paul's Bay, Tel: 21 573970 

 

For further information about Malta:

www.searchmalta.com
www.maltatourismauthority.com which has links to
general info about Malta; hotels and events and other MTA sites
www.eyemalta.com
www.visitmalta.com

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Last Updated: 9 August 2010

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