There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Malta. Exercise normal security precautions.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.
Violent crime is rare, although petty crime does occur. Areas frequented by tourists are often targeted.
Traffic drives on the left. Drivers generally have little regard for traffic regulations and do not follow safe driving practices. Narrow, winding, congested and sometimes poorly maintained roads pose hazards.
Travel by taxi is safe. The fare should be confirmed before leaving.
Strong currents make swimming dangerous at some locations.
General safety information
Exercise normal safety precautions. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times. Keep valuables and luggage out of sight in vehicles.
The water supply may sometimes be disrupted.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry requirements. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Maltese authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is your responsibility to check with one of the Consulate of Malta for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of their expected departure from the Schengen area. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.
Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days*
Business visa: not required for stays up to 90 days
Student visa: not required for stays up to 90 days
* The 90 days begin upon initial entry into any country of the Schengen area.
The following 26 countries comprise the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The Schengen area has common rules regarding visas and controls at external borders:
You do not need visas for short-term visits of up to 90 days within a six-month period. Your stays are cumulative, and include visits to any country within the Schengen area. Some countries require that you register with local authorities within three working days of your arrival.
It is important to get your passport stamped when entering the Schengen area. The absence of an entry stamp from the initial Schengen port of entry could create difficulties during subsequent encounters with local police or other authorities throughout the Schengen area.
After 90 days of stay in the Schengen area, you must leave for another 90 days before you can re-enter.
If you overstay the permitted 90 days in the Schengen area, you may be fined or deported. To visit for longer than 90 days, you must obtain a long-stay national visa.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Canada and Malta are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Malta to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Maltese authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences or heavy fines.
The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless it is fitted with a hands-free device.
The currency of Malta is the euro (EUR).
Major credit cards are widely accepted and automated banking machines (ABMs) are widely available.
When crossing one of the external border control points of the European Union (EU), you must make a declaration to customs upon entry or exit if you have at least €10,000, or the equivalent in other currencies. The sum can be in cash, cheques, money orders, traveller’s cheques or any other convertible assets. This does not apply if you are travelling within the EU or in transit to a non-EU country. For more information on the EU legislation and links to EU countries’ sites, visit the web page of the European Commission on cash controls.
Natural Disasters & Climate
Malta is located in an active seismic zone. However, earthquakes are rare.
Register your travel plans
Valletta - Consulate of Canada
Demajo House, 103 Archbishop Street (Triq L-Arcisqof), Valletta VLT 09, Malta
Emailcanhcon@demajo.comServicesMay provide limited passport assistance
All of Italy except for the region Friuli Venezia Giulia.
For emergency assistance after hours, call the Consulate of Canada in Valletta and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.