How Safe Is Malta for Travel?

Malta
Safety Index:
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Malta is a small island country located south of the island of Sicily, Italy.

The country is actually an archipelago, but only three of its largest islands are inhabited and functional: Malta, Gozo, and Kemmuna.

Either bouncing from the islands, partying all night or cruising on a sailboat, wherever you are you grow friends by the day – that’s how kind everybody is here!

The Maltese are very warm and welcoming people.

If you’re traveling to Malta, prepare to immerse yourself in the culture, enjoy the sun, take advantage of the beautiful sea all around, go with the flow and expect the unexpected!

Warnings & Dangers in Malta

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Generally, Malta is very safe to visit. It is among the safest countries in the EU to travel to, but it has its dangers. Use your common sense and keep your valuables closely by your side, since the most common type of crime is petty theft.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Taxis and other types of transportation are normally safe in Malta, with reliable and modern vehicles. Taxi drivers could still try to overcharge you, so be careful.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpockets aren't that common but they do operate more and more in the past couple of years. However, following and applying basic precaution should get you out of any uncomfortable situations.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Due to the islands’ natural rock structure, as well as the fact that large portions of towns are covered in tarmac and cement, the water has nowhere to go and even half an hour of rain can cause chaos with floods and subsequent traffic jams.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

There have been incidents of muggings, particularly around Sliema and St. Julian’s so please avoid these areas and dark and deserted alleys.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There are no known terrorist activities that have taken place on the island at any time in the recent past. There have also not been any terrorist attacks in Malta in the past several years.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Scams do happen, during the holidays and summer when the number of visitors increases, so double check your change and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

When it comes to women traveling alone, if you follow the basic protocols of a lone traveler, male or female then your trip to Malta should go smoothly. Use common sense and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

So... How Safe Is Malta Really?

Malta can be described as a very safe place to visit, especially for tourists.

Due to the islands’ natural rock structure, as well as the fact that large portions of towns are covered in tarmac and cement, the water has nowhere to go and even half an hour of rain can cause chaos with floods and subsequent traffic jams.

It is quite normal to walk the streets at any time, especially around our holiday towns, where people are out even at 3 am.

But even though crime rates in Malta have always been low compared to other EU member states and tourist destinations, reports of crimes have increased in recent years.

With more and more people visiting Malta every year, and a growing population due to the influx of refugees, some threats are becoming more common, like petty crimes such as pickpocketing and other types of theft, and occasional incidents of violence in nightlife areas (usually Paceville and Buġibba).

As a tourist you need to be aware of your surroundings in busier areas, particularly in St. Julian’s, Sliema and the capital city Valletta, since crimes like pickpocketing, handbag-snatching, and muggings are more common here.

Useful Information

  • Visas - You might need a travel visa in case you are traveling to Malta for reasons other than immigration, and you plan for your visit to last less than three months. If you're not sure about your visa status, contact your local Malta embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Euro is the official currency in Malta. ATMs are widespread throughout the country. Credit cards are used in larger hotels and upmarket restaurants.
  • Weather - Malta has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by very mild winters and warm to hot summers. Precipitation can be expected mainly in winter, with summer being generally dry.
  • Airports - Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta, serving the whole of the Maltese Islands. It is located in the town of Gudja, southwest of the Maltese capital Valletta.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Malta, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Malta Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 12° C
Feb 12° C
Mar 13° C
Apr 16° C
May 19° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 26° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 24° C
Oct 21° C
Nov 17° C
Dec 14° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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151516192327303028242017
Low
°C
9910121519212220171411
High
°F
595961667381868682756863
Low
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484850545966707268635752

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6 Reviews on Malta

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    Kimberly P. says:

    Looks promising!

    I was considering visiting Malta and some people in my family were telling me not to go here as it was unsafe for tourists, especially women. I am glad I did some research and I am also glad I found your page here. I am going to show a few family members to put their mind’s at rest. I think traveling anywhere in the world comes with risk you just have to weigh out the rewards.

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      chris Bowyer says:

      can you tell me how you found going to malta with cov19 please

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    Philip Brew says:

    Pickpockets in Malta

    February 2020
    I queued for a bus opposite Seashells hotel in Qawra. People were jostling together to get on the bus. I paid my fare and sat down. About 5 minutes later I received a phone text from my bank warning of suspected fraudulent activity with my credit card. I decided to check my card number against the text, but my wallet had gone from my hip pocket. I was able to stop my cards, but lost about €110 in cash. Unsuccessful attempts had been made to withdraw €150 and €250, thus alerting the bank.
    2 days later a fellow guest in our hotel said she had been looking at the same bus stop from her balcony and noticed three lads obviously ‘working together’ in the queue.

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    Malta Lady says:

    Safe for all

    I found both Malta and Gozo to be extremely safe. I traveled there for 30-days. I’m an older Americam female. I did have a stalker for a short time, but fellas in the pub by my apartment chased him away.
    I love Malta, the people are warm, welcoming, and very friendly. The food is off the chart, and weather is warm.

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    C. D. R. Dr. Robert Matthews says:

    Malta safety/tourism/hospitality

    Excellent depiction of Malta ! 🇲🇹

    My experience overall of Malta is well it is a very safe country in contrast in most countries in the world -European or otherwise-! My grandfather is from Valetta,Malta even though I live in America

    Suggestion:-Avoid any big American cities right now with the “Black Lives Matter “ aka B. L. M. “Marxists “and Antifa and the anarchists Right on the streets and are intolerant of any other ideas spreading COVID-19 everywhere with no enforcement or little enforcement by any “democratically controlled mayor or governor “

    Just watch “international news as they don’t lie!

    You should pick Malta as it is a better place to visit go on a holiday for the dollar that you spend or the euro that you are willing to spend,
    All of the empirical a status supports this for travel purposes and getting “a-bang for the buck’s “for currency and experience.

    Oh!Sadly In most of the”democratically controlled cities United States “ now2020-that’s where the problems are / Detroit /Seattle /Portland /Los Angeles /DC /Baltimore /New York etc

    So if you can find some Republican held cities and United States /then They are better off for your safety to visit . Look up United States FBI crime statistics the data is the data is the data!

    Enjoy Malta , as it is a great place to visit ,to share ,to have memories and to experience.

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    Keith Dean says:

    I have been to Malta many times. I hope to be in Malta for Christmas this year, I visit Malta because it’s a beautiful Friendly place. I have done the Malta marathon twice it would have three times but in 2019 I was there ready to run they had to cancel because of a very server storm which is a rare Occurrence that was the only time in it’s history that the Marathon and Half Marathon was cancelled. I ran it this year back in March it 26 degrees, it felt like I was home. That may sound Strange but my late father was born in Marsa and his mother my nan was born in Floriana. I was born in England. I hope to retire there so much to do on three Islands , everything from diving, falconry, paragliding, swimming, cycling, running, cinema and if if you like your history like it’s loaded with. I love the friendly people, I made new friends every time I visit. The views are brilliant, ladies the shopping is excellent in Malta, lovely Restaurants along the promenade with live music. The youngsters there is a great night life with pubs and clubs. I know where I go travelling I will always return to Malta, I’m trying to learn Maltese from the locals. I hope to see you at Christmas Malta.

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