How Safe Is Malta for Travel?

Malta
Safety Index:
78

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 sail boat, 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 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 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 3am.

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 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
High
°C
151516192327303028242017
Low
°C
9910121519212220171411
High
°F
595961667381868682756863
Low
°F
484850545966707268635752

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