Travel Advice

Introduction

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta provides travel advice on its website to inform the general public of conditions abroad that may affect the safety and security of Maltese nationals travelling, working or living abroad.


What is Travel Advice?

Travel advice contains information about safety and security issues in specific countries. It is issued in response to safety and security developments around the world. Travel advice is kept under review and is updated to reflect changes in the level of risk to Maltese nationals.

Travel advice is graded across different levels according to the overall assessment of the security situation on the ground in the respective country. It may be of different levels for different regions within the same country.

Travel advice is currently available for the following countries:
(Click on country name for more detailed information)

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Afghanistan 20/06/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to Afghanistan.

The country is witnessing a political, economical, and security transition, and many parts of Afghanistan are affected by conflict.

Kabul is experiencing a threat of large-scale attacks, and in recent months, the Capital city has experienced a number of attacks that have killed and injured a hefty amount of people. In Northern Afghanistan, there are ongoing military operations, and attacks against military and aid workers have consequently injured and killed many. Eastern and Western Afghanistan have been experiencing almost daily attacks and shootings, whilst a few months ago, in the Southern part of the country, a substantial amount of soldiers were killed an injured. In view of this account of events, the security situation of the country remains volatile, and multiple threats occur every day. Even though other non-affected areas are improving steadily security-wise, the latter are still prone to attacks. Attacks could be made not only against security forces but also against the public and humanitarian workers (including Afghan NGOs). Foreigners must be vigilant in places where large crowds gather, in places visited by foreigners (such as hotels and shops), and in landmark locations. Public gatherings must be avoided. Moreover, travellers must be way of unexploded bombs and mines, and follow local advice.

Crime is also a concern, and foreigners have been victims of violent attacks, such as robbery and rape. Travellers must keep valuables out of sight, and avoid travelling alone. Foreign women have also experienced harassment and unwanted contact and attention. Kidnapping is also a high and constant threat, and over 100 nationals from the West have been kidnapped since 2001. Travellers engaged in humanitarian work, journalism, or business are viewed as potential targets. Accommodation buildings used by foreigners are also subject to threats. Travellers must maintain contact with their relatives to report their movement.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers may experience gastrointestinal infections during hotter days, and must be wary of Malaria. The dusty conditions of the country may even cause irritation.

Medical facilities are very limited, and it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand, as supplies are likely to be unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 119, 112, or on 020112 from mobile (only in Kabul). If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Foreigners must be wary of road travel, as apart from experiencing poor road and driving conditions, these may witness false checkpoints that can result in violent attacks. It is equally important for travellers to be prepared for any seismic activity, heavy rains and flooding, and heavy snowfall in certain areas. The country lacks the proper infrastructure to cater for such events.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Afghanistan. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Due to the fact that homosexuality is illegal, travellers must ensure that no displays of affection are made in the public. Travellers are prohibited to use or bring into the country narcotics, alcohol, and pork.

The photography of government and military buildings is prohibited. Any photography of people must be taken with their consent.

Since credit cards are not accepted, travellers must ensure to carry sufficient cash. Certain ATMs in Kabul provide both US dollars and Afghanis currencies.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Afghanistan, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Åland Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Albania 08/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Albania that that a spate of violent protests are taking place with police also using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. These protests has been systematically going on every week since mid-February calling for the holding of general elections. In view of the above, Maltese travellers are adviced to check the local media for the latest information, remain vigilant and avoid any demonstrations and crowded areas.

On the whole, crime and violence does occur in some areas, but is not typically targeted at foreigners. Gun ownership is widespread. When visiting hill towns on the northern border with Kosovo, you should exercise caution and heed warning signs about unexploded landmines and other unexploded ordnance. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Driving can be very hazardous. Roads are poor, especially in rural areas. Street lighting in urban areas is subject to power cuts. Elsewhere, even on the major inter-urban arterial routes, there is no street lighting. If you are travelling at night, watch out for unmarked road works, potholes and unlit vehicles. Four-wheel drive vehicles are often more practical on rural and minor roads. Albanian driving can often be aggressive and erratic. Deaths from road traffic accidents are amongst the highest in Europe.

Homosexuality is decriminalised. Anti-discrimination and anti-hate-crime legislation is in place. Penalties for drug-related crimes are severe.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) (https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries). Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, evacuation by air ambulance and repatriation.

The tap water in Albania may cause illness - you should drink only bottled water. If you drink milk, make sure it is UHT (pasteurised).

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 127 or 04 2222 235 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

In case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals may contact the Consulate of the Republic of Malta on the following contact details:

Consulate of Albania

 Dr TOMË PREKU, Hon. Consul

 Str.”Shinasi Dishnica” nr 100, Tirana, Albania

 Tel: 00355 4 4504889

 Fax: 00355 4 4519312

 Email: maltaconsul.tirana@gov.mt; maltaconsulate.al@gmail.com

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Algeria 08/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

In view of the announced Presidential elections that will take place on 4 July 2019 and the persistent country-wide demonstrations and other forms of protests which broke out across Algeria since February, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Algeria against all travel to areas within:

- 30km of the borders with Libya, Mauritania, Mali, and Niger;

- 30km of the border with Tunisia in the provinces of Illizi, Ouargla; and in the Chaambi mountains area.

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel within 30km of the remaining border with Tunisia.

It is also to be noted that while protests are also taking place in central Algiers, one should take safety precautions and avoid political gatherings and demonstations while follow instructions issued by the local authorities. Protests or strikes can affect transport.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Algeria, including kidnappings. There is also a risk that lone actors could target foreigners. Those engaged in humanitarian aid work, journalism or business sectors are viewed as potential targets. The kidnap risk is concentrated mostly on the southern border of Algeria. One should make sure to exercise constant vigilance at all times and to monitor the situation through the local news and media. Particular caution is recommended during the period of the Ramadan. It is generally safe to move around Algiers and the other main cities, but travelling outside cities in rural areas and at night is particularly risky.

In this regard one should be vigilant at all times and take additional security precautions, especially in towns and cities; the southern, Libyan and Tunisian border areas; rural and mountainous areas in the north; and the Sahara.

In spite of the fact that the Algerian authorities are engaged in various major counter-terrorism activities, Algeria remains exposed to terrorist threats. This is particularly so because of the instability in the Sahel region and the security situation in Libya and Tunisia. One should make sure to exercise vigilance at all times and to take additional security precautions, especially in the main urban locations; the southern, Libyan and Tunisian border areas; rural and mountainous areas in the north; and the Sahara. These are all areas where the threat from terrorism is higher.

Travellers are also strongly advised to carry with them their passport and some form of photographic identification at all times. One should also make sure to take the necessary safety precautions, keep valuables (including passports) out of sight, and to avoid carrying large amount of money.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. It is important to check whether prescribed or over-the-counter medicine normally available in Malta is accepted in the country. Private clinics are usually better than public hospitals. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Algeria. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

It is important to keep a copy of the passport in a safe place.

Algeria is a Muslim country, and it is important to respect the local traditions and customs at all times. To avoid unwelcome attention, women should dress modestly, particularly outside the main towns. Homosexuality is illegal in Algeria, and same-sex sexual acts are punishable by imprisonment.

Travellers should not attempt to take photos of any government building, security installation, police personnel, and police checkpoints.

In case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals may contact the Consulate of the Republic of Malta on the following contact details:

Consulate of the Republic of Malta

26, Rue des Freres Boufattit, El Biar, Algiers, 16034, Algeria

Tel: 00213 (0) 21929717

Email: maltaconsulate.algiers@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

American Samoa 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Andorra 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Angola 28/06/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises all Maltese nationals against all but essential travel to the following areas:

- The provinces of Cabinda (excluding Cabinda City) due to regular violent incidents involving foreigners;

- Within 1km of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Lunda Norte province, except at official border crossings and their access roads.

Furthermore, it is not advisable to go to the areas bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to the incidence of armed conflicts.

Any travel outside Luanda and the provincial capitals must be done in the company of experienced organisations.

There is a high level of crime in Luanda and the areas popular with foreigners are particularly targeted. Muggings, particularly to steal mobile phones and other valuables, and armed robberies can occur in any area at any time of the day or night. Incidents of rape have also been reported. It is important to avoid walking around Luanda, especially after dark. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored in a safe place. A high proportion of the civilian population is armed. When driving, it is important to be wary of cars signalling you to pull over, as there have been kidnapping and theft incidents involving foreign nationals.

Despite an ongoing extensive demining program, Angola is still one of the world’s countries with a high presence of land mines. The most dangerous areas are concentrated in the internal regions most affected by the conflict, in particular the province of Cuando Cubango. In these areas, there are many roads that are inaccessible and in general, these are marked accordingly with signs.

Avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local security authorities.

Travelling at night may not be safe, and there is danger from unexploded landmines and ordnances if travelling does not take place on main roads, particularly outside the capital city Luanda.

The Angolan authorities are sensitive to the presence of foreigners in diamond producing areas and you may be subject to movement restrictions or detention by the security forces. In such areas, one should make sure to exercise caution.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Due to reports of several cases of yellow fever last year and some case of the zika virus, vaccination against mosquito-borne diseases is recommended. There are several private clinics in Luanda, but fees are high and charged in advance. Outside Luanda, health care is very limited. A comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. In case of emergency, travellers may dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Angola. It is important to check well in advance for any visa requirements.

It is important to carry a certified copy of your passport (Data page and visa) and/or identity documents at all times.

The Angolan law makes certain same-sex sexual acts illegal. It is important to avoid public displays of affection.

It is important to keep stocks of water, food, and fuel due to potential shortages.

The Angolan Interior Ministry recommends that you have a Portuguese-speaking contact if you do not speak Portuguese, to be able to help you in case you have to deal with the police or other authorities.

Travellers should not use cameras, binoculars, map, and GPS equipment near government buildings. Moreover, taking photographs in the streets can draw the attention of the authorities, and may lead to the confiscation of your equipment.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Angola, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Anguilla 24/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Anguilla. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected in such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble free and crime levels are low, travellers are advised to avoid isolated areas after dark, keep valuables out of sight (including passports) and store them safely in hotel safes, and to lock doors and windows at night.Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is one small hospital, but in major cases, evacuation to a neighbouring island may be necessary. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Anguilla.

Local attitudes may be conservative towards LGBTIQ, and public displays of affection between same-sex couples may not be approved by some.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Anguilla, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Antarctica 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Antigua and Barbuda 24/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to exercise caution when visiting Antigua and Barbuda. The islands are prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected in such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, there have been incidents of violent crime, such as murder, robbery, and sexual assault. Travellers should be vigilant when walking alone in isolated areas. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored safely in the hotel safe. When opting for taxis as means of travel, it is important to only use licensed ones.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission and cases of Chikungunya have also been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is a main hospital, but in major cases, evacuation to a neighbouring island may be necessary. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911 or 999. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the islands.

Local attitudes may be conservative towards LGBTIQ, and public displays of affection between same-sex couples may not be approved by some.

It is an offence to dress in camouflage clothing, and this applies also for children.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Antigua and Barbuda, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Argentina 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Armenia 26/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens travelling to Armenia against all travel to within 5km of the border with Azerbaijan in the Tavush and Gegharkunik regions, and along the M16/H26 road between the towns of Ijevan and Noyemberyan.

Protests sometimes take place in central Yerevan and other major cities. Although these tend to be peaceful, travellers should avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Moreover, the tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh continues, with regular exchanges of fire. This has led to an unpredictable security situation in the border regions. Several places are closed, including the border between the two countries, and the border with Turkey. Foreigners can be stopped by the police or the military if found venturing within 5km of these borders. These areas also contain mines and unexploded ammunition. Roads in Yerevan and other towns can also be closed at short notice. Even though Armenia has no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Moreover, travellers must avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place. Travellers must take extra caution when near military sites. Photography is prohibited in such areas due to sensitivity issues, and visitors have been detained due to this. It is advisable to monitor the local media and advice.

Even though crime levels are low, travellers must be wary of pick pocketing, bag snatching, theft from cars, and burglary. Valuables (including passports) must be kept in a safe place. Moreover, passports, credit cards, travel tickets, and money must never be carried together. Particular attention must be taken at ATMs, and tourists must check that they are not being followed afterwards.

The driving standard is poor, and many do not follow driving regulations. Certain roads are also in a poor state. Local buses or mini buses must be avoided due to poor maintenance and overcrowdings. Foreigners travelling by train must keep all valuables secure and lock the door from inside.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities in Armenia are generally poor, and it is recommended to have treatment for minor ailments only. Travellers are also advised to carry at all times a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, a copy of the passport biometric page, and a comprehensive medical kit. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 103. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Armenia.

It is important to carry a photocopy of your passport as identification at all times.

Since Armenia is a Christian country, women can dress in normal clothing. However, outside Yerevan, inappropriate wear will attract attention due to conservativeness.

Even though homosexuality was made legal, it is still disapproved by many. Foreigners must be discreet and avoid public affections.

Travellers should not photograph sites such as military bases, equipment, and installations. Visitors have been detained and questions while attempting to photograph the latter.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Yerevan on the following coordinates:

33-4 Pushkin Street, Yerevan, Armenia

Tel: 00374 10 518171

Email: maltaconsul.yerevan@gov.mt

Website: www.maltaconsulate.am

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Aruba 24/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Aruba. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected in such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits to Aruba are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of petty theft and street crime. Violent crime related to drugs also exists. In this regard, travellers should avoid remote areas at night, keep valuables (including passports) out of sight, and protect handbags and purses. When using taxis, travellers should ensure that these are registered.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed, and therefore travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Evacuation to a neighbouring island may be necessary. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for the duration of your stay in Aruba. You will be permitted entry as long as your passport does not expire before the end of your stay.

The Dutch law requires that travellers always carry their ID and copies of passports.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Aruba, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Australia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Austria 11/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals in  Austria that immigration controls may temporarily be in place at some road and rail border crossing points with Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia. You should carry your passport with you when crossing the border into, or from Austria, monitor local media and check with your transport provider or the Austrian Railways 

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Austria may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Vienna on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

Opernring 5/1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria

Tel: 0043 (1) 586 5010, 586 5020

Emergency no: 0043 664 820 8619 (after office hours)

Email: maltaembassy.vienna@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Azerbaijan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Bahamas, The 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Bahrain 24/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Bahrain to exercise caution. Local security conditions have suffered a marked deterioration as a result of a number of violent incidents within the country. Therefore, you should avoid any public demonstrations or crowded places, as these could turn violent. There is currently an increased security presence in the country.

Developments in Syria, Iraq, and on the Middle East Peace Process continue to have an impact on the opinion of locals, and therefore it is important to be aware of local sensitivities on these issues. Keep yourself regularly updated with the security situation through local and international media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

The government of Bahrain has imposed a curfew on the waterways around Bahrain between 6pm and 4am.

Bahrain announced the suspension of diplomatic relations with Qatar, and all air and sea borders with Qatar have been closed. Any sympathy expressed with Qatar on any form of media communication is considered a punishable offence. You should ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

Terrorists continue to issue statements of threats to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, and therefore it is important to exercise caution, especially in public places.

Even though most visits are trouble free, it is important to take care when travelling alone at night, use reputable taxis, and keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored in a safe place.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. A comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. In case of emergency, travellers may dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Bahrain. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

The Bahraini law does not criminalise same-sex activity between consenting adults who are at least 21 years of age. However, many locals hold conservative views.

Travellers should respect local traditions, customs, laws, and religions at all times. Hence, it is important to dress conservatively in public places, especially in religious sites.

Visitors should carry a photographic ID, and failure to present the latter when requested may lead to a fine.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Bahrain, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion,

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Bangladesh 24/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Bangladesh to exercise a high degree of caution, in view of the long history of political violence in the country. In cases of political unrest, incidents of arson, violence and vandalism can suddenly break out across the country, mainly in towns and cities. Hence, it is essential that travellers evade large gatherings and mass meetings, follow the advice of local authorities at all times and keep up-to-date with ongoing developments by monitoring the media.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises also against all but essential travel to the Chittagong Hill Tracts (excluding the city of Chittagong or other parts of Chittagong Division). There are regular reports of violence and crime. Travellers who still propose to visit the Chittagong Hill Tracts must give the Bangladesh authorities 10 days’ notice of the travel plans. Furthermore, you should exercise caution and consult the local authorities about the latest situation before visiting Ukhia and Teknaf. Particular caution must also be taken near the areas bordering with India, following reports of people being killed for illegally crossing the border with India.

In terms of crime, travellers should be wary of the occurrences of violent crime including armed robbery, pick pocketing, and purse snatching. It is important to keep valuables (including) passports out of sight, and stored in a safe place. Public transports should be avoided when travelling alone, and it is not advisable to travel alone at dark.

There remains a high threat from terrorism in Bangladesh. Therefore, constant vigilance should be exercised in public places, particularly when frequenting crowded and touristic places. If you see a demonstration developing, or are in a situation, in which you feel unsafe, move away to a place of safety. You should follow the advice of the local security authorities and keep up to date on the security situation in the country through the local and online media.

Particular care should be taken when travelling during the monsoon season between June and September. Tropical cyclones and flooding can affect parts of the country. You should monitor the progress of approaching weather systems on the website of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department and the World Meteorological Organisation, and follow the advice of local authorities.

Travellers should exercise caution in terms of road travel, as roads are in poor condition, and driving standards are low. Night travel is especially dangerous due to unlit vehicles and banditry. Rail travel also experiences a number of incidents, and if travelling on a train, ensure that the compartment door can be locked. Ferries are often dangerously overcrowded.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission in the country, and therefore travellers should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Medical facilities in Bangladesh are poor, and routine tests and X-rays are unreliable. Therefore, a comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. In case of emergency, travellers may dial 02-9555555 or 01730336699 and ask for an ambulance. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for at least 6 months when applying for a visa to visit Bangladesh. It is important to check whether there are any other visa requirements.

It is important to carry a photocopy of the date page and visa from your passport and copies of other travel documents at all times.

Bangladesh is mainly an Islamic country, and travellers should respect the local laws and customs at all times. It is important to dress modestly, and women should cover their shoulders and wear long skirts/trousers.

Same-sex relations are illegal.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Consulate General of Malta in Bangladesh on the following coordinates:

CHITTAGONG

Arag Chambers (2nd Floor), 68 Agrabad Commercial Area, Chittagong

Tel: 00880 (31) 721 882, 723 369

Fax: 00880 (31) 710 934

Email: maltaconsul.chittagong@gov.mt

DHAKA (with jurisdiction over all the Administrative Regions of Bangladesh with the exception of Chittagong)

House No: 21 (Third Level) Road: 17

Block: C Banani, Dhaka-1213,

Bangladesh

Tel: 00880-2982-1182/3/4

Fax: 00880-2982-1189

Email: maltaconsul.dhaka@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Barbados 24/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens to take normal precautions when visiting Barbados. The Caribbean island is prone to severe weather conditions such as hurricanes and tropical storms. In such weather conditions, travellers should always exercise a high degree of caution, monitor weather updates, and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

In terms of crime, travellers should be wary of the occurrence of petty theft and street crime. Incidents of armed robbery and sexual assaults have also occurred. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored in a safe place. The local police have advised people against wearing visible gold jewellery. Take care when walking alone off the busy main roads and when withdrawing money from ATMs. Avoid isolated areas, including beaches, particularly after dark.

It is important to exercise great caution when swimming, as currents can be deceptively strong. Some beaches do not have lifeguards and/or warning flags, and drownings have occurred. Swimming is not recommended on many of the east coast beaches where currents are particularly strong. Travellers should monitor all beaches carefully and obey any local warnings.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Dengue fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and can occur throughout the year. Moreover, cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed, and there is also a risk of Zika virus transmission. Therefore, it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Medical treatment in Barbados can be expensive. The main government hospital can cope with many types of treatment, but serious cases may require evacuation. In case of emergency, travellers may dial 511 and ask for an ambulance. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. It is important to check for any visa requirements.

Local views towards same-sex relations vary, and the community is mostly conservative. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid public displays of affection to avoid unwanted attention.

It is an offence for anyone (including children) to wear camouflage clothing.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Barbados, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Belarus 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Belgium 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Belize 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Benin 24/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to the Parc du W and the contiguous hunting zones of Meêkrou and Djona. There is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout the Parc, which shares an open border with Burkina Faso and Niger. The country can be considered a legitimate target since it contributes to the UN peacekeeping initiative in Mali. There is also the possibility that terrorist groups from Nigeria may enter the borders of the country. The Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to the area between the Interstate Highway (RNIE) 2 (Tchaourou to Malanville) and the Nigerian border, due to increasing criminality in that area.

Even though the political situation is stable, travellers must follow local developments, which could potentially result in protests and turmoil. Protests and demonstrations must be avoided, and any violent situations must be fled immediately.

Cotonou witnesses a problem of street crime, and pick pocketing occurs in places visited by tourists. Travellers must never travelling alone on the beach, even during the day. Travel must be avoided especially at night and in isolated places. In case of emergency, the police may be contacted on 117.

Public transport is unreliable, and taxis and buses are poorly maintained and often overloaded. Driving standards are also poor. Vehicle checks are often made from Police at temporary roadblocks in order to improve safety. Travellers must be wary of carjacking, and vehicles windows and doors must be locked whilst driving. Sea travellers on large vessels must be wary of piracy and robbery.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are very limited, and it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad, evacuation, and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. Reports of a cholera outbreak continue, with Cotonou being the most affected area at the moment. Other water-borne diseases are common. Travellers must also take the normal precautions to avoid HIV and AIDS exposure.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of exit from Benin. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Photography of government sites and other sensitives areas (including the airport) is prohibited.

Requests for ‘gifts’ from officials in order to be able to facilitate administrative matters must be politely and firmly declined.

Homosexual relationships are not accepted by everyone, even though homosexuality is legal in the country. Therefore, travellers must avoid public displays of affection.

Credit cards are not widely accepted, and travellers must exercise caution when using ATMs.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Benin, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Bermuda 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Bhutan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Bolivia 24/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all travellers to exercise a high degree of caution in Bolivia, in view of the ongoing political and social tensions and frequent illegal roadblocks throughout the country.. At the moment, the political situation in Bolivia is highly unpredictable, thus there is a risk that demonstrations will turn violent at short notice. One should make sure to exercise constant vigilance at all times, follow the advice of the local authorities and to monitor the situation through the local news and media.

In particular, Maltese nationals are advised to excercise extreme caution when entering Bolivia at overland border points with Peru, Chile and Argentina, given that foreign visitors are particularly vulnerable to a general risk of ‘express kidnappings’ - short-term, opportunistic abductions, aimed at extracting cash - in such areas. If you are travelling from Copacabana to La Paz, it is advisable that one make use of direct buses to avoid transferring at the Desaguadero border crossing and take particular care on arrival, especially in the Cementerio General area in La Paz, where a number of incidents have been reported. There have also been reports of similar incidents in the Sopocachi area of La Paz. Petty crime is common in central La Paz and other popular tourist destinations like Sagarnaga Street, on buses and in other crowded areas. There have been cases where criminals impersonated police officers and acted in collusion with bogus taxis to target foreigners. False police ID cards, uniforms and even false police stations have been used to fool victims. It is equally important to beware of individuals offering help at taxi points and at bus terminals where thieves work in teams to distract their victims. Female travellers should be vigilant inside clubs and hostels. Rape and sexual assault incidents have been reported.

It is important to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored in a safe place.

Furthermore, we advise all travellers to stay alert when hiking in the areas surrounding La Paz, such as the Muela del Diablo, near Rurrenabaque in the Bolivian Andes, in Los Yungas and on the Inca trails, as criminals have targeted tourists.

Disputes between local communities on Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca have caused disruptions to transportation along the popular tourist route between Copacabana and Isla del Sol. One should make sure to take the necessary safety precautions and consult with the local authorities before visiting the area.

Even though there’s no recent history of terrorism in Bolivia, attacks can’t be ruled out, therefore travellers should remain vigilant at al times.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission in the country, whilst Dengue fever and Malaria are also common in different parts of the country. Cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed, and some areas are known to have a high risk for yellow fever. Therefore, travellers should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. It is important to note that certain medications prescribed for personal use are treated as narcotics in Bolivia, and failure to present a valid prescription from a doctor may lead to severe penalties. Therefore, it is very important to carry a letter from a doctor describing the medical condition and any prescribed drugs. Medicines should be in their original containers and clearly labelled. Foreign nationals are not entitled to free medical treatment in public hospitals, but there are private healthcare facilities available in major cities. A comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. In case of emergency, travellers may dial 118 and ask for an ambulance. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Bolivia, and it is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

It is important to carry a photocopy of your passport (details page and visa page) at all times in case it is requested by immigration officials or the police.

Travellers should ask for consent prior to taking photographs of local people.

Even though homosexuality is not illegal, it is frowned upon by the majority of the country.

It is not advisable to participate in “spiritual cleansing” ceremonies by indigenous communities in Bolivia. The latter use a traditional plant called ‘Ayahuasca’, which is an hallucinogenic drug. People have suffered serious illnesses, and in some cases even death.

Illegal bars exist in Bolivia. You may be detained for questioning if you are caught at one of these, particularly if drugs are found within the premises.

In case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals may contact the respective Honorary Consulates on the following contact details:

LA PAZ

with jurisdiction over Bolivia except the Department of Santa Cruz

Avenida 6 de Agosto No. 2700

Edificio Torre Empresarial CADECO, Piso 17 oficina 1702

Zona San Jorge

La Paz – Bolivia

Tel: 00591 2 211 5583

Email: maltaconsul.lapaz@gov.mt

SANTA CRUZ

with jurisdiction over the Department of Santa Cruz

 Av. Cristobal de Mendoza No 214, 2do Anillo, Edif. Castelo Branco Depto. 1A, Santa Cruz – Bolivia

Tel: 00591 3 3397052

Email: maltaconsul.santacruz@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Bosnia and Herzegovina 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Botswana 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Bouvet Island 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Brazil 26/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Brazil to exercise caution. The general elections that took place in October brought an increased risk of political and social unrest, following the result, and tensions are particularly high in the border region with Venezuela, due to immigration-related disputes. Recent demonstrations that occurred in Pacaraima have turned violent. Protests take place regularly in Sao Paulo. Roads and public transport are frequently disrupted, and there can be delays along the main road to Guarulhos International Airport. travellers should avoid gatherings and protests, follow local media reports, and follow the advice of local authorities. If encountering a gathering, it is important to leave the area immediately.

Crime levels are high in Brazil, especially robberies. Violent crime can occur anywhere and often involves weapons. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored safely. Armed robberies have also occurred, including on the Corcovado walking trail to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Theft from hotels, buses, and cars is also common. Sexual assaults against tourists are rare, but there have been attacks against men and women. Travellers should never keep food and drinks out of sight due to drink and food spiking. Bank and credit card fraud is common.

It is advisable to avoid visiting favelas (slums) due to the level of dangers. It is equally important to avoid going for ‘favela tours’ or any other attractions / accommodation / restaurants in such areas. If using a GPS for driving, make sure that the route does not take you into a favela. Tourists have been shot after accidentally entering a favela.

Road travel can be dangerous due to poor driving standards and roads. Road accidents are frequent in the country. It is important to use only licensed taxis, and to check that the taxi has company details outside. Travellers should also exercise caution on public transport due to petty crime.

Terrorist attacks in Brazil cannot be ruled out, and these could occur in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There has been an increase in reported cases of Hepatitis A, and the authorities also recommend that all travellers visiting Rio de Janeiro are vaccinated against yellow fever. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission. Malaria is present in parts of Brazil, whilst Dengue fever is common during the rainy season. It is important for travellers to take the necessary steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. It is also important to take a good supply of medication, due to unavailability, and keep a prescription or letter from the doctor confirming the requirement for the medication. Travellers should also be wary of counterfeit medications. Foreign nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment in public hospitals, but these tend to be crowded, especially in major cities. Private hospitals request proof of sufficient funds or insurance. Therefore, it is important to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance by dialling 192. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

There is no legislation against homosexuality in the country, but same-sex marriage is legal. Outside larger towns and cities, homosexuality is a concern and may lead to violence. In this regard, travellers should exercise caution.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Brazil may contact the Honorary Consuls of the Republic of Malta on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consulate General in Sao Paolo

With jurisdiction over the state of Sao Paolo

Rua Xavier de Almeida, 227

Cep. 04211-000

São Paulo – SP – Brasil

Tel/Fax: 0055 11 3554 2736

Email: maltaconsul.saopaolo@gov.mt

Honorary Consulate in Recife

With jurisdiction over the state of Pernambuco, Paraiba and Alagoas

Rua Buenos Aires,

98 / 301 Espinheiro 52020-180 Recife,

PE BRAZIL

Tel/Fax: 0055 81 3083 3232

Email: maltaconsul.recife@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

British Indian Ocean Territory 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Brunei Darussalam 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Bulgaria 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Burkina Faso 24/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Burkina Faso that a spate of violence against targeted groups have been taking place in the country.

On 13th May unidentified armed men on Monday stopped a group of worshippers during a Catholic parade in the remote village of Zimtenga, in the Kongoussi area of the country's northwest, set children free but killed four adults.

Monday's attack came a day after six people, including a priest, were killed by gunmen who opened fire on worshipers in a Catholic church in Dablo in the central part of the country.

Christians have recently come under attack across the northwest African country, which is facing a growing terrorist threat. In April, five churchgoers, including a pastor, were killed in a deadly attack by armed men in Silgadji town.

The Ministry advises travellers to exert extreme caution when travelling in the country, avoid public gatherings and rigorously follow local authorities instructions .

 Meanwhile Maltese nationals should avoid travelling to :

- the capital Ouagadougou.

- all areas of the country north of the town of Boulsa;

- areas within 40km of the western border with Mali;

- the W National Park in the south-east bordering Niger and Benin.

 Travellers in Burkina Faso are advised to avoid zones like the Sahel-Saharan region, which are very popular with foreigners for sports and cultural events such as desert rallies or music festivals. There exist considerable risks of attack and kidnapping. Travellers are advised to follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media coverage.

Burkina Faso has been classified as being at risk from mosquito borne diseases like dengue fever and the zika virus, therefore it is important for travellers to take the necessary health precautions. A comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended when travelling to this country.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Burkina Faso, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Burkina Faso may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Burundi 24/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Burundi against all travel to:

- Cibitoke and Bubanza provinces

- Areas of Bujumbura Rural province west of the Rusizi river towards the Democratic Republic of Congo border, with the exception of the Rusizi Delta Nature Reserve

- The road north of Bujumbura airport towards Cibitoke (the airside transit through Bujumbura International Airport is excluded)

- The main road running west from Kayanza through the Kibira National Park

- Ruvubu National Park

Moreover, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Burundi.

The political situation of the country remains tense. There have been violent attacks, particularly against those perceived to be against the President. Due to this political crisis, the security situation of the country therefore remains volatile.

Sporadic targeted assassinations continue, with an increase in arbitrary arrests, detentions and disappearances of Burundians, most often from civil society, independent media and pockets of society perceived to be anti-government since 2015. The police have used live ammunition and tear gas against demonstrators. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.

Demonstrations occur regularly, particularly in Bujumbura, and have the potential to turn violent abruptly. In view of this, all Maltese Nationals who are presently in Burundi are to maintain a high degree of caution, avoid all forms demonstrations and public gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.

Furthermore, there is a high risk of terrorism in the country primarily due to the participation and support of the Burundian armed forces in the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

There is a substantial risk of crime in Burundi, with muggings, bag snatching, pick pocketing, burglary, and car hijackings having been all reported. Travellers should exercise a high degree of caution, avoid walking alone, and keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored in a safe place. Avoid travelling on collective and public transport (buses and motorbike taxis), due to poor vehicle maintenance and low driving standards, and avoid crowded areas such as markets.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of cholera have also been reported. Malaria is also endemic in Burundi. Therefore, travellers should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites, and seek urgent medical attention if feeling unwell. Travellers should take the normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. It is important to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of the stay. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should carry a photocopy of the passport and visa at all times.

LGBT people are not accepted in the Burundi culture, and in fact, homosexual acts were criminalised in 2009.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Burundi, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Cambodia 24/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Cambodia.

Following the national election of July 2018, political rallies and disputes are still possible, and may turn violent. One should make sure to avoid areas where large mass gatherings and demonstrations are taking place or appear to be forming. Instructions of local authorities are to be closely followed and the monitoring of local media (including social media) for the latest information is highly encouraged.

Even though the level of crime is generally low, travellers must be aware of pickpocketing and bag snatching, whilst ensuring that valuables (including passports) are kept secure. Hotspots for petty crime include:

 the riverfront and BKK areas of Phnom Penh

• Siem Reap

• Sihanoukville, particularly in the Boeung Keng Kang area south and west of the Independence Monument, the beaches, tourist areas and nearby islands.

Reports of sexual assault against foreign women are low, but in 2017, there have been incidents of female travellers, being sexually assaulted in Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. This includes incidents of lone women being sexually assaulted by men claiming to be motorbike taxi drivers in the Pub Street area of Siem Reap. One should exercise vigilance at all times, especially when walking alone. Tourists must not accept lifts from strangers and should ask their hotel to recommend a reliable taxi driver. Women should not ride in the taxi’s front seat. Road accidents are high, and travellers must drive with care and avoid unlit areas.

Particular attention should also be made to Preah Vihear temple area and the surrounding border region. There have been frequent clashes between Thailand and Cambodia over a border dispute in the region surrounding Preah Vihear, including exchanges of gunfire and artillery that resulted in numerous fatalities and the evacuation of civilians. There have also been disputes over control of the Ta Moan and Ta Krabey temples, which lie close to the Thailand-Cambodia border. While the situation has improved, tension remains thus tourists should take extra care when travelling in this area, and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Cambodia, attacks can’t be ruled out. Targets could include places visited by tourists, including hotels and famous sightseeing spots; government buildings, including schools; places of worship; airports and other transportation hubs and networks; public areas such as, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners. Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

Heavy storms during the monsoon can cause disruption and damage including flooding and landslides. Travel to some provinces can be seriously disrupted during this time. The Mekong River Commission posts official updates on the Mekong River on its website. We encourage all Maltese nationals to take all the necessary precautions, follow all guidance issued by the local authorities and to monitor weather reports.

The country remains heavily affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. Since mined areas are often unmarked, travellers should never stray off main routes in rural areas.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission, and therefore it is important for travellers to take the necessary steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. There have been some cases of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in poultry, and as a general precaution, it is advised to avoid coming into close contact with domestic/caged/wild birds, avoid visiting live animal markets, and ensure that poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked. It is also important to take a good supply of medication, due to unavailability, and keep a prescription or letter from the doctor confirming the requirement for the medication. Travellers should check the legal status and regulation of their prescribed/purchased medicines. It is equally important to be wary of counterfeit or out of date medications. Public health facilities in the country are very poor, whereas private clinics are often better equipped but expensive. Due to the unavailability of certain treatments, in complicated cases it is likely to require an air ambulance transfer to a country offering the appropriate facilities. Therefore, it is important to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance by dialling 119. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should never take photographs in/near airports or military bases. It is important to ask for people’s permission prior to taking their photo, especially monks and other religious figures.

Even though there are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual activity, public attitudes vary and there is no legal protection against discrimination.

The Cambodian authorities have issued an official code of conduct for visitors to Angkor Wat and other religious sites, including a dress code. Travellers should not wear skirts/shorts above the knee or tops that reveal bare shoulders. Failure to follow the dress code may lead to refused admission to the sites.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Cambodia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Cameroon 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Canada 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Cape Verde 25/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Cape Verde. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of pickpocketing, bag snatching, and muggings. Even though sexual assaults are rare, these could also occur. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored safely in a hotel safe. It is important to avoid unlit areas. Windows and doors of the accommodation must be locked whilst you are out and during the night.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Medical facilities are limited there, and some medicines are either in short supply or unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 130. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Cape Verde. Travellers should check in advance whether a visa is required to enter the country.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Cape Verde, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Cayman Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Central African Republic 25/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to the Central African Republic against all but essential travel to the central area of the Capital city of Bangui (between the airport and Oubangui river), and against all travel to the rest of Bangui and the rest of the country.

There are tensions in Bangui and the rest of the Central African Republic. The country is witnessing reports of violence, rebel activity, killings, looting, hostage taking, and human rights abuse. Armed patrols have set up several roadblocks in the country. In April and early May 2018, Bangui has witnessed clashes between armed groups and security forces, which have killed more than 20 people and injured more than 180. As a result of the situation, many businesses and schools in the city have been closed.

After an armed rebel coalition took power of the country in 2013, its leader stood down a year later, and in 2016 the country witnessed legislative elections, which saw the installation of a new Parliament and government. However, the country still remains fragile due to the continuing violence. Travellers must avoid demonstrations. Terrorist attacks cannot be excluded, and these could happen in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must be wary of theft and robbery by armed gangs, and must avoid carrying valuables in public. Isolated and poorer areas must be avoided. Kidnapping is also a threat, and since 2015, ministers, humanitarian, and UN workers have been victims of kidnap.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are very limited, and services have been affected by strikes. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in the country may call an ambulance on 610600, and if referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

There are no international ATMs in the country, and very few places accept major international credit/debit cards.

Foreigners must be wary of road travel, which is particularly difficult due to poor maintenance and during the wet season. Remote areas witness illegal roadblocks, and travellers may be forced to give their possessions to be able to proceed. There have been reports of violent attacks against travellers. Travellers must not travel after dark.

Homosexuality is not accepted by everyone, and several same-sex acts are illegal.

Photography that can be potentially damaging to the country (such as photos of street children) is prohibited. Permission for photography of public places must be sought, and photography of government property, uniformed officers, and military installations may lead to detention. Outside the capital, any photography of people must be taken with their consent.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in the Central African Republic, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Chad 25/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Due to incidences of violent crime and the high threat of terrorism, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Chad to avoid all travel to:

  • areas within 30km of all borders, except for the capital N’Djamena  
  • within 30km of Lake Chad and the parts of Kanem and Lac regions to the west of the towns of Mao and Bol 
  • the regions of Ennedi, and Tibesti 
  • the region of Borkou,  

The Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to all remaining parts of the country including the capital, N’Djamena and the town of Faya Largeau.

A state of emergency remains in force for the Lake Chad region.

All Maltese nationals who choose to remain in the country should ensure to avoid any political rallies or demonstrations, monitor developments closely, to keep their departure options under review and to consider making contingency plans.

Terrorist attacks are very likely to happen, and these could occur in places visited by tourists. Security in the capital has been reinforced, and police check points are routine. Moreover, there is a high threat of kidnapping by terrorist groups, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin, the Sahel Region, and the border areas with Sudan, Nigeria, Niger and the Central African Republic. Western nationals have been kidnapped in the Sahel over the last decade, and legitimate targets include humanitarian workers, journalists, and business persons. Hence, tourists must be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded and public areas. It is important to follow the advice of local authorities rigorously.

Banditry and violent crime in Eastern Chad is still existent. Moreover, armed robberies have been reported several times, and foreigners are sometimes the target. Such crimes are common in the residential areas of N’Djamena. Travellers must not walk alone, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. Travel in isolation is not advisable. Car-jacking reports outside N’Djamena have also increased.

Travellers must be vigilant when driving due to poor road maintenance and low quality of driving standards. Many roads are impassable during the rainy season. In order to be able to travel outside the capital, travellers require authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior. Moreover, it is advisable to travel in convoy, keep the car doors locked, and avoid travelling after dark. The number of reports of car-jackings on roads outside N’Djamena has increased, including during daylight hours. It is recommended that travellers use police or military escort when driving outside the capital, and to carry working communications equipment.

Demonstrations and large gatherings must be avoided, and it is important to follow local media for updates.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are poor, and hospitals are sometimes affected by strikes. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Malaria and water-borne diseases are common, and thus it is advisable to drink or use only boiled or bottled water. Drinks with ice cubes must be avoided. Precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

A form of identification must be carried at all times, and failure to produce such documentation can lead to detention.

The photography of government and military installations and airport is strictly prohibited, and permits are required in certain places.

Homosexuality is not accepted, and a new law came into force in August 2017 and criminalises same-sex sexual activity.

Travellers must dress in a conservative manner, due to predominantly Muslim areas.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Chad.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Chad, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street

Valletta

Tel. (+356) 21242191


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Chile 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

China 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Christmas Island 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Cocos Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Colombia 01/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to inform Maltese travellers that severe flooding and landslides have been reported in some regions. Heavy showers are expected to continue through the end of May. The Pan-American Highway is currently closed in southern Cauca due to a landslide. Severe flooding is affecting four municipalities in western Nariño. New flooding events are likely to occur in Cauca and Nariño.

The Ministry also advise against all but essential travel to:

• the departments of Putumayo, Arauca, Caquetá, Guaviare, Guainía, Vichada, and Norte de Santander (except their capital cities, as indicated on the map)

• the department of Cauca (except its capital Popayán and the road between the tourist site of the San Agustin ruins in Huila and Popayán city)

• the department of Chocó (except its capital Quibdó, the whale-watching towns of Nuquí and Bahía Solano, and the tourist site of Capurganá)

• the department of Nariño (except its capital Pasto and the Ipiales border crossing)

• the department of Meta (except its capital Villavicencio, and the tourist site of Caño Cristales); visitors travelling to Caño Cristales should only do so with a reputable tour company travelling by air to and from the town of La Macarena

• within 5km of the Venezuelan border in the departments of La Guajira, César and Boyaca

• rural areas in northern Antioquia, southern Cordoba, southern Valle de Cauca, and southern Bolivar (as indicated on the map)

On 17 January 2019, there was a bomb attack against the General Santander police training academy in southern Bogota, with reports of fatalities. You should avoid the immediate area (including the Autopista Sur between Avenidas 1 de Mayo and Boyaca), remain vigilant and follow local police instructions.

On 11 April 2018, 8 policemen were killed in a bomb attack on their vehicle in rural Urabá, northern Antioquia. The Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the area.

There has been a recent spate of kidnappings in the border area between Colombian and Ecuador; security operations in the area are likely. Tourists should only use the Pan-American Highway border crossing at Ipiales on certified transport.

The Popular Liberation Army has announced an armed blockade in the Catatumbo Region (Norte de Santander). The FCO advises against all but essential travel to the area, travellers should follow local security advice as the situation is evolving quickly.

The security situation can change very quickly in many areas of the country. You should pay close attention to warnings issued by the Colombian authorities. In general, the more remote the area, the greater the potential threat to your safety. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Colombia.

Despite the high levels of crime, most visits to Colombia are trouble-free.

Colombia is classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Maltese nationals requiring consular assistance in the country may contact the Hon Consul , whose contact details are as follows:

         Dr. RICARDO EDMUNDO SCHEMBRI, Hon. Consul

         Carrera 6 # 151 - 18 (801), Bogotá, D.C. Colombia

         Tel/Fax: 0057 (1) 6685370

Email: maltaconsul.bogota@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street

Valletta

Tel. (+356) 21242191


Comoros 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Congo D.R.C. 18/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals travelling to the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Congolese Health Ministry has confirmed the country’s first Ebola case in the eastern city of Goma, raising concerns the disease could spread across the border to Rwanda.

There were fourteen (14) new recorded deaths from the virus since the more than 1,450 confirmed cases registered since the epidemic breakout in August.

Efforts to eliminate the virus have been hampered by ongoing unrest in the eastern DRC, , as well as widespread distrust among elements of the local population towards both the central government, which postponed presidential and legislative elections in parts of the region blaming the Ebola outbreak, and the medical strategies deployed by emergency responders.

Scores of armed groups operate in the conflict-wracked region, including in the areas surrounding the North Kivu cities of Beni and Butembo, where the current outbreak is concentrated.

The Ministry also advises Maltese nationals to avoid all unnecessary travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, in view of the very fragile political environment and tense security situation in the country. The security situation in eastern DRC remains unstable. The continued presence of armed groups, military operations against them, intercommunal violence and an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries all contribute to a deterioration in the political, security and humanitarian situation.

Presidential elections took place on 30 December 2018, provisional results were announced on 10 January and the new president was inaugurated on 24 January. Opposition candidates have called for peaceful protests against the result.

Public gatherings and demonstrations can be called with little or no notice and can quickly turn violent in DRC. In all instances, you should remain vigilant and be aware of disruptions to journeys around Kinshasa, as well as to and from N’Djili airport. If a demonstration or disturbance takes place, leave quickly and don’t attempt to watch or photograph it. The security situation in eastern DRC remains unstable. The continued presence of armed groups, military operations against them, intercommunal violence and an influx of refugees from neighbouring countries all contribute to a deterioration in the political, security and humanitarian situation. There are continued reports of kidnappings, including of staff from international NGOs.

Moreover, the Ministry also advises against all travel to:

 the provinces of Kasaï, Kasaï Central, Kasaï Oriental, Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu (except the city of Goma), South Kivu (except the city of Bukavu), Maniema and Tanganyika in eastern DRC

 areas to the west and east of Kananga, including Tshikapa and Mwene-Ditu

 within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

All Maltese nationals who choose to remain in the DRC should ensure to avoid any political rallies or demonstrations, monitor developments closely, and to keep their departure options under review. Moreover, traveller should also consider making contingency plans because during large-scale demonstrations, the only road to N’Djili International Airport in Kinshasa can be blocked and flight schedules can be disrupted.

Travellers must be wary of street crime and robbery. Foreigners are at particular risk, especially in hotel and supermarket areas. Robberies by street children gangs are becoming increasingly common, and these can turn violent. Taxis must be avoided also. Valuables including passports must be kept in a hotel safe, if possible, and copies of identification documents must be kept separate. Kidnapping is also a threat, and NGO workers have also been victims of kidnap.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. On 1 August 2018, the DRC Government confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu province, originating in Béni territory. On 24 September a case was also confirmed in Tchomia, a town on the Ugandan border approximately 200 kilometres north of the current hotspot of Beni. The latest updates can be found on World Health Organisation website.

Apart from Ebola, there are outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever, with over 400 reported deaths in 2017. Furthermore, travellers must exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV and AIDS. Medical facilities are very limited, and it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand, as supplies are likely to be unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times.

Road conditions and driving standards are poor, and travellers must not drive off main routes. Moreover, the borders with Rwanda, Burundi, and Angola can close at short notice.

Photography of public places, especially of borders and military installations can lead to arrest. Moreover, travellers with military clothing can receive unwanted attention.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the country.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Congo, Republic of 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Cook Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Costa Rica 28/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to note that while Costa Rica is considered to be a relatively calm country, Maltese travellers should nonetheless exert vigilance especially in particular areas where thefts and violent incidents are more frequent then in other places.

Bags stored in bus overhead compartments are particularly vulnerable, while theft are common on beaches Avoid using unofficial taxis - ‘taxi piratas’as violent incidents involving tourists have been reported. Official taxis are red (or orange at the airport) with a triangular sticker and plastic box on the roof with the name and number of the taxi company. Make sure the driver’s ID is clearly visible on the dashboard and that the driver uses the meter.

The Ministry also advises travellers to avoid poorly lit or remote areas. Car thefts are common and it is advisable to park in secure car parks with visible security staff, or in well-lit busy areas. Travellers visiting jungle areas should do so with an experienced local guide. Attention should be given to restrictions on entry to dangerous areas when visiting volcanoes. Landslides in the rainy season sometimes block the road between San José and Guapiles on the way to Limón and the San Jose/Caldera Highway. Increased activity of several volcanoes has caused national park and airport closures and this could happen again at any time.

One should take extra care if participating in tours involving snorkelling or similar activities as there have been recent fatalities. Rip tides are very common in all of Costa Rican beaches. The beaches are often unattended by lifeguards, and drownings ( around 60 yearly) are the second most common cause of accidental deaths.

 The country has been classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission and cases of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases continue to be reported, particularly during the rainy season (May to November). You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel, particularly if undertaking adventure sports where safety standards can be variable.

Do not get involved with drugs of any kind. The Costa Rican authorities treat the possession of drugs and drug trafficking severely. The minimum sentence is 8 years imprisonment.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Hon Consuls on the following coordinates:

Dr. David Robert Reuben Harris M.D. Hon. Consul General COURIER ADDRESS: 33rd Ave., 110th. St., Rohrmoser, San José, Costa Rica - (De la Farmacia Rohrmoser 100 N, Edif. Esquinero, 2 pisos)Tel: 00506 2290 3737 (Please include telephone number in the address)

Tel: 00506 2290 3737

Fax: 00506 2290 3738

Email: maltaconsul.sanjose@gov.mt

Mr David Reuben Hatounian Hon. Consul

COURIER ADDRESS: 33rd Ave., 110th. St., Rohrmoser, San José, Costa Rica - (De la Farmacia Rohrmoser 100 N, Edif. Esquinero, 2 pisos)Tel: 00506 2290 3737 (Please include telephone number in the address)

Tel: 00506 2290 3737

Fax: 00506 2290 3738

Email: maltaconsul.sanjose@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Croatia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Cuba 01/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

In view of the recent severe weather conditions that have hit the East of Havana, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling, or who are present in the area, are advised to monitor local news & weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services, including any evacuation orders. The hurricane season in Cuba normally runs from June to November.

The hurricane season in the Caribbean frequently coincides with heavy rains, which may cause flash floods and landslides. Landslides and flooding can occur anywhere and could severely disrupt the essential services such as transportation; power distribution; water and food supply; telecommunications networks; emergency services and medical care amongst others. Travellers may monitor the progress of storms on the National Hurricane Centre website, and are encouraged to contact their respective travel company, cruise operator or local tour representative to check for any changes to travel arrangements.

Even though most visits to Cuba are trouble free, tourists must beware of pickpocketing and bag snatching, especially in Old Havana, on transport systems, places popular with tourists, and also clubs. Car-related crime and mugging occur often, and foreigners were even victims of tyre puncturing. Car-related crime and muggings occur from time to time, not only in Havana but also in Santiago de Cuba and other areas. Valuables must be kept out of sight, and it is advisable to keep such items, including passports, locked in a safe place. Thefts from rooms, especially in private guesthouses, were also reported. Travellers must be cautious in centre Havana at night, and it is advisable to use a taxi, even for short distances.

Cuba witnesses a strong police presence and restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. Maltese citizens travelling to the country must avoid demonstrations, military zones, and other restricted areas. Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks in the country cannot be ruled out.

The standard of driving varies in Cuba, and many vehicles (of both public and private transport) are badly maintained. Road conditions are poor, and it is advisable to avoid driving at night due to unlit vehicles and animals on the roads. Tourists must not use mopeds or Coco-taxis, as several foreigners were reported injured. Travellers must ensure to choose registered taxis and avoid private taxis. Old cars offered as taxis must be avoided as these lack proper licensing and safety features.

This country is considered to have a high risk of ZIKA transmission. Pregnant women are advised to postpone non-essential travel until after pregnancy. Details of specific affected areas within this country are not available.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are better in Havana than the rest of the country, and travellers must ensure to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. There have been reports of mosquito-borne diseases, and even though the local authorities are carrying out chemical fumigation to control the spread, all travellers are advised to take the necessary precautions. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens can call for an ambulance by dialling 104.

Since many medicines are unavailable in the country, travellers must pack sufficient prescription medicine and ensure to have a copy of the prescription letter from a health professional explaining the condition. Tourists are also advised to carry a copy of the passport and a comprehensive medical kit at all times.

Travelling from the USA to Cuba is not allowed under US Law, and this applies even to those travellers transiting through the USA en route to the country.

The country has strict laws on drugs, and tourists must not carry items for other people, and must never allow someone else to pack their belongings.

Travellers are advised to confirm with their bank whether their credit cards will work in Cuba. Due to forged currency, travellers are also advised to only change money at Cadeca exchange houses or banks.

Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are subject to import requirements and may be confiscated. Travellers must ensure that inbuilt GPS (in mobiles, tablets, and laptops) is disconnected or disabled.

Even though homosexuality is legal in Cuba, public displays of affection from same-sex couples may lead to unwelcome attention from the police.

Tourists arriving in the country with meat or fruit will have them confiscated due to the prohibition of importing such products in the country.

Since Malta does not have neither diplomatic nor consular representations in Cuba, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Curaçao 16/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Curaçao. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of petty theft and street crime. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight, and it is important to ensure that handbags and purses are safe. Remote areas should be avoided at night. When taking a taxi, always see that it is registered.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed. Therefore, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 912. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Curaçao. Travellers should check in advance whether a visa is required to enter the country.

The Dutch law requires that travellers carry their ID and copies of their passports at all times.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Curaçao, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Cyprus 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Czech Republic 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Denmark 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Djibouti 25/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Djibouti against all travel to the border with Eritrea. Following the military clashes between Djibouti and Eritrea in 2008, the situation remains fragile, and further conflict is possible. Travellers must exercise great caution if travelling to remote areas, such as the border with Somaliland, as security presence is low. Moreover, terrorist attacks are very likely to happen, and these can occur in place visited by tourists. Hence, tourists must be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded and public areas. It is important to follow the advice of local authorities.

Travellers must be wary of petty crime, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. It is not advisable to walk around town alone late at night. Tourists travelling outside the capital city may risk banditry.

Travellers must be vigilant when driving, due to poor road conditions and lack of lighting. Moreover, travellers are advised to avoid travelling outside city centres after dark, due to lack of vehicle lights and due to the presence of wildlife. Police also set up wire coils as roadblocks, which are not clearly visible during the night. Land mines are common in the districts of Obock, Tadjoura, and Ali Sabeih. Tourists engaging in sea travel must be wary of piracy, which remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Moreover, normal precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Health facilities are poor in the country, but there remains a few health facilities that offer reliable services. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 35 09 62 or 35 27 12 (switchboard) and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

The photography of government offices, residences, police and military buildings, and airports is strictly prohibited.

Homosexual behaviour is illegal.

Due to Djibouti having predominantly a Muslim population, travellers must dress in a conservative manner.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Djibouti, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Dominica 25/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to exercise caution. Tropical Storm Kirk is forecast to reach the Caribbean region on or around Thursday, 27 September 2018. The island has issued a ‘Tropical Storm Warning’. Maltese travellers in the area should monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Dominica, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Dominican Republic 25/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting the Dominican Republic. The country is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of the high rate of crime, which includes bagsnatching, pickpocketing, violence, and muggings at gunpoint, both during daytime and night time. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight, and should be stored safely in a hotel safe. Personal belongings must never be kept out of sight.

With regards to road travel, most major roads are in good conditions, but driving standards are poor. Most vehicles are poorly maintained, and drink driving is not uncommon. In terms of local transport, taxis are cheap but poorly maintained. Tourist taxis are safer and more reliabe. Public transport can be unsafe, whereas bus services provided from private companies are more reliable.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of chikungunya virus and dengue fever have been confirmed. There are also cases of cholera in poor areas. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. Public medical facilities are limited, whilst private hospitals have good standards. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Tourists should have their passports valid up to at least the date of the proposed departure from the country. For other travel purposes, passports should be valid for six months. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

Even though same-sex relations are legal, same-sex marriages are not recognised by the law. Moreover, public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in the Dominican Republic, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ecuador 25/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Ecuador against all travel to within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia, except for the official border crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province. This is because of the presence of Guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and criminal gangs, who pose a high risk of crime. Potential targets include oil workers and foreigners.

Furthermore, travellers are also advised against travel to the province of Esmeraldas. MFTP advises also against all but essential travel to the areas of Tarapoa and the Cuyabeno reserve in Sucumbios. Sucumbios experiences a high risk of crime, and foreign nationals have been assaulted at gunpoint and kidnapped in the areas.

Moreover, MFTP advises against all but essential travel to the areas of the El Angel Ecological Reserve in Carchi. MFTP advises also to take particular care in the parks of La Carolina and El Ejido, and in the districts of La Mariscal, La Floresta, and La Marin. It is advisable to avoid travelling to El Panecillo hill on your own and to use reliable tours. Caution must also be taken at bus terminals. In Guayaquil, travellers are advised to be particularly careful in the bus terminal, and also in the districts of Urdesa, Kennedy, Alborada, and Malecon Simon Bolivar.

Street demonstrations, protests, and strikes are common in Ecuador, and these can turn violent. Hence, all travellers are advised to avoid such gatherings and to monitor local media. Even though the country does not have a history of terrorism, in 2018 there have been a number of incidents of bomb explosions in the province of Esmeraldas. Thus, it is important to pay attention to warnings issued by the authorities and to exercise a high degree of caution.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of muggings and pick pocketing, which occur at a highly common rate. Travellers are advised to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight, and to be highly alert on personal belongings. Thieves adopt different methods of distraction (including, but not limited to, requests for assistance and staged fights). Armed robbery is especially a hazard in Quito, Guayaquil, and in remote areas. Rucksacks must be worn on the front, and where possible, it is advised to avoid storing items in the storage compartments or under your seat on buses. Extra caution must be taken at ATMs. Incidents of attacks and sexual assault against foreign women have increased in Montañita. Hence, female visitors should take extra care, find secure and reputable accommodation, avoid travelling in the dark, and be wary of date rapes and drink spiking. Travellers should be wary of strangers offering food and drinks, leaflets, perfume samples, and cigarettes. Express kidnappings occur particularly in Quito and Guayaquil, with the aim of emptying victims’ bank accounts. Such crime can also happen on registered taxis, and the main targets include locals and foreign visitors. Robbery has increased on interstate transport and at bus stations. Travellers should avoid travelling by road after dark. The local authorities have issued a security project which includes the installation of security kits on buses and registered taxis. It is advisable to use only yellow registered taxis with the ‘transporte seguro’ logo. A Tourism Police unit is found in Quito and at airports and bus terminals.

Road and vehicle conditions vary, and driving regulations are not adhered to, thus making traffic accidents a very common occurrence. Foreign nationals have been seriously injured in such accidents, even by using buses. It is important to check that the bus company used is insured with SPPAT. Boat travel must also be done with caution. The Galapagos Islands have witnessed several accidents involving boats. Moreover, piracy and robbery incidents have also occurred around the waters of Ecuador.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has also a risk of Zika transmission. Moreover, it is important to note that a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory when entering Ecuador from endemic countries (such as Brazil and Uganda). Due to areas of high altitude, travellers are also advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid altitude sickness and related risks. Health treatment can be expensive and not always available outside main cities. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance by dialling 911. It is essential that one contacts the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Ecuador is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, tsunamis, forest fires, heavy rains, and widespread flooding. In such cases, travellers must follow the advice of local authorities and follow local media.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry. Otherwise, entry to the country will be denied. Travellers should check in advance for any visa requirements.

The law requires travellers to carry an ID at all times. It is important to keep a copy of the biometric page and visa entry stamp page at all times.

Homosexual relationships are recognised in Ecuador. However, a certain level of discrimination still exists, and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Travellers must be wary of traditional hallucinogens, which are often referred to as Ayahuasca or San Pedro. Such substances are marketed to tourists as ‘spiritual cleansers’, and apart from being illegal in many countries, intoxication has led to people being assaulted and robbed. These substances involve high risks, and people have suffered serious illnesses and even death.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Ecuador may contact the Honorary Consuls in Guayaquil and Quito on the following coordinates:

GUAYAQUIL (with jurisdiction over the Republic of Ecuador)

Edificio Equidor

Km. 2.5 de la Avenida Carlos Julio Arosemena

Junto al conjunto residencial Alta Gracia

Guayaquil, Ecuador

P.O. Box Urdesa Guayaquil 09-066140

Tel: 00593 4 22001145, 00593 4 2200910 and 00593 4 2200709

Mobile: 00593 994 360 900

Email: maltaconsul.guayaquil@gov.mt

QUITO (with jurisdiction over the provinces of Pichincha, Imbabura, Napo, Cotopaxi, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas and Manabi)

Av. 12 de Octubre N26-141 y Orellana,

Edificio Jerico Piso 10 Of. 10-A

Quito, Ecuador

Tel: 00593 2 252 0005

Email: enefreile@yahoo.com; maltaconsul.quito@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Egypt 18/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to the country that suicide bombings took place in Egypt's restive North Sinai region killing two people. The victims of the bombing were a civilian and a member of the security forces. The region has long been an unstable territory and travellers are therefore adviced to stay away from the area.

Following the death of former President Mursi, protests or attacks are highly possible. Precautionary measures should be taken and travellers should be vigilant all the time.

The Ministry advises also against all travel to the Governorate of North Sinai. Besides the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the Governorate of South Sinai, and to the area west of the Nile Valley and Nile Delta regions, excluding the coastal areas between the Nile Delta and Marsa Matruh. Only essential travel to and from Sharm El Sheikh by air is advised, and any travel by road should be accompanied by a security escort. Travellers are also required to have proof of hotel reservation in their possession. Maltese nationals should avert travel to known Muslim Brotherhood strongholds such as Ain Shams Matareya (Cairo) and El Haram, Kerdasa, Nahya, and Imbaba (Giza).

Egypt has been experiencing a political turmoil that has involved violent protests and demonstrations. Terrorist groups have been threatening the Egyptian government, military installations, western nationals, institutions, businesses, and aviation. They have also targeted Coptic Christian institutions, including churches. Recently, on the 28th of December 2018, a bus carrying tourists was attacked near the pyramids of Giza. The explosion resulted in multiple casualties. The authorities in Egypt maintain a significant security presence across the country, including armed security officers stationed at important sites, critical infrastructure, and road checkpoints. Extra measures are in place at tourist sites. One should, therefore, remain highly vigilant and follow the advice of local security forces rigorously at all times.

Homosexuality is not well accepted in Egypt and charges of debauchery have been used to prosecute LGBT people for flying a rainbow flag at a concert in September 2017. Sexual harassment of women is particularly widespread in Cairo.

When travelling within the country, Maltese nationals are encouraged to take all the necessary road safety measures if travelling by car, due to the high rates of road accidents and fatalities in the country. In general, on should avoid travelling alone or on public transport and only public taxi or transport services should be used. Any protests or mass gatherings in the vicinity of government buildings should be avoided.

Transiting or changing flights through Cairo airport does not present any danger. One may need to turn up at the airport earlier than usual to get through the additional security checks in place. Following the suspension of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Qatar, all air and sea border entry points between the two countries are closed.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page must be carried at all times. Some prescribed and over the counter medicines are considered controlled substance in Egypt. Therefore, such medications would not be able to be brought into the country without consent from the relevant health authorities. Travellers with prescribed medication must carry a medical letter from their GP, specifying details of the condition, and that the medication is for personal use only. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance on 123.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Egypt.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Cairo on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

Nile City Towers,

North Tower,

9th Floor,

Ramlet Boulak, Cairo

Chancery Tel: 0020 (2)24619961

VOIP General: 2204 8880

VOIP (Visa Section): 22048883

Emergency No: 0020 1063827105

Email: maltaembassy.cairo@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

El Salvador 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Equatorial Guinea 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Eritrea 25/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

In view of the fact that ongoing tensions between Eritrea and neighbouring countries could degenerate into conflict at any moment, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Eritrea to avoid all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s land borders (Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan), with the exception of the towns of Senafe and Tessenei. Tensions remain high, and there are ongoing reports of armed groups operating in and around the border area.

While Ethiopia and Eritrea recently re-opened the border between their two countries on 9 September 2018, military operations could resume at any time in adjoining areas. Travellers should avoid also driving off main and paved roads, as there remain unmarked landmines and given that the border is not clearly defined.

All foreign nationals must apply in advance for a travel permit to leave Asmara and the surrounding province of zoba Maekel. Those working outside Asmara also need a travel permit to leave their area of residence or work. Applications in Asmara are handled by the relevant Ministry. For business travellers, applications are dealt with by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Applications outside Asmara are handled by the local Zoba (Region) Administration. Tourists wishing to travel outside Asmara should apply for a travel permit at the Ministry of Tourism located on Harnet Avenue in Asmara.

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out. Hence, tourists must be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded and public areas. It is essential to follow the advice of local authorities and to be aware of your surroundings at all times in public places.

Crime levels are low in Eritrea, but travellers must not walk alone at night, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. It is important to note that a good proportion of the population has access to arms, but it is unknown whether such weapons have increased the threat of violent crime.

Travellers must be vigilant when driving. Whereas driving on main roads away from border areas is generally safe, it is crucial to avoid travelling after dark in rural areas. Road signage and barriers are scarce, and many roads are impassable during the rainy season. Due to the presence of minefields, tourists must avoid driving on non-metalled roads and walking or hiking in the countryside. Tourists engaging in sea travel must be wary of piracy, which remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There are a number of hospitals in Addis Ababa, but only private ones offer a reasonable standard. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 122244 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Due to the presence of water-borne diseases, it is important to drink or use only boiled or bottled water and to avoid ice in drinks.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ethiopia. Travellers should ensure that the passport has two blank pages on arrival. It is equally important to check for any visa requirements to enter Ethiopia.

The photography of government and military installations is strictly prohibited, and permits are required in certain places.

Homosexual behaviour is illegal.

Travellers must dress in a conservative manner, due to predominantly Muslim areas.

All electronic items should be declared upon arrival. Failure to do so may result in their confiscation by Eritrean customs officials when you depart.

There are no credit card or ATM facilities in Eritrea, and the economy is entirely cash-based.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Eritrea, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Estonia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) 28/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Eswatini to exercise caution. Even though the political situation of Eswatini is generally stable, the country experiences occasional political demonstrations. Certain political parties have been banned and designated as terrorist organisations. It is important for travellers to avoid demonstrations and other gatherings, as these can be forcefully tackled by police forces. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these could occur in places visited by tourists.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must take sensible precautions in view of street crimes and burglaries, which increase in festive periods. Travellers must not walk alone, and avoid walking in the downtown areas of Mbabane and Manzini after dark. It is not advisable to travel in remote rural areas unless in a group. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight at all times.

Road travel can be dangerous due to speeding, poor driving standards, poorly maintained roads, and road markings. Abandoned trailers, poorly lit heavy vehicles, and the presence of stray animals also entails risky driving conditions. It is advisable not to offer lifts to strangers or assist apparently distressed motorists, due to the latter being techniques used by hijackers. Public transport (buses and taxis) must never be used due to poorly maintained and overloaded vehicles.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Basic healthcare is available, but there are shortages of common medications. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, travellers may call 933 and ask for an ambulance. It is important to contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment. Precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Same-sex relationships and acts are illegal, and therefore it is advisable to avoid public displays of affection.

The possession of narcotics is illegal, and foreign nationals have been imprisoned on drug offences.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Manzini on the following coordinates:

Office/Home: 493 Bauhinia Road, Coates Valley, Manzini

Tel/Fax: 00268 25058151

Email: amansoor@swazi.net; maltaconsul.manzini@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ethiopia 02/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese travellers that, folowing some armed attacks on the 22nd June 2019 against the Amhara Regional State in Bahar Dar and the Armed Forces leaders in Addis Ababa, the security situation in Ethiopia still appears fluid. Travellers are advised to avoid the area of Bahar Dar where there are numerous checkpoints and some roads may be closed to traffic without warning. Maximum prudence is advised and one has to limit trips in the city.

Due to the volatile security situation, there are frequent incidences of civil unrest in Ethiopia, including protests and strikes. Some of these can cause temporary closure of roads or disruption to local business and transport, and in the past some have escalated into serious violence. These incidents are often limited in duration and localised. In light of this, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Ethiopia against all travel to:

• The four woredas (districts) (Akobo, Wantawo, Jikawo and Lare) of the Nuer zone and the Jore woreda of the Agnuak zone of the Gambella region the Nogob (previously Fik), Jarar (previously Degehabur), Shabelle (previously Gode), Korahe and Dollo (previously Warder) zones of the Ethiopian Somali Region within 10 km of the border with South Sudan within 100 km of the Ethiopian border with Somalia and Kenya in the Afder and Liben zones of Ethiopia’s Somali region within 10 km of the border with Sudan and the other parts of the Kenyan border, with the exception or principal roads/towns.

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to:

• Within 10 km of the border with Eritrea, with the exception of: the main road through Axum and Adigrat; tourist sites close to the main roads (e.g. Debre Damo and Yeha); and open border crossings with Eritrea and the main roads to these border crossings. One should take local advice and not walk away from roads or towns unaccompanied all other areas of the Ethiopian Somali Region, including Siti zone, Fafan zone (with the exception of the main road and railway line to Djibouti), and the areas of Liben and Afder zones more than 100km from the Somalia and Kenya borders the woredas (districts) of Tsegede, Mirab Armacho and Tach Armacho in North Gonder zone the two woredas (districts) of the Agnuak zone of the Gambella region that border on South Sudan (Dima and, Goge), Etang Special Woreda, and the Gambella wildlife reserve.

One should also be aware that road travel – including on the route between Dire Dawa airport and Harar City – may be disrupted.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Ethiopia. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. One should be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and public places like transport hubs, hotels, restaurants, bars and places of worship and during major gatherings like religious or sporting events.

One should visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before any travels to check whether vaccinations or other preventive measures are applicable. In August 2018, there were reports of Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which have led to additional checks at arrivals on flights into Bole Airport of Addis Ababa. When travelling, it is advisable to carry a comprehensive medical pack, particularly when travelling out of Addis Ababa. The level of health care in the country is very limited. A comprehensive travel health insurance covering the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation is strongly recommended. In case of emergency, travellers may call for an ambulance by dialling 907. If referred to a medical facility, it is important to contact one’s insurance company promptly. Water-borne diseases are very common; hence it is advised to drink or use only boiled or bottled water and to avoid ice in drinks.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ethiopia. It is important to have 2 blank pages in your passports on arrival.

Homosexual acts are illegal, and could lead to a hefty imprisonment sentence.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Ethiopia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Ethiopia may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street

Valletta,

MALTA

Tel: +356 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Falkland Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Faroe Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Fiji 28/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

Following the strong earthquake and tsunami warning issued in August 2018 for the Pacific Ocean, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Fiji to exercise vigilance and stay alert. Extreme weather and land conditions occur throughout the year Hence, it is important to monitor weather forecasts and to follow the instructions issued from local authorities.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, and even though crime levels are low, travellers should be wary of petty theft. It is important to keep valuables in a safe place and avoid travelling alone and at night. There have been serious cases of sexual assaults against European nationals. Credit card fraud and skimming have seen an increase. Travellers should also be attentive while withdrawing money from ATMs. Road conditions are poor and lack street lighting. Theft from cars has also been reported in Suva. Windows should be kept up, and the doors should be locked while driving. It is important to make use only of licensed taxis. These have a yellow registration plate.

Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out. These can occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The local authorities have confirmed an outbreak of Meningococcal diseases in Fiji, and also an outbreak of Dengue fever in the areas of Labasa town, Nadi, and Ba. It is important to exercise the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is also a risk of Zika virus transmission. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 911 and ask for an ambulance. Medical facilities are adequate in Fiji, and availability for treatment may be limited. Serious cases may require evacuation. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Fiji. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should make copies of the passport and travel documents, and keep them in a separate place.

Fiji is prone to seismic and volcanic activity. Travellers should always be alert and follow the advice of local authorities.

It is important to respect local customs and religious sensitivities. Shoulders and knees must be covered during kava ceremonies and when in rural villages. Topless bathing and nudity in public are forbidden.

Even though homosexuality was decriminalised, travellers should be aware of local sensitivities, especially in rural areas.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Fiji, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Finland 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

France 28/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry wishes to advise Maltese travellers who will be visiting France that, due to the threat of terrorism, there has been a renewal of controls at the internal land borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, the Swiss Confederation, Italy and Spain, as well as at the air and sea borders from 1st May to 31st October 2019. Furthermore, travellers visiting the City of Lyon are adviced to exert caution and avoid the 2nd arrondissement in view of the latest incidents that happened in the area.

The Ministry advises travellers to always carry with them their valid passport.

Protests linked to the yellow vest (gilets jaunes) movement are continuing across France, and are particularly focused on weekends. A number of demonstrations have led to violence and extensive damage to property, in Paris and in other towns and cities across the country. A heavy police presence is to be expected and there could be instances of violence. Motorists travelling through France may continue to experience some delays or blockages caused by local demonstrators - you should drive with caution as some protestors may be based on roads, motorways and toll booths. In all cases, you should avoid demonstrations wherever possible and follow

the advice of the local authorities.

There remain some migrants around Calais, who may seek to enter the UK illegally. There have been instances of migrants seeking to slow down traffic on approach roads to ports, including by placing obstacles on the Calais Port approach road. If this happens you should keep moving where it’s safe to do so, or stop and call 112 if isn’t safe to proceed (keeping car doors locked).

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in France. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamist terrorist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be especially vigilant and has reinforced its security measures.

 In light of this, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens to exercise a high degree of caution.

Moreover, the Ministry also advises all travellers and Maltese currently present in the country to exercise a high degree of vigilance in view of the demonstrations and protests linked to the Yellow Vests (gilets jaunes) .

In case of emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Paris on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

Address: 23 rue d’Artois, (2nd floor), 75008 Paris, France

Tel: 0033 (1) 5659 7590

Mob: 0033 648 360798

Email: maltaembassy.paris@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

French Guiana 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

French Polynesia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

French Southern Territories 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Gabon 16/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Gabon to exercise vigilance. Following the 2016 presidential election, violent clashes remain present between demonstrators and security forces. On 7 January 2019, there were reports of an attempted coup against the President of Gabon. Moreover, there have been reports of sporadic gunfire in Libreville and military presence on the streets. Maltese nationals in the areas should exercise a high degree of caution and remain indoors where possible. It is important to follow local updates.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, there have been cases of robbery, armed attacks, car-jackings, and rape. In this regard, Maltese nationals are strongly advised to take sensible security precautions, keep valuables (including passports) out of sight, and avoid quiet and isolated places, especially at night. It is equally important to avoid unnecessary travel during periods of unrest, follow local media and stay away from areas where demonstrations are likely to take place. Protests may rapidly turn violent without warning.

During periods of unrest, police checks may increase. One should make sure that all required documentation is available and that a valid identity document is always in hand.

Constant vigilance and utmost discretion is advised since foreigners are often targets of violent crime both in cities as well as on beaches and on the seafront. When using taxis, it is important to ensure that these are registered. There is a low threat from terrorism in Gabon, but one should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and thus it is important for travellers to take the necessary precautions and to avoid mosquito bites. It is equally important to exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and consumption of raw or undercooked food. Only bottled water should be consumed. Medical facilities are limited, and treatment may not be available for certain cases. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 1300 or 1399. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Gabon. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Even though same-sex relationships are legal, same-sex marriage is not recognised in Gabon. It is important to note that public displays of affection may lead to negative attention.

It is forbidden to take photographs of military sites and government buildings.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Gabon, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio, Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Gambia, The 28/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to The Gambia, given that the general situation in the country has been relatively calm since it experienced a peaceful handover of power to President Adama Barrow and his coalition government in January 2017.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, attacks on tourists are increasing. These include theft of passports and valuables from hotel rooms. Valuables (including phones and passports) must be kept out of sight. It is recommended to remain alert in places which are popular with tourists in view of possible incidents of petty crime and aggression, particularly at night and when visiting isolated beaches and markets. Caution is also advised in respect of persons who approach tourists on beaches offering guide or tour services.

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out; therefore it is important to remain vigilant.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Malaria is present in all areas of The Gambia throughout the year, and therefore it is important for travellers to take the necessary precautions. It is equally important to exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. Public medical facilities are limited in the country, and private clinics will only treat fee-paying patients. Some prescription and over-the-counter medicines may be banned in the country. If in doubt, Maltese travellers should confirm with the pertinent authorities. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

The Gambia is an Islamic country, and one should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times.

There is a zero tolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in The Gambia.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in The Gambia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Georgia 10/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and against all but essential travel to areas immediately adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Foreign nationals have been detained on arrival in Georgia for possession of medicines that would not normally be problematic in other countries.

Maltese nationals commuting within Georgia should take care when driving and if possible avoid driving at night. You should also avoid flagging down taxis in the street and consider sitting in the back seat rather than the front depending on the availability of working seatbelts. Most taxis are not metered. Taxi apps, which offer a metered service, are available. Street lighting away from main roads can be poor and pavements uneven. There may be occasional short power cuts and you may wish to be prepared by carrying a torch.

The political situation in Georgia is generally calm, but demonstrations and opposition rallies occasionally take place. Demonstrations are usually policed. Keep well away from all demonstrations. There is some risk from unexploded ordnance in areas along the Administrative Boundary Lines with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and near the border with Azerbaijan (Red Bridge area in particular). Areas where unexploded ordnance might be present are not always marked. Terrorist attacks in Georgia can’t be ruled out.

Crime levels are low. However, you should exercise particular caution in areas frequented by tourists. There have been incidents of pick pocketing and burglary involving foreign nationals. Take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, remain aware of your surroundings and keep your mobile phone charged and with you at all times. Ethnic minorities and LGBT+ individuals may face discrimination. There have been some reports of racially and sexuality motivated harassment and assaults.

If you’re considering travelling to Russia via the land borders with the Russian Federation, the Ministry advises against all travel to the following:

Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky, Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai.

If you visit the Udabno caves at the Davit Gareja monastery site, take care not to cross the Georgia-Azerbaijan border, which is unmarked in this area.

If you’re travelling by road from Tbilisi to Yerevan, be aware the route via Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Bagratashen on the Armenian side is expected to be closed for maintenance work until approximately July 2019.

Take appropriate precautions when skiing and ensure you have valid insurance for skiing/winter sports in Georgia.

Georgia has a very strict anti-drugs policy, which can also cover prescription and non-prescription drugs or medicines, otherwise commonly available in the European Union. This can cause serious problems for travellers and in some cases lead to administrative and criminal proceedings. Before travelling, check Georgia’s medication importation regulations on the Ministry of Health website (http://www.rs.ge/en/5982). If you intend to travel with prescription medicine, you must carry a doctor’s prescription and ideally the original packaging.

You should carry a copy of your passport at all times and keep the original in a safe place.

Don’t photograph sensitive sites like military bases and power installations. Be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches and other religious sites. Some visitors have been prevented from photographing the Presidential Palace in Tbilisi. Always seek permission if in doubt. Tbilisi is a cosmopolitan city, but more conservative attitudes exist in rural areas. When travelling outside of the cities be aware of cultural sensitivities around modest dress and open displays of affection particularly in remote areas.

Homosexuality is legal in Georgia, and the Georgian Parliament has adopted anti-discrimination legislation, but it is still not widely accepted in society.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice. Medical facilities in Tbilisi are available but can be expensive. Outside Tbilisi, medical facilities are limited. Water quality is variable across Georgia. Bottled water is widely available. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

Georgia is situated in an area of seismic activity. The most recent significant earthquake took place in September 2009 when an earthquake measuring 6.2 struck 156km north-west of Tbilisi. Small earthquakes are frequent.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Georgia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Germany 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Ghana 28/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Malteese citizens in Ghana to exercise caution. Even though Ghana is a relatively safe destination, nevertheless, there has been a recent increase in thefts and violent robberies. Particular care should be taken in affluent residential neighbourhoods or areas frequented by foreigners, in big cities (Accra, Tamale, Takoradi, Kumasi), airports or beaches.

Episodes of civil unrest may occur between local communities in the Northern, Upper West and East Regions. It is advisable to obtain updates on the situation before travelling to these regions. Violent incidents have occurred in the mining areas (in particular Ashanti and Western Region) linked to illegal mining activities.

An upsurge in cybercrime has been registered via e-mail exchanges, social networks or dating sites, including scams, business proposals and requests for assistance to persons in distress. It is advisable not to answer dubious emails, pay money, communicate bank references or bank card details.

Particular attention should be paid when travelling by road due to the state of the roads as well as the risky behaviour of drivers. Road travel at night is dangerous and is not recommended. Some armed attacks on public transport have also been reported in the country, usually after dark.

Increased vigilance in public places is also recommended in the context of the terrorist threats in the West African region.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There are reports of cholera and meningitis, which may rise during the wet season. It is important for travellers to take the necessary precautions. Medical facilities are poor outside town, and in serious cases, evacuation may be required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Ghana. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should carry a photocopy of their passport at all times, whilst the original document must be kept in a safe.

It is forbidden to take photographs of sensitive sites such as the airport or military installations.

It is important to respect local laws and customs, and to dress modestly in public. Wearing military and camouflage clothing is prohibited.

There is a zero tolerance towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ghana.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Ghana may contact the High Commission of Malta  on the following coordinates:

HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA

Unit A705, Octagon Building, Barnes Road 

P.O. BOX AD330 

Adabraka – Accra, Ghana 

Emergency No: 0023 547044295


Honorary Consulate of Malta in Tamale

Post Office Box 26,

Education Ridge

Tamale-Northern Region

Ghana

Tel No.: (+233) 244624164

(+233) 208293827

Email: maltaconsul.tamale@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Gibraltar 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Greece 17/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese travellers that the Hellenic Police will begin implementing systematic passport control checks for all European citizens travelling to/from destinations outside the Schengen area (including the UK) in line with a 2017 Schengen Borders Code regulation; increased waiting times at passport control are possible on departure from and arrival into Greece; you should ensure you arrive at the airport in good time.

Most visits are trouble free, however travellers must take sensible precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. The theft of passports, wallets, and handbags is common, particularly in central Athens. Thieves operate mostly on the metros and in crowded tourist places. Hence, it is advisable to leave valuables in a safe place at accommodations, and to carry a photocopy of the passport at all times. Personal attacks (including sexual attacks) are generally rare. Indecent behaviour is unacceptable, and the Greek courts impose heavy fines on this.

When driving, it is important to keep valuables out of sight and to lock the vehicle at all times. Travellers must be wary of car crime. It is also important to be careful with quadbikes and to respect the regulations.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Moreover, it is important to have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary. Certain prescribed or over-the-counter medicines normally available in Malta may be considered as controlled substances in the country. Hence, it is important to carry a doctor’s prescription stating that medication is required for a particular treatment. Moreover, the Greek law states that a visitor can bring up to 5 different prescribed medicines for personal use, with a maximum of 2 boxes of each medicine. Treatment facilities are generally good on the mainland, and can be limited on the islands. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 112 or 166. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Some fancy dress costumes may be regarded as offensive, and therefore against decency laws.

Same sex relations are legal throughout the country. In rural areas, public displays of affection may be frowned upon.

The photography of military/official installations is prohibited.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Athens on the following coordinates:

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA

96, Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 11528 Athens, Greece

Tel: (0030) 210 778 5138, 210 778 5235

Fax: 0030 (210) 778 5242

Emg Mobile: (0030) 694 562 6075

Email: maltaembassy.athens@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Greenland 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Grenada 28/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Grenada. The country is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of violent crime, including armed robbery and sexual assault. It is important to be careful when walking alone, especially after dark. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight, and should be stored safely in a hotel safe. In terms of road travel, road conditions vary, whilst some areas remain unlit at night. cars should be locked whilst driving.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of chikungunya virus and dengue fever have been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. The main hospital can cater for many types of treament, but in serious cases, evacuation to a neighbouring country may be required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 434, 724, or 774. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Tourists should have their passports valid up to for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Grenada. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

It is an offence to wear camouflage clothing, and this applies also for children.

Attitudes towards LGBT are mostly conservative, and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations Grenada, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Guadeloupe 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Guam 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Guatemala 28/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Guatemala to exercise a high degree caution, due to high levels of violent crime, roadblocks, strikes and demonstrations that occur throughout the country.

At present, there are currently large numbers of migrants moving en masse from Honduras through Guatemala to Mexico and beyond. This is having an impact on border crossings. The situation is fluid but borders crossings at Tecun Uman (Guatemala/Mexico) and Agua Caliente (Honduras/Guatemala) are currently affected and subject to periodic closures. Travellers are advised to pay particular attention to their security particularly in the border areas with Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Belize. It is important to only use the officially recognised border crossing points and to check with local authorities and tour operators before attempting to cross-land borders.

Even though the volcano Fuego has stopped eruption, the possibility of eruptions always exists. The Fuego, Pacaya and Santiaguito volcanoes are consistently moderately active. Travellers are still advised to monitor levels of volcanic activity through the local media, seek local advice prior to visiting volcano areas. It is important to contact the local tourist authority PROATUR for the latest information, and to consult the Guatemalan Meteorological Office (INSIVUMEH) and the disaster agency (CONRED) for information of access and restrictions.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high rate of violent crimes. The majority of such crimes involves local gangs, but incidents can also occur in tourist areas. In fact, there have been armed attacks on tourists travelling to/from major tourist sites. Travellers must note that no parts of Guatemala City are crime-free. Car-jacking and armed hold-ups are common on the main road ‘Carretera Salvador’ leading from Guatemala City to the border with El Salvador. The crossroads at Fraijanes, San Jose Pinula and Las Luces are also focal points for express kidnappings. Such attacks, including sexual assault, can occur anywhere and at any time of the day. Those who resisted attack have been killed or injured. travellers are also advised to avoid the Godinez by-pass via Patzun between Guatemala City and Panajachel. Use the Pan American Highway to Sololá instead. You should also avoid the road between Cocales (Suchitepequez) and San Lucas Toliman (Atitlan) if possible. Particular care must be taken at the border areas.

Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight at all times, and it is advisable to store valuables in a hotel safe. Scammers target foreign visitors and residents, and can lead to a hefty financial loss. Moreover, there have been incidents of credit/debit card cloning, following ATM use. Tourists must also be wary of bogus police officers, following reports of attacks and theft from people dressed in police uniforms. Particular attention must be given at transport hubs, airport, and shopping centres.

It is not advisable to travel alone or at night, especially at border crossings or quiet areas. Group travel or travel with a reputable company is advisable in case of travel to remote areas. PROATUR, which is a tourist assistance service offered by the country, issues useful advice (e.g. routes to take and places to avoid) and security information. They are also able to offer an escort service for tourists travelling in certain areas. It is generally advisable to take a radio or hotel taxi for shorter trips within towns and cities.

It is generally safe for tourists to travel on main roads, but quieter roads experience a greater risk. Travel in convoy is ideal, if possible. It is important to note that it is illegal to have more than one person riding a motorcycle. Travel on public buses must be avoided, due to an increase in armed attacks by local gangs. There have been incidents of violent muggings (including rape and assault) against foreigners on such buses. Even though private coaches are safer, these may also be attacked.

The country experiences risks of demonstrations, and although most are peaceful, these could turn violent. Maltese citizens must avoid such gatherings, at the Guatemalan law prohibits foreigners to participate in such events. Public facilities (including the airport) may be blocked at any time, and roadblocks can also occur. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these could occur in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed, and dengue fever can occur. Thus, travellers must take the necessary steps to avoid mosquito bites. Precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, travellers may call 122 and ask for an ambulance. It is important to contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment. Hospitals in Guatemala request evidence of medical insurance prior to proceeding with treatment. It is also important for travellers to receive a confirmation from the hospital that the insurance coverage is accepted. Public hospitals often lack hygiene and are under-staffed.

Water is not safe for drinking unless filtered or bought bottled. The water in Lake Atitlan is not safe for drinking or swimming.

Maltese citizens travelling to Guatemala must note that passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Guatemala.

Tourists climbing mountains and volcanos must exercise caution and travel with a reputable company. Local tour organisers tend to underestimate the risks, and foreigners have also died.

Photographs must not be taken without permission, especially of children. People have been victims of lynching following accusations and fears of child kidnapping. Foreigners have also been caught up in this violence.

In some places, tourists are able to carry a photocopy of identification documents. However, in certain locations, people may be fined or detained if they cannot produce an original passport or a certified copy.

Homosexuality is not illegal, and many places are tolerant. However, outside Guatemala City, attitudes are more conservative, and public displays of affection must be avoided.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Guatemala on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consul in Guatemala

2 Avenida ‘A’ 13-34 Zona 1,

3rd Floor, Office 3 B,

Edificio El Callejon,

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Tel: 00502 2538002

Fax: 00502 22538027

Email: avalladares@legapolis.com

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Guernsey 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Guinea 28/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Guinea to exercise caution. Instability in neighbouring countries and armed banditry in West Africa pose a risk to the country, in particular near the borders with Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone, where ongoing cross-border military and rebel activities make these areas unsafe. Moreover, a number of violent demonstrations have taken place, across the country, including in Conakry and Kindia, and may continue in reaction to the results of the local elections of 4 February 2018. There has also been social and political unrest in the Boké mining region. Maltese nationals should, therefore, monitor local media reports and avoid public gatherings and demonstrations.

Maltese nationals should also remain vigilant in places frequented by foreigners, as terrorist attacks may take place. Terrorist targets could include government buildings, public areas such as bars, restaurants, hotels and sites frequented by travellers. It is important to be aware of your surroundings in public places. The Guinean authorities retain police and military checkpoints around the country; therefore it is advisable to carry some form of identification at all times.

Petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching is common, particularly in the Madina, Niger and Taouyah markets. Travellers should ensure that any personal belongings and travel documents are secure at all times and remain alert, especially at night. Violent crime is prevalent, especially in Conakry and in some rural areas, such as Kankan. Armed robbery, carjackings, assaults, muggings and break-ins are on the rise in Conakry and the surrounding province. Motorists have encountered theft at gunpoint, particularly at night. There have also been incidents of violent car-jackings, especially in the outlying suburbs of Conakry and on other main routes outside the capital. There are regular reports of robberies on the route Mamou, Faranah, Kissidougou, Guekedou, Macenta, Nzerekore.

Road travel can be hazardous, particularly during the rainy season from May to October. Torrential rains can cause floods and landslides. It is essential that that travellers monitor local weather reports and expect difficulties when travelling to affected areas during this season and to avoid travel outside cities after dark.

Although the World Health Organisation has declared the country free from transmission from the Ebola virus, it is advisable to take the necessary sanitary precautions. Travellers should also take the necessary precautions against cholera and malaria. A comprehensive travel insurance policy is also strongly recommended.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Guinea, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Guinea may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Guinea-Bissau 28/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Guinea-Bissau to exercise extreme caution, due to high crime rates and weak state infrastructure. The country suffers from political instability, and even though the security situation is currently under control, travellers must follow local developments and avoid sensitive areas (such as military installations).

In particular, the border with Senegal is also experiencing a weak security situation. Rebels are present in the area bordering Senegal, where the proliferation of small arms fuels banditry. Thus, it may be dangerous to cross this border by land. In light of this, Maltese nationals are strongly encouraged to avert any unnecessary travel to these areas.

Demonstrations and public gatherings may occur and can turn violent at any time. It is essential to avoid areas where protests and large gatherings are taking place, to follow the instructions of local authorities and to monitor local media for information on ongoing developments. The next presidential elections due to follow in 2019.

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and since the country contributes to the UN peacekeeping initiative in Mali, it may be considered as a legitimate target. Such attacks can take place at any time and anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Due to a high crime rate in the capital, and in view of the extreme poverty levels throughout the country, travellers must be vigilant and avoid carrying valuables in public. Petty crime, including pickpocketing, is common at the airport, in markets and at public gatherings. Travellers should ensure that personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are secure safely at all times.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are very limited and hospitals are not fully operational, thus it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand, as supplies are likely to be unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission and experiences occasional cholera outbreaks.

Homosexuality is legal in the country, but travellers must avoid public affections to prevent unwanted attention.

Travellers must pay particular attention when travelling on road, as road conditions and driving standards are poor. Landmines remain a problem in certain parts, and de-mining operations are continuing. Even though Bissau (the capital city) was declared mine-free in 2006, travellers outside the city must follow local advice and use paved roads.

Traffic is generally light but road conditions and driving standards are poor. Travellers should avoid road travel at night and take suitable precautions in the rainy season (June to October) when road and driving conditions can become particularly poor.

Credit cards are rarely used in the country, and ATMs are not numerous.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Guinea-Bissau, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Guyana 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Haiti 16/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers against all but essential travel to Haiti due to the current unstable and dangerous security situation. The most recent protests in Port au Prince and elsewhere in Haiti started on 7 February. Sporadic, unpredictable and sometimes violent demonstrations and roadblocks continue. These could occur at any time and may turn violent. The movement of goods and people into and within the country has been disrupted due to blocked roads and security incidents. As a consequence, there are fuel and food shortages. Curfews and new security regulations can be announced at short notice.

All those present in Haiti or due to undertake essential travel, should remain vigilant at all times, keep movements to a minimum and regularly review their departure options. Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings, monitor local media, follow the advice of local authorities and keep up to date with ongoing developments through the media.

Moreover, the country is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of the high rate of crime. Violent robberies and muggings have increased, and these have also resulted in fatalities. Travellers should refrain from travelling alone, and from carrying large amounts of money and valuables. If possible, valuables (including passports) should be stored safely in a hotel safe. People who may be perceived as wealthy can be potential targets for kidnapping.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of chikungunya virus, malaria, cholera, and dengue fever have been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers should only drink from bottled water. Moreover, it is important to exercise normal precautions to avoid HIV/AIDS exposure. Medical cities are very limited, and evacuation to a neighbouring country may be required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. If bitten by an animal whist in Haiti, travellers should seek prompt medical advice. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Tourists should have their passports valid up to for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Haiti. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

It is important to always carry proof of identity, and keep copies of identification documents and relevant visa stamps separately in case of theft.

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

Attitudes towards LGBT are mostly conservative, and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Haiti, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Heard and McDonald Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Holy See 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Honduras 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Hong Kong 15/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens that there have been new clashes between police and protesters in Hong Kong and advises travellers to avoid gatherings, currently concentrated in particular between the districts of Admiralty, Wanchai and Causeway.

Politically speaking, the country is stable, and whilst demonstrations are usually conducted in a peaceful manner, these can still turn violent. In the event of such gatherings, Maltese citizens should leave the affected area immediately.

In terms of safety, crime levels are very low in Hong Kong. However, pick pocketing and other street crime can occur. Travellers should keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. Personal attacks including sexual assaults are rare, but still occur. These sometimes occur through drink spiking.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Mosquito-borne diseases, such as the dengue fever, occur all year round, and therefore it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The cost of medical treatment is high. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 999. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports must be valid for at least one month after the date of your departure from Hong Kong. Travellers should check in advance for any visa requirements.

Photography of military installations is not advised.

Travellers entering Hong Kong with e-cigarettes containing nicotine should present a medical prescription stating that these are for personal use.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Hong Kong, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Hungary 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Iceland 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

India 08/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas


Following a terrorist attack in Pulwama on 14 February, there are heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly across the Line of Control. Due to the ongoing tensions, operations at several airports in India may be disrupted, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir and in northern India. There may be also restrictions to air travel in the aforementioned regions in India and to Pakistan at short notice. Travellers should continue to exercise caution, regularly monitor news reports to keep up to date with ongoing developments and to follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

Further to the above, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to India to exercise caution and to avoid all travel to certain areas, due to an ongoing threat of terrorist attacks. In particular, the Ministry advises Maltese nationals against all travel:

• in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than travel across the international border at Wagah;

• Jammu and Kashmir; this advisory excludes travelling within the region of Ladakh, and air travel to the city of Jammu.

• to Manipur;

• to the tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg.

Further to the above, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all but essential travel to the Imphal, Srinagar, and travel between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

Travel in rural areas of India during the monsoon season (June to October) can be hazardous. Monsoon rains cause flooding and landslides that can cut off some towns and villages for days and lead to disruption of transport and roadway services. Moreover, cyclones and tropical storms are common, particularly off the east coast of India in the months from September-December. It is essential to check access routes, monitor the local and international weather updates from the Indian Meteorological Department, and follow the advice of local authorities and your travel company before travelling.

Strikes, political rallies and demonstrations occur frequently throughout the country and can turn violent, particularly around elections or in the wake of the death of party or government leaders. Such gatherings may also disrupt transport and public services, particularly in the region of Darjeeling and in Nagaland. It is essential to avoid areas where protests and large gatherings are taking place, to follow the instructions of local authorities and to monitor local media for information on ongoing developments.

There is a high threat from terrorism. In some areas terrorist incidents are frequent, especially Jammu and Kashmir (excluding Ladakh) and less frequently in parts of the north east. Recently, on 14 February 2019 a terrorist attack took place in Kashmir targeting Indian security forces on the highway between Jammu and Srinagar, with many killed and injured. Security has been strengthened, notably at major hotels and transport hubs (airports, railway and metro stations). Violent extremist groups re active in the rural areas of Chhattisgarh, Jharkand, Odisha, along the border with Andra Pradesh. Highly frequented places, such as markets, public transport, bus and train stations are mostly at risk. Be vigilant, especially in public places, and always monitor local media before planning your travel.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of bag snatching and theft. Moreover, women should exercise caution, due to an increase in reports of sexual assaults against women and young girls. Therefore, women are advised to avoid isolated areas and walking alone. Moreover, women should respect local dress codes and customs. Tourists are advised to exercise caution on transport systems in view of transport frauds and unwanted tours. It is important to properly identify the taxi driver. Luggage must never be left unattended on trains. Drink spiking has also been reported, and European nationals have subsequently been victims of robbery or assault. It is vital to carry only essential items and to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight.

Road travel is dangerous, and many fatal accidents occur each year. It is important to ensure that the vehicle is well maintained and according to safety regulations. Sea travel is also dangerous, as tourist boats rarely carry life-saving equipment. Moreover, parts of the Indian Ocean are exposed to piracy threats. Rail travel is also exposed to threats due to reported cases of travellers being drugged and robbed on overnight journeys.

There are possible respiratory risks emanating from pollution levels in New Delhi and it is advised that one consult the New Delhi air quality monitor available online. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected. Kindly make sure that you have comprehensive medical insurance and visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certificates or other preventive measures. It is recommended that the necessary sanitary precautions be taken with respect to mosquito-borne diseases like Zika Virus, Dengue Fever & Chikungunya Virus. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens may call for an ambulance by dialling 102. It is important to contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be machine-readable, with 2 blank pages for the visa. Moreover, passports must be valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the High Commission of Malta in New Delhi on the following coordinates:

High Commission of the Republic of Malta

N60, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi 110 017, India

Tel: 0091 11 4767 4900

Emergency mobile: 0091 9910443535

Email: maltahighcommission.newdelhi@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Indonesia 18/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign affairs and Trade Promotion informs Maltese travellers that Indonesia’s popular resorts, Kuta, Seminyak and Ubud were hit by a strong magnitude 5,7 earthquake. Buildings and hotels were damaged and evacuated.

Flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport have been unaffected. The latest Bali quake is the third to hit the region in as many days. Travellers in the country should exert caution due to frequent tremors, which at times may be the cause of structural damage.

The Ministry also informs travellers that, with effect from 3rd May 2019 the Indonesian Immigration authorities introduced hefty and waivered visa overstaying fines which range from Rp. 500,000 to Rp. 2,000, 000, depending on the nature of the offense. Travellers should adhere to local regulations with regard to permitted stays in the country and conforming to the visa issued to them.

Furthermore, Indonesia recently experienced heavy flooding and landslides on the island of Sumatra with 29 people losing their lives and more than 12,000 others leaving their homes in the southwest of Bengkulu.

The Ministry also informs travellers that Hundreds of buildings, schools, bridges and roads have been damaged, hindering efforts of search and rescue teams and aid workers to reach the affected areas. Two sub-districts were completely cut off by landslides. The death toll could get worse and landslides and floods could happen again if rainfall is high. Some areas are difficult to access, electricity is partially extinguished, communication with other regions is difficult, bridges and roads are damaged.

Most casualties were reported in central Bengkulu where a landslide at the foot of a mountain killed nearly 22 people. Flooding in parts of the capital of Jakarta also left two people dead and more than 2,000 temporarily homeless earlier in the week.

There are many active volcanoes in Indonesia, any of which can erupt with little or no warning. This often results in the evacuation of villages within a 3 to 7 kilometre radius and disruption to air travel in the wider region. In the past, repeated eruptions have caused destruction and fatalities. Maltese citizens are encouraged to check media reports before travelling to areas that are prone to volcanic activity. The authorities have indicated that Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra & Mount Agung, Bali continue to show signs of volcanic activity and the possibility of a volcanic eruption remains, The local alert level may change at short notice. Take extra care and follow the advice of local authorities, including respecting any exclusion zones. These are exclusion zones put in place by the local authorities due to ongoing volcanic activity. All travellers who are in either exclusion zones should make sure to leave the areas immediately.

If eruptions affect flight safety, airports could be closed. Maltese nationals should therefore always exercise caution, contact their airline and travel operator for any updates if they are travelling to the country. It is also useful that travellers remain following closely any developments through the media.

The overall political situation of Indonesia is stable, but local and international developments can trigger protests or unrest. Gatherings and demonstrations are to be avoided, as these could turn violent. Travellers are also advised to take particular care in the following locations:

- Ambon, including Haruku Island, in the Maluku Province, due to unrest and violence;

- Palu, Poso, and Tentena, in the Central Sulawesi Province, due to politically-motivated violence;

- Aceh, due to a long period of internal conflict, politically-motivated violence, and Shari’a law enforcement;

- Papua & West Papua, due to the possibility of unrest, violence and armed attacks, mass demonstrations, and kidnapping.

Terrorist attacks are very likely to happen, and these can occur in places visited by tourists. Recent attacks include a number of explosions in May 2018, which caused a number of deaths and casualties. Attacks could be indiscriminate in places frequented by foreigners including hotels, bars, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs, sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, coastal areas including beaches, airports, buses, trains and other transport hubs. Places of worship including churches and mosques have also been targeted. Travellers should be particularly vigilant in such areas.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of street crime, bag snatching, and pickpocketing, particularly in busy tourist areas in Bali. It is vital to carry only essential items and to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. Credit card fraud is common, and there have been incidents where criminals put fake telephone numbers on ATMs, advising customers to contact the number to report problems. There have also been reports of drink spiking and sexual assault in Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands. Moreover, many foreigners died or became seriously ill after drinking alcoholic drinks contaminated with methanol. It is essential to take extra care, as bottles may appear genuine when they are not.

It is advisable to avoid going out alone, and if travelling by car, it is important to keep doors locked at all times. Moreover, traffic regulations are not adhered to. Public transport is risky due to theft. Only book taxis of a reputable firm, and never use unlicensed taxi drivers due to the poor conditions and reports of theft. Inter-island travel by boat/ferry can be dangerous due to the latter being overcrowded and poorly maintained. Attacks against ships and kidnapping at sea have also been reported.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations. Certain medications usually available in Malta may be illegal in Indonesia. Hence, travellers must have a copy of the prescription, indicating the quantity and need for the medication certifications, and other preventive measures required.

The country has a risk of Zika virus and bird flu transmission, and rabies exists in domestic and wild animals. Travellers must avoid direct contact with animals and must seek help if bitten or scratched. Health facilities can be inadequate in the country, whilst good medical care can be costly. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 118 and ask for an ambulance. One should contact their insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment. Travellers must also note that tap water is not potable in the country.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.

Travellers staying in private accommodation (not a hotel) must register their presence with the local police. Otherwise, a fine applies. Hotel stays are registered automatically.

In case of emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Honorary Consul in Medan/North Sumatra or the Honorary Consul in Jakarta respectively on the following coordinates:

Mr Jonas Hudaja

Honorary Consul of Malta in Medan/North Sumatra

Consulate Address: Jl. Juanda No. 29-B, Medan, 20112, Indonesia

Email: maltaconsul.sumatra@gov.mt

Telephone No: 0062 61 794 3333

Mobile No: 0062 8126 0586 07

Mr Rocky Joseph Pesik

Honorary Consul of Malta in Jakarta

Consulate Address: Jl. Metro Pondok Indah TE 4-5, Pondok Indah - Jakarta 12310, Indonesia

Email: maltaconsul.jakarta@gov.mt

Telephone no: 0062 21 79178703

In case of emergency Maltese citizens may also reach the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Iran 17/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese travellers that both Iran and the United States are putting in place networks and infrastructure to deter military attacks against one another’s assets due to a seemingly military confrontation in the region. An escalation of military hardware occupying the Persian Gulf could spark a much more serious conflict.

 Maltese nationals travelling in the country should exercise a high degree of caution due to tension in the surrounding regions.

In view of the recent suicide attack where at least 23 persons were killed and several others were injured travellers should continue to avoid all travel to:

• within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border,

• within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border,

• the province of Sistan-Baluchistan,

• and the area between Bam and Jask, including Bam.

These areas are notorious for banditry and drug-trafficking, clashes and the risk of kidnapping and terrorist attacks. The risks are likely to be

higher for independent travellers or students than for people travelling as part of an organised tour or business people invited by the Iranian authorities or companies.

The Ministry , in referring to the recent incidents, where two tankers loaded with petroleum products were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, wishes to reaffirm its previous advice to exercise caution to Maltese travellers.

On 24 and 25 June 2018, protests about the economic situation in Iran took place inside and around the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. Public demonstrations and rallies have been taking place in several cities in Iran since 28 December 2017. The risk that these protests re-occur or new demonstrations begin on other grounds, remains. Currently, there is a heightened risk of demonstrations targeting Western interests. Maltese nationals are advised to stay away from any crowds or gatherings, and be vigilant and discreet in their behaviour. They should also refrain from taking any photos and from filming in public places.

Terrorist attacks may also be carried out in Iran, including in places popular with foreigners. On 22 September 2018 there was an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, capital of Khuzestan province. It is therefore advisable to follow the instructions of the local security forces at all times, and to keep informed about political developments through the media.

Iran is a Muslim country in which Islamic law is strictly enforced. It is essential that travellers respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times, in particular regarding sexual behaviour and attire. Moreover, travellers should also be aware of their actions to ensure that they do not act in an offensive manner, especially during the month of Ramadan or if they intend to visit religious areas.

In case of difficulty, any Maltese nationals in Iran may seek assistance from the Honorary Consul of Malta in Tehran, on the following coordinates:

Ms Faezeh Zavareh Tabatabaei,

Hon. Consul

Flat No 21, Fourth Floor, Building No 4,

Khosravi St., Vaziripour Ave,

Mother Sq, Mir Damad, Tehran, Iran

Tel: 0098 21 26405277, 0098 21 26405278

Fax: 0098 21 26405279

Mob: 00989121504764

Email: f.tabatabaei@tabalegal.com

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Iraq 01/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Due to a very volatile, dangerous and unpredictable security situation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to: 

  • Anbar province,  
  • Ninewah province,  
  • Salah-Al-Din province,  
  • Diyala province,  
  • Tam’mim (Kirkuk) province,  
  • in Erbil province, south of Road 80, and within 10km of the border with Ninewah province between Road 80 and Road 2.  

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Iraq, including the remainder of the Kurdistan region. There is currently tension between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government following a referendum on independence from Iraq. Regular protests are held on Fridays in and around Tahrir Square. Avoid any demonstrations and follow the instructions of the local police authorities. The security situation in the Kurdistan Region could deteriorate quickly. Moreover, Turkey conducts periodic airstrikes in the far north of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Take extra care in mountainous areas, particularly near the border with Turkey. Crossing points along the Iraq-Turkey border may also be affected. 

In December 2017, Iraq’s Prime Minister declared that Daesh (formally referred to as ISIL) had been defeated in Iraq. However, the risk of terrorist attacks remains. The security situation throughout Iraq remains uncertain and could deteriorate quickly. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Iraq. Security incidents, acts of terrorism, violent crime, kidnappings and sectarian violence are prevalent across Iraq. Targets include Iraqi security forces, government offices and large public gatherings. There is also a high kidnap threat. While attacks can take place at any time, there is an increased risk during religious or public holidays. 

Protests are ongoing in Basra linked to demands for improved services and employment opportunities. Casualties have been reported. Following an escalation in violence on 4 and 6 September 2018, the Government of Iraq imposed temporary overnight curfews in the city. Curfews could be re-imposed at short notice if violence continues.

Another security risk concerns the Mosul Dam, which is at risk of failure. Even though the Government of Iraq has begun to take measures to improve the structural integrity of the Dam, its failure could lead to major flooding in the Tigris river valley, from Mosul to Baghdad. You should monitor reports in the media and ensure you have contingency plans in place. The Federal Government of Iraq announced the resumption of international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports from 19th March. Travellers should check with airlines before making plans. Iraqi Airways’ permission to operate to and from points in the EU has been suspended. 

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Iraq, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates: 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio, Merchants’ Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ireland 16/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Ireland to exercise caution, following a warning issued by the Health Services Executive (HSE) responsible for health services in Ireland regarding a new virulent strain of the H1N1 virus, also known as the Swine flu. The HSE indicated that the virus poses a potentially serious public health risk, and can be particularly harmful to young people and pregnant women, apart from the usual risk groups. The local authorities urge people to get the required vaccination prior to travelling to the country.

More information and tips regarding prevention are available on the HSE website www.undertheweather.ie

In case of emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Dublin or the Honorary Consul in Dublin on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

15, Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2

Tel: 00353 1 676 2340

Fax: 00353 1 676 6066

Mob: 00353 833 452 288

Email: maltaembassy.dublin@gov.mt

Honorary Consul of Malta

30, Hermitage Grove, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Tel: 00353 (1) 494 4220

Mobile: 00353 862 573 351

Fax: 00353 (1) 450 7718

Email: maltaconsul.dublin@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Isle of Man 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Israel 09/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Israel to exercise a high degree of caution and to avoid any travel to the  regions listed below due to the present security tensions. The Ministry advises against all travel to:

• Gaza

• The West Bank

• the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town

• east of Route 98 along the Syrian border.

There have been repeated instances of rocket fire from Gaza, which may occur well beyond the Gaza border area; Israel has often responded by returning projectile fire into Gaza. On 14 March and 25 March 2019 projectiles were fired from Gaza towards central Israel. On 25 March, a rocket hit a home in Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv. If travelling in central or southern Israel, familiarise yourself with the safety actions that you should take in the event of a warning siren, follow advice from local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.

Whilst the security situation is unpredictable, it is in constant evolution, with the risk of terrorist attacks and violent episodes. Clashes resulting in casualties have been increasingly taking place in the Gaza Strip. There have also been numerous violent clashes between protestors and security forces in Israel and the West Bank, including Tel Aviv, East Jerusalem, the Old City, and Hebron. Incidents have also increased in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Targets could include government buildings, including schools, places of worship, shopping centres, restaurants, bars and public transportation hubs such as bus terminals, airports and piers. It is essential that travellers always remain aware of their surroundings when in public places, and learn the location of the nearest bomb shelters.

Maltese travellers are also advised to stay away from public gatherings or demonstrations to safeguard their safety. There are frequent demonstrations in many of the areas of the city visited by tourists including in and around the Old City, especially after Friday prayers. Some of these protests have led to violent clashes. Travellers are also urged to follow rigorously the instructions of local authorities at all times and keep updated about the latest developments through the local and international media.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Tel Aviv on the following coordinates:

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA

50, Dizengoff Street, Top Tower,14th Floor,

64332 Tel Aviv, Israel

General: 00972 3 6295916

Emergency Mobile: 00972 5225 75 708

Fax: 00972 03 6295917

Email: maltaembassy.telaviv@gov.mt

Emergency email: holyland.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Italy 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Ivory Coast 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Jamaica 01/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling in Jamaica to exercise caution due to the high levels of violent crime and gang activity.

As part of security enhancement measures to counter criminal activity, the Government of Jamaica has issued states of emergency in St. James Parish, including Montego Bay. Joint police–military forces have been deployed to these areas to conduct operations to address organized crime and gang activity and to restore public peace. The Jamaican government has also extended Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in certain neighbourhoods in Kingston (Denham town and other areas in West Kingston). These measures allow the military to support the police in joint security operations, which may result in road closures or travel delays. Travellers in the area must exercise extreme caution, especially if travelling at night in such areas, and to always follow the advice of the local authorities.

Demonstrations can occur across the country, and may lead to traffic and public transport disruption. Travellers must avoid all demonstrations as they can turn violent and are often used by criminals to cover robbery and theft. One should make sure to maintain a high level of vigilance, take the necessary safety precautions and avoid walking alone in secluded areas or at night. Moreover, if you are in Jamaica, or planning to travel to the country, please monitor local news closely and follow the authorities’ advice.

Even though there is no recent history of terrorism in the country, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Jamaica is prone to seismic activity, and hurricanes are also common. The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from June to November. It is important that travellers monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high levels of crime, especially in and around certain areas of the capital city of Kingston and Montego Bay. Even though gang violence and shootings are common in neighbourhoods, travellers must be cautious not to be caught up in such attacks. Particular caution must be taken when travelling to West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, August Town, Harbour View, Spanish Town and certain parts of Montego Bay, including Flankers, Barrett Town, Norwood, Glendevon, Rose Heights, and Mount Salem. Even though there are mobile police patrols, travellers must take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. It is important not to walk alone in isolated areas or on deserted beaches, even during the day. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. Using the same restaurants might make you a target for thieves. Even though most hotels and resorts are well-guarded, robberies can still occur. It is important to make use of the hotel safe and to lock windows and doors.

Road travel is dangerous due to the poor conditions of the roads. Roads in rural areas are poorly lit at night and speeding and fatalities are common. Travellers are advised to be particularly vigilant when stopping at traffic lights or junctions and to keep windows closed and doors locked, as criminals use techniques to distract drivers and steal valuables. The local police authorities may also impose curfews at short notice. Violence has also occurred on the route between Kingston and Norman Manley International Airport, and European nationals have also been robbed when travelling to private accommodation from the airport. Travellers are advised to avoid using buses at night, and to only make use of approved taxis or minibuses by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB). Most hotels and resorts have assigned JTB drivers who carry photo ID and display a prominent blue JTB sticker on the front windscreen.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Cases of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, dengue fever, and Chikungunya have been confirmed in Jamaica. It is important for travellers to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers must also take the normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. The standards of medical facilities vary, for both private and public hospitals, and treatment can be expensive. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 110. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of stay.

Certain same-sex sexual activity is illegal in the country, and LGBT travellers must note that public displays of affection may attract unwanted and negative attention.

Contrary to popular belief, it is illegal to smoke marijuana (‘ganja’) in Jamaica, and many European nationals are arrested every year for attempts of trafficking the substance.

It is important for travellers to pack their luggage themselves, and not to carry items through customs for other people.

Travellers importing meat and dairy products will have them banned.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Jamaica, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Japan 20/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

 The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens that on the 18 June there was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Japan Sea near Yamagata and Niigata. Tsunami cautions have been lifted, but local authorities warn of the possibility of aftershocks. There are reports of power cuts in affected areas. Travellers should check the Japan Meteorological website for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.

The Ministry advises all Maltese citizens travelling to Japan to exercise a high degree of caution since there is a continuous risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis throughout Japan. A medium-strength earthquake hit eastern Japan causing buildings to shake in Tokyo. The epicenter of the earthquake was southern Chiba, about 60 km (35 miles) southeast of the capital. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake. Maltese nationals are advised to monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services, including any evacuation orders should the need arise. Warnings are published by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Furthermore, Japan is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, and typhoons are also common. The tropical cyclone (typhoon) season usually runs from June to December with most activity between July and September. Southern parts of the country are particularly at risk. Typhoons that hit Japan are often accompanied by damaging high tides, hence people living in coastal areas are particularly at risk. Landslides and flooding can occur anywhere and could severely disrupt the essential services such as transportation; power distribution; water and food supply; telecommunications networks; emergency services and medical care amongst others. Travellers must monitor local and international weather updates, and follow local advice, including any evacuation orders.

In terms of security, the country is a stable democracy, and rarely witnesses violent demonstrations. In the event of protests and demonstrations, Maltese citizens should leave the affected area immediately. Travellers should monitor developments on the tensions on the Korean peninsula, due to a series of nuclear and missile tests, which may affect Japan. Tensions remain high, and there remains the risk of further tests. Even though there is no recent history of terrorism in the country, attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can occur in places visited by tourists.

In terms of safety, crime levels are low in Japan. Even though uncommon, personal attacks (including sexual assault and rape) do occur, and reports of inappropriate touching of female passengers on trains are common. In this regard, travellers should maintain vigilance and take sensible precautions. The police advise also to shout at the perpetrator to attract attention. The risk of crime is higher in the entertainment districts of Tokyo, such as Roppongi and Kabuki-cho. Foreigners have been targeted for drink spiking, credit card fraud, robbery, and personal attacks.

Road travel is safe, and roads are well maintained. However, drivers should be wary of pedestrians crossing roads at green lights and cyclists travelling on the wrong side of the road and without lights.

There are some exclusion zones and restricted areas around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, and anyone caught entering the area illegally is liable to a fine or detention.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. It is important to note that the use or possession of some common prescription and over-the-counter medications (including but not limited to cold and flu medication and Vicks inhalers) are banned in Japan. Foreign nationals have been detained for this reason, and ignorance may not be considered a defence. Hence, it is important to check with the pertinent authorities prior to travel, and to carry a copy of the prescription and a letter from the doctor. Medical facilities are well equipped, but treatment cost is high. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 119. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Japan. The passport or residence card must be carried at all times. It is important to carry your passport at all times. Travellers should check in advance for any visa requirements to enter the country.

Homosexuality is not illegal, but currently the Japanese law does not guarantee freedom from discrimination. Same-sex marriages are not recognised in the country, but some areas have begun issuing equivalent certificates. The most well-known LGBT areas include Nichome (Tokyo) and Doyamacho (Osaka).

Many people in Japan associate tattoos with organised crime, and even though attitudes are becoming more accepting, travellers may be refused entry to establishments or may be requested to cover the tattoos.

Travellers must check with their bank prior to travelling in order to check whether their credit/debit cards are accepted. Credit/debit cards issued outside Japan may not be accepted.

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals currently in Japan may contact Malta's Honorary Consuls in Japan on the following coordinates:

TOKYO

(with jurisdiction over the territory of Japan)

Hon. Consul General

c/o The institute for Political Studies in Japan (IPSJ)

1-16-16-207k, Ohara,Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0041, JAPAN

Tel: 00813 3460 2392

Email: maltaconsul.tokyo@gov.mt; suzuki@ipsj-tokyo.org

HIROSHIMA

(with jurisdiction over Chogoku region)

Hon. Consul

CEO & Representative Director of Ondo Corp.

1-1-1 Hachihonmatsu, lida, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-0146, Japan

Tel: 0081 82 428 2211

Email: maltaconsul.hiroshima@gov.mt;

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Jersey 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Jordan 01/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

Even though the political situation in Jordan is relatively stable, due to the spillover from the ongoing conflict in neighbouring countries and in the surrounding region, continued pressures of large refugee populations and economic reform programmes have created an atmosphere in which protests often occur. In light of this, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Jordan. Travellers must also avoid political gatherings, which can arise at short notice and can result in violent incidents, often in downtown Amman and the centres of other towns and cities after Friday midday prayers. From time to time, incidents have also occurred on several university campuses.

Furthermore, the Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to within 6km of Jordan’s border with Syria and Iraq. The borders of the country are closed from time to time, and Jordanian forces patrol the entire areas that border with Syria and Iraq. Landmines may be located near borders, and Syrian terrorists present in the borders with Syria commonly use kidnapping as a tactic. The Syrian border witnesses a risk of fire, mortars, and other attacks. There have also been cases of border kidnap at the Iraqi border. 

Maltese nationals should also avoid any unnecessary travel to refugee camps throughout Jordan. Access to the refugee camps of Za'atari and Azraq is subject to the appropriate authorization of the Jordanian authorities. Travellers must exercise a high degree of caution in these areas, and carry identification documents due to checks, particularly at collection centres in the localities of Mafraq and Ramtha.

Terrorism is very likely to occur in Jordan, and attacks could happen in places visited by tourists, including hotels and famous sightseeing spots. There is also a risk of terrorism against aviation. The local security forces have been the main target, and even though it is still uncertain whether tourists have been targeted, such cannot be excluded. The Jordanian authorities have managed to disrupt several plans of attacks and made a number of arrests. 

Even though the level of crime is generally low, travellers must be aware of pickpocketing and bag snatching, whilst ensuring that valuables (including passports) are kept secure. Reports of sexual assault against foreign women are low, but harassment reports have increased. Tourists must not accept lifts from strangers and should ask their hotel to recommend a reliable taxi driver. Women should not ride in the taxi’s front seat. Road accidents are high, and travellers must drive with care and avoid unlit areas. The Desert Highway (highway 15) has occasionally been closed due to unrest in Ma’an, and parts of the highway between Karak and Aqaba may also be blocked at times. Travellers using the highway in the area you should exercise caution and follow police instructions at all times.

Travellers must visit their health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before the trip to check regarding vaccinations or other preventive measures. In an emergency, treatment must be sought from Amman, as medical services outside the city are basic. Travellers are advised to have a comprehensive travel and health insurance that covers the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 

It is important that travellers respect local laws and customs, dress modestly, and respect the locals’ religion. Public displays of homosexual affection are generally intolerable and could lead to arrest. 

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals currently in Jordan may contact the Honorary Consul of Malta in Jordan on the following coordinates:

HONORARY CONSUL

53, Isam Al-Ajlami Street, P.O. Box 2259/243, Amman

Tel: 00962 (6) 667112 / 4903321

Mobile: 00962 (79) 552 2272

Email: maltaconsul.amman@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Kazakhstan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Kenya 25/06/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

On January 15, 2019, at least 14 people died in a violent assault on the Dusit Hotel complex in the Westland district of Nairobi. Even though the Kenyan government has stated that the security operation in the Riverside area of Nairobi has been concluded, the Ministry strongly advises all those present in the country to exercise extreme caution and maintain a high alert when travelling to the country. It also essential to avoid manifestations and crowded places; follow the instructions of local authorities at all times and to keep track of the situation in the country by monitoring the media and news reports.  

In particular, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to:

  • areas on the borders with Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia;
  • Garissa County;
  • Lamu County (excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island);
  • Tana River County north of the Tana river itself;
  • Within the vicinity of the coast from the Tana River down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) River.

It is also advised to avert trips of any kind in the arid and remote regions of the central North of the country, in particular, the counties of Baringo, West Pokot and Laikipia. 

This advice excludes safari destinations, wildlife reserves and beach resorts. Moreover, Mombasa airport (Moi International Airport), Malindi airport and Manda airport aren’t included in the area to which the Ministry advises against all but essential travel. If you travel to Lamu Island or Manda Island, you should do so by air to Manda airport and not by road. 

As a result of previous armed clashes in the area of Mount Elgon in western Kenya next to the Ugandan border, a large security presence remains and further incidents are possible. It is important to follow the instructions of local authorities at all times and to keep track of the situation in the country by monitoring the media and news reports.

There remains a heightened risk of terrorism, including terrorist kidnappings, across Kenya, including to people travelling in or through Nairobi, the coast and resort areas around Mombasa and Malindi, the towns of Narok, Naivasha, Nanyuki and Meru and their surrounding areas, and the northern border counties. Travellers can be targeted in such attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate in places frequented by foreigners including hotels, bars, restaurants, sports bars and nightclubs, sporting events, supermarkets, shopping centres, coastal areas including beaches, airports, buses, trains and other transport hubs. Places of worship including churches and mosques have also been targeted. Travellers should be particularly vigilant in such areas. 

Moreover, there is a high crime rate in most regions of Kenya, particularly in major cities such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, and at coastal beach resorts. Crime rates are higher in slum areas of Nairobi, the Old Town of Mombasa and on and around the Likoni Ferry (which links Mombasa and the southern resorts). There have been a number of attacks in Kenya in recent years, particularly in Garissa, Mandera and Lamu counties and other mainland areas close to the Somali border. Maltese citizens are advised to remain vigilant in public places and on public transport systems, and should ensure that personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are safely secured at all times.

On 1 August 2018, an outbreak of Ebola was declared in Béni territory, North Kivu Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kenyan authorities have put in place additional screening measures at some airports and border crossings in Kenya for those arriving from affected areas. The latest updates can be found on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website. Cholera, Malaria, Dengue fever and other insect-borne infections also occur in Kenya. At least 4 to 6 weeks before travelling to Kenya, one should visit a health professional to check whether one needs any vaccinations or other preventive measures. It is essential for one to have comprehensive travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Water quality can be poor in Kenya, and outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, malaria and dengue fever occur in Kenya particularly in the coastal area, in areas near Lake Victoria and in some parks, especially during and immediately after the rainy season (March-June, October-November). One should ensure that drinking water is safe before consumption.

Travellers should make sure that their passports are valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of return back to Malta and that the travel document has two blank pages available on arrival.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals currently in Kenya may contact the Hon. Consul in Nairobi on the following contact details:

NAIROBI

P.O Box 2719-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Location Address: Daphton Court, B4, Riverside Drive, off Chiromo Road opp. Prime Bank

Tel: 00254 20 2672822

Mob: 00254 729 696700

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Kiribati 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Korea, North 16/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals against all but essential travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The situation in the country can change with little notice, thus posing significant risks to travellers and residents. It is important to follow the political and security situation and to stay in touch with your host organisation.

Since the start of 2018 there has been a renewal of direct contact between the North and South Korean governments, as well as between North Korea and the United States. Yet still, in view of the political tensions in the region, which grew considerably in 2017 due to a series of North Korean nuclear and missile tests, the situation may change with little or no notice. Should such a situation occur, the provision of any form of consular assistance will be extremely difficult. It is not possible to travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from the Republic of Korea.

Although there is no recent history of terrorism in North Korea, attacks can’t be ruled out, and these can occur in places visited by tourists

Even though crime against foreigners is rare, travellers should still take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Travel within the country is highly restricted. Whether travellers are tourists or conducting business, there will usually be an accompanying guide.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Japanese encephalitis occurs, especially during the summer season. All water is a potential health risk due to Cholera. It is important to drink/use only boiled/bottled water, and to avoid ice in drinks. Health facilities are poor, whilst standards of clinical hygiene in hospitals are low. It is important to have sufficient supplies of any required medication. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. It is important to contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional validity period beyond this is required.

A photographic identification must be carried at all times.

Although there is no specific legislation outlawing homosexuality, the authorities consider same-sex relationships unacceptable.

It is important to ask for permission before taking photographs. Travellers are advised not to photograph North Korean officials or guarded buildings.

Any technology with GPS must be left with the customs and collected on departure. Foreign mobile phones must be registered at the airport/border, and can only be used by purchasing a North Korean SIM card.

Travellers should respect the local laws and customs. There have been cases where foreigners got in trouble for insulting or joking about the politics of the country, and for not treating images of the leader with care.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in North Korea, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Korea, South 16/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to this country. Travel remains safe and possible, however, the level of tension on the Korean peninsula is characterised by instability and the security situation can change with little notice. Although these tensions do not usually affect daily life, travellers are encouraged to keep abreast of local and international news coverage and follow the advice of local authorities, preparations, including civil emergency procedures.

Nationwide civil emergency exercises are held several times a year, whereby sirens are sounded, transport stopped and some people may be asked to take shelter in metro stations or basements. While visitor participation is not necessary, one should familiarise with the procedures and check local announcements for further exercises. In the event of an emergency, Maltese nationals are urged to cooperate with and follow guidance from the relevant South Korean authorities at all times. 

With effect from 28 September 2018, changes to Korean Traffic Law come into effect, including:

  • All passengers in vehicles must wear seat belts including in rear seats. 
  • City buses that are not fitted with seat belts are exempt from this regulation. 

Further information can be found in the Korean Road Traffic Act. Anyone seeking additional advice should contact the Korean police authority.

Public demonstrations in South Korea are common. These gatherings are mostly peaceful and well-policed, but one should take extra care as in any crowded place. Travellers should also be aware that under Korean law, foreign nationals are prohibited from engaging in political activities in South Korea.

Maltese nationals are also encouraged to seek assistance from the Hon. Consul in Seoul as the first point of contact in the country, or the nearest EU Embassy in Seoul:

Mr Kwang Yong Ly

Hon. Consul

Room 311, Sungchang Building 60-3,

2-KA, Chungmu-Ro, Chung-Ku, Seoul

Tel: 0082 (2) 778 9201

Fax: 0082 (2) 778 9202

Mobile: 0082 (11) 232 9128

email: maltaconsul.seoul@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Kosovo 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Kuwait 20/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to the State of Kuwait to exercise caution, due to tensions in the surrounding regions. Moreover, the country witnesses a threat from terrorism. The attacks could be indiscriminate and may include places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport, and aviation interests. There is an increased risk of attacks in or near places of worship, mainly Shia places of worship, and heightened security measures have been put in place at these sites. Maltese citizens present in the area should be vigilant in public areas, monitor any developments through the media and follow the advice of local authorities.

Driving in the country is dangerous, and driving standards are very low. Due to the presence of landmines, travellers must exercise great caution, even if areas have been officially cleared.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 112. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Photographs of government, military, borders, oil fields, and other restricted areas is forbidden. Travellers are not allowed to bring or be in possession of narcotics, alcohol, pork, and obscene material. This would be considered a crime and can lead to imprisonment.

Same-sex relationships are prohibited, and even intimate displays of affection between men and women are frowned upon.

In case of difficulty, Maltese citizens may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Kuwait on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

Villa No.2, Street No. 105, Block 1, Mubarak Abdulla Al Jaber Area,

New Mishref, Kuwait

Tel: +965253 88045/6

Fax: +965 253 880 47

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356)21242191.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Kyrgyzstan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Laos 16/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Laos against all but essential travel to the province of Xaisomboun due to the tense security situation and random shooting incidents. 

On July 23, 2018, a hydroelectric dam broke and released extremely large volumes of water in the Xe Pian River in southern Laos PDR. Sanamxay District in Attapeu province remains affected and post-disaster relief and reconstruction efforts are ongoing. In this regard, travellers are advised to avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region, to monitor local media and upcoming weather forecasts and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation order.

Red flood warnings are currently in place at a number of locations along the Mekong River and water levels can change rapidly at this time of the year. Mountain areas are particularly vulnerable to landslides in the rainy season and flooding may occur along the Mekong river basins and elsewhere. The Mekong River Commission posts official updates on the Mekong River on their website. Travel to some provinces can be seriously disrupted during this time. Monitor local news and weather reports, and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation.

Political events or disputes may lead to violent protests. Travellers should avoid such gatherings and follow local developments. Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out. These can occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists. 

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of theft and bag snatching. It is important to keep hold of your bags and to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. Where possible, it is better to use your own lock, as safes provided in hotels and other accommodation are not necessarily secure. Travellers should never leave food and drinks unattended due to incidents of drink/food spiking. It is important to use only used and well-lit roads. When engaging in water activities, it is important to exercise caution, as health and safety measures are poor. Tourists should avoid unlit roads, especially if alone. The Tourist Police may be contacted on 021-251-128.

Road travel may not always be safe due to the poor road conditions, poorly maintained vehicles and due to flooding and landslides. Routes between Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang have been affected. Maximum caution must be exercised if you are travelling on national roads n. 13 from Vang Vieng north through Phou Khoun to Luang Prabang south, on which there were firearms attacks on passing vehicles. Maximum caution must also be exercised on the road n.7, from Phou Khoun to Phonsavan, no. 6, as well as on the road that connects Kasi with the road n. 4, in the area between Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng. The risk of accidents increases after dark due to unlit cars and due to the presence of animals on the roads. There is an ongoing danger in rural areas due to unexploded artillery. The areas, particularly in high risk, are the Provinces of Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang, and the border zone between Laos and Vietnam. Caution must also be exercised near the border with Burma, due to the well-known drugs trade route. 

Public transport may be unsafe due to overcrowded vehicles. When travelling long distances or overnight by public transport, it is important to take care of your possessions. It is important to exercise caution when renting a motorbike, as helmets are not always provided. Moreover, one should not leave a passport as a deposit or guarantee for motorcycle hire due to reports of frauds where companies deliberately stole or damaged motorcycles in order to retain the passport and receive hefty payments. 

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Waterborne, foodborne, and other infectious diseases are common in Laos, and outbreaks occur from time to time. There is currently a risk of Zika virus transmission. It is important to exercise the necessary precautions. Medical care in the capital city of Laos, Vientiane, is extremely basic. There are no reliable facilities that cater for medical emergencies outside this city. Apart from being difficult to organise, medical evacuation is very expensive. Professional treatment and medication are difficult and expensive to obtain. 

In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 1195 or 030 5257239 and ask for an ambulance. It is important to ensure that ambulance attendants are wearing a uniform and identify themselves as ‘Vientiane Rescue’ or ‘Lao Red Cross’, due to bogus ambulances. If payment for the use of an ambulance is requested, or if travellers are requested to effect an advance payment for the medical treatment, it is important to have a receipt for the insurance claim. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Laos. 

An ID card or passport must be carried at all times. Failure to present an identification document on request may result in hefty fines. 

The Lao Government prohibits sexual relationships between foreign and Lao nationals, except when the two are married in accordance with the Lao family law. Authorities may demand entry into hotel rooms/guesthouses if they suspect that the regulation has been broken. 

There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organisation of LGBT event. However, one should still exercise caution.

It is prohibited to visit or photograph military sites. Bridges and airfields are also perceived as a military site. 

Travellers should respect the Lao culture and wear suitable clothing when visiting temples and religious sites. One should refrain from photographing monks around temples and during ceremonies. 

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Laos, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Latvia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Lebanon 01/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The security situation in Lebanon remains volatile due to the current internal political crisis, and increasing geopolitical tensions in the region. In this regard, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise extreme caution and to avoid travelling to certain areas in Lebanon.

In particular, the Ministry advises against all travel to the following areas:  

  • Palestinian refugee camps; 
  • within 5km of the border with Syria; 
  • the Hermel Area, including the towns of Arsal, Ras Baalbek, Qaa, Laboué and Nahlé 

The Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to all the other areas of: 

  • Southern suburbs of Beirut defined as: south of the sports stadium and the Adnan Al Hakim road which heads west from the stadium to the Beirut-Saida (Sidon) road - down to the airport. Including the neighbourhoods of Bir Hassan, Ghobeiry, Chuya, Haret Hraik, Burj Al Brajne, Mraije, Er Rouais and Laylake. But excluding the main airport highway, the Beirut-Saida (Sidon) road and west of there to the coast, and the area between the airport highway and the coast south of Abbas El Mousawi Road, including the Golf Club of Lebanon;
  • all other areas of Akkar district between 5km from the Syrian border and the Aabdeh, Halba and Qoubaiyat highway, including the towns of Halba and Qoubaiyat;
  • the city of Tripoli (Trablous)
  • the towns of Brital, Rachaiya, Hasbaiya, Khiam, south of Nahlé town, and the surrounding areas up to 5km from the Syrian border;
  • within 500m of the Ain el Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida (Sidon);
  • South of the Litani River except the main Naqoura-Tyre-Saida (Sidon)-Beirut highway and all areas to the west of it.

The security situation can deteriorate quickly. Regional developments can also have an impact on the local security situation. If the security situation deteriorates, access to the airport may be cut off, potentially for extended periods and departure options may become severely limited. Maltese nationals in Lebanon are responsible for ensuring that they would be able to depart from Lebanon and that travel documentation remains up-to-date. It is also recommended to keep regularly updated with the latest news/developments on frequency 96.2 FM with flash news in French at 10.00hrs and at 13.00hrs and in English following the 19.00hrs evening news as well as through the website: www.naharnet.com. 

In Lebanon there is a high threat from terrorism, and there have been a number of incidents in recent years. Attacks could take place in areas frequently visited by foreigners, in Beirut and elsewhere, including hotels, restaurants and bars, markets, tourist sites, western-style shopping centres and supermarket chains. Maltese citizens are always advised to avoid crowded places and demonstrations and to be vigilant. Lebanese security authorities are at a high state of alert and conducting security operations across Lebanon. If you notice or suspect a security incident is underway, one should immediately leave the area, and make sure to follow the advice of local authorities.

The risk to tourists from petty or violent crime is moderate. Maltese citizens travelling to the country must be wary of the risk of petty crime, such as theft, pickpocketing and bag snatching, which particularly occurs on public transportation systems and in crowded areas. There have been incidents of armed robberies and physical attacks against passengers in shared taxis with passengers being attacked by either the driver or other passengers. It is highly encouraged only to use taxis from recognised companies. Travellers should ensure that personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents, are safely secured at all times. 

Traffic destined for Lebanon often makes use of the airspace over Syria. The skies over Syria are not safe because of the conflict in Syria. In this regard, please consult your airline or tour operator to check for the latest updates.

Moreover, roads, including the Beirut airport road, are subject to closure without notice. In the winter months, mountain roads, including the main Beirut–Damascus highway, may be temporarily blocked or become impassable due to heavy snowfall. Flash floods can occur, rendering roads temporarily dangerous or impracticable. Travellers should ensure to observe all warnings issued by Lebanese authorities and take appropriate precautions.

Travellers are also strongly advised to carry with them their passport and/or some form of photographic identification at all times.

Medical treatment in Lebanon can be expensive. Thus, it is highly recommended to acquire comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to any travel to Lebanon.

For further information, Maltese nationals may contact Malta's Honorary Consul-General in Beirut on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Malta, Beirut

with jurisdiction over the whole territory of Lebanon 

Mr RAYMOND BECHARA, Hon. Consul-General

Pres. Elias Sarkis Avenue, Sarraf Building, Achrafieh, P.O. Box 165533,

Beirut.

Tel: 00961 (1) 322 999; 328 999

Cable Address: MALTARAN

email: maltaconsul.beirut@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Lesotho 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Liberia 17/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The political situation and public order in Liberia has experienced a constant improvement compared to the civil war years and following the election of George Weah as president in December 2017. The electoral process was mainly peaceful apart from a few isolated incidents. In this regard, Maltese nationals should, therefore, exercise caution due to the potential for violence.

When travelling to the country one should make sure to avoid straying into the more remote border areas of Grand Gedeh, River Gee counties and the northern province of Lofa, given that there are sometimes clashes between armed groups from both sides of the Liberian/Cote d’Ivoire border. We also advise against the trips to the border areas with Guinea, due to the precarious political and security situation there.

The ability of the national authorities to provide emergency help outside Monrovia is limited. One should make sure to check the security situation before travelling to any part of the country.

It is also recommended that vigilance is exercised in places frequented by foreigners since terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out. As seen in Mali, Côte D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, terrorist groups continue to mount attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners.

Travellers should avoid travelling outside the capital, Monrovia, by night, except for any travel to and from Roberts International Airport. There is a high level of crime in Monrovia, including armed robbery. Muggings, armed assaults and theft are prevalent. Avoid displaying any signs of affluence in public and do not leave valuables or bags unattended.

Malaria is a severe problem throughout Liberia, including in Monrovia. Several cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia in 2016. Although the last flare up was in May 2016, future recurrences cannot be excluded. All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, ensure that you are covered by comprehensive travel insurance.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Liberia, in case of difficulty or emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Libya 16/07/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion continues to advise Maltese citizens against all travel to Libya, and for those still in Libya to leave immediately by commercial means (if possible). Over the past few hours, the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar, has been moving its military forces to the West of the country, and heading towards Tripoli. This led the internationally recognised Libyan government to declare a state of alert.

Furthermore, sporadic and intense fighting between armed groups continues in a number of areas, including in the heart of the capital, resulting in civilian casualties and continued violence and human rights abuses across the country. Moreover, there remains a high threat throughout the country from terrorist attacks and kidnap of foreigners, including from Daesh-affiliated extremists, Al Qaeda and armed militias. Extremist groups have specifically threatened and carried out attacks against foreigners and foreign interests in Libya.  Clashes between armed groups can affect various areas of the country including Tripolitania, in the area around Sirte, Sebha, Benghazi, Derna and Sabratha. Oil and gas installations in the country have been attacked by Daesh and Al Qaeda, and foreign workers have been killed or kidnapped.

Full-scale military operations are ongoing in several areas. Public infrastructure and services have been seriously affected, resulting in power cuts (also affecting mobile phone and internet signals), water, fuel, food and medical shortages, and high inflation.

Road travel remains highly dangerous within Libya, since travellers risk being caught up in outbreaks of hostilities, carjacking, kidnappings, or be exposed to risks from unexploded ordnances. Travel between Tunisia and West Libya is not safe, and Chad and Niger often close their borders with Libya without warning. In the event of further deterioration of the security situation, routes in and out of major cities and towns may become blocked.

Although no official reports of Cholera cases in the country, there is the possibility of the transmission of cholera from Algeria to Libya, especially in border areas. Algeria has officially announced the second case of cholera death in Blida province west of the capital of Algeria. Furthermore, numerous cases of cholera have been diagnosed in the provinces of Blida, Tipasa, Bouira, Algiers, Medea, Ain Defla. Travellers are highly encouraged to ensure good personal hygiene and to follow advice and recommendations of the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/topics/cholera/faq/en/#cancholera). Furthermore, there have also been reports of leishmaniasis disease in the city of Tawergha, which are reportedly due to increase during the months of January and February.

Maltese citizens, who, notwithstanding this advice, choose to travel to Libya, should have effective personal security measures in place and are to limit their movements within the country to what is strictly necessary and to leave the country at the first opportunity. Press accreditation should be obtained from the Libyan authorities if one is entering Libya as a media representative.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Libya, in case of difficulty, any Maltese nationals in Libya may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Liechtenstein 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Lithuania 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Luxembourg 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Macao 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Madagascar 10/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Madagascar. The political environment in Madagascar is very fragile. Since the 2009 coup d’état, the country has experienced political instability. President Rajoelina was inaugurated on 19 January following two rounds of elections. Whilst violence during the elections was low, political demonstrations and other protests may still occur. Due to the possibility of violence, it is vital that travellers avoid large gatherings and political demonstrations, including those taking place in the area around Independence Square (“La Place du 13 Mai”) and the Town Hall and in the centre of Antananarivo. Travellers should ensure to follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor the local media for information on the latest updates.

Moreover, due to the general situation of extreme poverty and social inequalities, that characterises Madagascar, the level of crime has been increasing across the country, notably in the capital, the major towns and cities, in nature reserves and on beaches. Carjacking and theft from cars have become more frequent. In light of this, travellers should ensure to keep their belongings safe and are encouraged to carry low amounts of money and keep valuable belongings concealed.

Owing to reports of an increasing number of violent highway robberies, travellers should maintain a high level of vigilance and avoid travelling at night when going by road to or within western regions of Madagascar (the areas between Besalampy and Morombe) including the RN35 and RN1 (between Tsiroanomandidy and Maintirano). Caution is also advised when travelling in the far south (the region between Tulear and Fort Dauphin) and on the following roads: RN7, RN27, RN10 and RN34.

Some incidents involving violence and robberies to foreigners have also occurred in Northern Madagascar, particularly in Nosy Be and in Antsohihy, the port for Nosy Be on the mainland. Incidents have also occurred during the day on beaches, on the private island of Tsarabanjana and at night in crowded areas. If travelling in the area, travellers are advised to be vigilant, to use a recognised tour operator and to avoid travelling at night.

Travellers should also ensure to take great care when visiting the south-east of the country. In the southern triangle between Ihosy, Toliara/Tuléar and Fort-Dauphin the security situation remains tense and the roads are in very poor condition. Moreover, violent incidents involving cattle rustlers (Dahalo) have caused fatalities to the north of Fort Dauphin, around the township of Betroka, along the west coast between Belo Sur Tsiribihina and Toliara (Tuléar) and in the Commune of Ilakakabe (near Isalo National Park). Armed forces are active in these areas, thus it is essential that travellers seek local advice before travelling to these areas.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Madagascar, attacks can’t be ruled out.

The threat of kidnapping is increasing, often targeting foreign nationals and expatriates working for large international companies. Hence, all Maltese nationals are encouraged to use a recognised tour operator and keep a low profile when moving around the country.

The cyclone season in Madagascar normally runs from November to April. Coastal areas are particularly affected. Severe storms can put travellers at risk and can hamper the provision of essential services. It is advisable to check the METEO Madagascar website for the latest details and monitor international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

On 27 November 2017, the Ministry of Health of Madagascar officially announced the containment of the unprecedented outbreak of plague in Madagascar, which started on 1 August 2017. However, because the plague is endemic in Madagascar and hundreds of cases are reported annually, Health control measures have remained in place until the end of April 2018. While the World Health Organisation does not advise against restrictions on travel based on the present situation, Maltese travellers may refer to the information note issued by the Ministry for Health through the following weblink: https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/idpcu/Documents/PLAGUE-%20information%20for%20travellers.pdf

Any persons who have recently travelled to Madagascar who present any symptoms of the plague should immediately seek medical attention. At least 4 to 6 weeks before travelling to Madagascar, one should visit a health professional to check whether one needs any vaccinations or other preventive measures. It is essential for one to have a comprehensive travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Travellers should also ensure that the validity of their passports exceeds the sojourn abroad by six months.

In case of assistance, Maltese nationals presently in Madagascar may contact the Hon. Consul in Antananarivo on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consulate of Malta

Mrs Danie Akesson, Hon. Consul

Villa Hacienda I, B.P. 1182, Ivandry, Antananarivo, 101 Madagascar

Tel: 00261 2022 42127

Email: danie.akesson@yahoo.fr ; maltaconsul.antananarivo@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Malawi 01/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese citizens travelling to Malawi that on the 8 March 2019, the President of Malawi declared a State of Disaster in areas of southern Malawi affected by heavy floods. The floods have caused at least 45 deaths and more than 80,000 people have been displaced. Tropical Cyclone Idai is forecast to make landfall from the Mozambique channel and may bring further strong winds and heavy rain to parts of southern Malawi. If travelling to affected regions, you should take extra care, monitor local and international weather updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and follow any advice given by the local authorities.

Since July 2018 there have been reports of possible incidents of unrest and violence in rural areas of Mulanje, linked to rumours of bloodsuckers. This is further to similar incidents of violence and unrest reported during the period September to December 2017 in the areas of Mulanje, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Phalombe and also in rural parts of Blantyre, Zomba and Nsanje districts. You should continue to exercise extreme caution if you’re travelling in these areas, especially after dark, avoid any demonstrations or large groups of people and follow local security advice.

You will need a visa to enter Malawi as a visitor. See Visas

Most visits to Malawi are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself from muggers and bag-snatchers. Most thefts from visitors take place around the main bus stations in Lilongwe and Blantyre.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Malawi, attacks can’t be ruled out.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Malawi, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Malaysia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Maldives 10/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

Political protests in the capital Malé have subsided since the presidential election in September 2018 and the inauguration of a new president in November 2018. However, there could still be further political protests in the capital Malé and a number of other towns in the run up to parliamentary elections in April 2019. In light of this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to the Maldives to continue to exercise caution and avoid any protests or rallies. Outlying islands, resorts or Malé International Airport are not usually affected by protests or rallies.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high rate of theft. Travellers are advised to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored securely. The theft of possessions also is done on beaches and in hotel rooms. It is important to exercise vigilance when travelling to areas outside resorts, due to the increased rate of gang violence in populated areas, including the capital Malé. It is important to exercise caution when engaging in swimming and diving activities.

Due to recent piracy attacks off the coast of Somalia, the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean remains significantly threatened. Reports of attacks on local fishing vessels in the area around the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa continue. The combined threat assessment of the international Naval Counter Piracy Forces remains that all sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the designated High Risk Area or face the risk of being hijacked and held hostage for ransom.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in the Maldives, and these could occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

The Maldives lie in an active seismic zone and may be prone to earthquakes and tsunamis as a result. The rainy (monsoon) season extends from November to April in the northeast, and May to October in the southwest. Occasional flash flooding has occurred on low-lying islands during periods of particularly heavy rain. If there is flooding travellers should make sure to follow the advice of the local authorities at all times, including any evacuation orders. It also important to keep oneself informed on regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Moreover, travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Medical facilities in the Maldives are limited. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission, and it is advisable to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 102. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the Maldives.

Travellers should respect local customs and traditions, and must be sensitive to local dress standards when visiting non-resort islands. Nudism and topless sunbathing are forbidden in the country, including on resort islands.

Same-sex relations are illegal, and could lead to a hefty prison sentence.

Alcoholic drinks are only available on resort islands and must never be taken away from resorts.

It is forbidden to import materials deemed contrary to Islam (including but not limited to Bibles), pork products, and alcohol in the country.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in the Maldives, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Mali 17/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Mali that violent attacks took place in a village in central Mali inhabited by the Dogon ethnic group. The attack happened in Sobame Da, near Sanga town in the Mopti region.

In view of ethnic conflicts between herders and farmers thousands of Malians are fleeing the country due to violence and food shortages. The above situation has led to the deaths of hundreds of people.

Maltese citizens should exert extreme vigilance when travelling to the country and avoid all travel to the provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao, Mopti, Kayes, Koulikoro, and Segou. Moreover, travellers are advised against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, in view of the critical security situation.

On 24 October 2018, the government of Mali extended the state of emergency that has been in existence since November 2015 by a year, until 31 October 2019. Travellers should expect a heavier security presence including security checks on restaurants and hotels.

Political demonstrations occur with little prior notice, and these could turn violent. travellers should avoid such gatherings and leave the area immediately.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in the country, and these could take place in areas visited by tourists possibly everywhere and at any time, with a state of emergency in place since November 2015, until 31 October 2018. The north and centre of the country, as well as the Mopti region, are characterised by attacks and military combat due to active terrorist groups in these regions.

Foreigners are at a significant risk of kidnappings and attacks in public places such as bars, restaurants, tourist sites and public events. Moreover, the presence of bandits and smugglers along the northern borders of Mali poses a risk to travellers.

Travellers who proceed to Mali in spite of this advice should be extremely cautious and follow developments through the media. They should avoid crowds and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Cholera, malaria, and other tropical diseases are common to Mali, and outbreaks of meningitis also occur. Since medical facilities in Mali are very limited, a comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company. Road conditions are often poor, and driving regulations are often not adhered to. It is advisable to drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid drinks with ice cubes.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of stay. Moreover, travellers should check in advance for any visa requirements.

It is important to carry a form of identification (passport or residence permit) at all times.

Even though homosexuality is legal in the country, public affections are not well received.

The photography of military or government installations is forbidden, and travellers must ask permission prior to taking photos of people.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Mali may contact the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malta in Bamako on the following contact details:

Mr Boubacar Hassimi Diallo

Honorary Consul

Immeuble du Carrefour

Croisement route de Bacodjicoroni ACI/Route du Golf

Rue 565 Porte 2980

BPE 3302 Bamako

Mali

Tel: 00223 20 28 03 17

Fax: 00223 22 21 23 89

Email: maltaconsul.bamako@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Marshall Islands 18/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to exercise caution when visiting the Marshall Islands. The Cyclone season is normally between November and April but cyclones can occur throughout the year. Severe weather may result in flooding, landslides, and disruption to essential services and infrastructure. Maltese travellers in the area should monitor local updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.  

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should avoid isolated areas after dark, including beaches. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored in a hotel safe. Crime levels are low, but there have been reported incidents of petty crimes and theft.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. There have been recorded cases of dengue fever in the islands. medical facilities are adequate for general procedures, but evacuation may be required for complicated cases. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the Marshall Islands may call for an ambulance on 625 4142. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Marshall Islands, and it is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Homosexuality is considered illegal in many Pacific countries, and public displays of affection between same sex people may offend the locals.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in the Marshall Islands, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Martinique 16/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Martinique. The island is prone to typhoons and tropical storms. In cases where a warning on such weather conditions is issued, travellers in the area should monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should avoid isolated areas after dark, including beaches. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored in a hotel safe.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Since dengue fever is common and reports of cases of chikungunya virus are increasing, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. General health care facilities are very good. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 15. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of stay, and it is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Martinique, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Mauritania 20/06/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to northern and eastern Mauritania,  due to the risk of banditry and kidnapping. Attacks and thefts of personal belongings and vehicles have occurred. In particular, travellers should avoid all travel to: 

  • the province of Tiris Zemmour 
  • the province of Adrar 
  • the provinces of Tagant, Hodh el Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka 
  • within 25km of the Western Sahara border (except the Noukchott - Nouadhibou corridor)

Any travel to the rest of the country should only be done if essential.

Maltese nationals should avoid all demonstrations that may take place in the country and follow the instructions of the local security forces. Terrorist attacks may take place anywhere in the country, and there is a high risk of kidnapping of foreigners particularly at night and when travelling outside Nouakchott. Appropriate safeguards should be taken since road travel safety is also an issue in Mauritania.

Crime levels are moderate but steadily increasing. Travellers should avoid the unlit and isolated beach at Nouakchott and ‘Le Cinquième’ district after dark. A number of thefts and violent incidents have been reported there in recent years.

Maltese nationals in the country should be aware that credit card use is not widespread in the country and is mainly available only in larger hotels and a few ATMs. Furthermore, a currency conversion has started taking place from 1 January 2018. According to information provided by the Central Bank of Mauritania, existing banknotes and coins can continue to be used for cash payments and can be exchanged at the Central Bank, the regional offices of the Ministry of Finance and commercial banks until 30 June 2018. From 1 July 2018, currency exchange will only be possible through the Central Bank of Mauritania.

Any Maltese nationals travelling to Mauritania should check for any health precautions with their medical provider. A comprehensive insurance policy which includes repatriation is also strongly recommended, particularly since hospitals often lack basic medications and supplies. Medical facilities are extremely limited, particularly outside Nouakchott and Nouadhibou, where lack of communications makes dealing with an emergency very difficult.

Since Malta does not have resident diplomatic representation in Mauritania, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Mauritania may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio, Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Mauritius 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Mayotte 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Mexico 18/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

Due to high levels of criminal activity, as well as demonstrations, protests and occasional illegal roadblocks throughout the country, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises all Maltese citizens travelling to Mexico to continue exercising a high degree of caution. There are currently large numbers of migrants moving en masse from Honduras through Guatemala to Mexico and beyond. This is having an impact on border crossings. The situation is fluid but borders crossings at Tecun Uman (Guatemala/Mexico), Agua Caliente (Honduras/Guatemala) and Tijuana (Mexico/USA) are currently affected and subject to periodic closures. It is important that travellers always follow the advice of the local authorities and consult with their tour operators before attempting to cross-land borders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, the security situation of the country can be risky for foreigners. Drug-related violence in Mexico has increased over recent years particularly in the states of Guerrero and Mexico City and its surrounding areas. The Mexican government makes efforts to protect major tourist destinations like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. These areas have mostly not seen the levels of drug-related violence and crime experienced elsewhere in Mexico. However, since 2017 there have been a number of reported shooting incidents and other incidents of violence in these areas, including in locations popular with tourists. While tourists have not been the target of such incidents, anyone near such occurrences could be affected. Thus, travellers are strongly encouraged to research their destination thoroughly, to remain vigilant and to follow the advice of local authorities.

Drug-related violence is a major problem, especially in Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Durango, Baja California Sur (including Los Cabos), Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, and Nayarit. There have been reports of increased security incidents in the states of Tabasco and Veracruz. Travellers must take particular care to avoid being involved in such violence between criminal groups. Armed clashes between drug groups and security forces can also occur at short notice.

Illegal roadblocks have been reported more frequently, particularly in the states of Guerrero and Chiapas. Travellers driving in these states should make sure to do so during daylight hours and use toll roads where possible.

Criminal activity in Mexico is high. Maltese travellers must be also wary of street crime, robbery, assault, and vehicle hijacking, which have also occurred in touristic areas. Pickpocketing and theft occur frequently on transport systems. Tourists must avoid wearing expensive valuables, and must keep money and credit cards out of sight. Particular attention must be given at ATMs.

Apart from the latter, several areas of the country, including Mexico City, have also been witnessing protests, which could be tense and turn violent. Maltese citizens travelling in the country must avoid such gatherings, as participation of foreigners in political activities can lead to detention and deportation. The Mexican authorities are making efforts to protect touristic zones, and police presence has increased in major destinations. Even though there is no recent history of terrorism in Mexico, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Kidnapping also occurs for financial gain, and travellers must only use authorised taxis, due to reports of robbery and assault on passengers. Women must avoid travelling alone due to incidents of rape on transport systems and sexual offences occurring also in tourist areas. Travellers are advised to drink only boiled/bottled water and to avoid drinks with ice cubes. Foreigners have been robbed or assaulted after being drugged.

Road conditions are generally poor, with potholes and lack of street lighting making it more difficult to drive. Driving standards are low, and many cars remain uninsured. Travellers must be cautious as road regulations are not always adhered to.

Mexico is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, and hurricanes. Tremors occur on a regular basis, particularly in the coastal states of the South Pacific, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. The Mexican Ministry of Civil Protection has advice about what to do before, during and after an earthquake or tsunami.

The volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Colima are active and closed to the public. Maltese citizens travelling to all these areas must follow local advice and monitor local media for updates, whilst maintaining vigilance at all times. There are danger zones around both volcanoes, the size of which can change depending on the current level of activity. The latest information on the status of the Colima volcano can be found on the website of the University of Colima’s Volcano Observatory. For updates on the Popocatepetl volcano, visit the website of the Mexican Disaster Prevention Centre.

The hurricane season in Mexico normally runs from June to November and can affect both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Be aware that effects of tropical storms and hurricanes can span hundreds of miles from the centre of the storm, causing flooding, landslides and disruption to local services, including transport. Travellers are highly encouraged to monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and check with the local authorities or tour operator for any changes that might affect travel plans.

Maltese citizens travelling to Mexico must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. On arrival in Mexico City and other high altitude areas, travellers may feel a lack of energy, shortness of breath or headaches. In view of the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika and Chikungunya, all travellers are advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In the last 3 years there has been an increase in reported cases of a food and water bug, cyclospora, affecting travellers returning from Mexico, particularly from the Riviera Maya region between the months of May and June.

Certain hospitals in the country refuse to deal directly with insurance companies, and therefore, travellers must be prepared to pay for the treatment themselves and seek a refund. Travellers are also advised to carry at all times a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, a copy of the passport biometric page, and a comprehensive medical kit. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 060, 065, 066, or 068.

The Mexican police may ask for proof of legal status, and European nationals were also detained without documents.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Mexico. It is important to check in advance on whether you need a visa to enter or transit through Mexico.

Same-sex unions are now legal in Mexico City and Coahuila, and homosexuality is tolerated throughout the country. However, public affection between same-sex couples may be unacceptable.

Meat and dairy products cannot be brought to the country from the EU.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Mexico on the following coordinates:

Retorno Del Anahuac No 12, Lomas De Las Palmas,

Huixquilucan 52788, Estado de Mexico, Mexico

Tel: 0052 55 5291 2279

Email: maltaconsul.mexicocity@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Micronesia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Moldova 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Monaco 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Mongolia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Montenegro 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Montserrat 15/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting Montserrat. The country is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free and crime levels are low, travellers should take the necessary precautions and keep valuables (including passports) out of sight.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and therefore, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is a small hospital with limited facilities, and evacuation to a neighbouring country may be required in serious cases. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911 or 999. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Tourists should have their passports valid for the proposed duration of stay. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Homosexuality is legal, but throughout the island, attitudes remain conservative and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Beachwear is not acceptable away from beach areas.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Montserrat, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Morocco 26/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

Whilst noting that Morocco is a relatively safe country for travel, due to the threat of terrorism the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens to exercise caution in Morocco. For safety reasons Maltese nationals should avoid all travel to the border areas with Algeria, Mauritania and Mali, as well as the Western Sahara, in particular east of the "Berm" line. The border with Algeria was closed in 1994.

Demonstrations and protests can occur at short notice across the country. In general, demonstrations are peaceful but there have been isolated incidents of violence. Travellers should always avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, observe the instructions given by the local security authorities at all times and follow local and international developments in the media.

There is a threat of terrorism in Morocco, and attacks have targeted foreigners. In December 2018, 2 Scandinavian tourists were found dead in a mountainous area of southern Morocco, 10km from Imlil, a village in the High Atlas. Moroccan authorities have described the killing as a terrorist act. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time. Targets could include government buildings, places of worship, schools, transportation hubs and public areas frequented by foreigners. Since further attacks cannot be excluded, it is recommended that travellers exercise carefulness in public venues.

There is a threat of kidnapping in remote regions of Morocco and in areas bordering Algeria and Mauritania. Travellers should maintain a high level of vigilance at all times, especially when travelling in the southern and border areas of Morocco.

Petty crime is common, especially in tourist areas like the medina quarter of towns/cities and on beaches. Incidents of violent crime also occasionally occur. There have been recent incidents involving the use of knives against tourists in street attacks, thefts and burglaries in the major cities and along beaches. Thus, it is important that travellers take sensible security precautions by avoiding carry large amounts of money or valuables around with you. Vigilance should be exercised at all times, particularly after dark.

When planning to hike on Mount Toubkal or on other mountains in Morocco, travellers should ensure to seek local advice and take necessary precautions, including safe camp arrangements. Trekking or camping alone can be dangerous, thus one should consider joining a group or hiring a registered guide. Travellers should also pay particular attention when travelling to, and in any case not travel alone to, the Rif mountains, since tourists have been harassed by drug dealers here.

Road safety in Morocco is poor, due to heavy traffic in narrow roads, unpredictable behaviour of drivers, as well as sudden animal crossings. The national roads between Casablanca and Marrakech and Casablanca and El Jadida are among the most dangerous for road travel.

Morocco is a Muslim country; therefore, it is important to respect Islamic laws and customs when visiting this country.

Travellers should check with their health providers for any vaccinations or preventive measures, and pay attention to food and drinking water hygiene. There are cases of hepatitis, rabies and, more rarely, typhus (endemic diseases in Morocco). In recent months, isolated cases of swine flu have also occurred. A comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended. Travellers should make sure to have accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

In case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals may contact the respective Honorary Consulates on the following contact details:

MARRAKECH

Mr DANIEL HOURES,

Hon. Consul with jurisdiction regions of Guelmin-Es Semara, Souss-Massa-Draâ, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz, Doukkala-Abda and Tadla-Azilal

Marjana EL Massmoudi, Villa N° 20, Targa, 40130

Marrakech, Morocco

         Tel: 00212 (0) 524 497530

         Fax: 00212 (0) 2437 7217

         Email: maltaconsul.marrakech@gov.mt

CASABLANCA

Mr Jalil Madih,

Hon. Consul with jurisdiction over regions of Gharb-Charada-Béni Hssen, Chaouia-Ouardigha, Oriental, Grand Casablanca, Rabat-Salé-Zémour-Zaer, Fés-Boulman, Taza-Al Hoceima-taounate, Tanger-Tétouan and Meknes-Tafialet

26, Rue Halab, Avenue Mers Sultan

Casablanca, Morocco

Tel: 00212 522 27 27 44

Fax: 00212 522 27 04 86

Email: maltaconsul.casablanca@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Mozambique 15/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Mozambique that at least nine people have died since Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest storm to hit the region since records began, made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday.

Five deaths were reported in Mozambique and another four in the island nation of Comoros. The cyclone is the second powerful tropical storm to hit southeast Africa in five weeks. Despite its power, Cyclone Kenneth is slow moving leading experts to fear it could continue to dump torrential rains on an area still reeling from the devastation wrought by Cyclone Idai. Forecasters said northern Mozambique could see up to 500 millimetres of rain (about 20 inches) over the next five days, which could exacerbate the flooding.

The storm has caused extensive damage, ripping homes apart and wiping out entire communities and that current conditions have made it extremely difficult to deliver aid to those in need.

The Ministry advises Maltese Citizens to be vigilant and also to avoid all but essential travel to the districts of Palma, Mocimboa de Praia and Macomia in Cabo Delgado province, due to an increase in attacks by groups with links to Islamic extremism. This advice does not apply to islands off the coast of Mozambique. Moreover, there have been multiple clashes, at times deadly, between armed groups, security forces and residents in Cabo Delgado Province. Clashes have intensified, particularly in the districts of Palma, Mocímboa da Praia, Muidumbe, Macomia, and Quissanga. Some tensions remain in Zambezia, Sofala, Manica and Tete provinces, mainly between the opposition party’s militia and state security forces.

The intensity of attacks increased in late May and early June 2018. Moreover, criminal activity such as contraband smuggling and illegal mining have further contributed to the deteriorating security situation. As a result, the security presence and roadblocks have increased in the region. Thus, travellers are strongly encouraged to research their destination thoroughly, to remain vigilant and to follow the advice of local authorities at all times.

Protests and demonstrations can occur in cities at short notice. In this regard, travellers must always follow local advice and also local news for updates. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in place visited by tourists.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, all travellers must be wary of street crime, which is an increasing occurrence in Maputo and other tourist destinations. Such crime sometimes involves knives and firearms. Thus, it is important that travellers take sensible security precautions by avoiding walking alone after dark, and concealing valuables (including credit cards, jewellery, passports, etc.) at all times. Cash withdrawing from ATMs must not take place at night. Kidnappings have also been reported, mainly in Maputo, and foreigners have sometimes also been targeted. Beaches and offshore islands experience lack of police presence, while some visitors have reported police harassment and bribe requests from the latter.

Due to road conditions and poor driving and vehicle standards, traffic accidents remain a common occurrence. Public transport can be hazardous due to poor maintenance of vehicles. Tourists travelling by car must keep the windows closed and the doors locked, due to reports of assault. There has also been an increase in carjacking reports, occurring particularly in Maputo and at certain border crossing points. Travellers must be vigilant when arriving at or leaving residential properties after dark. Ideally, it is best to avoid driving alone at night. Moreover, travellers are advised not to pick up strangers or stop to help distressed motorists or pedestrians, as hijackers sometimes use these techniques to trick motorists into stopping their vehicle.

Tourists engaging in sea travel must be wary of piracy, which remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Reports of attacks on local fishing vessels in the area around the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa continue. The combined threat assessment of the international Naval Counter Piracy Forces remains that all sailing yachts under their own passage should remain out of the designated High Risk Area or face the risk of being hijacked and held hostage for ransom.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. As of 19 February 2018, a total of 1799 cholera cases, with one death, have been reported since August 2017. Moreover, normal precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Hospital facilities are poor in the country. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 08911 or 21313103 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

The law of the country requires travellers to carry original identity documents at all times and present them on request to the authorities.

The photography of government offices, residences, police and military buildings, and airports is strictly prohibited.

Even though homosexuality is not illegal, public affections may be frowned upon.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Maputo on the following coordinates:

Mr Igino Bilotta

Hon. Consul

Rua Fernao Lopes, 106, Maputo, Mozambique

Tel: 00258 84 3988524

Email: maltaconsul.maputo@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Myanmar 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Namibia 18/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Namibia to exercise a high degree of caution. Peace in Angola has improved the security situation along the Namibia–Angola border. Due to the risk of banditry, however, you should exercise caution when travelling to this area, including Kavango Region in the northeast and the western half of Zambezi Region (formerly known as Caprivi). Use official border crossing areas only to enter neighbouring countries.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, Maltese citizens must be wary of the growing level of violent street crime, which is affecting foreign tourists. Travellers in Windhoek must be wary of muggers and also pick pocketing, and must be alert to their surroundings, especially after dark. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. There have also been cases of credit card skimming at accommodation places. Car doors must be kept locked, and windows shut, especially in traffic, as gangs tend to try and rob from cars. Tourists must ask their hotel to recommend a reputable taxi company, as there have been theft cases where foreign tourists have been target victims.

Road travel is considered dangerous due to the road conditions. Gravel/dirt roads have caused a number of fatal accidents, and punctures are common. It is important to stick to the main routes. Driving at night outside towns must be avoided due to the serious hazard posed by wildlife.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Cholera is known to occur in the country, and an outbreak has been reported in the Kunene region. There were also reports of cholera cases in the regions of Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, and Khomas, and also a number of cases in Windhoek. Moreover, travellers must exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

There are good medical facilities in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 211111 (in Windhoek) or 10111 (elsewhere). It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

A copy of an identification document must be carried at all times.

Even though homosexuality is not illegal in the country, it is still considered a taboo by many. Therefore, public affections must be avoided.

There are no formal rules restricting photography, but there have been cases where people have been detained for taking photos of Presidential buildings. Hence, it is advisable to check prior to taking photography.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Namibia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Nauru 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Nepal 18/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advise Maltese travellers that since 11 July, heavy rainfall in the southern belt of Nepal bordering India has resulted in dozens of fatalities, with many more losing their homes, and severe transport disruption.

Due to the recent bombings in Katmandu, travellers should exert extreme vigilance and avoid crowded areas.

From 1 April 2019, Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport will be closed from 10pm to 8am daily for runway maintenance work. It’s expected that this closure will be for a period of 3 months. During this time, flight schedules are likely to be changed.

Small scale politically motivated protests, demonstrations or strikes are fairly common in Nepal. They can occur at short notice and clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies may occur. You should exercise caution and avoid any

demonstrations

Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes and aftershocks. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake. The monsoon season normally runs from June to September. Flooding and landslides often occur during this time. Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas.

The following hazards exist throughout the year, especially above 3,000m: sudden weather changes, avalanches and snow drifts, landslides and flooding, glacial crevasses and hollows, rockfall, thunder storms and lightning, altitude sickness and

sun exposure.

Make sure your insurance covers you for your intended activity, including travel above 3,000m, mountain rescue services and helicopter costs.

There’s a low rate of serious crime in Nepal. Watch out for pick-pockets and bag-snatching, particularly in airports, on buses and in areas popular with foreign nationals like Thamel, Sanepa and Kupondol in Kathmandu. Take care when walking around at night. Assaults and robberies are more likely to occur in the evening in poorly lit areas. Avoid walking on your own and don’t carry large sums of cash.

If you are planning to take medication into Nepal you should bring the prescription.

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) (https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries) on the TravelHealthPro website.

Medical treatment is expensive at western travellers’ clinics in Nepal. Healthcare is poor in most places outside the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara. It may be difficult to get rapid helicopter evacuation if you fall ill or suffer a serious accident in a remote area of the country. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment.

Maltese nationals may contact the Hon Consulate of Malta whose contact details are as follows:

Mr. Dinesh Shrestha

Hon. Consul

Shrestha Building, Jyatha, Kantipath,

P.O.Box No 1011, Kathmandu, Nepal

Tel: 00977-1-4255687, 14255842, 4219018

Fax: 00977-1- 4256186

Email:maltaconsul.kathmandu@gov.mt; dinesh.shrestha@shresthacompany.com.np

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Netherlands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

New Caledonia 18/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

Tropical cyclones may occur, particularly between mid-December and mid-March. See Natural disasters (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/new-caledonia/natural-disasters). New Caledonia has been classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website (http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/161/new-caledonia#Other_risks).

Crime levels are low in New Caledonia, and even though most visits are trouble free, travellers should still take the normal precautions.

Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out. These can occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There have also been confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus and Dengue fever. It is important to exercise the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 15, 17, or 256767 and ask for an ambulance. General health care facilities are good, but serious cases may require evacuation to France or Australia.

Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in New Caledonia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

New Zealand 25/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to New Zealand that there has been a series of shootings in multiple locations in Christchurch. Maltese nationals in the area are advised to remain vigilant and follow the advice of local authorities. Due to an ongoing serious fire in the Nelson-Tasman region on 6 February 2019, a local civil defence emergency has been declared by the National Crisis Management Centre. If you’re in the affected area, you should follow the advice of the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence.

The 14 November 2016 earthquake caused significant damage to roads and rail in the Canterbury region between Christchurch and Picton, making some areas inaccessible.

If you’re visiting remote areas of New Zealand, make sure your journey details are known to local authorities or friends/relatives before setting out. Weather conditions can quickly become treacherous, especially in winter.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Make sure this covers you for all activities you plan to do while in New Zealand, including adventure sports like bungee jumping, diving and paragliding.

The High Commission of Malta in Canberra or the Maltese Consulate in New Zealand contact details are as follows:

HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA

 38 Culgoa Circuit, O'Malley ACT 2606,

 Tel: 0061 (2) 6290 1724, 6290 1573

 Emergency no 0061 (4) 3379 9746

 Fax: 0061 (2) 6290 2453

 Emails: highcommission.canberra@gov.mt (General)

Dr CARMEN DALLI

Hon. Consul

20, Tanera Crescent, Brooklyn, Wellington

Tel: 0064 4 463 5168, 0064 970 2509

Mob: 0064 21 140 9038

Fax: 0064 970 7134

email: maltaconsul.wellington@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Nicaragua 18/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

Exercise High Degree of Caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises all Maltese citizens travelling to Nicaragua that protests targeting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega are taking to the streets demanding the release of all political prisoners on the political crisis that has consumed the country since last year.

Protest organisers who gathered at various points in Managua, the capital, were beaten by police, who since November have enforced a ban on street protests. Videos circulating on social media from the protests also showed police hitting civilians. Since April, more than 320 people have been killed and some 600 others that the opposition describes as political prisoners remain detained, according to figures from human rights groups.

The Ministry advises Maltese citizens to exercise a high degree of caution in Nicaragua due to the volatile security situation. Many areas of the country have experienced a period of unrest and street violence since April 2018. The situation is now calmer but underlying tensions could erupt into further violence and disorder without warning. Earlier in the crisis, heavily armed pro-government groups patrolled frequently. Whilst they appear to be less active, travellers should still ensure to research their destination thoroughly, to remain vigilant and to follow the advice of local authorities at all times.

In the early months of the crisis, there was use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition resulting in serious injuries and, according to UN and other reports, over 325 deaths. Similar incidents can occur at any time and can be unpredictable. Travellers must stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as these have previously turned out violent. There are severe restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. Marches, demonstrations and other expressions of opposition are no longer permitted. Moreover, it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to engage in such gatherings, even if these are peaceful, and foreigners participating in such events can risk arrest.

Due to the disorder in the country, major routes to the airport have been obstructed in several instances. Major routes within and between cities had become impassable at times in 2018 due to disorder and/or roadblocks as a result of the protests. Roadblocks have now been cleared, however travellers are strongly encouraged to check local information carefully before undertaking any travel. Tourists travelling in the areas must exercise extreme caution and avoid affected areas.

Even though Nicaragua has no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Although most visits are trouble-free, all travellers must be wary of the significant rise in street crime, theft, and break-ins. The incidence of crime has risen significantly since the April 2018 protests began, particularly where an effective police presence is lacking. Street crime is common in Managua but also occurs in other large towns. Many criminals often carry weapons, and most injuries and deaths have resulted when victims have resisted.

In the capital, caution is advised when visiting the neighbourhoods located near Lake Managua (old city centre), including the area of "Ticabus". Travellers should also ensure to avert walking alone after dark take extra care in the so-called "barrios", i.e. the popular and densely populated districts scattered throughout the city, in particular Carretera Norte, barrio Dimitrov. Pickpocketing and theft are also common at bus stations and on public transport. All travellers are advised to keep valuables (including credit cards, jewellery, passports, etc.) out of sight. In case of robbery, it is important to inform the police and request a signed and sealed copy of the report.

Due to both health risks and personal safety, linked to the presence of drug trafficking routes, travellers are strongly encouraged to plan all travel to the north of the country and the Atlantic coast carefully. In particular, appropriate precautions must be taken in case of journeys in the " Triángulo Minero", which is a mountainous area bordering Honduras, which comprises the cities of Rosita, Bonanza and Siuna.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In view of the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and Chikungunya, all travellers are advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Public hospitals in Nicaragua are not well equipped, but the capital city of Managua has newer and better-equipped ones. Some private hospitals in Managua report that the capacity limit has been reached.

Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call the Police on 118, or call for an ambulance on 128. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Travellers must use an authorised taxi with red plates and with the driver’s photo and details clearly visible on the dashboard. Many people have been victims of theft and assault when using other taxis. Travellers must never take a taxi called for by someone else. Kidnappings of passengers have also occurred. It is important to take note of the number of the vehicle. It is common to share taxis with strangers, and it is always advisable to agree on the fare before the trip. It is advisable not to travel on buses after dark.

Road conditions are generally poor, with potholes and lack of street lighting making it more difficult to drive. Driving standards are low, and travellers must be cautious as road regulations are not always adhered to. Drink driving is a problem in the country. Tourists travelling by car must keep the windows closed and the doors locked, due to reports of assault.

Due to the possible presence of old landmines in some rural areas, travellers must exercise caution in areas off main roads.

Nicaragua is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, hurricanes, severe storms, and flooding. The hurricane season normally runs from June to November, whilst the wet season is from April to October. During these periods (especially in rural areas) landslides, flooding and bridge collapses can cause cancellation of local flights and other travel disruption. Maltese citizens in the country are advised to monitor reliable local advice and media updates from the World Meteorological Organisation and the National Hurricane Centre.

Since the end of December 2015, the volcanoes of Momotombo, Concepcion and Masaya are recording frequent micro seismic phenomena with lava emissions and gas explosions. In total, six volcanic volcanoes on the Pacific side of the country are active at the moment. It is crucial for travellers to follow media reports and keep in touch with the local authorities prior to visiting the area.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry.

The country has a harsh restriction on the use of drones and related items, and travellers must not attempt to use the latter unless formal permission is given by the Nicaraguan authorities.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Managua on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consul of Malta in Managua Calle Los Laureles #60, Las Colinas, Managua Tel: 00 505 22772856 Fax: 00 505 22701074 Email: maltaconsul.managua@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Niger 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Nigeria 01/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Nigeria against all travel to Borno State,Yobo State,Adamawa State, Gombe State, riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.

The Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to: Bauchi State, Zamfara State, Kano State, Kaduna State, Jigawa State, Katsina State, Kogi State within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State and Abia State.

Elections took place on 9 March 2019. Tensions are high in parts of Nigeria as results are announced, in particular in Akwa Ibom, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos and Rivers states. Some results will be disputed and legal challenges may begin. Consequently, tensions will continue to run high across Nigeria for some time and public gatherings and demonstrations may take place at short notice and have the potential to turn violent. You should continue to avoid rallies, public gatherings and demonstrations and monitor local media.

The terrorist threat across eastern Yobe and Borno State is high, with frequent recent attacks. Terrorist groups carried out attacks in North East Nigeria during the February election period, and further attacks are likely.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Nigeria.

On 23 February 2019, ISWA launched an attack involving indirect fire that resulted in explosions in multiple locations within Maiduguri. You should avoid places where crowds gather, including political meetings, religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect western interests as well as places visited by tourists. Besides Abuja, other major towns and cities remain particularly at risk, including Kano and Kaduna. There is a high threat of kidnap throughout Nigeria. Kidnaps can be motivated by criminality or terrorism, and could be carried out for financial or political gain.

The security environment in the north east has deteriorated since 2018 and there is a heightened risk of kidnap. Kidnaps in the north east have included humanitarian and private sector workers.

Potential curfews, traffic restrictions and roadblocks could lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Travel restrictions could also affect passengers arriving or departing from Lagos and Abuja international airports. Travellers should ensure to contact the airline operator or travel agent before travelling to check their flight’s schedule and availability.

Even though most visits are trouble free, Maltese citizens travelling to Nigeria must be wary of the high levels of violent street crime, comprising muggings, kidnappings, carjacking, and armed robbery. Foreign nationals tend to be perceived as wealthy, thus making an attractive target. It is important to avoid carrying large amount of cash, and to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. There is also a high threat of kidnapping, which can be motivated by criminality or terrorism. In the past 5 years, several foreign nationals have been kidnapped, and in some cases killed. Foreign nationals have also been victims of different forms of scams.

Road travel can be chaotic and slow. Quiet roads, poorly lit roads, and travel after dark must be avoided. Particular caution must be taken when in traffic jams or at traffic lights due to the risk of car-jacking. There are also authorised and unauthorised vehicle checkpoints where some are for security checks and others are to extort money. Public transport is also dangerous due to the poor state of the buses/taxis. If taxis must be used, one should use those offered by major hotels. If expecting a greeter or driver to collect you at airports, be wary of bogus greeters and ensure that the persons have identified themselves. Armed robberies and piracy incidents have also occurred in the Nigerian waters, the wider Gulf of Guinea, and on the rivers and harbour of the Niger Delta.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In 2018, there have been three cholera outbreaks in Nigeria. Serious tropical illnesses (such as malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever) also occur in the country. On 1 March 2018 the World Health Organisation issued a notification of an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria. There are continuing reports of Lassa fever in several states. Lassa fever is a transmissible acute viral haemorrhagic illness. Maltese nationals currently in Nigeria, or who have recently travelled to this country, should follow standard infection control and prevention measures and report any medical concerns to the nearest health service provider. There is also a risk of Zika transmission in the country. Health treatment in some locations may only be very basic. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is essential that one contacts the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Due to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2018, travellers may expect additional checks at Nigerian airports.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Nigeria.

Homosexuality is viewed as unacceptable in Nigeria, and public displays of affection and participation in homosexual societies and organisations may lead to lengthy prison sentences.

The photography of government and military buildings, and airports may lead to arrest.

As Nigeria has the largest Muslim population in the sub-Sahara, it is important to behave and dress modestly.

It is illegal to import beer, mineral water, soft drinks, sparkling wine, fruits, vegetables, cereals, eggs, textile fabrics, jewellery, and precious metals into Nigeria. Moreover, it is illegal to export pieces of African art, particularly antiques.

Although Nigeria is mainly a cash-based economy, the use of credit/debit cards is increasing. Travellers must be wary of credit card fraud.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Nigeria, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Niue 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Norfolk Island 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

North Macedonia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Northern Mariana Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Norway 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Oman 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Pakistan 01/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel

Following a terrorist attack in Pulwama on 14 February, there are heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly across the Line of Control. Pakistan announced the closure of its airspace on 27 February, but on 1 March the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a notice advising that Pakistan airspace would partially reopen. Some flights have now resumed from major airports (including Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore airports) but some airports, for example in Gilgit Baltistan, Punjab and Interior Sindh regions, remain closed. You should check with your airline for the latest information on the status of your flight before travelling to the airport for any flight to and from Pakistan.

Pakistan Super League cricket matches will take place in Karachi from 6 to 17 March 2019. You should expect additional security forces presence in the city and possible travel disruption.

Maltese citizens who are currently present and/or resident in the country should exercise extreme caution, regularly monitor news reports to keep up to date with ongoing developments and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.

In view of the above and due to the fact that the security situation in Pakistan remains fragile, due to the high threat of terrorist attacks, kidnapping and factional violence, all but essential travel to the country should be averted. In particular, avoid non-essential travel to the Kalesh Valley, the Bamoboret Valley and Arandu District to the south and west of Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the city of Quetta, the city of Nawabshah in Sindh Province, and areas of interior Sindh to the north of Nawabshah. Terrorism and violent demonstrations remain persistent threats throughout the country.

Furthermore, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to avoid all travel to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the districts of Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner and Lower Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the city of Peshawar and districts south of the city, including the Peshawar to Chitral road via the Lowari Pass, northern and western Balochistan, and the Karakoram Highway between Islamabad and Gilgit. All the areas bordering the country, except the Wagah official border crossing point, should also be averted.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism and sectarian violence throughout the country. Further attacks could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners. Avoid crowded places such as pedestrian promenades, shopping malls, open markets, restaurants and places of worship. Remain extremely vigilant at all times, keep a low profile and exercise caution, particularly in areas regularly frequented by tourists. Monitor local news reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Public demonstrations and civil disorder are common in Pakistan. Protests can occur with little warning and while most remain peaceful, they can turn violent quickly. One should avoid getting caught up in demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

The new airport in Islamabad started operations on 3 May, with flights switching across from the old (Benazir Bhutto) facility. We encourage all travellers to check their flight details with the airline prior to travel, and to be prepared for potential delays or disruption. Allow yourself enough time to get through enhanced security checks.

All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether they need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, it is essential that travellers are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals currently in Pakistan may contact the Hon. Consul in Pakistan on the following contact details:

KARACHI

with jurisdiction over the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Gokal Chambers, Hotel Beach Luxury Road, Karachi

Tel: 0092 (21) 561 100-5

Fax: 0092 (21) 561 0760/61

email: maltaconsul.karachi@gov.mt

LAHORE

with jurisdiction over Punjab

36, Lawrence Road, Lahore 54000

Tel: 0092 (42) 3636 6666-70

Fax: 0092 (42) 636 6665, 637 0509

Email: maltaconsul.lahore@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Palau 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Palestine 09/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Palestine to exercise a high degree of caution and to avoid any travel to the regions listed below due to the present security tensions. The Ministry advises against all travel to:

• Gaza

• The West Bank

• the Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town

• east of Route 98 along the Syrian border.

• The Golan Heights.

There have been repeated instances of rocket fire from Gaza, which may occur well beyond the Gaza border area; Israel has often responded by returning projectile fire into Gaza. On 14 March and 25 March 2019 projectiles were fired from Gaza towards central Israel. On 25 March, a rocket hit a home in Mishmeret, north of Tel Aviv. If travelling in central or southern Israel, familiarise yourself with the safety actions that you should take in the event of a warning siren, follow advice from local authorities and stay informed of the security situation through the media and this travel advice.

Whilst the security situation is unpredictable, it is in constant evolution, with the risk of terrorist attacks and violent episodes. Clashes resulting in casualties have been increasingly taking place in the Gaza Strip. There have also been numerous violent clashes between protestors and security forces in Israel and the West Bank, including Tel Aviv, East Jerusalem, the Old City, and Hebron. Incidents have also increased in the Upper Galilee and the Golan Heights.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Targets could include government buildings, including schools, places of worship, shopping centres, restaurants, bars and public transportation hubs such as bus terminals, airports and piers. It is essential that travellers always remain aware of their surroundings when in public places, and learn the location of the nearest bomb shelters.

Maltese travellers are also advised to stay away from public gatherings or demonstrations to safeguard their safety. There are frequent demonstrations in many of the areas of the city visited by tourists including in and around the Old City, especially after Friday prayers. Some of these protests have led to violent clashes. Travellers are also urged to follow rigorously the instructions of local authorities at all times and keep updated about the latest developments through the local and international media.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may seek assistance from the Representative Office of Malta in Ramallah, which can be reached on the following coordinates:

REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE OF MALTA

VIP Centre, 100 Al-Kawthar Street, Al-Bireh, Ramallah

Tel: 00970 (0) 2 2413210/1, 00970 (0) 2 2413217 (Representative direct line)

Emergency mob: 00970 597325481 or 00972(0)549963954/7

Emergency email: holyland.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Panama 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Papua New Guinea 18/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the provinces of Hela and Southern Highlands, following the declaration of a state of emergency by the government. Moreover, the areas, together with the provinces of Enga and the Western Highlands experience an increase in tribal fighting. Outbreaks of the latter are also common Port Moresby. Tribal violence may occur with little warning and can escalate very quickly and result in the destruction of property, disruption of services, and serious injury. Travellers should avoid large crowds and public gatherings.

Following a period of conflict, it is important to exercise caution when travelling to Bougainville Island. The mountainous area around Panguna mine is a ‘No Go Zone’. Such zones must never be accessed, and foreigners who have entered such zones without authorisation have been questioned, and some had their passports withheld. 

The border area with Indonesia, near the Sandhuan province, experiences occasional clashes and a tense situation. It is important to exercise a high degree of caution and be prepared for possible sudden border closure.  

Papua New Guinea is located along a volatile seismic strip called the “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific, which is in an active seismic and volcanic zone and is prone to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. There are several active volcanoes throughout Papua New Guinea and eruptions occur regularly. Seismic and volcanic activity is more likely to occur near Rabaul in East New Britain Province, Kimbe in West New Britain Province, and on Manam Island in Madang Province. In the event of an eruption, pay careful attention to all warnings issued, avoid restricted areas and follow the instructions of local authorities. Heavy smoke and ash from volcanoes periodically lead to flight disruptions, particularly in the Rabaul region. In the event of a volcanic eruption, check with your carrier or tour operator to determine if the situation could affect your travel plans.

Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out and these can occur in places visited by foreigners.

Papua New Guinea experiences a high level of serious crime, including carjacking, assault, rape, bag snatching, and robberies. Such crime is particularly present in the capital city of Port Moresby, and in the cities of Lae and Mt Hagen. Machetes and firearms are often used in thefts and assaults. Travellers should also be cautious in border areas, particularly in the area between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, which witnesses continuing conflict on the boundaries. Travellers should keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored in a safe place.

Road travel must be done in caution, especially in rural areas, due to the poor road conditions and low driving standards. It is important to keep doors locked and windows closed. Moreover, if night travel is required, it is advised to travel in convoy or with a security escort. Public buses (PMVs) must not be used, due to incidents of armed hold-ups and rape attacks on the latter. Taxis are available in major centres, but can still be badly maintained.

It is important to exercise a high degree of caution at Milne Bay, Rabual, and along the Kokoda Trail, due to the presence of unexploded ordnance from World War II.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The health authorities have declared an outbreak of Polio in Morobe, Madang, and Eastern Highlands provinces. Chikungunya virus and Dengue fever are also present, and there is also a risk of Zika virus transmission. Travellers should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The country also faces cases of Tuberculosis. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance by dialling 111. Health facilities are very basic and hospitals often run out of basic drugs or supplies. In serious cases, patients may be evacuated by air ambulance. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is essential that one makes contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the country.

Travellers are forbidden to bring fruit, vegetables, and animal products into the country.

Marijuana and other narcotics are illegal in the country.

Homosexual acts are illegal, and could lead to imprisonment.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Papua New Guinea, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Paraguay 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Peru 01/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion informs Maltese travellers that a magnitude 8 earthquake hit Peru and killed one person, destroyed dozens of homes and disrupted some oil operations. The quake - the biggest to hit Peru since 2007 - was felt across the country and in neighboring Ecuador and Colombia after striking the sparsely-populated region of Loreto in Peru’s northern Amazon. The hardest hit areas were the towns of Yurimaguas and Tarapoto. Several schools, churches, hospitals and clinics were also damaged.

There were local reports of electric power cuts in the cities of Iquitos and Tarapoto, Amazonian towns in the Loreto region of the country.

In neighboring Ecuador, the quake was strongest near the Amazonian region of Yantzaza, causing momentary power outages. Travellers are advised to be cautious.

Given that crime is a significant problem throughout the country, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise extreme caution when travelling to Peru. Petty theft, assault and armed robbery occur frequently in Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and other major cities. One should make sure to maintain a high level of vigilance, take the necessary safety precautions and avoid walking alone in secluded areas or at night. Moreover, if you are in Peru, or planning to travel to Peru, please monitor local news closely and follow the authorities’ advice.

Demonstrations and protests are common throughout the country and can turn violent quickly. In this regard, one should make sure to avoid large crowds, political gatherings and marches. Strikes and roadblocks are frequent and may cause the interruption of services, including public transit, and the closure of businesses and government offices. Impromptu roadblocks may also affect travel within southern Peru, especially travel to and from the cities of Arequipa, Cusco and Puno. Protests in Puno can result in the closure of the border crossing with Bolivia, including Lake Titicaca.

Furthermore, be especially alert to the local security situation in the border areas with Ecuador and Colombia. If you’re crossing the Peru-Ecuador border (by land) you should do so at official checkpoints only, as unexploded landmines pose a safety threat. Avoid non-essential travel to areas within 20 km of the border with Colombia due to drug trafficking and occasional incursions by armed guerrilla forces from Colombia into Peru.

Even though domestic terrorism is largely restricted to the remote jungle areas of Peru where the Shining Path guerrilla group is present, attacks can’t be ruled out. Due to the occurrence of terrorist and organized criminal activity, which are intricately linked, there is a higher risk to your safety in regions where there is intensive coca cultivation and processing, including the Alto Huallaga, Aguaytia, Apurimac-Ene and Mantaro river basins (a region referred to as VRAEM). In view of this, and due to the state of emergency in force, we advise against all necessary travel to the following areas:

• the districts of Kimbiri, Pichari and Vilcabamba, Inkawasi, Villa Virgen and Echaratie districts in La Convención province, and the Ccapacmarca district (Chumbivilcas province) in the department of Cuzco (the city of Cuzco and Machu Picchu are not affected);

• Huallaga and Tocache provinces in the department of San Martín;

• the Upper Huallaga and Ene river valleys in the departments of Huánuco and San Martín;

• Padre Abad province in the department of Ucayali;

• Huacaybamba, Humalíes, Leoncio Prado and Marañón provinces in the department of Huánuco;

• Concepción and Satipo provinces, and Santo Domingo de Acobamba and Pariahuanca districts (Huancayo province) in the department of Junín;

• Tuman district (Chiclayo province) in the region of Lambayeque;

• Tavacaia province in the department of Huancavelica;

• the districts of Abancay, Andahuaylas, Challhuahuacho, Mara and Chincheros in the department of Apurímac;

• Huanta and La Mar provinces, in the department of Ayacucho.

• Apurimac-Cusco-Arequipa transportation corridor and the On the Putumayo river, near the Colombian border.

Furthermore, we advise all travellers to stay alert when hiking in the areas in Huaraz Region of the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and along the Inca Trails. Be particularly careful in steep or slippery areas, which are unfenced or unmarked. Several climbers have died or suffered serious injuries after falling while climbing Huayna Picchu, a peak near Machu Picchu.

Given that there is evidence of ongoing Zika virus transmission in Peru, we encourage all Maltese nationals travelling to/present in the country to take the necessary health precautions and adopt meticulous measures to prevent mosquito bites. Moreover, given that Yellow fever, Dengue fever, and Chikungunya virus are endemic in certain areas, vaccination against mosquito-borne diseases is strongly recommended. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and only bottled water should be consumed.

All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

In case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals may contact the respective Honorary Consulates on the following contact details:

AREQUIPA

with jurisdiction over the regions of Arequipa, Apurimac, Cuzco, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna

         Mr MAURICIO CHIRINOS

 Hon. Consul

         Urbanización Challapampa I-23 Cerro Colorado, Arequipa, Peru

         Tel: 0051 54 202122

         Fax: 0051 54 202525/ 202626

         Email: maltaconsul.arequipa@gov.mt; mchirinos@michell.com.pe

LIMA

with jurisdiction over the regions of Amazonas, Ancash, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Callao,

Huancavelica, Huánuco, Ica, Junín, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Loreto, Pasco, Piura, San Martín, Tumbes and Ucayali

         Dr EDUARDO JOSÉ MONTENEGRO SORIA,

Hon. Consul

         Av. Comandante Espinar # 470-G, Lima 18, Lima, Peru

         Tel: 00 (511) 4401331, (511) 2225438

         Email: dentalsol@yahoo.es; maltaconsul.lima@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Philippines 20/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises all Maltese citizens travelling to the Philippines that an outbreak of measles is spreading across the Philippines, with over 12,700 measles cases that have been officially reported by DOH with 203 deaths from 1 January to 23 February 2019. According to the WHO, the Department of Health (DOH) declared measles outbreaks in five regions in the Philippines – Metro Manila (NCR), Central Luzon (Region 3), CALABARZON (Region 4A), Western Visayas (Region 6), and Central Visayas (Region 7). Other regions also have rising measles cases and are at risk for possible outbreaks if the epidemic is not contained. Last year, measles outbreaks were also declared including in Mindanao (Davao City, Zamboanga City) Metro Manila (Taguig City), and some areas in Negros Oriental. In light of this, travellers are highly encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required.

Travellers are also advised to exercise a high degree of caution, in particular due to the passage of the USMAN Tropical Depression which has resulted in heavy rains, flooding and landslides. In fact, according to news reports, 57 people died in the mountainous Bicol region, southeast of Manila, while 11 were killed in the central island of Samar, mostly due to landslides and drownings. In light of this, all travellers should ensure to avert venturing out at sea, especially in the areas at greatest risk, to avoid unnecessary trips to these locations and to pay close attention to notices that the local authorities issue regularly. Extreme caution is also advised when moving around cities during extreme weather conditions, as roads can quickly become flooded and impassable. It is important to keep oneself informed of local weather forecasts and to monitor the progress of approaching storms on the websites of the Philippines state weather agency and the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Additionally, the Ministry advises against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago, due to terrorist activity and armed clashes in the areas. Moreover, MFTP advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Mindanao and the south of Cebu province, the island of Siquijor and the island of Bohol. This advisory does not include Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands.

A ‘state of national emergency on account of lawless violence’ remains in place across the rest of the country. Travellers should expect random checkpoints, security patrols and a more visible routine security presence. It is important that all Maltese nationals co-operate with the Philippine authorities rigorously and allow extra time to pass through security checks. A copy of an identification document must be carried at all times.

Apart from terrorist activities in these areas, attacks are very likely to happen across the country, with the high possibility of occurring in the capital city of Manila and in places visited by tourists. Targets could include government buildings, including schools, places of worship, shopping centres, restaurants, bars and public transportation hubs such as bus terminals, airports and piers. It is essential that travellers always remain aware of their surroundings when in public places. One should also be extremely vigilant when attending public celebrations such as festivals and parades, sporting events and during religious holidays. Travellers should ensure to comply with all security procedures and follow the authorities’ instructions at all times.

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration has specifically warned foreigners against participation in protests and demonstrations, as this is considered a violation of Philippine immigration laws.

The Philippines experiences around 20 typhoons per year, usually between June and November. The typhoon and monsoon season extends from May to December, but storms can occur throughout the year. Flooding is frequent following heavy rains, even in central Manila.

Furthermore, The Philippines is located in an active seismic zone that is prone to volcanic activity and earthquakes. The eruptive activity of the Mayon volcano in Albay Province (Bicol region) has reduced, although it remains at a moderate level of unrest with a risk of sudden eruptions, lava collapses and ash fall. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has lowered the alert to level 2 but an exclusion zone remains in place. All travellers who are in Albay Province, should ensure to follow the advice of the local authorities, including the advice not to enter the designated danger zone. It is important that travellers also remain vigilant and follow developments on the PHIVOLCS website.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high level of violent crime. European nationals have been caught up in some incidents, even if they were not targeted. Street crime and robbery are widespread. It is important to keep valuables (including passports) in a safe place and out of sight. Travellers must pay attention to their food and drinks due to spiking, and strangers offering drinks or confectionary must be refused. The Philippines government has declared a national state of emergency, and heightened security measures are in place, including in airports and other major transport centres. One should allow extra time to pass through security if travelling in or through the Philippines at this time and make sure that all required documentation is available. It is recommended to follow these instructions carefully and to follow developments in the media closely.

Public transport is dangerous, due to armed hold-ups occurring on ‘jeepneys’ and buses, and also due to poor standards. The rate of kidnapping has also increased, and foreigners have been targeted in rural, urban and coastal areas, on private boats, in marinas, and resorts. This threat extends throughout the Philippines, both on land and at sea. Travel on ferries and passenger boats must be avoided, due to overloading, poor safety standards, and reduced maintenance.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the chikungunya virus and dengue fever, occur all year round. In view of this, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Medical care availability varies across the country, and standards vary. Treatment in private hospitals may be costly. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens, travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Travellers must ensure that their passports are valid for the proposed duration of their stay in the country. It is essential that travellers check in advance for any visa requirements.

The country is generally tolerant of LGBT travellers, but there remains a certain stigma outside urban areas. The current legislation does not recognise same-sex unions, and public displays of affection may be considered scandalous.

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals currently in The Philippines may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Manila on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consul of Malta

Mr PAUL A. AQUINO,

Room 1242, Megaplaza Building, ADB Avenue c/w Garnet Road, Ortigas

Center, Pasig City

Tel: 0063 2 687 7245

Email: maltaconsul.manila@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Pitcairn 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Poland 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Portugal 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Puerto Rico 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Qatar 09/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Qatar to exercise caution. Regional developments continue to cause local sensitivities. Travellers are advised to follow news reports and avoid gatherings and demonstrations. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in June 2017. This has led to closures affecting road, air and sea routes between these countries and Qatar, as well as travel and residence restrictions affecting Qatari nationals. The land border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is closed.

All flights between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain are suspended until further notice. Due to these measures, travellers in the region are likely to encounter disruptions. Therefore, any Maltese citizens in the region are advised to check with their airline or travel agent before undertaking travel.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Qatar, and these could occur in places visited by tourists. The main threats include attack references on western interests, military, oil, transport, and aviation structures, and on crowded and central places. Moreover, terrorists are also threating to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. Thus, travellers are to remain vigilant and monitor developments through the media and follow any instructions from the local authorities.

Most visits are trouble-free, and crime levels are low. However, female visitors should take extra care when travelling alone at night. Maltese citizens are also advised to make use of registered taxis only, and not to use taxis late at night or unaccompanied.

Road travel may be dangerous due to poor driving standards. The rate of road accident fatality is high. Travellers must note that even minor expressions of ‘road rage’ may lead to penalties. Travel to the desert can be dangerous, and it is advisable to travel in convoy and take a supply of water. Caution must also be taken in terms of sea travel. Many areas of the Gulf are sensitive, and vessels entering these areas have also been detained and inspected. Tensions may also affect routes, pose further risks of maritime attack. Travelling by Dhow vessels must proceed with caution, due to poor standards.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Emergency medical treatment is exceptional but can be quite expensive, especially for visitors. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is important to note that some prescribed and over-the-counter medications may be controlled substances in the country. Thus, it is important to carry medication in its original packaging, accompanied by an official letter signed from your doctor, indicating why it is required. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 999. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Qatar.

Travellers are urged to respect the Muslim culture and traditions of the country. It is important to dress modestly, including while driving. Women are expected to cover their shoulders and refrain from wearing shorts or skirts.

Homosexual behaviour is illegal in the country, and any intimacy between men and women may also lead to arrest.

Photography in certain sensitive locations may be prohibited or require permission.

Travellers must note that it is an offence to drink alcohol in public. Moreover, it is illegal to import alcohol, pork products, and religious books and material into the country. The Qatari law also prohibits the importation, sale, and purchase of electronic cigarettes and similar products. All luggage is scanned upon arrival at Doha Airport. Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Qatar, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Réunion 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Romania 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Russian 01/07/2019

Take normal precautions

Il-Ministeru tal-Affarijiet Barranin u l-Promozzjoni tal-Kummerċ jixtieq jinforma liċ-ċittadini Maltin dwar l-arranġamenti tal-ivvjaġġar għat-2018 FIFA World Cup li ser iseħħ bejn l-14 ta’ Ġunju u l-15 ta’ Lulju tal-2018 fir-Russja.

Ġiet imwaqqfa sistema ta’ FAN ID (li hija wkoll imsejħa ‘Personalised card of the spectator’) biex tippermetti dħul mingħajr viża fir-Russja għaċ-ċittadini barranin li xtraw biljetti għal partiti tat-2018 FIFA World Cup. Persuni b’FAN ID ser ikunu jistgħu jidħlu u jibqgħu fil-pajjiż waqt perjodu li jibda 10 ijiem qabel l-ewwel partita u jispiċċa 10 ijiem wara l-aħħar partita tat-Tazza tad-Dinja (jiġifieri bejn l-4 ta’ Ġunju u l-25 ta’ Lulju 2018). Il-FAN ID hija neċessarja wkoll biex toħroġ mir-Russja la darba tintuża għad-dħul bla viża.

Il-FAN ID tintitola lid-detenturi li jużaw ċertu servizzi tat-trasport bla ħlas, inklużi l-ferroviji li joperaw ġol-ibliet u t-trasport pubbliku fl-ibliet ospitanti bl-użu tal-karta tal-FAN ID u l-biljett tal-partita tat-2018 FIFA World Cup. Għal iktar informazzjoni u l-kundizzjoni tal-użu tat-trasport bla ħlas, jekk jogħġbok żur is-sit www.fan-id.ru u www.transport2018.com.

Il-partitarji jistgħu japplikaw għall-FAN ID wara li jiksbu biljett jew jirċievu konferma ta’ xiri għal biljett ta’ partita tat-2018 FIFA World Cup. Huwa neċessarju għal kull min għandu biljett li jkollu FAN ID flimkien ma’ biljett validu ta’ partita sabiex jidħol fl-istadji ospitanti tal-partiti tat-2018 FIFA World Cup. Dettalji dwar l-applikazzjoni u l-ħruġ tal-FAN ID jinsabu fuq is-sit www.fan-id.ru.

Persuni li m’għandhomx biljett uffiċċjali tat-2018 FIFA World Cup iridu japplikaw għal viża biex jidħlu fir-Russja. Estensjonijiet tal-viżi Russi jiġu maħruġa biss fl-uffiċċji lokali tal-Ministeru għall-Affarijiet Interni. Il-viżi jridu jiġu mġedda fi żmien tliet ijiem qabel id-data ta’ skadenza.

Passaport għall-ivvjaġġar fir-Russja huwa mitlub f’kull każ. L-ivvjaġġaturi għandhom jaraw li l-passaport huwa validu għal sitt xhur mid-data tal-wasla fir-Russja.

Kull barrani, inklużi detenturi tal-FAN ID, huma soġġetti għall-proċeduri ta’ reġistrazzjoni. Mal-wasla fir-Russja, kull barrani jingħata karta tal-immigrazzjoni (karta bajda zgħira) li trid tiġi reġistrata ma’ kull uffiċċju relevanti tal-Ministeru tal-Affarijiet Interni tar-Russja jew kull uffiċċju tal-posta fi żmien 7 ijiem mill-wasla fir-Russja. Minkejja dan, waqt it-Tazza tad-Dinja, din ir-reġistazzjoni tista’ tiġi mwettqa mal-uffiċċju relevanti tal-Ministeru tal-Affarijiet Interni tar-Russja fi żmien 24 siegħa mill-wasla fir-Russja skont l-informazzjoni segwenti: f’Każan, f’Moska, f’San Pietruburgu u Sochi mill-1 ta’ Ġunju sat-12 ta’ Lulju 2018; Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Każan, Kaliningrad, Moska, Nizhny Novgorog, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, SanPietruburgu, Saransk u Sochi mill-25 ta’ Mejju sal-25 ta’ Lulju 2018. Dawn il-miżuri jgħoddu għal kull barrani li jżur l-ibliet fil-perjodi ta’ żmien imsemmija hawn fuq.

Kull barrani għandu jġorr il-passaport u l-karta tal-immigrazzjoni fuqu f’kull ħin. Il-karta tal-immigrazzjoni għandha tiġi sottomessa għall-kontroll tal-passaport mal-ħruġ mill-pajjiż. It-telf tal-karta irid jiġi rrapurtat lill-pulizija. Eżempju tal-karta tal-immigrazzjoni jinsab fuq is-sit http://www.saint-petersburg.com/russian-visa/migration-cards/migration-card/ Ksur tal-liġi tal-immigrazzjoni huwa soġġett għal ċitazzjonijiet għoljin u jistgħu jwasslu għal tkeċċija mill-pajjiż

Huwa rrakkomandat li l-ivvjaġġaturi Maltin isegwu l-istruzzjonijiet tal-awtoritajiet lokali u jibqgħu aġġornati mal-iżviluppi li jidhru fuq il-midja. Il-ivvjaġġaturi Maltin huma avvżati wkoll li l-Karta tal-Assigurazzjoni tas-Saħħa Ewropea mhix valida fir-Russja, b’hekk assigurazzjoni adegwata tal-ivjaġġar hija importanti.

F’kas ta’ diffikultà, ir-residenti Maltin jistgħu jikkuntattjaw l-Ambaxxata tal-Repubblika ta’ Malta f’Moska fil-koordinati segwenti:

L-AMBAXXATA TAR-REPUBBLIKA TA’ MALTA

219, Ent.8, Korovy Val 7, Moscow 119049, Russian Federation

Tel: 007 (499) 230 1981, 007 (499) 230 2524, 007 (499) 237 1939

Fax: 007 (499) 237 2158

Mob: 007 (963) 684 5238

Email: maltaembassy.moscow@gov.mt

Sezzjoni tal-Viża

18/7 Donskaya Street, Moscow 119049

Tel.: 007 (495) 785 9920

Fax: 007 (499) 2372158

Mob: 007 (903) 729 9231 (Visa & Consular)

E-mail: visa.moscow@gov.mt

Il-Ministeru tal-Affarijiet Barranin u l-Promozzjoni tal-Kummerċ jista’ jiġi kkuntattjat fuq in-numru tat-telefon (+356) 21242191.


Rwanda 10/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

Overall, the Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country. However, due to the ongoing insecurity in some neighbouring countries, all Maltese nationals are encouraged to exercise a high degree of caution in the areas along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

Tensions along the Rwanda/Burundi border remain heightened, with allegations from both sides of cross-border raids targeting local inhabitants. Thus, the security situation can deteriorate very suddenly. In DRC, the situation is likewise slightly unstable, particularly in the East where there are several active armed rebel groups. Incursions into Rwanda by these groups have occurred in the past, and have resulted in armed clashes. In fact, the border crossings between Rwanda and the DRC at Gisenyi/Goma and Cyangugu/Bukavu are currently open between 06:00 and 18:00. Yet still, both borders are liable to close at short notice and you should not rely on them as a point of exit from DRC.

Even though there’s no recent history of terrorism in Rwanda, attacks can’t be ruled out, therefore travellers should remain vigilant at all times.

With regards to the crime levels, in general, these are relatively low across the country but there have been reports of increased instances of burglary, petty theft and mugging in Kigali in recent months. Travellers should make sure to remain alert to their surroundings and take the necessary safety precautions, especially in crowded areas.

Given that there is a high risk of malaria and the frequent occurrence of yellow fever cases, we recommend all those present in/travelling to the country to take the necessary health precautions and adopt meticulous measures to prevent mosquito bites. One should familiarise himself with the symptoms and follow the advice of Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Unit at the Ministry for Health. All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether they need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, one should make sure to have a comprehensive travel insurance.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Rwanda, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt   

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Saint Barthélemy 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Saint Helena 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Saint Kitts and Nevis 15/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting St Kitts and Nevis. The country is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, there have been incidents of crime, including murder, armed robbery, and sexual assault. Travellers should be vigilant when walking alone in isolated areas and after dark. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight, and stored safely in a hotel safe.

In terms of local travel, travellers should only make use of licensed taxis. Driving standards vary, as well as the road conditions. Night driving must be exercised with extra care due to unlit roads and poor visibility of signs.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus and dengue fever have been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. The main hospital can cater for many types of treatment, but in serious cases, evacuation to a neighbouring country may be required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Tourists should have their passports valid up to for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Kitts and Nevis. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

It is an offence to wear camouflage clothing, and this applies also for children.

Attitudes towards LGBT are mostly conservative, and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in St Kitts and Nevis, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Saint Lucia 16/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers that the hurricane season normally runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See Natural disasters (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/stlucia/

natural-disasters).

St Lucia has been classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website (http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/208/st-lucia#Other_risks). Cases of Chikungunya virus (https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/27/chikungunya) have been confirmed in St Lucia.

You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes (http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-biteavoidance/). Maltese travellers in the area should monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in St Lucia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Saint Martin 15/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting St Maarten. The country is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected by such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of petty theft and street crime. Travellers should avoid remote areas, especially at night. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. Purses and handbags must always be closed and safe.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of chikungunya virus have been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Tourists should have their passports valid up to for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Maarten. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

The Dutch law requires travellers to always carry their ID and a copy of their passport.

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in St Maarten, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Saint Pierre and Miquelon 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines 16/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to exercise caution. Tropical Storm Kirk is forecast to reach the Caribbean region on or around Thursday, 27 September 2018. The island has issued a ‘Tropical Storm Warning’. Maltese travellers in the area should monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in St Vincent and the Grenadines, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Samoa 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

San Marino 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

São Tomé and Príncipe 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Saudi Arabia 12/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals that Saudi Arabia's Abha airport was attacked leaving several people injured. Due to an escalation of tension in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding regions, travellers should exercise caution in the country. Missiles continued to be fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia since May, 2018.

Moreover, the Ministry advises against all travel to within 10km of the border with Yemen and against all but essential travel between 10km and 80km of this border. The border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen is continuing to experience clashes, which are resulting in both military and civilian casualties.

Furthermore, all travellers should ensure to avoid non-essential travel to Al Qatif, Eastern Province, and its suburbs, due to potential unrest and ongoing tensions between Saudi security forces and local militants. The Al-Awamiya suburb of Qatif is on security lockdown and access to the area is restricted. Civil unrest and armed clashes may still occur, and Saudi forces may impose curfews with little or no notice. If you must travel to the suburbs of Al-Qatif, exercise extreme caution and follow the instructions of local authorities at all times.

On June 5, 2017, the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen announced the severing of diplomatic relations with Qatar. Land and sea borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar are closed, which could cause disruption to regional travel and the movement of cargo. Some airlines suspended flights to and from Qatar. Additional measures could further affect transportation. If you have a query relating to your travel plans you should contact your airline or tour operator.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in the country, with the main threat being from Daesh. These could happen in places visited by foreigners and could target Western people and oil infrastructure, amongst others. The Saudi security forces have successfully disrupted a number of attack plots, but the scale of extremist activity is significant and attacks continue to take place. Recent large-scale attacks have targeted the Shia minority in Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia’s security forces and places of worship where large groups gather.

Travellers must avoid public gatherings and demonstrations, and in the event of a missile attack, travellers must stay indoors and monitor the advice of local authorities.

Valuables including passports and tickets must be kept out of sight. Tourists must take particular care when travelling outside towns and cities.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in the country may call 911. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Driving standards are poor in the country, and travellers must keep to major roads, travel in convoy, and avoid travelling during the night.

In case of difficulty, Maltese citizens may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Riyadh on the following coordinates:

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh- Olaya District, 7733- Abbas Al Rasheedi Street,

PO Box 94361, Riyadh 11693

Tel: 00966 (11) 463 2345, 461 5315

Fax: 00966 (11) 463 3993

Emergency Mob: 00966504201824

Email: maltaembassy.riyadh@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356)21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Senegal 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Serbia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Seychelles 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Sierra Leone 15/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Sierra Leone to exercise vigilance.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of pickpocketing and mugging. Precautions against crime include avoiding crowds and political demonstrations, avoiding walking alone after dark, and refraining from carrying expensive items. Travellers are advised to minimise the use of public transport, taxis, poda-podas, and Ocadas, due to robberies. There have been incidents of European nationals robbed at knife-point, in the areas of Congo Cross, Wilkinson Road, Lumley Beach, and Aberdeen.

Road travel may be dangerous due to poor lighting in most roads and vehicles lacking lights. Wandering animals and pedestrians also cause accidents. Driving regulations are not adhered to. Travellers are advised to use well-maintained vehicles, and avoid road travel outside Freetown during the night. Ideally, travel outside Freetown is made in convoys.

The political situation of the country is stable, but travellers must avoid any political gatherings and demonstrations. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in places visited by tourists. Terrorist groups continue to mount attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners in the wider region. There may be heightened security in these places.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Rabies, Cholera, Lassa fever, water-borne diseases, malaria, and other tropical diseases are common to the country. It is important to drink or use only boiled or bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks. Moreover, the necessary precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the time of the visa application. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Telecommunication is not always possible in the country, and some areas have no mobile reception. Moreover, there is no public telephone system.

An identification document must be carried at all times.

Homosexual acts are illegal in the country.

Since the country is cash-based, bank or credit cards are only accepted in a few hotels in Freetown. ATMs are few in the capital, and travellers making use of them must be vigilant due to high fraud levels.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Sierra Leone, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Singapore 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire 26/06/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting St Eustatius, Bonaire, and Saba. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected in such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of the common occurrence of petty theft and street crime. One should avoid remote areas at night, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. it is important to ensure that purses and bags are closed and not easy to snatch. Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911 or 913. It is essential that one also make contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the islands. Travellers should check in advance whether a visa is required to enter the country.

The Dutch law requires one to always carry the ID and to have a copy of the passport at all times.

Due to drug-related issues, travellers should never carry other people’s bags or packages.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in St Eustatius, Saba, and Bonaire, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt 

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Sint Maarten 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Slovakia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Slovenia 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Solomon Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Somalia 17/07/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens that there has been an attack on the Asasey hotel in the city of Kismaayo, southern Somalia. It

has been reported that at least 26 people have been killed and over 50 injured.

In view of the surge in violent activity in different areas in Somalia, the Ministry advises Maltese citizens against all travel to the country urging those who are currently aready there to leave immediately. The current situation represents a very serious threat to travellers. Violent demonstrations, suicide bombings, attacks and military activity occur regularly. The security situation in Somalia is extremely volatile and the threat of domestic terrorism is high, particularly in south-central Somalia and in the capital, Mogadishu. Clashes over the control of these areas between the government, and the terrorist group al-Shabaab and others have been ongoing.

The state security organs are only partially functional and cannot guarantee sufficient protection. Terrorist attacks are frequent, and the threat of attacks, kidnap, and unlawful detention against foreigners from terrorist groups, local militia, armed tribesmen, and criminal groups continue in many parts of the country. In particular, terrorist groups, and other groups opposed to the Somali government continue to carry out attacks in and around Mogadishu on an almost daily basis. Such groups operating in Somalia have made threats against foreigners and those working for western organisations in Somalia, including Somaliland. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in crowded places, high-profile events, events involving government officials and in other sites frequented by foreigners, such as hotels, restaurants, places of worship.

There is also a high threat of maritime crime in the territorial waters and international waters off Somalia. Recent attacks off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden highlight that the threat of piracy-related activity and armed robbery in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean remains significant. Reports of attacks on local fishing vessels in the area around the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa continue. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Maltese nationals who are working or travelling in Somalia, including in Somaliland, should be aware of such risks. Moreover, they should maintain a high level of vigilance at all times. Travellers should also ensure have carefully considered such threats and have reasonable, proportionate mitigation measures in place.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. Due to confirmed cases of Acute Watery Diarrheal Syndrome in the Lower Shebelle Region of Somalia and Cholera in Banaadir Region, travellers are advised to take the proper precautions.

Furthermore, the displacement and overpopulated refugee camps may lead to a significant increase in disease, increased risk of crime over food security and a heightened security threat to foreigners.

The land border between Kenya and Somalia remains closed and air traffic between the two countries is subject to special procedures by the Kenyan government. Travellers should check with their airline or travel company before travelling to any airport in the country. Overland transport is very limited due to the lack of infrastructures and to the insecurity of the routes when crossing several areas of the country that are controlled by conflicting tribal clans.

Travellers should ensure that the validity of their passports exceeds the sojourn abroad by six months.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Somalia, in case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals in Somalia may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio, Merchants Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

South Africa 09/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers travelling to South Africa that due to heavy rains seventy people have died in floods that ravaged parts of the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.


The areas most affected are Amanzimtoti, Chatsworth, Mariannhill, Mabaso.

Maltese travellers should remain vigilant and stay updated with the latest weather reports in the country.

In recent months, there have been several bomb threats made against shopping malls and other public places, leading to evacuations by the authorities. Moreover, terrorists are likely to carry out attacks in the country, with the main threat being from extremists linked to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL). Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners in major cities.

Criminal offence and violence against foreign visitors, including theft, rape and murder, have increased significantly. Hence, it is important to exercise caution, particularly in crowded zones. Crime is particularly high in the Berea and Hillbrow districts and in the Rotunda bus terminus in Johannesburg. Tourists are advised to be vigilant when visiting the city centre and beach of Durban. Valuables like mobiles, passports, and cameras must be kept out of sight, and travellers are advised not to change or withdraw large sums of money in busy areas due to theft and credit card fraud. It is recommended to carry a copy of the passport data page at all times lest identification validity is requested.

Kidnapping is also an increasing threat in the country and is at times perceived as a financial gain, resulting in several cases of victimised foreigners in recent years. Maltese citizens are to refrain from walking alone in remote areas and in the dark. Hiking trips must be made in large groups and local advice must be followed, where available.

Demonstrations are regular in South Africa, and apart from occurring at short notice, these can turn violent. Travellers are advised to avoid places where demonstrations are taking place, especially universities and government buildings.

The driving standard is variable and fatal accidents often occur. Travellers are advised to be vigilant of their surroundings when in stationary vehicles, as common areas of attack include traffic lights and junctions. Thieves have also been known for employing various methods to stop and rob cars, even in the area of (including) the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Travellers are also advised to avoid night travel, and to exercise caution when driving to and from Northern KwaZulu Natal, Zululand, and Kruger Park due to previously reported cases of hijacks and robbery.

Theft and criminal activity has also been reported on trains. Travellers are advised to stay informed by following safety instructions provided at main stations. Tensions can also occur between taxi companies, and at times can even escalate into violence.

Buying and/or trafficking banned goods result in prosecution, and the offenders may receive prison sentences and/or fines.

Visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check what vaccinations and other preventive measures are required. Normal precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. Eat well-cooked food, drink bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks, especially in in the rural areas of Limpopo. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance on 10177. One should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into South Africa. It is important to check for any visa requirements.

Travellers must be mindful of water consumption in view of the drought in the Western Cape.

Parents travelling with children (under 18) must show the child’s full birth certificate or a certified copy, mentioning details of both child and parents.

Homosexuality is legal, and the South African authorities have introduced a legislation that bans discrimination against homosexuality.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals currently in South Africa may contact the Honorary Consuls on the following details:

DURBAN

with jurisdiction over the Provinces of Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mr RONALD J ANDREWS

Hon. Consul

285, Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Glenashley Durban 4501, South Africa

Tel: 0027 031 572 2041

Mobile: 0027 083 456 8554

Email: maltaconsul.durban@gov.mt

JOHANNESBURG

with jurisdiction over the Provinces of Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North West

Dr DANILO GHIRLANDO

Hon. Consul

La Rochelle Medical Centre

Cnr Third and Johannesburg Road

La Rochelle, 2190 South Africa

Tel: 0027 (11) 4350463

Email: maltaconsul.johannesburg@gov.mt

CAPE TOWN

with jurisdiction over the Western Cape Province

        Mr BERNARD MICHAEL DOMINIC CASSAR

Hon. Consul

33 Theresa Avenue, Bakoven, Camps bay, Cape Town, South Africa

        Tel: 0027 21 437 0005

        Email: maltaconsul.capetown@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

South Sudan 19/07/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to South Sudan. Any Maltese nationals in the country should leave as soon as it is safe to do so.

The political and security situation of the country remains volatile, with recent escalations of fighting. Further deterioration in the security situation remains a possibility and could be ignited by the fragile economy and the peace process, amongst other factors. Weapons are easily obtained in the country, and criminals are often armed, and many people without jobs are resorting to criminality. Moreover, foreign nationals have been subject to harassment, sexual assault, and also crime. Due to probable violence, travellers are to avoid gatherings and demonstrations. Extreme caution must be exercised in the border areas, due to armed criminals. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these could happen in places visited by tourists. travellers are advised to remain vigilant, monitor local media, and remain in a safe location.

In the event of a serious deterioration of the situation in the country, routes in and out of South Sudan may be blocked, Juba airport may be closed and flights suspended at short notice.

Road travel is extremely dangerous due to the poor driving standards and conditions. Very few roads are maintained, and there are lack of streetlights during the night. Vehicles are mostly unlit in the dark. Moreover, there are mined areas and unexploded ordnance in several parts of the country. Night travel is not recommended, due to the presence of checkpoints manned with armed groups, demanding money from drivers. Public transport is also risky due to unsafe vehicles. Criminal attacks also take place on the main road connecting Juba to Uganda.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. Health facilities are extremely limited, and serious medical problems require medical evacuation to Nairobi or Kampala. It is essential that one also make contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into South Sudan. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

A form of photo identification, including colour copies must be carried at all times.

Homosexual relationships are not culturally accepted.

Travellers require a formal permit from the Ministry of Information in order to be able to take photos. Two foreign nationals were followed, harassed and arrested by the authorities in Juba after photographing a petrol station.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in South Sudan, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Spain 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Sri Lanka 18/07/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals that there were outbreaks of violence across parts of North Western Province on 13 May, and an island-wide

night-time curfew was imposed. Maltese travellers should remain vigilant, keep up to date with developments and follow the advice of local security authorities and hotel security staff;

keep a low profile, avoid crowded public places, large gatherings (including religious gatherings and

places of worship) and any demonstrations. All of the attacks on 21 April were carried out either in places of worship or in places where foreign visitors were affected. Any further attacks may be targeted against similar locations;

 Travellers are advised to keep in touch with family and friends, ensuring they are .aware of any plans you may have.

The Ministry advises Maltese nationals against all travel to Sri Lanka following the horrific bomb blast that hit three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killing 138 people and wounding more than 400.

The country is currently going through a period of political instability, ignited by the President of Sri Lanka himself, who sought to dismiss the Prime Minister of the country. There have been political demonstrations in Colombo, which are likely to continue. Maltese travellers who are already on the ground should strictly follow local instructions and avoid crowded areas. Furthermore in view of the situation, Maltese in the country may wish to consider leaving the country if it is safe to do so.

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in places visited by tourists. Travellers must be vigilant at all times and avoid military and high security zones. In certain areas (the north, east, Jaffna Peninsula, Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, Mannar, and Vavuniya, there are de-mining and weapon clearance operations. The military is also present in some of these locations.

Military and police forces are present in several places and security checks are often carried out. Maltese nationals are advised to follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of credit card fraud, exorbitant pricing for tourists, and burglaries from hotels, all of which are increasingly common. Theft on railway transport is also common. There have been increasing reports of sexual offences, including on minors, and even in touristic areas. Western women continue to report verbal and physical harassment, and such incidents can occur anywhere, including in crowded areas. In view of drink spiking reports, food and drinks must never be left unattended. Women travelling alone or in small groups must take particular attention. There have also been reports of thefts from hotels and guesthouses, and therefore, it is advisable to keep valuables including passports safe and secure. Organised and armed gangs have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.

Road conditions and driving standards are very poor, whilst driving regulations are not adhered to. Buses are poorly maintained, and even though tuk-tuks are available, one should still exercise caution. In case of sea travel, travellers must avoid the coastline and the adjacent territorial sea of the Trincomalee, Mullaittivu, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and Mannar administrative districts, which have been declared restricted zones. Even though there have been no recent piracy attacks, the threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean remains critical.

Travellers should be warned that any behaviour that could be interpreted as religious disrespect could lead to prosecution. Tourists have been convicted for mistreatment of Buddhist artefacts and images, and European nationals have been refused entry to the country or were deported for having visible tattoos of Buddha. Travellers going into a Buddhist temple must wear modestly. Moreover, travellers must not pose for photographs standing in front of a Buddha statue. Photography of military bases, government buildings, and VIP vehicles is also prohibited.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are not always of a standard, and emergency treatment outside main cities is not easily available. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 011 2691111. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry to Sri Lanka. Travellers should check in advance for any visa requirements.

Extreme caution is advised when swimming in the open sea. Sri Lanka's coasts have strong, changing currents which even locals have difficulty in recognising. Monsoon rains can cause short but severe flooding in Sri Lanka. The monsoon season also brings with it a rise in cases of dengue fever. Therefore, it would be prudent to take all the necessary precautions against mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, cyclones can also occur.

Same-sex relations are illegal, and therefore travellers must not show affections publicly.

Military installations must also be avoided Travellers must always carry a form of identification.

Travellers should not take photographs of military bases, government buildings, or vehicles used by VIPS.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Sri Lanka on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consulate

17, Aloe avenue, Colombo 03 Sri Lanka

Tel: 0094 11 2 575 511, 0094112575501

Email: maltaconsul.colombo@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Sudan 15/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese travellers that a man died during a protest held in El-Souk in the state of Sinnar.

The situation in Khartoum and across Sudan remains fragile, and can change rapidly, following an announcement on 11 April that President Bashir had been replaced by a military council. These political developments occurred following an extended period of protests across Sudan, which began in December 2018 and intensified significantly at the start of April.

In Khartoum, protests have especially focused around the area to the north of the airport, though Khartoum 2, Amarat, Bahri, Omdurman Burri, Haj Yousif and Souq Al-Arabi have also seen regular protests and security operations. Demonstrations have occurred sporadically, particularly following Friday prayers. Live ammunition and tear gas have been used against protestors and shot into the air in celebration. A nightly curfew in Khartoum has now been lifted, but a state of emergency remains in effect, which gives security forces increased powers of search, arrest and detention. You should continue to follow the instructions of the local authorities and security services. There are sporadic limitations on access to internet-based communications and social media sites without the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which are not readily available to download in Sudan.

 Maltese nationals should avoid demonstrations and all kinds of gatherings and stay informed of the evolution of the situation through local and international media. Travellers are also encouraged to limit travel, including within/around cities, to seek information on the situation on the local situation before departing, and identify and remain in a place of safety if local circumstances dictate.

Moreover, on 31 January 2019 the border between Sudan and Eritrea was reopened, after having been closed since January 2018. A heavy security presence remains in the area. Local tensions in the Galabat area have previously resulted in the closure of the Metema-Galabat border post at short notice. Take care in these areas and check with local authorities on the latest situation before starting your journey.

In light of this, the Ministry advises against all travel to:

• the 5 Darfur states (Central Darfur, East Darfur, North Darfur, West Darfur and South Darfur);

• within 50km of the border with South Sudan in White Nile and Sennar states

• the southern area of West Kordofan state that was formerly part of South Kordofan.

• the Abyei Administrative Area.

• within 200km of the border with Libya

Any travel to the North Kordofan and West Kordofan states, south of the Kost-El Obeid-En Nahud road, should be undertaken only if necessary.

Any unnecessary travel should also be avoided within 100km of the border with Egypt, in areas west of the Nile Valley, and within 20km of the border with Eritrea.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Sudan. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. There is also a high threat of kidnapping, especially in Darfur. Kidnappings can be for financial or political gain and can be motivated by criminality or terrorism. Kidnap groups view those engaged in humanitarian aid work or journalism as legitimate targets.

The level of street crime in Khartoum and other major Sudanese cities, with the exception of Darfur, is low but increasing. The security situation in Darfur is volatile and unstable. Banditry and lawlessness are widespread, and there are frequent violent confrontations between rebel and government forces, between tribes and over economic resources (land, gold). If you are in Darfur you should respect any curfews that are imposed and make sure you are aware of any military operations, conflict and crime patterns.

Landmines and unexploded ordnance are a threat in areas affected by conflict.

Road traffic accidents are common in Sudan. There is a high risk of being involved in a traffic accident when using public transport or vehicles for hire such as rickshaws and ‘amjad minivans’. Road conditions are poor and many roads, even major ones, are not tarred or have potholes. Many roads are unsurfaced. Roads are used by pedestrians, donkey-carts and rickshaws, as well as motor vehicles At night, there is generally no street lighting and many vehicles have no lights.

Since 2010, all airlines registered in Sudan have been banned from operating in the EU on the basis of safety assessments by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Protests, rallies and demonstrations occur, often at short notice, across Sudan, some of which have sparked violent clashes resulting in fatalities and injuries. Sometimes protests in response to international events occur. These may be directed against foreigners. Travellers are should ensure to keep a low profile, avoid crowds, monitor local media and keep away from any demonstrations. As a precaution, one should also maintain several days’ stock of food and water, and stay indoors until any demonstration or rally in the locality has passed.

In 2019, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on 5 May and finish on 4 June. Sudan operates Islamic Sharia Law. Alcohol is not permitted. Although the constitution specifies that in Khartoum non-Muslims shall not be subject to Sharia law, you should expect Sharia law to apply.

Homosexual practices and extra marital relations are illegal and subject to severe penalties.

Travellers should carry a form of photo ID with you at all times.

All photography requires a formal permit, which you can get from the External Information Centre in Khartoum (part of the Ministry of Information). Don’t take photographs or use a mobile phone camera close to government buildings, military installations, public utilities (including petrol stations), and other sensitive areas (bridges, airports etc). Many plain clothed public security officers operate.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The government of Sudan has declared an outbreak of Chikungunya in the east of Sudan (especially Red Sea and Kassala). There have also been reports of cases in other parts of Sudan. There are also many cases of malaria in Darfur. Following a heavy rainy season, many parts of the country are experiencing an increased population of mosquitoes and other disease vectors, including insects and contaminated drinking water.

As a general rule, GP facilities in Khartoum are adequate but the hospitals are not suitable for more serious medical problems. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, medical evacuation and repatriation.

Sudan suffers from drought and flash flooding. Flooding can make areas inaccessible by road during the rainy season.

Since Malta does not have resident diplomatic representation in Sudan, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Sudan may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Suriname 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Sweden 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Switzerland 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Syria 10/07/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens against all travel to Syria due to the ongoing security situation, marked by full-scale military conflict, including chemical weapon attacks, rocket attacks and aerial bombings.

Terrorism remains a high threat across Syria, and different terrorist groups operate in the country. Areas of eastern Syria are controlled by Daesh (formerly known as ISIL). Terrorist groups target different places including airports, transport systems, hospitals, border crossings, schools, and places of worship.

Kidnapping remains a threat throughout the country, and these can be motivated by criminality and even by terrorism. Nationals from the West remain a target, especially those working for NGOs and journalists. Many have been taken hostages, and some were even killed.

The country was highly affected by the fighting and is witnessing suspension of flights, closure of certain border crossings and roads, scarcity of food and lack of water, health services, sanitation, and fuel. Crime and robbery have also increased in most areas. Access to Syrian territory is subject to strict conditions and individuals who enter Syria illegally will be punished by a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years and a fine of 5 to 10 million Syrian pounds. Sanctions against the Syrian Arab Airlines have been in force since 2012 and EU nationals purchasing air tickets with this airline constitute a criminal offence. Only the purchase of air tickets for evacuation from Syria is permitted.

Large refugee movements are taking place to neighbouring countries Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Furthermore, tensions in the predominantly Kurdish populated north-eastern province and at the Syrian-Iraqi border cannot be ruled out. Some of the borders are closed to passenger traffic or can be closed at short notice without prior notice, and therefore make it impossible to leave Syria.

As a result of the ongoing political and security instability in Syria, consular assistance in the country is not possible. Notwithstanding this advice, those who choose to travel to Syria should have effective personal security measures in place and are to limit their movements within the country to what is strictly necessary and leave the country at the first opportunity.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Syria, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Taiwan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Tajikistan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Tanzania 09/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to exercise caution. The administrative chief of Tanzania’s most populous city, Dar es Salaam, spoke of a special committee that would seek to identify and punish homosexuals. Even though the Tanzanian Foreign Ministry stated that this view is not the Government’s position, travellers in the area should exercise discretion and utmost caution. Homosexuality remains illegal in the country, and public displays of homosexuality could lead to arrest and imprisonment.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers should be wary of the increasing rate of violent and armed crime. Particular caution should be taken in places visited by tourists. in Dar es Salaam, tourists and foreign residents have been targeted in the city centre, at Ubungo bus station, in the Masaki/Oysterbay areas, and in Zanzibar. It is important to take sensible precautions, and to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. Leave passports in the hotel safe and carry a photocopy of your ID. It is important to ensure that your residential property is secure, and that all windows and doors are locked, especially at night. Due to cases of robbery and bag snatching, one should avoid walking and cycling alone, especially at night. Avoid walking close to the road, and if you need to walk alongside it, walk towards the traffic. It is important to use licensed taxis through a reputable establishment, as other services (including app-based taxis) are unreliable. Road travel is hazardous due to poor road conditions and erratic driving standards. Bus crashes have also occurred, which resulted in fatalities and injuries to tourists. it is equally important to use a reputable ferry company and to avoid using the service of overloaded and unseaworthy ferries.

Travellers should also take particular care in the border area between Burundi and Kigoma due to armed robberies and vehicle hijackings. Moreover, great care must be taken near the border with Mozambique.

In terms of the political situation, Tanzania occasionally witnesses demonstrations and political rallies across the country. There have been cases where such have turned violent and required police intervention. It is important to keep informed with local news and updates, and to avoid areas where such gatherings are taking place. Terrorist attacks are also likely to take place, and these can occur any time and in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Malaria, dengue fever, and cholera are common in Mali. Moreover, due to the outbreaks of Ebola in the neighbouring country of the Democratic Republic of Congo, passengers travelling from the latter may be subject to health screening. Other diseases also occur, mostly in rural areas where access to sanitation is limited. It is important to take the normal precautions, also to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. Medical facilities in Tanzania are limited, especially outside Dar es Salaam. Therefore, a comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. In case of emergency, travellers may dial 112 and ask for an ambulance. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your visa application. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should carry identitifcation (a copy of the passport and visa/permit) at all times.

It is important to respect the local laws and customs, especially since a high proportion of the country is Muslim. Tanzanians may be offended with loud behaviour, drunkenness, foul language, and disrespect, especially towards older people. Travellers should also dress modestly. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops aways from tourists resorts.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Tanzania, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Thailand 09/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

In view of recurring criminally and politically motivated violent incidents taking place in the southernmost area of the country, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Thailand against all but essential travel to the provinces on the border between Thailand and Malaysia, including: 

  • Pattani  
  • Yala  
  • Narathiwat  
  • Southern Songkhla province. 

This advice against all but essential travel does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.

It is advisable to be highly vigilant at border zones. The border between Thailand and Burma is witnessing occasional clashes between Thai security forces, armed criminal groups, and drug traffickers. At the border between Thailand and Cambodian, travellers must be wary of the risk of unexploded landmines.

The rainy season in much of Thailand is from May to October. In Koh Samui and the south east of Thailand it is from November to March. However, the rainy seasons have been unpredictable in recent years. Heavy storms can cause disruption including from flooding and landslides. Lakes, caves and waterfalls are particularly prone to dangerous flash flooding during the rainy season. The Thai Meteorological Department posts official updates and weather warnings on its website. The Mekong River Commission posts updates on the Mekong River levels on its website.

The political situation of the country is unpredictable, and at times volatile. All travellers must avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Thailand’s Election Commission has announced that General Elections will be held on 24 March. In view of this, travellers are in general advised to follow carefully the instructions of the local authorities and to follow closely any media developments.

After the military coup in May 2014, public life is relatively normal, but freedom of expression and assembly continue to be severely restricted. Travellers should be aware that criticism of the coup can lead to prosecution. Both Thai and foreign people, including journalists, and human rights workers, face criminal charges.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Thailand, and these could happen anywhere, including in places visited by foreigners. In April and May 2017, there were explosions in the city of Bangkok, and in 2016, planned attacks were successfully disrupted. However, since 2004, attacks in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and Songkhla have been regular, and foreigners were also victims.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of pick pocketing and bag snatching. Items have also been snatched on transport systems (including open transport, such as the tuk tuks), even during night travel. Travellers must ensure that valuables (including passports) are kept out of sight and in a safe place. Passports must never be handed over as a guarantee for rental, as there have been reports of owners keeping passports against claims of damage.

Unprovoked attacks and violent sexual assaults have been reported in tourist destinations such as Koh Samui and Krabi. Drink spiking has also occurred in these destinations, and travellers are advised to never keep drinks and food unattended, especially in Koh Samui, Pattaya, and Koh Phangan.

Incidents of credit card fraud and ATM skimming have also been reported. Travellers are also advised to be careful of the demarcation lines between shops and stalls, as travellers may be suspected of theft.

Road driving is unsafe in Thailand, and the country witnesses a high number of accidents, due to poor vehicle and driving standards. Maltese citizens have also been victims of this. Sea travel is also dangerous, due to poorly maintained boats and also overloading. Maltese nationals should also note that they should allow for at least 3 hours’ time to reach the airport due to roadworks on the route from central Bangkok to Don Mueang airport, which are estimated to last until September 2018.

Urban areas across Thailand, especially in Bangkok, are currently experiencing poor air quality and high PM 2.5 levels. This may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. Children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions may be especially affected. You can check air quality levels for many cities in real time on the World Air Quality Index website.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Public hospitals may not always be up to standard. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Dengue fever is present in the country, and there is also a risk of Zika virus transmission. Hence, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 1669. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company. Travellers must also note that some prescribed and over-the-counter medicines may be controlled substances in Thailand.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

Vaporisers and e-cigarettes cannot be entered into Thailand, and travellers caught carrying such items can face prosecution.

Thailand is generally a tolerant place for LGBT travellers.

It is also useful to note that in January 2018, a smoking ban was introduced on beaches in certain tourist areas, including in Koh Samui, Pattaya and in Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla provinces. Travellers should be aware that penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are very harsh and can include the death penalty.

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Thailand on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malta

76 Ekamai, 4 Sukhumvit Road, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Office Tel: 0066 2 235-8990

Fax: 0066 2 635-3993

Mobile: 0066 8 1616-7777

Email: maltaconsul.bangkok@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Timor-leste 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Togo 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Tokelau 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Tonga 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Trinidad and Tobago 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Tunisia 28/06/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Tunisia to exercise caution, following the terrorist attacks of 27 June 2019 on the radio station on Mount Orbata, in the Governate of Gafsa; in central Tunis just off the main boulevard Habib Bourgiba); in the Bardo neighbourhood and in Sousse.  


Since 1 January 2018, various protests have erupted in urban areas all around Tunisia, including the capital, Tunis. Protests may affect key services and disrupt traffic. They may also become violent.

Due to the above, until further notice, all Maltese nationals living or visiting Tunis are advised to stay away from any protests. Maltese nationals should follow any instructions issued by Tunisian security forces, including instructions to stay within their place of residence in certain areas.

In addition, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to the following areas and regions:

• the Chaambi Mountains National Park and the designated military operations zones of Mount Salloum, Mount Sammamma and Mount Mghila;

• the militarised zone south of the towns of El Borma and Dhehiba;

• within 20km of the rest of the Libya border area north of Dhehiba;

• and the town of Ben Guerdane and the immediate surrounding area.

Furthermore, it is advisable to avoid all but essential travel to:

• all other areas within 75km of the Libyan border, including Remada, El Borma, and the town of Zarzis;

• the governorate of Kesserine, including the town of Sbeitla;

• within 10 km of the border with Algeria, south of Kasserine governorate;

• within 30 km of the border in El Kef and Jendouba governorates south of the town of Jendouba, including the archaeological site of Chemtou;

• and the areas north and west of the town of Ghardimaou in Jendouba governate.

The Ministry further advises to take all necessary security measures when travelling to the rest of Tunisia. There is an increased Tunisian security presence at the borders with Libya and Algeria due to cross border terrorist activity and fighting in Libya. Border crossings are sometimes closed temporarily without notice. Some violent incidents have occurred. Constant vigilance is advised.

In terms of crime, there is an occurrence of mugging, pick pocketing, bag snatching, and petty theft. In this regard, it is important to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. even though rare, personal attacks and harassment do occur. Kidnap is a threat in the country, and the risk increases in border and remote areas. Potential targets include humanitarian workers, journalists, and business people.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in Tunisia may call an ambulance on 190. Health treatment can be very expensive; hence, travellers must ensure to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company. If travellers are bringing prescription medicines, it is important to have a note from their doctor, confirming that medication has been prescribed for the condition.

For stays of up to 3 months, passports should be valid for the proposed duration of stay. Travellers are also strongly advised to carry their passport and some form of photographic identification with them at all times. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements to enter Tunisia.

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in the country, and sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law.

Photographs of sensitive buildings such as political and military sites must be avoided.

In case of difficulty within the country the Maltese Embassy in Tunis may be contacted on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

Avenue de la Bourse - B.P.71,

1053 Les Berges du Lac 2, Tunis,

Tunisia

Tel: (+216) 71965811, (+216) 71963652

Tel (Consulate): (+216) 71965215

Emergency No: (+216) 29565811

VOIP (Calling from Malta): 2204 2107

Email: maltaembassy.tunis@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Turkey 15/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to inform Maltese travellers to Turkey that passengers who would like to reach the new Istanbul Airport from any part of the City are reminded to allow between an hour and an hour and a half of traveling from the main centres of Istanbul to the new Airport.

The threat and possibility of terrorist attacks in Turkey are very high throughout the country. Since 2015, terrorist activity has increased in southeast Turkey, and attacks have also taken place in Ankara and Istanbul. Terrorist groups (including Daesh) have threatened to attack tourist sites, and the group has also targeted border crossings and locations near the Syrian border. Even though the Turkish authorities have successfully disrupted planned attacks in the past and tightened security, travellers should be highly vigilant, especially in high-traffic areas, on transport systems, and in tourist areas. Travellers must also be vigilant around religious occasions, as terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks around these times.

In view of the above, the Ministry advises against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir, due to security operations against terrorist groups. Any travel to the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Hatay, Siirt, Tunceli, Adiyaman, Elazig, Erzincan, Mardin, Mus, Agri, Van, Sirnak, and Hakkari, should be undertaken only for essential purposes, because of similar operations, which can cause collateral damage. Moreover, travellers must note that the border with Armenia is closed.

A temporary Turkish military restricted zone has been imposed for the Mount Ararat area. No permission is being given for parties to enter the area, nor to climb the mountain. Thus, travellers should not attempt to enter these zones, or any other temporary military restricted zones have been established in eastern provinces.

Kidnapping is also a threat near the Syrian border, and this is routinely used by terrorist groups as a tactic. Humanitarian workers and journalists are seen as potential targets.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of street robbery and pick pocketing, which are especially common in the touristic areas of Istanbul. Travellers are advised to buy their own drinks and beware of drink/food spiking. Valuables (including passports) must be stored safely. Passports have even been stolen from rented villas, even though kept in a safe. Rape incidents have also occurred, and sexual attacks have also occurred against minors. Travellers must use only registered taxis, and the registration number must be noted before using the service. Road conditions vary according to the location, and driving standards vary. Maltese citizens in the country must be alert to their surroundings, and remain vigilant in crowded places popular with tourists.

Sporadic demonstrations take place in cities across Turkey, some of which have become violent in the past. In Istanbul, previous demonstrations have centred on the area around Taksim Square, on Istiklal Street and in the Besiktas and Kadikoy districts and more recently in Okmeydani. In Ankara, the protests have mainly taken place in the central Kizilay district around the Prime Minister’s office. In Izmir, the focus has been in the town centre, near the waterfront. It is important that travellers avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place, and to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Travellers must carry their passport at all times, as it is illegal not to carry an identification document in Turkey. In some areas, including Istanbul, Turkish authorities are carrying out ID checks, and there are more police checkpoints on main roads.

Political statements made in public against the Turkish state, sympathy with organisations classified as terrorist by Turkey, as well as insulting or denigrating state institutions and high-level personalities are prohibited and will result in fines or imprisonment. Statements critical of the government on the Internet and social media can also be included in this offence.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The use/possession of some common prescription and also over-the-counter medicine is controlled. Therefore, a medical certificate confirming the reason why medication is being used is important. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 112. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Turkey. It is also important to check in advance for any visa requirements. Moreover, the Turkish Law requires that one carries some form of photographic ID at all times.

Even though homosexuality is legal in Turkey, many parts of the country remain conservative. Therefore, public displays of affection must be avoided, in order to prevent unwanted attention.

The photography of military/official installations is prohibited, and consent must be sought prior to photographing people.

When visiting religious places, travellers must dress modestly in order to avoid offence.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Ankara and/or the Consulate General of the Republic of Malta on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta

Uğur Mumcu Caddesi, 88

Kat4 – 06700 Gaziosmanpaşa Çankaya

Ankara, Turkey

Tel: 0090 312 447 8051

Consulate General of the Republic Of Malta

16/11, Aydede Caddessi

34437 Taksim, Istanbul

Tel: 0090 212 311 12 12

Mobile: 0090 539 352 63 59 (Emergency)

VOIP: 2204 2135/6


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Turkmenistan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Turks and Caicos Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Tuvalu 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Uganda 15/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens advises Maltese citizens travelling to Uganda to exert extreme caution in view of heavy rainfalls and landslides that are hitting several villages in Bududa District, eastern Uganda. Travellers to the region should remain vigilant.

The Ministry also advises travellers that :

Inter-communal violence and occasional attacks on security forces occur in North-East Uganda. Even though foreigners are not usually targeted, one should still exercise caution. There have been clashes in the border area with the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Travellers should exercise great caution and avoid all travel to the provinces of DRC that border Uganda, and to South Sudan. In Western Uganda, there have been a number of violent clashes. Travellers should exercise caution and avoid crowds.

Even though most visits are trouble free (accept in the above-mentioned climatic circumstances), travellers should be wary of petty crime and bag snatching. Foreigners have been victims of drugging and robbery on public transport and in bars. Travellers should take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Food and drinks offered from strangers should not be accepted. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored in a safe place.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Uganda, and these could occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists. Travellers should be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and public places.

Travellers are advised to take appropriate health precautions if travelling to Ebola affected areas in Uganda. An outbreak of the contagious virus was registered on the 11th June 2019 in the Kasese District in Western Uganda.

Travellers should visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before any travels to check whether vaccinations or other preventive measures are applicable. Following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2018, the Ugandan authorities have implemented additional screening measures at Entebbe airport and at border entries for those who have travelled from affected areas. It is advisable to use only bottled/boiled water and to avoid ice in drinks. Keeping spare basic provisions is also important due to times of supply shortage.

Road travel can be hazardous, especially outside cities. Apart from poorly maintained vehicles, driving standards are also poor and accidents occur at a high rate. Animals roam across the roads, and certain vehicles are driven without lights. It is advisable to avoid travelling outside main towns after dark. Travellers should avoid using matatus (minibus taxis) and boda-bodas (motorbike taxis) due to low safety standards and conditions. Muggings also occur on these transport systems. In case of boat travel, it is important to use a reputable ferry company. Boats tend to be overloaded with passengers and goods.

Medical facilities are limited, especially outside Kampala. In case of emergency, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Malaria and Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) are common in the country, and there is a risk of Zika virus transmission. Travellers should also take the necessary precautions to avoid HIV/AIDS exposure. In case of emergency, travellers may call for an ambulance by dialling 999. A comprehensive travel health insurance covering the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation is strongly recommended. If referred to a medical facility, it is important to contact your insurance company promptly.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should carry a copy of the biometric page of the passport at all times.

Homosexual acts are illegal, and could lead to arrest and imprisonment.

Travellers should refrain from taking photos of military, official, and diplomatic buildings, including Owen Falls Dam. Moreover, one should ask people for permission prior to taking photos of them.

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals currently in Uganda may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Kampala on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consul

9/11 Naguru Summit View Road, Naguru, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: 00256 712 112345

Mob: 00256 750 112345

Email: nita_thakrar@translink.co.ug

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ukraine 10/07/2019

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens in Ukraine against all travel to Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast, and Crimea. The Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts remain highly unstable due to ongoing clashes between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists.

Russian forces have established full operational control in Crimea, and tensions remain high in the area. All transport services to Crimea have been cancelled, and foreign nationals planning to enter Crimea must provide their passport together with a special permit.

Moreover, following a large explosion at a Ukrainian ammunitions depot on 9 October 2018 in Chernigov oblast, the Ukrainian authorities have declared a state of emergency and established a 16km exclusion zone around the site.

Certain local companies offer tours to Chernobyl, and due to exclusion zones, travellers may require a permit. Maltese nationals should avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, as they may turn violent. Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Ukraine, and these could occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Even though most visits to Ukraine are trouble free, travellers should be wary of street crime and theft. Foreigners may appear as potential targets. One should avoid walking alone in the dark. Valuables (including passports) should be kept out of sight, especially in crowded areas. If travelling by taxi, make sure to use registered taxi companies. Food and drinks must never be left unattended due to the risk of spiking.

Local driving standards and road conditions are pool, due to poor street lighting, accidents, and speeding.

The Ministry also wishes to inform that Ukraine’s capital has seen its first death from measles in a major outbreak. Eight people have died of measles in Ukraine this year and around 20,000 people have contracted the highly contagious viral disease since the start of the year.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. State medical facilities are generally poor. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens, travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 103. It is essential that one also contact his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passport validity depends on whether citizens travel with or without a visa. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

Smoking and drinking alcohol in public places is banned.

Travellers should carry their passport at all times due to passport checks on foreign nationals.

It is forbidden to take photos near government or military establishments.

Even though the Ukrainian Law does not prohibit homosexuality, public attitudes may vary, and public displays of affection may attract negative attention.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Ukraine may seek assistance from the Honorary Consul in Kiev on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Malta

2nd Floor, 13/1, Chervonoarmiyska Street,

Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine

Tel: 0038 044 2355152

Fax: 0038 044 2355152

Email: pavlo@abglaw.ua; maltaconsul.kiev@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. no. (+356) 21242191.


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

United Arab Emirates 18/07/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers that four commercial ships off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates were subjected to sabotage operations . The reported incident comes as the U.S. has warned ships that “Iran or its proxies” could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as America is deploying an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran. The ships are near the country’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of the port of Fujairah, about 140 kilometres (85 miles) from the Strait of Hormuz, through which a third of all oil at sea is traded. The facility handles oil for bunkering and shipping, as well as general and bulk cargo. It is seen as strategically located, serving shipping routes in the Persian Gulf, the Indian subcontinent and Africa.

There were no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels and no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel. “Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure, after recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf.

Also in referring to the recent incidents, where two tankers loaded with petroleum products were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, the Ministry wishes to reaffirm its previous advice to Maltese travellers to exercise caution

 Terrorist attacks are likely to happen, and these could take place in places visited by tourists. Current threats include potential attacks in the Gulf region against western interests, the military, oil infrastructure, transport systems, and public places.

Moreover, in 2017, the UAE severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, which has led to closures affecting road, air and sea routes between the country and Qatar, as well as travel restrictions affecting anyone with residence in Qatar. All flights between the UAE and Qatar are suspended until further notice. Due to these measures, travellers in the region are likely to encounter disruptions. Therefore, any Maltese citizens in the region are advised to check with their airline or travel agent before undertaking travel.

The majority of visits to the UAE are trouble-free, but travellers must exercise the necessary precautions. Lifts from strangers must never be accepted, and only recognised transport must be used. Travellers must protect their belongings at all times. Even though rape and sexual assault are rare, there have been reports of such attacks. Drinks must never be left unattended, and female travellers must be vigilant when travelling alone, especially during the night.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page must be carried at all times.

Some prescribed and over the counter medicines are considered controlled substances in the country, and cannot be brought into the UAE without consent from the pertinent health authorities. Following changes in October 2018, the UAE Ministry of Health announced the requirement for all tourists and residents entering the UAE to complete an electronic form to obtain online approval to carry medication for personal use, prior to entering the country. For more information on controlled medicines and obtaining permission, contact the UAE Ministry of Health directly by emailing info@moh.gov.ae. Failure to obtain this permit and required documentation may lead to prosecution.

In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in the country may call an ambulance on 998, and if referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. If transiting through the UAE, passports should have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit. Moreover, it is important to check in advance regarding any visa requirements.

Travellers are urged to respect the Muslim culture and traditions of the country, and should dress modestly. Same-sex marriages are not recognised and homosexual activity and behaviour have caused offence. Moreover, sexual relationships outside marriage are illegal and could lead to prosecution, imprisonment, and even deportation. It is important to note that it is against the law for an unmarried couple to live together or share the same hotel room, unless the persons are closely related. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and it is best to avoid any affections in the public.

Driving regulations are not always adhered to, and offensive gestures and language to other drivers can lead to prosecution. With regards to sea travel, travellers must consider how regional tensions may affect their route, due to the potential risks of maritime attacks in certain areas.

Travellers must be wary of photography restrictions in certain places. Government buildings and military installations must never be photographed, and people must always be asked for permission to take their photo. Posting online material that criticises or ridicules the country may lead to prosecution.

Electronic cigarettes are illegal in the country, and travellers are prohibited from importing pork and pornographic material. Magazines, videos, and books may be scrutinised and even censored.

In case of emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Abu Dhabi on the following coordinates:

Villa 31, Almaqtaa Area, Bain Aljisreen,

10, Street, Abu Dhabi, P,O. Box 30501,

United Arab Emirates

Tel: 00971 2 4448646

Emergency Mobile: 00971 (0) 50 468 3915

Email: maltaembassy.abudhabi@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on (+356 2124 2191).


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

United Kingdom 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

United States 12/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advice Maltese travellers that severe thunderstorms have caused flooding in New Orleans. A tropical storm is also forecast in the Gulf of Mexico which could affect the coastal areas of Louisiana and Alabama from Friday 12 July.

 The Ministry also informs travellers that on Thursday 4 July, an earthquake struck southern California; the magnitude 6.4 tremor was centred about 125 miles northeast of Los Angeles in the remote Searles Valley area near where Inyo, San Bernardino and Kern counties meet.

 A second earthquake struck the area and on 6th July with the California State Governor declaring a State of Emergency in the region near the town of Ridgecrest which was hit by a 7.1 magnitude Earthquake . Roads have cracked, several bldgs have experienced damage and there are dangers of falling rocks from hilly areas.

 If you're in the area, you should follow local media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities.

The Maltese Embassy in Washington DC can be contacted on the following emergency phone: +1 202 716 3617.

Maltese relatives can also contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs directly on (+356) 21 242 191.


United States Minor Outlying Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Uruguay 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Uzbekistan 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Vanuatu 10/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

Following a strong earthquake that hit the Pacific Ocean on 29 August, parts of the islands are still relying on local aid. Due to the occurrence of seismic and volcanic conditions, it is important to monitor weather forecasts and to follow the instructions issued from local authorities.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, and even though crime levels are low, travellers should be wary of burglaries and attacks on foreigners. It is important to keep valuables in a safe place and avoid travelling alone and at night. Road travel may be dangerous due to the poor state of repair of many vehicles (including public transport). Road conditions are poor and lack street lighting.

Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out. These can occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The local authorities have confirmed an outbreak of Dengue fever in certain locations. It is important to exercise the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 112 and ask for an ambulance. Medical facilities are basic in Vanuatu, and availability for treatment may be limited. Serious cases may require evacuation to Australia or New Zealand. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry from Vanuatu.

Travellers should make copies of the passport and travel documents, and keep them in a separate place.

Vanuatu is prone to seismic and volcanic activity. Travellers should always be alert and follow the advice of local authorities.

It is important to respect local customs and religious sensitivities.

Even though homosexuality is legal, public displays of affection may cause offence and attract unwanted attention.

It is important to ask people’s permission prior to taking photos of them.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Vanuatu, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Venezuela 15/07/2019

Avoid all but essential travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals travelling to Venezuela that the number of deaths ascribed to criminals resisting arrest numbered 5,287 last year and 1,569 by May this year. Travellers should remain vigilant, informed and avoid protests and demonstrations, which can turn violent with little warning. During and ahead of demonstrations, there’s often travel disruption as a result of road closures.

Meanwhile the Ministry advises against all travel to within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border and 40 km (25 miles) of the Brazilian border and advises against all but essential travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing crime and instability.

Venezuela is still mired in an economic, political and social crisis, all unnecessary travel to the country. The country continues to experience high levels of crime and extremely high homicide rates, ongoing political and social unrest, shortages of food and essential medicines, and failure of electricity and water supplies. The security situation in the country is precarious and unpredictable. Moreover, the crisis may be exacerbated.

The Ministry also highly advises avoiding any unnecessary travel to the remaining areas of Venezuela, due to ongoing crime and instability. In recent months, there have been major unpredictable outbursts of violence in several cities, including Caracas, Barquisimeto, Valencia, Maracay and Ciudad Guayana. Law enforcement presence in these cities is considerably reduced, and incidents of violent crime are on the rise. Thus, all Maltese nationals who are currently in Venezuela should ensure to keep their departure options under review. If one does not have a pressing need to remain in the country, s/he should strongly consider leaving the country (by financial means), if it is safe to do so. Moreover, travellers are also encouraged to monitor the local developments closely and consider making contingency plans in view that ways of communication and transportation may be limited.

Drug traffickers and illegal armed groups operate in these areas, and there is a high risk of kidnapping. Moreover, in recent months, there have been numerous significant outbreaks of violence in several cities, including Caracas, Barquisimeto, Valencia and Maracay, Ciudad Guayana, Maturín, Cumaná, la Gran Barcelona and Maracaibo. Law enforcement presence in these cities is significantly reduced, and incidents of violent crime are on the rise. Even the suburban areas are particularly at risk, particularly those of the Bolivar and Amazonas States, along with the rural areas of the central states of the country (Carabobo, Aragua, Miranda, Guárico and Anzóategui) and the regions bordering the Colombia The Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the rest of the country.

Maltese nationals are therefore advised to be vigilant at all times and to follow the instructions of the local authorities. Utmost caution and discretion are encouraged, particularly in large cities and in the main airports. Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía (Caracas) is dangerous. Incidents of violent crime frequently occur, both inside the facilities and in the surrounding areas. Travellers should also avoid demonstrations and all kinds of gatherings, and stay informed of the evolution of the situation through the media.

Travellers should note that Caracas is only served by a few airlines. Short-term changes to the flight times and routes are possible. Thus, travellers are strongly advised to contact their airline before departure and have their booked flights confirmed.

The Venezuelan government has ordered the temporary closure of the border with Colombia (open to foot traffic only). Travellers should contact their tour operator before travelling for more information.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In the country, there have been cases of Zika virus, Chikungunya and outbreaks of diphtheria. Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.

“These diseases have already extended into neighbouring Brazil and Colombia, and with increasing air travel and human migration, most of the Latin American and Caribbean region (as well as some US cities hosting the Venezuelan diaspora, including Miami and Houston) is at heightened risk for disease re-emergence,”

Travellers should ensure adequate protection from mosquito-borne diseases. Sufficient global health insurance coverage including reliable travel insurance is strongly recommended.

In view of the reported shortage of 80% of medical supplies due to economic crisis as announced by the Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation; it is essential that travellers make sure to bring sufficient medications for their stay including extra provisions in case of unexpected delays.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Venezuela may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Vietnam 01/07/2019

Take normal precautions

Although there is no recent history of terrorism in Vietnam, attacks can’t be ruled out. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals travelling to Vietnam to avoid all protests as they can turn out to be violent.

The Ministry advises pregnant women to avoid visiting the country since it has been classified as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. It is also advisable to take out a comprehensive travel and medical travel insurance.

Most visits to Vietnam are trouble free but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings in big cities and tourist areas.

Vietnamese law requires everyone to carry photographic ID at all times. You should carry a photocopy of the pages from your passport with your personal details and visa for ID, and leave the original document in a safe place. Some thieves have resorted to physical violence, though this is not common. You should remain alert and take care of your belongings, particularly in crowded areas and places visited by tourists where pick pockets and bag snatchers operate, including on motorbikes in areas popular with expatriates and tourists.

Foreign visitors have died in Vietnam while engaged in adventure tourism in rural and mountainous areas. Some terrain can be hazardous and remote from rescue services of any kind.

Always follow safety guidelines and avoid illegal tour guides who have been known to offer tours and activities prohibited under local regulations. In some areas local regulations require the use of a guide. Make sure that your comprehensive travel insurance covers your planned activity.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Vietnam may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta on the following coordinates:

        Mr Huynh Trung Nam

Honorary Consul

12th Floor - Petro Vietnam Tower, 5 Le Duan st.,

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City,Vietnam

        Tel: 00848 54046868

        Fax: 00848 5404 6969

        Email: malta.consulate@imperial.vn

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Virgin Islands (British) 18/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to take normal precautions when visiting the British Virgin Islands. The island is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, with the latest hurricane occurring around 13 September 2018. Maltese travellers affected in such weather conditions should always monitor the weather updates and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of incidents, including armed robbery. Travellers should avoid walking alone in isolated areas and after dark, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored safely in a hotel safe. Windows and doors of the accommodation must be locked whilst you are out and during the night.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is also a risk of Dengue fever. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 999 or 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. It is important to check in advance whether a visa is required to enter the islands.

The local law makes homosexuality legal, but local attitudes may still be conservative, and public displays of affection between same-sex couples may lead to negative attention.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in the British Virgin Islands, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Virgin Islands (US) 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Wallis and Futuna Islands 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Western Sahara 20/07/2019

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.

Yemen 10/07/2019

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens against all travel to Yemen (mainland and islands) and urges Maltese citizens in the country to leave immediately. The political and security situation remains extremely volatile, and the country is witnessing ongoing fighting between competing factions. Large parts of the country are affected by daily bombardments, rocket attacks, and ground combat. Clashes and casualties have also occurred at the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. State institutions are only very limited in their functioning nationwide, and large parts of the country are not under the control of the government.

Commercial means to exit the country are limited to departures from Aden and Seiyun. Yemenia Airways flights from Sana’a airport are suspended until further notice. Yemenia Airways regularly operate flights from Aden airport, which reopened in May 2016, however, Yemenia’s schedule is subject to last-minute alterations or cancellation.  

The state security organs are only partially functional and cannot guarantee sufficient protection. Terrorist attacks are frequent, and the threat of attacks, kidnap, and unlawful detention against foreigners from terrorist groups, local militia, armed tribesmen, and criminal groups continues.

Kidnap is a constant threat across the country, with hundreds of people having been kidnapped in the last 15 years. These have occurred at any time of the day and in different locations, including public places and also in the victims’ accommodation. Foreign people (including oil and gas workers, teachers, students, and journalists) are legitimate targets for kidnap. In view of the above, travellers already in Yemen are advised to avoid places frequented by foreign nationals and to follow local advice.

Due to poor driving standards, severe fuel shortage, and landmines, road travel in the country is very dangerous. Air travel has also been affected by the conflict, with airports facing temporary suspension or closure. It is important for travellers to check with their airline prior to travelling to an airport. The conflict also extends to Yemeni territorial waters, and there is still a risk of piracy and casualties off the coast of Somalia and its neighbouring states, as well as in adjacent waters. Ships in the Indian Ocean (around the Seychelles and Madagascar) as well as in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen and Oman are also at risk from being attacked and captured. The islands in the Red Sea are for the most part military restricted areas. Conflicts with Eritrea occur regularly due to fishing rights in the Red Sea. In the Bab al-Mandab area and Somalia offshore waters, piracy incidents and refugee smuggling issues from Somalia to Yemen are increasingly being reported.

Weapons are readily available in Yemen, and tribal disputes over land are common.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. Due to an outbreak of cholera, travellers are advised to take the proper precautions. Health facilities are poor, especially away from main towns. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance by dialling 191. It is essential that one also make contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of stay.

Travellers must be cautious when using cameras near military or religious sites, and it is important to have people’s consent, prior to taking pictures of them.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Yemen, in case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals in Yemen may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio, Merchants Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel. no. (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Zambia 18/07/2019

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Zambia to exercise caution.

Following political tensions in 2017, the general security conditions in Zambia have since remained largely stable. However, political gatherings and demonstrations may still take place. Travellers must avoid such gatherings at all times. Student demonstrations can also occur, and these could turn violent. Occasional demonstrations also take place in the central business district, and travellers must not attempt to cross protester roadblocks. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in places visited by tourists. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.

Visits are mostly trouble-free, and travel in major cities is generally safe during the day. However, bag snatching and pickpocketing are common, especially on transport systems and in some shopping areas. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight at all times and stored in a safe place. There have also been cases where travellers have been followed after withdrawing money from banks. Travellers must also be wary of the presence of serious crimes such as armed robberies, sexual assault, and vehicle hijackings. It is important to be attentive for objects placed on the road with the aim of blocking people from passing. Vehicle doors and windows must be locked while driving. In case of emergency, travellers may contact the emergency services on 00260 211-253161 or 00260 950180007.

Fatal road crashes are frequent, due to the poor driving standards and road conditions. Moreover, travellers must not drive after dark outside the main towns. In Travel by long-distance public transport can also be dangerous due to poor standards of driving, lack of rest periods for drivers, and the poor quality of vehicles. Minibuses used in urban areas are usually severely overcrowded and poorly maintained. Travellers must be careful when travelling in the rural parts of the North Western and Central Provinces. Caution must be exercised in the rural parts of the Copperbelt, Luapula, North Western, and Central Provinces close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly after dark. Moreover, remote areas near the borders with Angola, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo pose a risk due to the unexploded material.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Since the initial outbreak of cholera in 2017, there have been over 2000 reported cases. Local markets and other food outlets may have poor hygiene standards, and food from the latter is prone to cholera. One should familiarise himself with the symptoms and follow the advice of Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Unit at the Ministry for Health. Medical facilities are poor in the country, and basic medication may be unavailable. Additionally, certain medications normally available over-the-counter may be illegal in Zambia. On arrival in the country, travellers may be asked to show their prescriptions to check what medication is being brought into the country. Given this, it is advisable to check ingredients carefully, and if in doubt, contact the Pharmaceutical Authority of the country.

A copy of the passport and immigration permit must be carried at all times.

Travellers are advised to carry a first-aid kit at all times and to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Moreover, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites and exposure to HIV/AIDS.

The possession or use of narcotics is strictly prohibited in Zambia.

Homosexuality is illegal in the country, and those caught engaging in homosexual acts can face a hefty imprisonment sentence.

It is important to follow local regulations and advice with regards to wild animals.

Travellers must avoid taking photographs of sensitive sites, such as explosives factories, pumping stations, power stations, army and government buildings, mining and oil locations, and airports.

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion of Malta on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Zimbabwe 20/06/2019

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion wishes to advise Maltese citizens travelling to Zimbabwe that the country has been hit by a vicious cyclone that has killed nearly 150 people, left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands who are cut off from roads and telephones in mainly poor, rural areas. Cyclone Idai has affected more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Homes, schools, businesses, hospitals and police stations have been destroyed by the cyclone. Thousands were marooned by the heavy flooding and, only caring for their lives, abandoned their possessions to seek safety on higher ground. The damage is "very worrisome" and the flooding made it difficult for aircraft to land and carry out rescue operations, according to Mozambique's state radio.

In Zimbabwe, 31 people have died from the floods so far, according to the government. The deaths are mainly in Zimbabwe's Chimanimani, a mountainous area along the eastern border with Mozambique that is popular with tourists. Roads and bridges were swept away, slowing rescue efforts by the military, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Demonstrations, civil unrest and general strikes have been taking place in parts of the country since January 13, 2019, due to the increase in the cost of fuel. The security situation is unpredictable and could deteriorate suddenly, in Harare and Bulawayo in particular. There is a risk of further disruption, including violent protests and activity by the security services. There remains a heightened security presence in urban areas. In light of this, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Zimbabwe to exercise a high degree of caution at all times and to keep track of the local situation by monitoring news and media updates.

Even though the situation in Victoria Falls remains largely unaffected by events in Zimbabwe, ongoing political developments may result in further demonstrations, especially in urban areas. Travellers are likely to find an increased police presence in all major urban centres, including Harare’s Central Business District, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Mutare and Kwekwe. Roadblocks and demonstrations can occur with little notice. It is imperative that Maltese travellers in the country must avoid demonstrations and political activities, as these can be unpredictable and may quickly turn violent.

Travellers must also refrain from taking photos of Government offices, airports, military establishments, official residences, Embassies, and other sensitive places, as it is considered illegal. Taking photographs of members of public, armed forces personnel and of demonstrations and protests is also prohibited.

There are sometimes power cuts as well as occasional fuel and water shortages. Stock levels in supermarkets, including some basic commodities, are inconsistent. The Zimbabwean mobile phone network and land lines are also unreliable. Moreover, access to the internet has been disrupted across Zimbabwe and as a result, some mobile app communication functions may be limited.

The persistent economic crisis, exacerbated by the lack of foreign currency, and the very high rate of youth unemployment, also contribute to the increase in incidents of protest and petty crime. Currently, there is a shortage of physical cash and it’s currently not possible to make cash withdrawals using an international bank card. Almost all transactions are conducted in US dollars. Travellers should make sure to have enough money in US dollar notes for their visit or check with their tour operator that card payments will be accepted.

Moreover, terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, even though there is no recent history of such attacks in Zimbabwe.

Mugging and armed robberies targeting foreign residents have also been reported in city centres, especially after dark. Travellers must exercise caution, ensure that their accommodation and vehicles are secure, and avoid driving outside the main towns at night. It is advisable to be highly vigilant at Harare International Airport, and when leaving banks and cash points. It is also important that Maltese nationals travel carefully on inter-city roads. Utmost caution is advised when stopping at lay-bys, particularly in the Beitbridge area, as there have been incidents of cars being robbed and occupants attacked.

Flash flooding during the rainy season (November to April) can make some roads impassable.

Police signals must always be obeyed, and it is considered as an offence to continue driving when the President’s motorcade goes past, no matter on which side of the road the latter is passing. It is also considered an offence to make critical comments about the President.

Travellers are advised to visit their health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether they need any vaccinations or other preventive measures and certification. On 6 September 2018, a cholera outbreak was declared in Harare by the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe. There are continuing reports of typhoid fever and cholera in a number of areas of the country. The situation is being monitored by the World Health Organisation. Travellers should familiarise themselves with the symptoms and follow the advice of Infectious Disease Prevention & Control Unit.

Normal precautions must be taken in order to avoid exposure to HIV. Health care is unreliable in the country due to shortage of trained medical staff in hospitals and also of medications. Medical costs can be high, and it is advisable to have adequate health and travel insurance to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.

Public displays of affection may cause offence, regardless of gender or sexuality. Moreover, same-sex marriage is prohibited in the country.

It is also illegal to wear any form of clothing made from a camouflage material.

It is advisable to carry a copy of the passport and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. Travellers must follow local advice about any places they plan to visit, and follow developments on local and international media.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Zimbabwe, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Ministry on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion

Palazzo Parisio,

Merchants’ Street,

Valletta, Malta

Tel: (+356) 21242191

Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt



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The travel advice issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion is available as a service to the public and is for guidance purposes only. It is aimed to help Maltese nationals make informed decisions prior to travelling abroad. The travel advice is provided “as is” without express or implied warranty that the travel advice on the website will be constantly available or available at all times or that the information provided is complete or up-to-date at all times.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion does not and cannot make decisions for Maltese nationals about whether, when or where they should live, work or travel to. The decision to live, work or travel abroad is personal and so the Ministry is not liable for any decisions taken in this regard. Maltese nationals are responsible for their own safety and security, particularly whenever there is an uncertain security environment.


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Malta Travel Point

In order to bring its services and those of its diplomatic representations closer to the public, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion now has a mobile application. This app - Malta Travel Point, that can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play aims to address difficulties that Maltese citizens may encounter while travelling abroad. Malta Travel Point offers simple and direct information in case travellers need information on the nearest hospital or police station in the area as well as  contact details of the nearest diplomatic representation. The information is available in Maltese and English languages. Thanks to this app, Maltese citizens may access important telephone numbers when they need them most as well as a host of other valuable information. This application is part of Maltapps launched by the government to make its services more accessible to the public.
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