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)

Country Last Updated On

Algeria 25/10/2017

Exercise vigilance

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.

In this regard, any Maltese nationals going to and/or present in Algeria should avoid all travel to areas within 30km of the borders with Libya, Mauritania, Mali and Niger, and within 30km of the border with Tunisia in the provinces of Illizi and Ouargla and in the Chaambi mountains area.

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel within 3km of the remaining border with Tunisia. Kidnapping of foreigners is still an active threat in Algeria, particularly on the southern border. One should make sure to exercise constant vigilance at all times, and to monitor the situation through the local news and media. 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. Travellers are also strongly advised to carry with them their passport and some form of photographic identification at all times. A comprehensive insurance policy is also strongly recommended.

In case of difficulty within the country, Maltese nationals may contact the Consulate of the Republic of Malta on the following contact details:
Mr Jerome Spiteri, Consul,
26, Rue des Freres Boufattit,
El Biar, Algiers, 16034, Algeria
Tel: 00213 (0) 21929717
E-mail: maltaconsulate.algiers@gov.mt

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

Angola 01/11/2017

Avoid all but essential travel

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas of the country, due to an increased prevalence of violent crime and kidnapping of foreigners. Avoid all but essential travel to the province of Cabinda and the province of Lunda Norte.

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.

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. Ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Austria 09/02/2018

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals that immigration controls are temporarily in operation at land border crossing points with Germany, Hungary and Slovenia. Maltese nationals should therefore carry their passport when crossing the border into, or from, Austria, and check with their transport provider for any updates.

Any Maltese nationals travelling to Austria for winter sports should check the weather conditions and enquire about risks of avalanches with the local authorities or tourist offices.

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 tel. (+356) 21242191.


Bahrain 09/02/2018

Exercise vigilance

Local security conditions have suffered a marked deterioration as a result of a number of violent incidents within the country. Terrorism also remains a risk. Therefore, you should avoid any public demonstrations or crowded places. In particular, Maltese nationals should note that demonstrations are expected to take place in a number of areas between 13 and 16 February 2018 to mark the seventh anniversary of the 2011 unrest.

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, therefore 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.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Bangladesh 03/11/2017

Exercise vigilance

Exercise extreme vigilance in public areas in view of increased threats to Western visitors. Avoid all but essential travel to Chittagong Hill Tracts (except for the city of Chittagong or other parts of the Chittagong Division) due to civil unrest. Furthermore, there remains a high threat from terrorism in Bangladesh. Therefore, you should be vigilant in public places, particularly when frequenting crowded and touristic places. 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. It is recommended that the necessary health precautions are taken in view of risks from mosquito-borne diseases. It is important that you are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

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

CHITTAGONG
Mr Syed Mahmadul Huq, Hon. Consul
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)
Mr M. Shoeb Chowdhury, Hon. Consul
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.

Belgium 23/01/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Belgian authorities have taken several measures to improve security in the country following a number of terrorist attacks. The general threat level has been lowered to level 2 for the whole country. This means that an attack has become less likely.  

The Ministry continues to advise Maltese nationals currently in Brussels to be vigilant in public places, particularly when frequenting crowded places. Travellers are advised to follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities.

It is recommended that travellers plan ahead and allow for supplementary time for their journey to and/or from Brussels airport for security screening. Travellers should ensure they are covered by travel insurance.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Malta
25, Rue Archimède, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: 0032 (0)2 343 0195; 0032 (02) 238 2608
Emergency Mob: 0032 47 117 6896
Fax: 0032 (0)2 230 4583
Email: maltaembassy.brussels@gov.mt

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

Benin 08/03/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to areas bordering Nigeria and the Republic of Niger, including the W National Park area.

Road travel is dangerous within the country and should not be undertaken at night.  Police checkpoints are common, therefore travellers are advised to carry their passport and some form of photographic identification.

Travellers should exercise particular caution in suburban areas, tourist resorts and beaches after sunset, where thefts and robberies are common. In Cotonou, travel on foot after midnight should be avoided. The beach of Cotonou and the Dantokpa market should be avoided in the early morning and evening hours. The roads connecting Cotonou with the Nigerian cities of Badagry and Lagos are also dangerous at night. It is always advised to drive with locked doors. Swimming in the sea is very dangerous due to strong ocean currents.

Although there are currently no indications of activities by terrorist groups in Benin, these cannot be completely ruled out since Benin participates in the UN military intervention in Mali and in the regional fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Any Maltese nationals travelling to Benin should check for any health precautions with their medical provider. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and only bottled water should be consumed. A comprehensive insurance policy covering repatriation is also strongly recommended since medical facilities in the country are poor.

Since Malta does not have resident diplomatic representation in Benin, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Benin 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

Burkina Faso 08/03/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Burkina Faso to exercise a high degree of caution.

Maltese nationals are urged to avoid all travel to the following places in Burkina Faso due to increased risks of terrorist attacks and violence against foreigners:

- 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.

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Burkina Faso, including the capital city Ouagadougou.

Terrorist attacks are likely to take place in Burkina Faso. For this reason, travellers in Burkina Faso are advised to avoid crowded places, such as demonstrations and areas which are popular with foreigners. In 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

Chad 08/03/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to areas within 30km of all borders with the exception of the capital city N’Djamena, within 30km of Lake Chad, where a state of emergency is in force due to ongoing military operations. All travel should also be avoided in parts of the Kanem and Lac regions to the west of the towns of Mao and Bol, the regions of Ennedi and Tibol, and the region of Borkou except the town of Faya Largeau.  

For safety reasons, any travel to the rest of the country should be undertaken only if necessary. Road travel is dangerous within the country and should be made only against professional security advice. Travel outside the capital requires authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior. Police checkpoints are common, therefore travellers are advised to carry their passport and some form of photographic identification.

Terrorist attacks can take place in Chad, therefore travellers should remain vigilant at al times. Maltese nationals should avoid travelling anywhere alone and are encouraged to use well-known licensed transport services with secured windows and locked doors.

Any Maltese nationals travelling to Chad should check for any health precautions with their medical provider. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and only bottled water should be consumed. A comprehensive insurance policy covering repatriation is also strongly recommended since medical facilities in the country are poor.

Since Malta does not have resident diplomatic representation in Chad, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the Chad 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

Congo D.R.C. 15/03/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

Given the volatility of the situation, all unnecessary travel to Democratic Republic of Congo should be avoided. The political situation remains unpredictable following the announcement of elections to be held in December 2018. This has led to calls for civil unrest and public protests, therefore travellers may encounter disruptions to travel around Kinshasa or to and from N’djili airport. If the situation deteriorates, commercial flights may be suspended and roads may be blocked or closed.

The situation in the east of the country remains unsafe due to military operations involving armed groups, intercommunal violence and an influx of refugees with a consequent deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation. Due to grave security concerns, Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to the provinces of: Kasaï, Kasaï Central, Kasaï Oriental, Haut-Uele, Haut Lomami, Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, Maniema and Tanganyika, areas to the west and east of Kananga including Tshikapa and Mwene-Ditu, and within 50km of the border with the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Maltese nationals should avoid all but essential travel to the cities of Goma and Bukavu and to the districts of N’djili and Kimbanseke in Kinshasa. Utmost caution and discretion is advised, particularly in large cities and in areas popular with foreigners. Maltese nationals should be aware that foreigners are often targeted by criminals in the country, and should avoid travelling anywhere alone. For safety reasons, public transport should be avoided and travellers are encouraged to use well-known licensed transport services with closed windows and locked doors.

Maltese nationals should avoid demonstrations and all kinds of gatherings and stay informed of the evolution of the situation in the media, including radio and social media.  They should also follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times. Maltese are also strongly advised to carry with them at all times, their passport and some form of photographic identification.

Any Maltese nationals travelling to the Democratic Republic of the Congo should check for any health precautions with their medical provider. A comprehensive insurance policy is also strongly recommended.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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

Cuba 19/04/2018

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Cuba to take normal precautions.

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.  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.

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.

It is advisable to monitor weather updates due to hurricanes and storms. In case of such events, travellers must follow the advice of local authorities.

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


Denmark 03/10/2017

Take normal precautions

Immigration controls are temporarily in operation at Danish ports with ferry connections to Germany and the Danish-German and Danish-Swedish land borders. Maltese nationals should therefore carry their passport when crossing the border into, or from, Denmark, and check with their transport provider for any updates.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of Malta in The Hague:
Embassy of the Republic of Malta
Carnegielaan 4-14, 2517 KH, The Hague
Tel: 0031 (70) 356 1252, 360 2205
Emg Mobile: 0031 (0) 6 38314144
Email: maltaembassy.thehague@gov.mt

Or the Honorary Consul of Malta in Copenhagen:
Mr Steen Juel Nielsen, Hon. Consul General
c/o Juel Nielsen Holding A/S,
Lyngebaekgårds Alle 2
2990 Nivå
Tel: 0045 4556 0056
email: maltaconsul.copenhagen@gov.mt

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

Egypt 26/03/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to the country to exercise a high degree of caution, and to avoid all travel to certain regions.

On 24 March 2018, two days before the Presidential elections, the Egyptian city of Alexandria witnessed a bomb attack that targeted the Egyptian Security Chief. The Egyptian Government stated that this attack will not affect the election. Therefore, more anti-government protests are likely to happen across the country, and terrorist attacks are not excluded. Several news agencies blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack, as the group issued a video warning Egyptians against voting, urging Islamists to attack security forces. Daesh Sinai have also issued media statements threatening attacks against Christians, tourists, and polling stations. Even though the Egyptian authorities have elevated security measures, all Maltese citizens travelling in the country must be highly vigilant at all times.

In view of the above, the Ministry advises against travel to the Governorate of North Sinai. Possible focal points for demonstrations in Cairo include the al-Haram, al-Faisal, and al-Munib districts. In Alexandria, protests will likely take place in the Al-Raml, Sidi Bashir, Abu Suleiman, al-Montazah, al-Alwayed, Izbat Sakinah, and al-hadrah neighbourhoods.

In addition, 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. Tourist areas along the Nile river (including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are not included. 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 and travellers are required to have proof of hotel reservation in their possession. Maltese nationals should not travel to known Muslim Brotherhood strongholds such as Ain Shams Matareya (Cairo) and El Haram, Kerdasa, Nahya, Imbaba (Giza).

As a result of terrorist attacks against security forces and also civilians, a state of emergency was declared in the country in April 2017, which on 13 January 2018 has  been extended for another three months, subject to further review. This measure gives increased intervention powers for security forces and the military. On 9 February 2018, the Egyptian government launched a large-scale anti-terrorism operation in South Sinai, the Nile Delta and the Western desert. One should therefore remain vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security forces.

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 well-known 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 normal 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. Maltese nationals should carry some form of photographic identification at all times. A comprehensive insurance policy is also strongly recommended.

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
1 El Saleh Ayoub Street,
2nd floor, Apt. 24, Zamalek, Cairo
Chancery Tel: 0020 (2) 2736 2368/9
Visa Section: Tel: 0020 (2) 2735 6717
Emergency No:  0020 1063827105
Email: maltaembassy.cairo@gov.mt

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

Ethiopia 20/02/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ethiopian Government has declared another State of Emergency on 16 February 2018, following reports of large gatherings, protests, road closures, and tension in certain areas of the country, including borders. Maltese nationals are advised to exercise caution, avoid crowded areas and limit road journeys. It is important to be vigilant, especially in public places like transport hubs, hotels, restaurants, bars, and places of worship.

In view of the above, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to:

• within 10 km of the border with Eritrea, with the exception of the main road through Axum and Adigrat, and tourist sites close to the road (like Debre Damo and Yeha)

• areas off the principal roads/towns within 10 km of the borders with Sudan and Kenya

• within 10 km of the border with South Sudan

• the Nogob (previously Fik), Jarar (previously Degehabur), Shabelle (previously Gode), Korahe and Dollo (previously Warder) zones of the Somali region.

• within 100 km of the Ethiopian border with Somalia and Kenya in the Afder and Liben zones of Ethiopia’s Somali region

• 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 Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to:

• the woredas (districts) of Tsegede, Mirab Armacho and Tach Armacho in North Gonder

• three woredas (districts) of the Agnuak zone of the Gambella region that border on South Sudan (Dima, Goge and Etang) and the Gambella wildlife reserve


Even though there is heavy security presence in many areas, especially in North-East Ethiopia, all Maltese nationals travelling to the country are advised to exercise caution. Terrorist attacks are likely, and these could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by tourists. There is a threat of kidnapping in the Somali region in Ethiopia, and along the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Due to petty crime and theft, all travellers are advised to keep valuables like mobiles and passports out of sight. Internet and mobile data services can be restricted without notice.

Protests and demonstrations are to be avoided, as apart from possible violence, these can occur at short notice in Addis Ababa and other cities. There were also reports of violence between Somalis and Oromas in East and West Harerge Zones. Local and international news must be followed for further information and updates.

Road travel may be disrupted, and entry to some sites may be prohibited at short notice. Tourists are advised to travel to certain areas with a recognised tour company, as independent travel outside Addis Ababa is not recommended.

It is important to mention that all travellers must respect local traditions, customs, laws, and religions at all times, especially during the Holy month of Ramadan.

The level of health care in the country is very limited. 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. When travelling, it is advisable to carry a comprehensive medical pack, particularly when travelling out of Addis Ababa. A comprehensive travel health insurance covering the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation is strongly recommended. Drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.

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



France 14/11/2017

Exercise vigilance

France has been the target of a number of terrorist attacks since 2015. On 1 November 2017, a new anti-terrorism law entered into force in France, allowing French security forces to take various measures to combat terrorism. The French government has put in place an increased level of protection nationwide.

There are tighter border controls at all French borders with Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain until 30 April 2018. Increased security checks at airports, train stations and subways are likely to cause delays in travel. Maltese nationals are encouraged to carry a document of identification with them at all times and to tag their luggage also when travelling by train.

Maltese nationals are also advised to remain vigilant in public, especially crowded, places, and to follow the advice of the local authorities, including through the French government’s alert and information system App ‘SAIP’ available for download in English for iOS and Android.

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,
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.

Gabon 15/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

The political climate in Gabon remains tense after the presidential election of August 2016, following which several violent clashes took place between demonstrators and security forces in Libreville, the capital of Gabon.

Maltese nationals are strongly advised to exercise extreme caution and 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 (Passport valid not less than 8 months) 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. 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.

Maltese nationals are advised to take the necessary health precautions with respect to mosquito-borne diseases like zika, chikungunya, malaria and dengue, which are common in Gabon. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and consumption of raw or undercooked food. Only bottled water should be consumed. Maltese nationals should also ensure that they have a comprehensive travel insurance.

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

Gambia 12/12/2017

Exercise high degree of caution

The situation in the country has been relatively calm since the new President took office in January 2017.  There are several checkpoints in and around the capital city Banjul. It is however recommended to remain alert in places which are popular with tourists in view of possible incidents of petty crime and aggression, particularly at night. 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. It is recommended that the necessary precautions are taken against malaria and the transmission of HIV/AIDS. A comprehensive travel insurance is important, since medical facilities in the country are very limited.
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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Germany 13/10/2017

Take normal precautions

In view of the continuing fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, the German authorities have taken a number of measures to increase the internal security of the country. For this reason, immigration controls are temporarily in operation at the land border between Germany and Austria, Denmark and Sweden, and border controls apply for flights to Germany originating in Greece.

It is therefore advisable for Maltese nationals to carry their passport when crossing the border into, or from, Germany, and check with their transport provider for any updates.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of Malta in Berlin on the following coordinates:
Embassy of the Republic of Malta
Klingelhöferstrasse 7, 10785 Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: 0049 (0) 30 263 9110
Emergency duty mobile: 0049 (0) 170 8319 236
Email: maltaembassy.berlin@gov.mt

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

Ghana 21/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

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.

Maltese nationals should be aware that medical facilities are poor outside towns. Medical evacuation may be necessary for serious medical treatment. Travellers should therefore ensure that they have a comprehensive travel insurance, which includes repatriation in case of need.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Ghana may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

ACCRA
with jurisdiction over Greater Accra, Shanti, Brong-Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Western and Volta regions
Mr Jean Claude Galea Mallia, Hon. Consul
Honorary Consulate of Malta
P.O. Box CT 10181 Cantoments, Trade Fair (behind Fidelity bank) Accra, Ghana
Mob: 00233233121210/002330204321020, 0035699380332 (Malta number)
Email: maltaconsul.accra@gov.mt

TAMALE
with jurisdiction over the Northern, Upper East and Upper West
Dr Mahama Wayo, Hon Consul
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.



Guinea 08/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

A number of violent demonstrations have taken place following the local elections of 4 February 2018. Maltese nationals should therefore avoid public gatherings and demonstrations.

Incidents of violent theft and burglaries have taken place mainly at night outside the suburbs of Conakry and on other main routes outside the capital. Road travel can be hazardous. Maltese nationals should also remain vigilant in places frequented by foreigners, as terrorist attacks may take place. The Guinean authorities retain police and military checkpoints around the country, therefore it is advisable to carry some form of identification at all times.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

India 19/09/2017

Exercise vigilance

Maltese nationals are encouraged to avoid all travel in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, to Manipur and its state capital Impha, the tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir. With respect to the latter, while caution is still recommended, this advice does not apply to (i) travel within the city Jammu itself, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh. Following a three-month strike in Darjeeling Hills last year, travellers are recommended to follow local news and advice of the local authorities, and consult their travel company.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all but essential travel to the city of Srinagar. There is a high threat from terrorism. 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.

There are possible respiratory risks emanating from pollution levels in New Delhi and it is advised that one consults the New Delhi air quality monitor available online. 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 or other preventive measures. It is recommended that the necessary sanitary precautions are taken with respect to mosquito-borne diseases like Zika.

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
Fax: 0091 11 4767 4949
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 01/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to exercise caution with respect to travel to Indonesia at this time, in view of volcanic activity on the islands of Sumatra and Bali.

Mount Agung volcano, which is situated in the eastern part of Bali, and Mount Sinabung which is situated in North Sumatra are currently both active. The Indonesian authorities have established exclusion zones of 4km from the crater of Mount Agung and 7 km from the crater of Mount Sinabung. Maltese nationals in the area are encouraged to follow the advice of the local authorities.

Disruptions to air travel in the region may occur if volcanic activity increases. Maltese nationals should therefore contact their airline and travel operator for any updates if they are travelling to this region. It is also useful to follow closely any developments through the media.

In case of emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Honorary Consul in Jakarta on the following coordinates:

Mr Rocky J. Pesik, Hon. Consul
JL Metro Pondok Indah TE 4-5
Pondok Indah - Jakarta 12310
Tel: +62 2179178703
Mobile: +62851166551 or +62 8551166951
Fax: + 62 2179199177
Email: maltaconsul.jakarta@gov.mt

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

Iran 26/01/2018

Avoid all but essential travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to avoid all but essential travel to Iran at this time.

Public demonstrations and rallies have been taking place in several cities in Iran since 28 December 2017. 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.

Furthermore, the Ministry also advises against all travel to the Iran/Afghanistan border area and the Iran/Iraq border area, as well as to the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, and to the area east of the line running from Bam to Jask, including Bam. There are significant risks of attacks or abduction in these areas.

Terrorist attacks may also be carried out in Iran, including in places which are popular with foreigners. 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.

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 tel. (+356) 21242191.

Iraq 21/12/2017

Avoid all travel

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.

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. Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and other armed groups control parts of Iraq, particularly in Anbar, Ninewah, Salah-Al-Din and Diyala provinces.

The security situation throughout Iraq remains uncertain, and could deteriorate quickly. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Iraq. 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. Another security risk concerns the Mosul Dam, which is at risk of failure. You should monitor reports in the media and ensure you have contingency plans in place.

The Iraqi government has suspended international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports as of 29 September 2017. 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

Japan 23/01/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens that following an increase in seismic activity of the volcano Kusatsu-Shiranesan in the Gunma prefecture, a warning not to approach the volcano has been issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Any Maltese nationals planning to travel to this area at this time are advised to monitor developments through the media and to contact their travel operator in the event of possible disruptions.  

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals currently in Japan may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Japan on the following coordinates:
Prof. Rei Shiratori, 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
Fax: 00813 3465 4942
Email: maltaconsul.tokyo@gov.mt; suzuki@ipsj-tokyo.org

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

Jordan 05/04/2018

Exercise vigilance

Travel Advice

Jordan
05/04/2018

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

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.

Many areas witness an atmosphere of several protests due to war in the surrounding region of the country, a high number of refugees, and economic reform programmes. Demonstrations can occur in town centres, and there have been also reports of violent clashes at universities. Travellers must also avoid political gatherings and stay away from town/city centres after Friday midday prayers, due to reported violent incidents in the same time.

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 borders of the country are closed from time to time, and Jordanian forces patrol the entire areas that border with Syria and Iraq. Travellers must exercise a high degree of caution in these areas, and carry identification documents due to checks. 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.

Consequently, the Ministry advises Maltese travellers against all but essential travel to within 3 km of the entire Syrian border, and to within 6 km of the Syrian border between routes 15 and 35. It also advises to avoid the area touching with the Iraqi border. Travellers are also advised against all but essential to Zarqa and Ma’an. Maltese citizens travelling in the country must be vigilant at all times, and follow local and international media for updates.

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.

Kenya 19/09/2017

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Due to the eruption of violent protests in Kenya over the presidential election results, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to exercise extreme caution and maintain a high alert when travelling to the country. In light of this, the Ministry strongly advises all those present in the country to avoid demonstrations 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. It is recommended that movements within the country are limited and that developments in the country are monitored regularly.

In particular, the Ministry advises against all 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, and within the vicinity of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana river. This advice excludes safari destinations, wildlife reserves and beach resorts. There remains a hightened risk of terrorism and violent crime. Maltese citizens are advised to remain vigilant in public places and on public transport, and to follow the advice of the local authorities.

Water quality can be poor in Kenya and outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as cholera, malaria and dengue fever occur in Kenya. One should ensure that drinking water is safe before consumption. 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 a comprehensive travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Moreover, one should make sure that his/her passport is 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
with jurisdiction over the territory of Kenya
Mr Kennedy Otawa Musebe, Hon. Consul
P O Box 2719-00100, Nairobi, Kenya  
Location Address: Daphton Court, B4, Riverside Drive, off Chiromo Road opp. Prime Bank
Tel: 00254 20 2672822
Mobile: 00254 729 696700

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

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 20/12/2017

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to avoid any organised travel to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

In view of the political tensions in the region, where further missile or nuclear tests cannot be ruled out, 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.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, 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

Korea, Republic of 01/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise necessary 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.

The Paralympic Games will be held between 9-18 March 2018 in Pyeonchang. More information may be found on the following website: https://www.paralympic.org/pyeongchang-2018

In the event of an emergency, Maltese nationals are urged to cooperate with and follow guidance from the relevant South Korean authorities. Maltese nationals are also encouraged to seek assistance from the Hon. Consul in Seoul as a 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.

Kuwait 13/11/2017

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 as there is a high 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.

The advice comes also in the wake of a threat of terrorist attacks globally against UK and US interests from groups and individuals motivated by conflicts in Iraq and Syria. In view of this, as well as a recent increase in geopolitical tensions in the region, Maltese citizens should avoid unnecessary travel to such places. Any 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.

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 tel. (+356) 21242191.

Lebanon 14/11/2017

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., Therefore, 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; the Hermel Area, including Arsal, Ras Baalbek; the Bekaa Valley east of the Baalbek El Hermel high way to the Syrian border and to the east of the main road which runs south through Rayak, by-passing Masnaa, Rachaiya, Hasbaiya and Marjayoun and El Khaim, to the border; the Akkar district; areas of Liban-Nord district north of the southern city limits of Tripoli and east into the Bekaa Valley; southern suburbs of Beirut, defined as: south of the sports stadium to the airport, to east of the main airport highway including the neighbourhoods of Ghobeiry, Chuya, Haret, Hraik, Burj Al Brajne, Mraije, Er Rouais and Laylake, but excluding the main airport highway, the Beirut-Saida road and west of there to the sea, and the area between the airport highway and the Beirut-Saida road south of Abbas El Mousawi Road down to the airport, including the Gold Club of Lebanon.

The Ministry also advises against all but essential travel to all other areas of the Akkar district including Tripoli, Halba and Qoubaiyat; within 500m of the Ain el Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Saida (Sidon); Baalbek and the road from Baalbek to Zahlé in the Bekaa Valley; Bekaa Valley west of the Baalbek El Hermel high way except for the towns of Zahlé and Chtaura, and areas between the main roads between both towns and Beirut, and from Zahlé to El Mrouj, south of the Litani River except the main Naqoura-Tyre-Saida-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 in Lebanon are responsible for ensuring that they would be able to depart Lebanon and that travel documentation remains up-to-date. It is highly recommended to acquire comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to any travel to Lebanon. It is also recommended to keep regularly updated with the latest news/developments on frequency 96.2 FM with flash news in French at 10.00 and at 13.00 and in English following the 19.00 evening news as well as through the website: www.naharnet.com.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.

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 advised to avoid crowded places and demonstrations and to be vigilant at all times. 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.

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
Fax: 00961 (1) 201 929
Cable Address: MALTARAN
email: maltaconsul.beirut@gov.mt

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

Liberia 19/12/2017

Exercise high degree of caution

The political situation in Liberia is tense due to the postponement of Presidential elections. Maltese nationals should therefore exercise caution and avoid any public gatherings or demonstrations.

It is also recommended that vigilance be exercised in places frequented by foreigners, since terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out. Travellers should avoid travelling outside the capital, Monrovia, by night, except for any travel to and from Roberts International Airport.  

Several cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia in 2016. Although the last flare up was in May 2016, future recurrences cannot be excluded. Therefore, if travelers are concerned that they might have been exposed to, or show, symptoms of Ebola, they should immediately seek medical advice and contact the Health authorities in Malta. Additionally, a comprehensive travel health insurance is recommended for any travel to Liberia, as well as accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Liberia, 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

Libya 26/03/2018

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).  Intense fighting continues in a number of areas, resulting in civilian casualties and continued violence and human rights abuses across the country. 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. 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.

Travel by road remains highly dangerous within Libya, since travellers risk being caught up in outbreaks of hostilities, carjackings, 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.

Airports remain vulnerable to attacks and may be closed or become inaccessible at little or no notice. Tripoli International Airport is closed, while Benghazi and Tripoli Mitiga airports are subject to temporary closures and operate erratically in unsafe conditions. Flights from Libya to the EU are subject to restrictions due to security concerns.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt













Madagascar 20/11/2017

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals that health control measures are in place until the end of April 2018 in Madagascar due to an outbreak of plague. 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.

The Ministry informs furthermore that the authorities in Madagascar are taking all the necessary sanitary precautions and specific screening measures have been put in place at all departure points from the country. Any persons who have recently travelled to Madagascar who present any symptoms of the plague should immediately seek medical attention. A comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended.

In addition, travellers may experience delays in travel to neighbouring countries in the region, notably Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion and Mayotte, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania, due to enhanced surveillance at points of entry.

In case of assistance, Maltese nationals presently in Madagascar may contact the Hon. Consul in Antananarivo on the following coordinates:
Mr Bertil Akesson, Hon. Consul
Immeuble S.A.C.M.,
Lalana Rovoninahitriniarovo - Ankorondrano,
B.P. 1182 Antananarivo
Tel: 00261 (20) 222 7144; 222 0954; 222 7789
Fax: 00261 (20) 223 4853
email: maltaconsul.antananarivo@gov.mt

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

Maldives 06/02/2018

Exercise vigilance

The government of the Maldives has declared a state of emergency on 5 February 2018, effective for fifteen days, in response to escalating political tensions.

Local authorities have informed that general movements, services and businesses are not expected to be affected. Although no safety issues for foreigners working in or tourists visiting the country have been signalled, political protests are being held in the capital city Malé.

Any Maltese nationals in the Maldives are urged to follow the instructions of the local authorities and exercise caution in public venues by avoiding public gatherings or demonstrations. A comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended for all travellers.

Since Malta does not have resident diplomatic representation in the Maldives, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the Maldives 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

Mali 21/03/2018

Avoid all travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to Mali in view of the critical security situation in the country. The risk of danger increases severely in the northern regions of the country, while the central regions around Segou are also prone to instability.

Attacks are possible everywhere and at any time, and a state of emergency has been declared in the country since November 2015. 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.

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.

Since medical facilities in Mali are very limited, a comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended.  It is advisable to drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid drinks with ice cubes.

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:

BAMAKO
with jurisdiction over Mali
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 tel. (+356) 21242191.

Mauritania 14/03/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to the east of the country, and in particular to the province of Tiris Zemmour, Adrar, Tagant, Hodh El Chargui, Hodh El Gharbi, Assaba and Guidimaka, and within 25km of the Western Sahra border (except the Nouakchott – 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.

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.

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

Morocco 06/02/2018

Exercise vigilance

Morocco is a relatively safe country for travel. Maltese nationals should take the necessary precautions in tourist areas and avoid wandering around deserted places or carry valuables on their person, particularly at night. They should also stay away from any demonstrations that may occasionally occur in cities around the country.

Since terrorist attacks cannot be excluded, it is recommended that travellers exercise caution in public venues, particularly those that are popular with foreigners.  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.

For safety reasons Maltese nationals should avoid travel to the border areas with Algeria, Mauritania and Mali, as well as the Western Sahara. The border with Algeria was closed in 1994. 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.  

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. A comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended.

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

Nigeria 02/03/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Avoid all travel in the North East due to the activities of the terrorist group Boko Haram. Avoid in particular all travel to the states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe and the riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States as well as areas within 20km of the border with Niger in Zamfara State.

Avoid also all but essential travel to the states of Bauchi, Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Katsina, Kogi, areas within 20km of the border with Niger in Sokoto and Kebbi States, non-riverine areas of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers State and Abia State. A heightened risk of terrorism as well as violent crime and kidnappings persists throughout the country.

On 1 March 2018 the World Health Organisation issued a notification of an outbreak of lassa fever in Nigeria. Lassa fever is a transmissible acute viral haemorraghic 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.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Norway 03/10/2017

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals that immigration controls are temporarily in operation at Norwegian ports with ferry connections to Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Maltese nationals should therefore carry their passport when crossing the border into, or from, Norway, and check with their transport provider for any updates.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta on the following coordinates:
Embassy of the Republic of Malta
Carnegielaan 4-14, 2517 KH, The Hague
Tel: 0031 (70) 356 1252, 360 2205
Emg Mobile: 0031 (0) 6 38314144
Email: maltaembassy.thehague@gov.mt

Or the Honorary Consul of Malta in Oslo:

Mr Petter Larsen, Hon. Consul General
Nordheimbakken 5, 0378 Oslo
Tel: 0047 (22) 921526, 0047 (920) 89277
email: maltaconsul.oslo@gov.mt

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

Pakistan 21/12/2017

Avoid all but essential travel

The security situation remains fragile and all but essential travel should be avoided.

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.

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.

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
Mr Muhammed Baker Gokal, Hon. Consul General
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
Mr Hasan M. Zaidi, Hon. Consul
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.

Philippines 22/12/2017

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens not to travel to Albay province due to increased hazardous seismic activity by the Mayon volcano. The Philippine Institute for Vulcanology and Seismology has raised the level of alert since the volcano is now spewing lava and ashes, and summit explosions are taking place. Any Maltese nationals planning to travel to the Philippines at this time should monitor developments through the media and contact their travel operator to check flight operations in the event of possible disruptions.  

The Ministry continues to advise Maltese citizens against all all travel to Mindanao (excluding Camiguin, Dinagat and Siargao Islands), the Sulu archipelago and to the south of Cebu province due to terrorist activity, clashes between the military and insurgent groups, and kidnappings targeting foreigners.

The Ministry also advises Maltese citizens in the Philippines to maintain constant vigilance and utmost prudence throughout their stay in the country, with more extensive checks in some more sites deemed sensitive, including airports in the capital and other cities of the archipelago. Local authorities have raised the alert level for the security forces, urging to avoid mass gatherings, crowded places, public ceremonies and to limit unnecessary travel. There is also a high level of violent crime, hence one should maintain constant vigilance at all times.

Furthermore, the Philippines government has declared a national state of emergency on account of lawless violence across the rest of the country, 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 are available.  It is recommended to carefully follow these instructions and to closely follow developments in the media.

Mosquito-borne illnesses like zika, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis (JE) and chikungunya virus occur all year round in the Philippines. Risks of dengue fever increase during the rainy season (June to October). It is important for travellers to take the necessary precautions. They should also ensure that they have an adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

In case of difficulty in the country, Maltese nationals currently in the Philippines may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in the Philippines on the following coordinates:
MANILA
with jurisdiction over the Republic of the Philippines
Mr Paul A. Aquino, Hon. Consul General
Room 1242, Megaplaza Building, ADB Avenue c/w Garnet Road, Ortigas
Center, Pasig City
Tel: 0063 2 687 7245
Fax: 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.

Qatar 13/11/2017

Exercise vigilance

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this year. 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. Maltese citizens are also advised to remain vigilant in public areas due to any possible terrorist attacks in the region, and to monitor developments through the media and follow any instructions from the local authorities. Travellers are also urged to respect the Muslim culture and traditions of the country.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in Qatar, 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

Russian Federation 19/04/2018

Take normal precautions

FIFA World Cup

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion would like to inform Maltese citizens about special travel arrangements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup being held between 14 June and 15 July 2018 in Russia.

A FAN ID system has been set up to allow visa-free entry to Russia for foreign citizens who have purchased 2018 FIFA World Cup match tickets. Persons with a FAN ID will be able to enter and remain in the country during the period starting 10 days before the first match and ending 10 days after the last match of the World Cup (i.e. between 4 June and 25 July 2018). The FAN ID (also known as ‘Personalised card of the spectator’) is also required to leave Russia once it has been used for visa-free entry. Foreign spectators can enter and leave the country during the event multiple times (visa-free) by means of the FAN ID.

A passport is required for travel to Russia in any case. Travellers should check that their passport is valid for travel for six months from the date of arrival in Russia.

The FAN ID entitles holders to use certain free transport services, including inter-city trains and public transport in the host cities upon presentation of a FAN ID card and a 2018 FIFA World Cup match ticket. For more information and the conditions for using free transport, please refer to www.fan-id.ru and www.transport2018.com.

Fans can apply for a FAN ID after obtaining a ticket or receiving a ticket confirmation for a ticket to a 2018 FIFA World Cup match. It is necessary for all ticket holders to hold a FAN ID together with a valid match ticket in order to enter the stadiums hosting matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Details about application and issuance of a FAN ID may be found on the website: www.fan-id.ru.

Persons who do not have an official 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket will need to apply for a visa to enter Russia. Russian visa extensions are only issued at local offices of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Visas need to be renewed within 3 days of expiry.

If the duration of stay in the Russian Federation exceeds the period of the event, spectators shall be in possession of a short-stay visa to the Russian Federation.  In case of a FAN ID over-stay, regular Russian immigration rules will apply.  Relevant over-stay penalties will be applicable in such cases.

All foreigners entering Russia, including FAN ID holders, are subject to registration procedures. Upon arrival in Russia, all foreigners are given an immigration card (small white paper), which must be registered with any relevant local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or at any post office within 7 working days from arrival in Russia. However, during the World Cup, such registration can only be carried out at the relevant local office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia within 24 hours from arrival in Russia, as follows: in Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi, from 1 June until 12 July 2018; Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, St Petersburg, Saransk and Sochi, from 25 May until 25 July 2018. These measures apply to all foreigners visiting the above-mentioned cities within those time periods.

Foreigners should carry their passport and immigration card with them at all times. The immigration card must be submitted to passport control when leaving the country. Any losses must be reported to the police. A sample immigration card may be found on: http://www.saint-petersburg.com/russian-visa/migration-cards/migration-card/ Breaches of immigration laws carry hefty fines and may lead to removal from the country.

It is recommended that Maltese travellers follow the instructions of the local authorities, and keep up to date with developments in the media. Maltese travellers should also note that the European Health Insurance Travel Card is not valid in Russia, therefore it is important to take out an adequate travel insurance.


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

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF 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

Visa Section
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

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

Saudi Arabia 13/11/2017

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Saudi Arabia.

Maltese citizens are advised to avoid travel in the border areas between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, particularly within 10km of the border with Yemen and all but essential travel between 10km and 80km of this border.

Saudi Arabia has suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar earlier this year. The land border between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is closed. All flights between Saudi Arabia 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 within this region.

Since Saudi Arabia has been leading coalition airstrikes on Yemen, the country has become a target for airstrikes by Yemen. Airstrikes have not only affected military facilities in the country, but have also been carried out on Riyadh, Jeddah and the Red Sea. Most of these have been intercepted and destroyed by Saudi air defence systems, nevertheless, the danger remains.

Saudi authorities have declared out of bounds a zone of 20km from the entire northern border of the country and from the border in the Hafr-Al Batin and Khafji areas in the Eastern Province. Violations are punishable by imprisonment and hefty fines.

Terrorist attacks remain likely and there is a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation. Additional security measures restricting electronic devices on planes are in force and cooperation with security officials is encouraged. Maltese nationals temporarily present in the country are advised to maintain a high level of vigilance and take all the necessary precautions. Maltese nationals should keep abreast of developments through local and international media. They are also urged to avoid any demonstrations or gatherings of a political nature and to follow the advice of the local authorities.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Honorary Consulate of Malta in Jeddah on the following coordinates:
Mr Maher Mohammed Al Nowaiser, Hon. Consul
2621 Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Street
Al Shatee District, 23514 - 7996, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Tel: 00966 (12) 6991599
Fax: 00966 (12) 6990890
Email: maheralnowaiser@yahoo.com  

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

Sierra Leone 19/12/2017

Avoid all but essential travel

The political situation in the country is relatively stable, however tensions may occasionally occur due to the difficult economic situation. Maltese nationals should exercise vigilant and remain cautious, especially in places visited by foreigners, such as beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants, etc..

It is recommended that travellers in Sierra Leone, especially whilst on business, should travel in daylight and stay in contact with their employer or host organisation.

Although Sierra Leone has been declared free from Ebola by the World Health Organisation in 2016, future recurrences cannot be excluded. Therefore, if travellers are concerned that they might have been exposed to, or show, symptoms of Ebola, they should immediately seek medical advice and contact the Health authorities in Malta. Additionally, a comprehensive travel health insurance is recommended for any travel to Sierra Leone, as well as accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

South Africa 26/02/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to South Africa.

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. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. 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 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.

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

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

South Sudan 20/12/2017

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 situation in the capital city, Juba, is tense. Violent conflicts can occur anywhere at any time with little or no notice. Criminality is increasing and foreigners have been assaulted or blackmailed. In other parts of the country there are still frequent armed clashes between the South Sudanese army and armed combatants of different ethnic groups.

The demarcation line between Sudan and South Sudan remains unclear and rebels from Sudan operate on the border area between the two states. This can lead to armed clashes in the border region with Sudan. Attacks by marauding gunmen and criminals take place in the border areas with Uganda, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is recommended to avoid military installations, crowds and demonstrations. 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.

Before considering any travel to South Sudan travellers should read this travel advice carefully, and keep up to date with the latest security situation. Maltese nationals should also ensure that they have comprehensive contingency plans, including a stock of essential supplies and up-to-date travel documents and visas. It is strongly recommended to employ a security escort for any travel within the country.

Since Malta does not have diplomatic representation in South Sudan, 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

Spain 20/12/2017

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals that the situation in Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia has calmed down. Nevertheless, demonstrations and strikes may still occur. As a result of these demonstrations there may be some disruptions to movement within these cities and to the public transport system. Any Maltese nationals who are in the area should follow the Spanish government’s instructions and keep abreast of any updates in the media.

Maltese nationals should also exercise caution in public places. Although the Spanish government has taken security measures at busy locations and important infrastructure facilities, the second highest level alert for terrorism continues to apply nationwide.

In case of emergency, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Madrid on the following coordinates:
Embassy of the Republic of Malta
Paseo de la Castellana, 45 – 6 Dcha
28046 Madrid – Spain
Tel: (+34) 91 391 3061
Mob: (+34) 648 867 329
Fax: (+34) 91 391 3066
Email: maltaembassy.madrid@gov.mt

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

Sri Lanka 20/12/2017

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to be cautious when travelling to Sri Lanka.

Maltese nationals should avoid crowded gatherings and demonstrations, which could escalate rapidly.
Particular attention should be paid by women who travel alone or in small groups, in view of recent reports of sexual harassment, spiked drinks, and assault. Credit card fraud, exorbitant pricing for tourists and burglaries from hotels are increasingly common. Furthermore, travellers should be warned that any behaviour that could be interpreted as religious disrespect could be punishable by imprisonment. Sri Lanka has special tourist police stations in the main tourist areas along the southwest coast.
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.

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.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Sri Lanka may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Sri Lanka on the following coordinates:
Colombo
with jurisdiction over Sri Lanka
Mr Lanin J.A. Fernando, Hon. Consul
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 tel. (+356) 21242191.

Sudan 08/03/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Maltese nationals are advised to avoid all travel to Darfur, the Red Sea State border with Eritrea, the Abyei region, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the areas of Northern Kordofan and the White Nile states south of the Kosti-El Obeid-En Nahud road. All travel should also be avoided in the desert area on the border with Libya.

Any travel to the areas west of the towns of En-Nahud in North Kordofan up to the Darfur border should be undertaken only if necessary. A state of emergency was announced in Gezira on 6 November 2017 following the dissolution of the state’s legislative assembly.

A number of public demonstrations to protest against price increases on basic goods have been held in various cities since January 2018. Maltese nationals should avoid demonstrations and all kinds of gatherings and stay informed of the evolution of the situation through local and international media. The instructions of the local security authorities should be followed at all times. Terrorist attacks can take place in Sudan, therefore travellers should remain vigilant at al times.

Any Maltese nationals travelling to Sudan should check for any health precautions with their medical provider. A comprehensive insurance policy covering repatriation is also strongly recommended, since medical facilities in the country are poor.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Sweden 03/10/2017

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals that immigration controls are temporarily in operation at Swedish harbours in the Police Region South and West and the Öresund bridge. Maltese nationals should therefore carry their passport when crossing the border into, or from, Sweden, and check with their transport provider for any updates.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta on the following coordinates:
Embassy of the Republic of Malta
Carnegielaan 4-14, 2517 KH, The Hague
Tel: 0031 (70) 356 1252, 360 2205
Emg Mobile: 0031 (0) 6 38314144
Email: maltaembassy.thehague@gov.mt

Or the Honorary Consul of Malta in Stockholm:
Mr Clas Gustav Johannes Romander, Hon. Consul
Mäster Samuelsgatan 17, Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: 0046 08 6775400
Email: maltaconsul.stockholm@gov.mt; clas.romander@delphi.se

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

Syria 29/03/2018

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 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/or 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

Thailand 21/12/2017

Exercise vigilance

After the military coup in May 2014, the security situation in Thailand has stabilised. Public life is relatively normal, however, freedom of expression and assembly continue to be severely restricted. Travellers should be aware of Thailand's strict lèse-majesté law. It is generally recommended to avoid demonstrations and crowds, since violent clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion strongly discourages travel to and through the states in southern Thailand on the border with Malaysia (Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani and parts of Songkhla). There are regular clashes between separatist groups and security forces as well as terrorist attacks, including on places popular with foreigners. In August 2016 bomb and arson attacks in Hua Hin, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Surat Thani, and other places and provinces in southern Thailand caused deaths and injuries. In May 2016, there was a bomb attack in a military hospital in Bangkok. Other attacks cannot be ruled out.

The Ministry advises Maltese nationals in Thailand to avoid these areas and to maintain constant vigilance and caution throughout their stay in the country. Local authorities have urged people to avoid mass gatherings, crowded places and public ceremonies, and to limit unnecessary travel. Travellers are in general advised to follow carefully the instructions of the local authorities and to follow closely any developments in the media.

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. Travel by land to Cambodia is only possible via the official border crossings. Travel to Preah Vihear and surrounding temples is not recommended, as the entire area remains a military restricted area.

It is also useful to note that in November 2017 a smoking ban has been 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. It is furthermore recommended that travellers check with their health provider for any vaccinations that may be necessary before undertaking travel to Thailand.

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
Mr Varatit Benjavilas, Hon. Consul
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 tel. (+356) 21242191.


Tunisia 14/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

Following the terrorist attacks in popular tourist areas in 2015, the Tunisian authorities adopted new counterterrorism measures in the capital and in the rest of the country. Security forces now guard major cities and tourist resorts, and security measures have been strengthened at ports, airports, and principal roads. The state of emergency declared in 2015 has been repeatedly extended, most recently on 12 March 2018 by 7 months.

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;

- the town of Ben Guerdane and the immediate surrounding area.

Furthermore, it is advisable to avoid all but essential travel to:

- areas south of, and including, the towns of Nefta, Douz, Médenine, Zarzis;

- the areas within 30km of the border with Algeria south of, and including, the town of Jendouba (this area includes the archaeological sites of Bulla Regia and Chemtou);

- the governorate of Kesserine, including the town of Sbeitla

Furthermore, the Ministry also advises against all independent travel in the desert region in the south of Tunisia where militia and contraband activities are frequently reported. The Tunisian Sahara region is controlled by the Ministry of National Defence since June 2012 and access to this area is subject to the procedures established by the Tunisian authorities.

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.

Travellers are also strongly advised to carry their passport and some form of photographic identification with them at all times. A comprehensive insurance policy is also strongly recommended.  It is advisable to drink bottled water and avoid drinks with ice cubes.

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
Imm. Carthage Centre, Rue du Lac de Constance
B.P. 71, 1053 Les Berges du Lac,
Tunis, Tunisia
Tel: +216 (71) 965 811, (71) 963 652
Tel (Consulate): +216 (71) 965 215
Emergency No: +216 29565811
Email: maltaembassy.tunis@gov.mt

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reached on tel. no. (+356) 21242191.

Turkey 21/12/2017

Exercise vigilance

On October 16, 2017, the Turkish government renewed the state of emergency declared following the attempted coup in July 2016, throughout the country for a period of 3 months. On this basis, curfews are imposed at short notice, and searches and general identity checks are carried out at any time.

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.

Terrorist attacks have repeatedly occurred in Turkey since 2015. It is not excluded that terrorist groups may continue to try to carry out attacks, especially in large cities. These can also be targeted against foreigners. Travellers should be increasingly vigilant, especially in high-traffic areas and tourist areas.
Following the US announcement on the status of Jerusalem on 6 December 2017 protests and demonstrations are expected around US properties or installations. Travellers should therefore avoid demonstrations and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all travel to the immediate surroundings of the borders with Syria and Iraq. Any travel to the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay, and to the provinces of Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari, should be undertaken only for essential purposes, because of the conflict in Syria and military operations which can cause collateral damage.

The situation on the border with Iraqi Kurdistan is tense. Turkey is organising joint military exercises with Iraq. Since 16 October 2017, no flights to Iraqi Kurdistan are allowed to fly over Turkish airspace.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the Embassy of the Republic of Malta in Ankara on the following coordinates:
Embassy of the Republic of Malta
4th Floor
Ugur Mumcu Caddesi 88
Kat4 – 06700 Gaziosmanpasa Akara
Ankara
Tel: 0090 (0)5050375829

Consulate General of Malta (Istanbul)
Aydede Caddesi 16/11
34437 Taksim
Istanbul
Tel: +90 (212) 311 12 12

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

Ukraine 21/12/2017

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion strongly advises all Maltese nationals to avoid all travel to the following areas: Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast and Crimea. The security situation in the south-eastern parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts of Ukraine remains highly unstable. Parts of these administrative districts are currently not controlled by the Ukrainian government but by separatist forces. The Ukrainian armed forces and the insurgent forces are facing each other at the so-called "contact line", where combat takes place daily.

Crimea continues to be part of Ukraine under international law, but is currently controlled by Russia. Since June 2015, travelling to Crimea from the mainland of Ukraine requires a permit issued by the competent Ukrainian authority, which is issued only under certain conditions, but not for tourist purposes. Entry into the Crimea via Russian territory constitutes a violation of Ukrainian law. Furthermore, shipping is currently being restricted by the closure of third country maritime ports in Crimea.

The situation in Kiev and western cities is generally calm, although the Ukrainian authorities have tightened security measures and raised the alert level in Kiev and in major cities across the country. Public demonstrations regularly take place in and around government buildings. Travellers are urged to avoid demonstrations, remain vigilant and monitor the media for information about possible safety or security risks.

In case of difficulty Maltese nationals in Ukraine may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Kiev on the following coordinates:
Kiev with jurisdiction over Ukraine
Mr Pavlo Mykolayovych Grechkivsky, Hon. Consul
2nd Floor, 13/1, Chervonoarmiyska Street, Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
Tel: 0038 044 2355152
Fax: 0038 044 2355152
Email: maltaconsul.kiev@gov.mt

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


United Arab Emirates 23/11/2017

Exercise vigilance

The United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this year. This has led to closures affecting road, air and sea routes between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as travel restrictions affecting anyone with residence in Qatar.

All flights between the United Arab Emirates 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.

Maltese nationals are also advised to remain vigilant in public areas due to any possible terrorist attacks in the region, and to monitor developments through the media and follow any instructions from the local authorities. Travellers are urged to respect the Muslim culture and traditions of the country.

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 tel. (+356) 21242191

Venezuela 21/12/2017

Avoid all but essential travel

A state of emergency was declared in Venezuela in May 2016. The country continues to experience high levels of crime and extremely high homicide rates, ongoing political and social unrest, shortages of food and basic medicines, and failure of electricity and water supplies. The security situation in the country is precarious and unpredictable.

In this regard, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals against all travel to:
· within 80km of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira, Barinas, Apure and Bolívar
· within 80 km of the Colombian border in Amazonas state as far south as 100 km (62 miles) south of Puerto Ayacucho
· within 40km of the rest of the Colombian border

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 major numerous outbreaks of violence in several cities, including Caracas, Barquisimeto, Valencia and Maracay.  Law enforcement presence in these cities is significantly reduced and incidents of violent crime are on the rise. 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 follow the instructions of the local authorities. Utmost caution and discretion is advised, particularly in large cities. Travellers should also avoid demonstrations and all kinds of gatherings, and stay informed of the evolution of the situation through the media. If one does not have a pressing need to remain in the country s/he should strongly consider leaving the country (by commercial means), if it is safe to do so.

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 should note that Caracas is only served by a few airlines. Short-term changes to the flight times and routes are possible. Travellers are strongly advised to contact their airline before departure and have their booked flights confirmed.

Travellers are strongly urged to check their vaccine protection before travel due to an increase in diphtheria cases. Cases of malaria have also risen sharply, therefore travellers should ensure adequate protection from mosquito-borne diseases. Sufficient global health insurance coverage including reliable travel insurance is strongly recommended.

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. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Yemen 08/03/2018

Avoid all travel

Due to the increasing conflicts and the escalating humanitarian crisis, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to Yemen, including its islands, and urge Maltese nationals in the country to leave immediately.

The political and the security situation are extremely volatile throughout the country. The armed conflict in Yemen continues after the failure of the last peace talks in Kuwait in August 2016. Large parts of the country are affected by daily bombardments, rocket attacks and ground combat. The end of military operations is not foreseeable at present. State institutions are only very limited in their functioning nationwide. Large parts of the country are not under the control of the government. The state security organs are only partially functional and cannot guarantee sufficient protection.


In Yemen, there are regular terrorist attacks on security forces and sabotage of infrastructures. Al Qaeda has repeatedly called for abductions in the Arabian Peninsula. Western foreigners are particularly at risk. Abductions can generally occur throughout the country, including in the cities and in the capital. There are also risks from unexploded mines along the main road from Aden to Sana'a to Al-Anad, along the coastal roads east of Aden and west of Mukalla and around the port city of Bir Ali.

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.

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

Zimbabwe 27/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Zimbabwe to exercise vigilance at all times.

Even though the situation in the country is calm, ongoing political developments may result in further demonstrations, especially in urban areas. Maltese travellers in the country must avoid demonstrations and political activities. The authorities have sometimes used force to suppress the latter. Moreover, terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, even though there is no recent history of such attacks in Zimbabwe. Travellers must 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.

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.

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.

There are continuing reports of the typhoid fever in a number of places, which has spread from Matapi to other areas such as Mbare and Nenyere. From October 2017 to March 2018, a total number of 3,187 cases of typhoid fever have been reported.  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. 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




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Registering with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion for Emergency Purposes

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