Travel Advice

Introduction

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


What is Travel Advice?

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

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

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

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Afghanistan 08/05/2018

Avoid all travel

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

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

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

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

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers may experience gastrointestinal infections during hotter days, and must be wary of Malaria. The dusty conditions of the country may even cause irritation.
Medical facilities are very limited, and it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand, as supplies are likely to be unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 112 or on 020112 from mobile (only in Kabul). If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Albania 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Algeria 21/05/2018

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. One should make sure to exercise vigilance at all times and take additional security precautions, especially in the  main urban locations; the southern, Libyan and Tunisian border areas; rural and mountainous areas in the north; and the Sahara. These are all areas where the threat from terrorism is higher.

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, Niger, and Southern Morocco;

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

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel within 30km of the remaining border with Tunisia. More specifically, avoid all unnecessary travel to the Timimoun region; the region of Kabilia, in particular in the provinces of Tizi Ouzou, Boumerdès, Bouira, Bordj Bou Arredidj, as well as in the regions of JiJel and Bejaia; the north-eastern regions of Constantine, Tebessa and El Oued; the regions of Ain Defla, Medea, Sidi Bel Abbes and the Saharawi camps of Tindouf.
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. Particular caution is recommended during the period of the Ramadan. It is generally safe to move around Algiers and the other main cities, but travelling outside cities in rural areas and at night is particularly risky.
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. One should also make sure to take the necessary safety precautions, and to avoid any form of political/social gatherings and demonstrations. Outside major towns, small protests or strikes can affect transport. Instructions given by the local security authorities should be adhered to and followed at all times.

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

Consulate of the Republic of Malta
26, Rue des Freres Boufattit, El Biar, Algiers, 16034, Algeria
Tel: 00213 (0) 21929717
E-mail: maltaconsulate.algiers@gov.mt

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

Andorra 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Angola 21/05/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises all Maltese nationals to avoid all but essential travel to certain areas of the country, due to an increased prevalence of violent crime and kidnapping of foreigners. Particularly, all but essential travel should be averted to the provinces of Cabinda and Lunda Norte. Furthermore, it is not advisable to go to the areas bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, due to the incidence of armed conflicts.

There is a high level of crime in Luanda and the areas popular with foreigners are particularly targeted. Muggings, particularly to steal mobile phones and other valuables, and armed robberies can occur in any area at any time of the day or night.

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

Avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local security authorities. Travelling at night may not be safe, and there is danger from unexploded landmines and ordnances if travelling does not take place on main roads, particularly outside the capital city Luanda. The Angolan authorities are sensitive to the presence of foreigners in diamond producing areas and you may be subject to movement restrictions or detention by the security forces. In such areas, one should make sure to exercise caution.

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. All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

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


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt  

Anguilla 27/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Antigua and Barbuda 27/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits are trouble-free, there have been incidents of violent crime, such as murder, robbery, and sexual assault. Travellers should be vigilant when walking alone in isolated areas. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored safely in the hotel safe. When opting for taxis as means of travel, it is important to only use licensed ones.
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission and cases of Chikungunya have also been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is a main hospital, but in major cases, evacuation to a neighbouring island may be necessary. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911 or 999. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the islands.

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Argentina 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Armenia 24/04/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

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

The protests that the capital city of Yerevan witnessed on 13 April are also spreading to other places in the country, which have led to a presence of law enforcement agencies in order to disperse protesters. Moreover, there is increased tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan, with regular exchanges of fire. This has led to an unpredictable security situation in the border regions. Several places are closed, including the border between the two countries, and the border with Turkey. Foreigners can be stopped by the police or the military if found venturing within 5km of these borders. These areas also contain mines and unexploded ammunition. Roads in Yerevan and other towns can also be closed at short notice. Even though Armenia has no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Consequently, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises against all travel to within 5km of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Tavush and Gegharkunik regions, and along the M16/H26 road between the towns of Ijevan and Noyemberyan. Moreover, travellers must avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place. Travellers must take extra caution when near military sites. Photography is prohibited in such areas due to sensitivity issues, and visitors have been detained due to this. It is advisable to monitor the local media and advice.

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

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

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers are also advised to carry at all times a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, a copy of the passport biometric page, and a comprehensive medical kit. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 103. Medical facilities in Armenia are generally poor, and it is recommended to have treatment for minor ailments only.
Since Armenia is a Christian country, women can dress in normal clothing. However, outside Yerevan, inappropriate wear will attract attention due to conservativeness.

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

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

33-4 Pushkin Street, Yerevan, Armenia
Tel: 00374 10 518171
Email: maltaconsul.yerevan@gov.mt
Website: www.maltaconsulate.am

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

Aruba 27/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits to Aruba are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of petty theft and street crime. Violent crime related to drugs also exists. In this regard, travellers should avoid remote areas at night, keep valuables (including passports) out of sight, and protect handbags and purses. When using taxis, travellers should ensure that these are registered.
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed, and therefore travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Evacuation to a neighbouring island may be necessary. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt



Australia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Austria 14/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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


Azerbaijan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Bahamas 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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 21/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

Bangladesh has a long history of political violence, thus all Maltese nationals who are currently in Bangladesh, or intend to travel there, are encouraged to exercise extreme vigilance in public areas in view of increased threats to Western visitors. Avoid all but essential travel to Chittagong Hill Tracts, which comprise the districts of Rangamati, Khagrachari and Bandarban due to civil unrest. This area does not include Chittagong City, or other parts of Chittagong Division. Moreover, you should exercise caution and consult the local authorities about the latest situation before visiting Ukhia and Teknaf. You may need to meet access requirements and have your request submitted at least 10 days before the Bangladeshi authorities.

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

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

It is recommended that the necessary health precautions are taken in view of risks from mosquito-borne diseases. All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. 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
Arag Chambers (2nd Floor), 68 Agrabad Commercial Area, Chittagong
Tel: 00880 (31) 721 882, 723 369
Fax: 00880 (31) 710 934        
Email: maltaconsul.chittagong@gov.mt

DHAKA (with jurisdiction over all the Administrative Regions of Bangladesh with the exception of Chittagong)
House No: 21 (Third Level) Road: 17
Block: C Banani, Dhaka-1213,
Bangladesh
Tel: 00880-2982-1182/3/4
Fax: 00880-2982-1189
Email: maltaconsul.dhaka@gov.mt


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

Barbados 27/09/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Belarus 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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.

Belize 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Benin 15/03/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Benin to exercise caution.

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

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

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can occur in places visited by tourists. The country can be considered a legitimate target since it contributes to the UN peacekeeping initiative in Mali. There is also the possibility that terrorist groups from Nigeria may enter the borders of the country.

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

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

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

Requests for ‘gifts’ from officials in order to be able to facilitate administrative matters must be politely and firmly declined.
Homosexual relationships are not accepted by everyone, even though homosexuality is legal in the country. Therefore, travellers must avoid public displays of affection.

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Bhutan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Bolivia 25/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

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

In particular, Maltese nationals are advised to excercise extreme caution when entering Bolivia at overland border points with Peru, Chile and Argentina, given that foreign visitors are particularly vulnerable to a general risk of ‘express kidnappings’ - short-term, opportunistic abductions, aimed at extracting cash - in such areas.  If you are travelling from Copacabana to La Paz, it is advisable that one make use of direct buses to avoid transferring at the Desaguadero border crossing and take particular care on arrival, especially in the Cementerio General area in La Paz, where a number of incidents have been reported. There have also been reports of similar incidents in the Sopocachi area of La Paz.  Petty crime is common in central La Paz and other popular tourist destinations like Sagarnaga Street, on buses and in other crowded areas.

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

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

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

Given that there is evidence of ongoing Zika virus transmission in Bolivia, we encourage all Maltese nationals travelling to/present in the country to take the necessary health precautions and adopt meticulous measures to prevent mosquito bites. Moreover, due to the frequent occurrence of several cases of yellow fever, Dengue fever, Malaria and Chikungunya virus throughout the year, vaccination against mosquito-borne diseases is strongly recommended. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and only bottled water should be consumed.
All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether they need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, one should make sure to have a comprehensive travel insurance.

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

LA PAZ
with jurisdiction over Bolivia except the Department of Santa Cruz
Avenida 6 de Agosto No. 2700
Edificio Torre Empresarial CADECO, Piso 17 oficina 1702
Zona San Jorge
La Paz – Bolivia
Tel: 00591 2 211 5583
Email: maltaconsul.lapaz@gov.mt

SANTA CRUZ
with jurisdiction over the Department of Santa Cruz
Av. Cristobal de Mendoza No 214, 2do Anillo, Edif. Castelo Branco Depto. 1A, Santa Cruz – Bolivia
Tel: 00591 3 3397052
Email: maltaconsul.santacruz@gov.mt


Bosnia and Herzegovina 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Botswana 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Brazil 24/08/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

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

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

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

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There has been an increase in reported cases of Hepatitis A, and the authorities also recommend that all travellers visiting Rio de Janeiro are vaccinated against yellow fever. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission. Malaria is present in parts of Brazil, whilst Dengue fever is common during the rainy season. It is important for travellers to take the necessary steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

It is also important to take a good supply of medication, due to unavailability, and keep a prescription or letter from the doctor confirming the requirement for the medication. Travellers should also be wary of counterfeit medications. Foreign nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment in public hospitals, but these tend to be crowded, especially in major cities. Private hospitals request proof of sufficient funds or insurance. Therefore, it is important to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance by dialling 192. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

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

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

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

Honorary Consulate General in Sao Paolo
With jurisdiction over the state of Sao Paolo

Rua Xavier de Almeida, 227
Cep. 04211-000
São Paulo – SP – Brasil
Tel/Fax: 0055 11 3554 2736
Email: maltaconsul.saopaolo@gov.mt


Honorary Consulate in Recife
With jurisdiction over the state of Pernambuco, Paraiba and Alagoas

Rua Buenos Aires,
98 / 301 Espinheiro 52020-180 Recife,
PE BRAZIL
Tel/Fax: 0055 81 3083 3232
Email: maltaconsul.recife@gov.mt

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

Brunei Darussalam 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Bulgaria 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

Burundi 25/05/2018

Avoid all travel

Due to the current political tensions, civil unrest and daily-armed violence throughout the country, mainly due to the contentious presidential elections of July 2015, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to Burundi. Moreover, given that a referendum on the amendment of the Constitution of Burundi took place on May 17, 2018, the security situation could deteriorate rapidly.  The situation is particularly troublesome in Bujumbura, where there have been violent incidents reported, including a number of targeted political and military assassinations.  

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

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

Given that there are reports of ongoing Zika virus transmission in Burundi, we encourage all those present in the country to take the necessary health precautions and adopt meticulous measures to prevent mosquito bites. Moreover, due to the frequent occurrence of several cases of Malaria and Cholera in recent years, attention should also be paid to food hygiene and only bottled water should be consumed. It is important that one takes necessary precautions and seek urgent medical attention in case s/he becomes unwell.

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


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt  

Cambodia 25/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Cambodia, especially in view of the fact that a heightened security presence during the election period is expected. General elections are scheduled to take place throughout the country on July 29, 2018. Large political rallies are planned for Phnom Penh on Friday 27 July from around 6am, which may cause traffic disruption and delays.
Political tensions remain high following the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on 16 November 2017. In this respect, all travellers are encouraged to remain vigilant and alert for signs of unrest or heightened police activity, especially near polling stations. One should make sure to avoid areas where large mass gatherings and demonstrations are taking place or appear to be forming. Instructions of local authorities are to be closely followed and the monitoring of local media (including social media) for the latest information is highly encouraged.
Heavy storms during the monsoon can cause disruption and damage including flooding and landslides. Travel to some provinces can be seriously disrupted during this time. Following reports of flood alerts in southern Laos, one should be aware of a heightened risk of flooding in Stueng Traeng province in north-eastern Cambodia. The Cambodian Ministry of Water Resources has issued a warning to residents of Stueng Traeng province to prepare to evacuate.  The Mekong River Commission posts official updates on the Mekong River on its website. We encourage all Maltese nationals to take all the necessary precautions, follow all guidance issued by the local authorities and to monitor weather reports.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Cambodia, attacks can’t be ruled out. Targets could include places visited by tourists, including hotels and famous sightseeing spots; government buildings, including schools; places of worship; airports and other transportation hubs and networks; public areas such as, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners. Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

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

 the riverfront and BKK areas of Phnom Penh
• Siem Reap
• Sihanoukville, particularly in the Boeung Keng Kang area south and west of the Independence Monument, the beaches, tourist areas and nearby islands.

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt  

Cameroon 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Canada 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Cape Verde 27/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Central African Republic 15/05/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Chad 01/06/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Travel Advice

Chad
01/06/2018

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Chad against all travel to:
• Areas within 30km of all borders
• Within 30km of Lake Chad (state of emergency in place) and the parts of Kanem and Lac regions to the west of the towns of Mao and Bol
• The regions of Ennedi, and Tibesti
• The region of Borkou

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

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

Banditry and violent crime in Eastern Chad is still existent. Moreover, armed robberies have been reported several times, and foreigners are sometimes the target. Such crimes are common in the residential areas of N’Djamena. Travellers must not walk alone, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight.  Travel in isolation is not advisable. Car-jacking reports outside N’Djamena have also increased.
Travellers must be vigilant when driving due to poor road maintenance and low quality of driving standards. Many roads are impassable during the rainy season. In order to be able to travel outside the capital, travellers require authorisation from the Ministry of the Interior. Moreover, it is advisable to travel in convoy, keep the car doors locked, and avoid travelling after dark. Demonstrations and large gatherings must be avoided, and it is important to follow local media for updates.

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

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

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

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

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

Travellers must dress in a conservative manner, due to predominantly Muslim areas.
Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Chad, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Chile 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

China 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Colombia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Comoros 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Congo D.R.C. 01/10/2018

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to take the necessary precautions due to another outbreak of the Ebola virus in North Kivu. Cases have been confirmed in Tchomia and Beni..In this regard, travellers should exercise precaution and follow the advice of the local authorities.

The Maltese Health Authorities are observing the situation and are following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Health Security Committee (HSC) of the European Commission. The risk of Ebola infection is low, unless the person is exposed directly to blood and other bodily fluids of a living/dead infected person/animal. If travel is unavoidable, travellers are advised to avoid direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of a patient/corpse and with possibly contaminated objects, avoid close contact with wild animals and consumption of ‘bush meat’, avoid having unprotected sexual intercourse, and practice careful hygiene. If a Maltese citizen has stayed in Bikoro, s/he should contact the Public Health Authorities on 21324086 at the first sign of illness (fever, headache, achiness, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, red eyes, and in some cases, bleeding), if this is within 21 days of departure from the country. Early treatment can improve prognosis.

TheMinistry advises also against 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. Moreover, travellers are advised against all but essential travel to the cities of Goma and Bukavu and to the districts of N’Djili and Kimbanseke in Kinshasa.

The political and security situation of the country remains uncertain following the announcement by the national electoral commission that the elections will take place in December 2018. There have been continued calls for general strikes, civil disobedience, and public protests. During the period of protests, which can occur with little or no notice, travellers are to avoid large cities, large sports or music events, universities, political buildings, the roads to the N’Djili airport, and places where demonstrations may take place. In the event of a crisis, the country may witness suspension of commercial flights, closed roads and borders, suspension of services, and an increase in checkpoints.

Since July 2017, there have been increased reports of attacks or control of armed groups in certain towns of the South Kivu Province. Moreover, in Uvira, in the same Province, there are reports of clashes between Congolese Armed Forces and militia groups. In the Eastern part of the country, the presence of armed groups, military operations, violence, and refugees contribute to the deterioration of the political, security, and humanitarian situation. As a result, civilians are the victims of violence, killing, rape, and looting. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out and can happen in different places, including in places visited by tourists.

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


Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Apart from Ebola, there are outbreaks of cholera and yellow fever, with over 400 reported deaths in 2017. Travellers must exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV and AIDS. Medical facilities are very limited, and it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand, as supplies are likely to be unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times.

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants’ Street
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Congo, Republic of 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Costa Rica 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Croatia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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


Curaçao 27/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Cyprus 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Czech Republic 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Denmark 21/05/2018

Take normal precautions

On 4 January 2016, the Danish authorities increased border controls at the land border with Germany and at all crossing points to Sweden. Maltese nationals should therefore carry their passport when travelling from Germany using the land border, or by rail, road, or ferry from Sweden and check with their transport provider for any updates.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the following:

Honorary Consul of Malta in Copenhagen:
Lyngebaekgårds Alle 2
2990 Nivå
Tel: 0045 4556 0056
email: maltaconsul.copenhagen@gov.mt


Honorary Consul of Malta in Aarhus:
with jurisdiction over Jutland
Flakvej 3
8240 Risskov
Tel: 0045 8692 8359
Mobile: 0045 4028 9313
Email: maltaconsul.aarhus@gov.mt; ellerbaek@email.dk


Honorary Consul of Malta in Odense:
with jurisdiction over Funen
Edisonvej 3,DK-5000 Odense C
Telephone: 0045 20 29 82 10
Email: maltaconsul.odense@gov.mt

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

Djibouti 01/06/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Travel Advice

Djibouti
01/06/2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homosexual behaviour is illegal.  

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Dominica 27/09/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Dominican Republic 28/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Ecuador 05/07/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Ecuador to exercise a high degree of caution following the eruption of the Sierra Negra volcano, found on Isabela Island in the Galapagos, on 26 June 2018. Even though lava and ash emissions have not reached populated areas, the local authorities have issued an amber alert. The local authorities have evacuated people in high risk areas and have restricted all tourist activities in the areas. It is important to follow the advice of local authorities, and keep informed on the activity of other volcanoes in the country and the Galapagos Archipelago.

MFTP advises also against all travel to within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia, except for the official border crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province. This is because of the presence of Guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and criminal gangs, who pose a high risk of crime. Potential targets include oil workers and foreigners. Moreover, travellers are also advised against travel to the province of Esmeraldas. MFTP advises also against all but essential travel to the areas of Tarapoa and the Cuyabeno reserve in Sucumbios. Sucumbios experiences a high risk of crime, and foreign nationals have been assaulted at gunpoint and kidnapped in the areas. Moreover, MFTP advises against all but essential travel to the areas of the El Angel Ecological Reserve in Carchi. MFTP advises also to take particular care in the parks of La Carolina and El Ejido, and in the districts of La Mariscal, La Floresta, and La Marin. It is advisable to avoid travelling to El Panecillo hill on your own, and to use reliable tours. Caution must also be taken at bus terminals. In Guayaquil, travellers are advised to be particularly careful in the bus terminal, and also in the districts of Urdesa, Kennedy, Alborada, and Malecon Simon Bolivar.

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

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

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

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

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

Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry. Otherwise, entry to the country will be denied.  

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

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

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

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


GUAYAQUIL (with jurisdiction over the Republic of Ecuador)

Edificio Equidor
Km. 2.5 de la Avenida Carlos Julio Arosemena
Junto al conjunto residencial Alta Gracia
Guayaquil, Ecuador
P.O. Box Urdesa Guayaquil 09-066140
Tel: 00593 4 22001145, 00593 4 2200910 and 00593 4 2200709
Mobile: 00593 994 360 900
Email: maltaconsul.guayaquil@gov.mt


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

Av. 12 de Octubre N26-141 y Orellana,
Edificio Jerico Piso 10 Of. 10-A
Quito, Ecuador
Tel: 00593 2 252 0005
Email: enefreile@yahoo.com; maltaconsul.quito@gov.mt



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

Egypt 10/05/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

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, due to the tensions in the surrounding regions of the country and also because of the increase in criminal activity and continued terrorist attacks.

Egypt has been experiencing a political turmoil that has involved violent protests and demonstrations. Terrorist groups have been threatening the Egyptian government, military installations, western nationals, institutions, businesses, and aviation. Recent attacks include the bomb attack of 24 March 2018, two days before the Presidential elections, which targeted the Egyptian Security Chief. 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. However, 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 all travel to the Governorate of North SinaiIn 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. 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, and Imbaba (Giza).

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.

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

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 (+356) 21242191.

El Salvador 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Equatorial Guinea 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Eritrea 01/06/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Travel Advice

Eritrea
01/06/2018

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Etritrea against all travel within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Ethiopia (Except Senafe), due to the clashes between both countries. Tensions remain high, and there is a risk of further violence. Moreover, MFTP advises against all travel to within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Sudan (except Tessenei), due to ongoing reports of armed groups operating in and around the border area. Travellers are also advised against all travel to within 25km of Eritrea’s border with Djibouti, due to the unresolved situation following clashes between both countries. Additionally, following the protests in October 2017 that saw local security forces firing shots to disperse the crowd, Maltese citizens in Eritrea are advised to avoid gatherings and exercise caution.
Moreover, it is important to note that travellers wishing to leave Asmara must apply in advance for a travel permit at the Ministry of Tourism.
Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out. Hence, tourists must be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded and public areas. It is important to follow the advice of local authorities.
Crime levels are low in Eritrea, but travellers must not walk alone at night, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. It is important to note that a good proportion of the population has access to arms, but it is unknown whether such weapons have increased the threat of violent crime.
Travellers must be vigilant when driving. Whereas driving on main roads away from border areas is generally safe, it is important to avoid travelling after dark in rural areas. Road signage and barriers are scarce, and many roads are impassable during the rainy season. Due to the presence of minefields, tourists must avoid driving on non-metalled roads and walking or hiking in the countryside. Tourists engaging in sea travel must be wary of piracy, which remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There are three public hospitals in Asmara, but those in other towns are often poorly equipped. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 122244 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
The photography of government and military installations is strictly prohibited, and permits are required in certain places.
Homosexual behaviour is illegal.  
Travellers must dress in a conservative manner, due to predominantly Muslim areas.
All electronic items should be declared upon arrival.
There are no credit card of ATM facilities in Eritrea, and the economy is completely cash-based.
Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Eritrea, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Estonia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) 01/06/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Office/Home: 493 Bauhinia Road, Coates Valley, Manzini
Tel/Fax: 00268 25058151
Email: amansoor@swazi.net; maltaconsul.manzini@gov.mt

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

Ethiopia 24/08/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Ethiopia 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)

• within 10 km of the borders with Sudan and Kenya

• within 10km of the border with Sudan, except for the principal road to the Metema crossing point

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

• within 10 km of the border with South Sudan and Kenya

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

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

all other areas of the Ethiopian Somali Region, including Siti zone, Fafan zone (with the exception of the main road and railway line to Djibouti), and the areas of Liben and Afder zones more than 100km from the Somalia and Kenya borders

On 5 June 2018, the Ethiopian government lifted the state of emergency that was declared in February. However, protests and demonstrations can occur at short notice in Addis Ababa and other cities. On 23 June, a rally supporting the Prime Minister of the country was disrupted by a grenade attack, which injured many people. Terrorists attacks are likely to happen, and these could occur in places visited by foreigners.

Maltese nationals are advised to exercise caution, avoid crowds, and be vigilant, especially in public places like transport hubs, hotels, restaurants, bars, and places of worship. There is also a threat of kidnapping in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

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. 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.

Road travel is dangerous due to poor driving standards, unlit areas, and the presence of livestock. Traffic accidents are also regular, and some are fatal. 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.

Border areas are dangerous due to tensions and clashes in a number of locations, including the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and Tigray and Afar. Sudan, South Sudan, and Kenya not only witness tensions but also banditry. The Somali region also experiences local instability, lawlessness, banditry, and military activity. There are continuing tension and violence between this area and Oromia. Terrorist groups have been clashing with government forces, especially in Ogaden, and foreigners have also been caught up or targeted in the violence. The Gambella region also witnesses violence and clashes between tribes.

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.

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

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

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

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


MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants Street
Valletta,
MALTA
Tel:  +356 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Fiji 30/08/2018

Exercise vigilance

On 29 August, a tsunami warning was issued for Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia following a strong earthquake in the Pacific Ocean. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Fiji to exercise vigilance and stay alert. It is important to monitor weather forecasts and to follow the instructions issued from local authorities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Finland 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

France 28/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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 and controls nationwide, adopting specific security measures in places deemed "sensitive" such as airports, stations, subways, large shopping centres, markets and in the major urban centres.

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. One should also make sure to allow extra time for his/her journey.

A series of rolling strikes are planned on SNCF trains, comprising 2 days of strikes every 5 days, between 3 April and 28 June 2018. Strike dates can be found on the SNCF website. Be aware that strikes and disruptions may occur outside of these dates. You should check with your train operator for updates before travelling.

Maltese nationals are also advised to remain vigilant in public, especially crowded, places, and to follow the advice of the local authorities.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Malta,
Address: 23 rue d’Artois, (2nd floor), 75008 Paris, France                      
Tel: 0033 (1) 5659 7590
Mob: 0033 648 360798
Email: maltaembassy.paris@gov.mt

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

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 28/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Most visits to The Gambia are trouble-free although, 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 and when visiting isolated beaches and markets.. Caution is also advised in respect of persons who approach tourists on beaches offering guide or tour services.

Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out; therefore it is important to remain vigilant. It is recommended that the necessary precautions are taken against malaria and the transmission of HIV/AIDS. All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, 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: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Georgia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Germany 28/05/2018

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 temporarily in operation at the land border between Germany and Austria, Denmark and Sweden have been extended.  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.
Even though the German authorities have successfully disrupted planned attacks and made a number of arrests, the risk of terrorism in the country is very high. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in public places visited by foreigners. The German government has announced that increased security has been put in place as a precaution at public buildings, major events, transport hubs and large public gatherings. In this regard, one should make sure to exercise caution in such areas, and to adhered to and follow any instructions given by the local security authorities at all times.

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.



Greece 28/09/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens in Greece to exercise extreme caution, and to meticulously follow the advice of local authorities in view of the severe weather conditions which have hit and/or are expected to hit the region. The Mediterranean Tropical-like cyclone is predicted to form in the Ionian sea and will bring torrential rain and gale force winds to southern Greece, before reaching Attica, the island of Evia and the Cyclades.  Over the weekend, this low-pressure system will be picked up and intensify as it accelerates toward the Northeast and toward Greece, where it will approach areas of Peloponnisos, Attiki, Crete and Aegean sea and Western Turkey.

According to the warnings issued by the Greek National Meteorological Service (NMS) on Thursday, September 27, 2018, bad weather will prevail over the next few days in the country with the main features of heavy rains and storms and heavy winds. Damaging winds will continue with the system as it progresses north-eastward through Greece and Turkey on Saturday and Sunday.  For current weather reports we encourage all travellers to consult and regularly monitor the NMS website at: http://www.emy.gr/emy/en/

Cyclones are often accompanied by damaging high tides, hence people living in coastal areas are particularly at risk. Landslides and flooding can occur anywhere and could severely disrupt the essential services such as transportation; power distribution; water and food supply; telecommunications networks; emergency services and medical care amongst others. All Maltese nationals who are currently in the region, or are planning to travel to the affected areas, should be wary of aftershocks, ensure to follow the advice of the local authorities, monitor the local news, and check with transportation companies for any changes or cancellations of schedule. The General Civil Protection Secretariat's is publishing up-to-date information and further guidance on their website at https://www.civilprotection.gr/en/severe-weather-phenomena.

For information and announcements about the current situation and the road network due to the floodwaters inflow into it, citizens can visit the ELAS website. www.astynomia.gr .

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

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

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

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

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

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

Same-sex relations are legal in Greece. However, public attitudes towards homosexuality vary throughout the country. In rural areas, public displays of affection may be frowned upon.

The photography of military/official installations is prohibited.


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

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA
96, Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, 11528 Athens, Greece
Tel: (0030) 210 778 5138, 210 778 5235
Fax: 0030 (210) 778 5242
Emg Mobile: (0030) 694 562 6075
Email: maltaembassy.athens@gov.mt

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

Grenada 28/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

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

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

Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.
It is an offence to wear camouflage clothing, and this applies also for children.
Attitudes towards LGBT are mostly conservative, and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Guadeloupe 27/09/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Guatemala 27/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Guatemala to exercise caution. Even though the volcano Fuego has stopped eruption, the possibility of eruptions always exists.  Travellers are still advised to monitor local media and seek local advice prior to visiting volcano areas. It is important to contact the local tourist authority PROATUR for the latest information, and to consult the Guatemalan Meteorological Office (INSIVUMEH) and the disaster agency (CONRED) for information of access and restrictions. Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high rate of violent crimes. The majority of such crimes involves local gangs, but incidents can also occur in tourist areas. In fact, there have been armed attacks on tourists travelling to/from major tourist sites. Travellers must note that no parts of Guatemala City are crime-free. Car-jacking and armed hold-ups are common on the main road ‘Carretera Salvador’ leading from Guatemala City to the border with El Salvador. The crossroads at Fraijanes, San Jose Pinula and Las Luces are also focal points for express kidnappings. Such attacks, including sexual assault, can occur anywhere and at any time of the day. Those who resisted attack have been killed or injured. travellers are also advised to avoid the Godinez by-pass via Patzun between Guatemala City and Panajachel. Use the Pan American Highway to Sololá instead. You should also avoid the road between Cocales (Suchitepequez) and San Lucas Toliman (Atitlan) if possible. Particular care must be taken at the border areas.

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

It is not advisable to travel alone or at night, especially at border crossings or quiet areas. Group travel or travel with a reputable company is advisable in case of travel to remote areas. PROATUR, which is a tourist assistance service offered by the country, issues useful advice (e.g. routes to take and places to avoid) and security information. They are also able to offer an escort service for tourists travelling in certain areas. It is generally advisable to take a radio or hotel taxi for shorter trips within towns and cities.
It is generally safe for tourists to travel on main roads, but quieter roads experience a greater risk. Travel in convoy is ideal, if possible. It is important to note that it is illegal to have more than one person riding a motorcycle. Travel on public buses must be avoided, due to an increase in armed attacks by local gangs. There have been incidents of violent muggings (including rape and assault) against foreigners on such buses. Even though private coaches are safer, these may also be attacked.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In some places, tourists are able to carry a photocopy of identification documents. However, in certain locations, people may be fined or detained if they cannot produce an original passport or a certified copy.
Homosexuality is not illegal, and many places are tolerant. However, outside Guatemala City, attitudes are more conservative, and public displays of affection must be avoided.

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

Honorary Consul in Guatemala
2 Avenida ‘A’ 13-34 Zona 1,
3rd Floor, Office 3 B,
Edificio El Callejon,
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Tel: 00502 2538002
Fax: 00502 22538027
Email: avalladares@legapolis.com

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

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

Guinea-Bissau 15/05/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Guinea-Bissau to avoid non-essential travel to certain areas.

The country suffers from political instability, and even though the security situation is currently under control, travellers must follow local developments and avoid sensitive areas (such as military installations). The border with Senegal is also experiencing a weak security situation. Demonstrations and public gatherings must be avoided. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and since the country contributes to the UN peacekeeping initiative in Mali, it may be considered as a legitimate target. Such attacks can take place at anytime and anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Crime rates are low, but due to the poverty in the country, travellers must be vigilant and avoid carrying valuables (including passports) in public.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are very limited, and it is advisable to have the necessary medication supply at hand, as supplies are likely to be unavailable. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and experiences occasional cholera outbreaks. Travellers must take the normal precautions to avoid HIV and AIDS exposure.

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Guyana 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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


Haiti 28/09/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers against all but essential travel to the Carrefour, Cite Soleil, Martissant, and Bel Air neighborhoods of Port au Prince, due to the high risk of criminal activity. If travelling around the areas, travellers should travel with a reliable guide, avoid all public transport, ensure that enough supplies are available at your end (e.g. water, food, fuel…) and avoid night travel. Travelling to and from Toussaint Louverture International Airport is also dangerous due to reports of violent robberies.

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

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

The political situation of the country is unpredictable, and demonstrations have become increasingly violent, travellers should avoid political rallies and demonstrations at all times.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of chikungunya virus, malaria, cholera, and dengue fever have been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers should only drink from bottled water. Moreover, it is important to exercise normal precautions to avoid HIV/AIDS exposure. Medical cities are very limited, and evacuation to a neighbouring country may be required.

Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. If bitten by an animal whist in Haiti, travellers should seek prompt medical advice. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Honduras 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Hong Kong 01/10/2018

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens to take normal precautions. Hong Kong was recently affected by a typhoon and resulted in significant damage. Such weather conditions sometimes may cause flooding and landslides. Maltese citizens affected by such weather conditions should follow the advice of local authorities.

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

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

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

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

Photography of military installations is not advised.

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt



Hungary 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

The Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country.
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Iceland 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

India 21/08/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to India to exercise caution and to avoid all travel to certain areas. Following the heavy monsoon rains in the state of Kerala, the waters have begun to recede in certain areas, but reports of heavy rain/flooding continue in Kodagu (Karnataka). Even though the local government has withdrawn the red alert, travellers visiting or currently present in Kerala/Kodagu should monitor media reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Many roads in Kerala are badly damaged, and thus it is important to carry out travel only if this is extremely required. The worst affected zones are the areas between Chalakudi and Aluva, including Kochi Airport. The airports of Trivandrum and Calicut/Kozhikode are operational, whereas Kochi Airport is closy until 26 August 2018 due to flooding. Travellers must still check with their airline/airport authorities prior their trip.

If you are in an affected area and require urgent help, you are advised to contact the helpline number of the region you are currently in:

• Kasargode: 9446601700
• Kannur: 9446682300
• Kozhikode: 9446538900
• Malappuram: 9383464212
• Thrissur: 9447074424, 04872363424
• Palakkad: 8301803282
• Ernakulam: 7902200400, 7902200300
• Alappuzha: 04772238630, 9495003630, 9495003640
• Kottayam: 9446562236
• Pathanamthitta: 8078808915


Apart from the above, Ministry advises Maltese nationals against all travel:

• in the immediate vicinity of the border with Pakistan, other than travel across the international border at Wagah;
• to Manipur l;
• to the tourist destinations of Phalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg Jammu and Kashmir with the exception of (i) travel within the city Jammu itself, (ii) travel by air to the city of Jammu, (iii) travel within the region of Ladakh.

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

Political gatherings occur frequently, and these may turn violent, especially in the election period. Such gatherings may also disrupt transport and public services.

There is a high threat from terrorism. The recent deterioration of the situation in Kashmir has led to an increase in security measures and supervisory checks in some areas (Delhi, Rajastan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharastra and Gujarat) identified as a possible target for attacks. Violent extremist groups are also active in the rural areas of Jharkand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and in parts of Bihar and West Bengal. Highly frequented places, such as markets, public transport, bus and train stations are mostly at risk. Be vigilant, especially in public places, and always monitor local media before planning your travel.

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

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

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

Passports must be machine readable, with 2 blank pages for visa. Moreover, passports must be valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.
In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may contact the High Commission of Malta in New Delhi on the following coordinates:


High Commission of the Republic of Malta,
N60, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi 110 017, India
Tel: 0091 11 4767 4900
Emergency mobile: 0091 9910443535
Email: maltahighcommission.newdelhi@gov.mt

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

Indonesia 15/10/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

Following the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia on 28 September 2018 that have affected Donggola, Central Sulawesi, and Palu City, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to the areas. Search and rescue operations were to be called off on 12th October, but the State of Emergency has been extended for two weeks, until 25th October. Maltese citizens in the area should be aware of the continued risk of aftershocks, tsunamis and landslides and should continuously monitor local media reports and rigorously follow the advice of local authorities.

The Indonesian Red Cross is working with local authorities to coordinate emergency and relief efforts and to provide support for those affected. Even though there may be significant damage, public infrastructure and facilities including airports remain functional for certain emergency flights only. The following is the current state of play of the airports in the regions:

- Palu Airport – remains opened but priority is given to emergency flights.
- Mamuju Airport – the tower building has significant damage but the airport is still functioning
- Toli-toli Airport – remains opened with flights functioning as usual
- Poso Airport – remains opened with flights functioning as usual
- Luwuk Bangai Airport – remains opened with flights functioning

Maltese tourists wishing to leave Indonesia are advised to contact the airport authorities and/or the airline to check whether the flights are operating.

Moreover, the following is the current state of play of ports in the regions:

- Pantoloan Port (Kota Palu) – severely damaged
- Wani Port – building and docks are damaged
- Ampana Port – no damage reported
- Luwuk Port – no damage reported
- Beland-beland Port – no damage reported
- Majene Port – no damage reported


Moreover, due to the recent volcanic eruption, travellers are advised against all travel within 4km of the Mount Agung crater in east Bali, within 7km of Mount Sinabung crater in North Sumatra, and within 3km of Mount Merapi, due to ongoing volcanic activity.  These are exclusion zones put in place by the local authorities. If you’re in either exclusion zone, you should leave immediately. The nature of the volcanos remains unpredictable, and eruptions can happen at any time without warning and cause travel chaos. If eruptions affect flight safety, airports could be closed. Maltese nationals should therefore contact their airline and travel operator for any updates if they are travelling to this region. The local authorities warn tourists and residents closer to the volcano to have protective masks available. It is useful that travellers remain following closely any developments through the media.

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

- Ambon, including Haruku Island, in the Maluku Province, due to unrest and violence;
- Palu, Poso, and Tentena, in the Central Sulawesi Province, due to politically-motivated violence;
- Aceh, due to a long period of internal conflict, politically-motivated violence,  and Shari’a law enforcement;
- Papua, due to violence and armed attacks, mass demonstrations, and kidnapping;
- West Papua, due to the possibility of unrest.

Terrorist attacks are very likely to happen, and these can occur in places visited by tourists. Recent attacks include a number of explosions in May 2018, which caused a number of deaths and casualties.

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

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

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations. Certain medications normally available in Malta may be illegal in Indonesia. Hence, travellers must have a copy of the prescription, indicating the quantity and need for the medication certifications, and other preventive measures required.
The country has a risk of Zika virus and bird flu transmission, and rabies exists in domestic and wild animals. Travellers must avoid direct contact with animals and must seek help if bitten or scratched. Health facilities can be poor in the country, whilst good medical care can be very expensive. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 118 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment. Travellers must also note that tap water is not potable in the country.
Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your departure from Indonesia.

Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.

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

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

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 10/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling in the country to exercise a high degree of caution due to tension in the surrounding regions. Moreover, travellers are advised against travel to within 100km of the entire Iran/Afghanistan border, within 10km of the entire Iran/Iraq border, the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, and the area between Bam and Jask, including Bam. These border areas are notorious for banditry and drug-traffickers.

Public demonstrations and rallies have been taking place in several cities in Iran since 28 December 2017. Currently, there is a heightened risk of demonstrations targeting Western interests. Maltese nationals are advised to stay away from any crowds or gatherings, and be vigilant and discreet in their behaviour. They should also refrain from taking any photos and from filming in public places.

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

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

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

Iraq 28/05/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The situation in Iraq continues to be precarious. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises against all travel to: Anbar province, Ninewah province, Salah-Al-Din province, Diyala province, Tam’mim (Kirkuk) province, in Erbil province, south of Road 80, and within 10km of the border with Ninewah province between Road 80 and Road 2.

Furthermore, the Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Iraq, including the remainder of the Kurdistan region. There is currently tension between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government following a referendum on independence from Iraq. Regular protests are held on Fridays in and around Tahrir Square. Avoid any demonstrations and follow the instructions of the local police authorities.

In December 2017, Iraq’s Prime Minister declared that Daesh (formally referred to as ISIL) had been defeated in Iraq. However, the risk of terrorist attacks remains. The security situation throughout Iraq remains uncertain, and could deteriorate quickly. Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Iraq. 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. A failure could lead to major flooding in the Tigris river valley, from Mosul to Baghdad.  You should monitor reports in the media and ensure you have contingency plans in place. The Federal Government of Iraq announced the resumption of international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports from 19th March. Travellers should check with airlines before making plans.  Iraqi Airways’ permission to operate to and from points in the EU has been suspended.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio, Merchants’ Street, Valletta, Malta
Tel. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Ireland 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Israel 25/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to avoid any travel to the following places due to the present tensions:

• The Golan Heights,
• Gaza
• The Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar and within 500m of the border with Lebanon (the ‘Blue Line’) east of Metula, including the northern edge of the town
• East of Route 98 along the Syrian border

The Gaza/Israel border has been experiencing mass protests since 30 March, which may continue. Violent clashes have occurred between protestors and security forces in Israel and the West Bank, including Tel Aviv, East Jerusalem and the Old City, and Hebron. Rocket and mortar fire incidents have also continued. Maltese citizens in the country must familiarise themselves with the safety actions in the event of a warning siren.

Maltese travellers are therefore advised to stay away from public gatherings or demonstrations to safeguard their safety. Travellers are also urged to follow the instructions of local authorities at all times and keep updated about the latest developments through the local and international media.

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

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA
50, Dizengoff Street, Top Tower,14th Floor,
64332 Tel Aviv, Israel
General: 00972 3 6295916
Emergency Mobile: 00972 5225 75 708
Fax:  00972 03 6295917  
Email: maltaembassy.telaviv@gov.mt
Emergency email: holyland.mftp@gov.mt

Italy 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Ivory Coast 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Jamaica 27/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling in Jamaica to exercise caution.

Following the declaration of a state of emergency due to recent violence and shooting incidents in different locations, the government has extended the state of emergency in the Parish of St James (including Montego Bay) until 31 October 2018, and the state of emergency in St Catherine North State until 2 October 2018. The Jamaican government has also extended zones of special operations in certain neighbourhoods in Kingston. These measures allow the military to support the police in joint security operations. Travellers in the area must exercise caution, especially if travelling at night. These security operations may result in road closures or travel delays. Demonstrations can occur across the country, and may lead to traffic and public transport disruption. Travellers must avoid all demonstrations as they can turn violent, and are often used by criminals to cover robbery and theft. Even though there is no recent history of terrorism in the country, attacks cannot be ruled out.

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

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

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

Jamaica is prone to seismic activity, and hurricanes are also common. Travellers must monitor local and international weather updates, and follow local advice, including any evacuation orders.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of stay.

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

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

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

Travellers importing meat and dairy products will have them banned.

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


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt  

Japan 01/10/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese citizens travelling to Japan to exercise a high degree of caution. Typhoon Trami has brought devastating effects and is forecast to continue bringing torrential rain, fierce winds, and disruption of essential services. Maltese nationals in the area are advised to monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities and emergency services, including any evacuation orders. Such weather conditions forced public transportation operators to shut down services, and Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have planned to cancel more flights. Travellers should therefore check with their airline and/or airport authorities to confirm whether flights will be operating.  

Furthermore, there is still some transport disruption in western Japan following Typhoon Jebi. For the latest information on flights, check the Kansai International Airport website. All travellers planning to travel through the affected areas, or use the airport, should follow the advice of local authorities, transportation services and check with their airlines for the latest updates. The Osaka Prefectural government is publishing up-to-date information and guidance on their website. For current emergency warnings (weather and seismic activity), one should consult and monitor the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Typhoons that hit Japan are often accompanied by damaging high tides, hence people living in coastal areas are particularly at risk. Landslides and flooding can occur anywhere and could severely disrupt the essential services such as transportation; power distribution; water and food supply; telecommunications networks; emergency services and medical care amongst others.

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

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

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

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

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

Japan is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, and typhoons are also common (especially in South Japan). Travellers must monitor local and international weather updates, and follow local advice, including any evacuation orders.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of stay. The passport or residence card must be carried at all times. It is important to carry your passport at all times. Travellers should check in advance for any visa requirements to enter the country.

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

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

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

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

TOKYO
(with jurisdiction over the territory of Japan)
Hon. Consul General
c/o The institute for Political Studies in Japan (IPSJ)
1-16-16-207k, Ohara,Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0041, JAPAN
Tel: 00813 3460 2392
Email: maltaconsul.tokyo@gov.mt; suzuki@ipsj-tokyo.org

HIROSHIMA
(with jurisdiction over Chogoku region)
Hon. Consul
CEO & Representative Director of Ondo Corp.
1-1-1 Hachihonmatsu, lida, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-0146, Japan
Tel: 0081 82 428 2211
Email: maltaconsul.hiroshima@gov.mt;

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

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.

Kazakhstan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Kenya 28/05/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

Due to the eruption of violent protests in Kenya over the presidential election results that took place in October 2017, 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 manifestations and crowded places; follow the instructions of local authorities at all times and to keep track of the situation in the country by monitoring the media and news reports. 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 but essential travel to areas on the borders with Somalia, South Sudan and Ethiopia, Garissa County, Lamu County (excluding Lamu Island and Manda Island), Tana River County north of the Tana river itself, and within the vicinity of the coast from the Tana river down to the Galana (Athi-Galana-Sabaki) river. It is also advised to avert trips of any kind in the arid and remote regions of the central North of the country, in particular the counties of Baringo, West Pokot and Laikipia.

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

There remains a heightened risk of terrorism and violent crime. There have been a number of attacks in Kenya in recent years, particularly in Garissa, Mandera and Lamu counties and other mainland areas close to the Somali border. Maltese citizens are advised to remain vigilant in public places and on public transport, 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
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.

Kiribati 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of 24/08/2018

Avoid all but essential travel

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

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

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

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

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

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

A photographic identification must be carried at all times.

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

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

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

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


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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt




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 10/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

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

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

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

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

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

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

Embassy of the Republic of Malta
Villa No.2, Street No. 105, Block 1, Mubarak Abdulla Al Jaber Area,
New Mishref, Kuwait
Tel: +965253 88045/6
Fax: +965 253 880 47

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

Kyrgyzstan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Laos 23/08/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Laos against all but essential travel to the province of Xaisomboun. The authorities have issued ‘red’ flood warnings for a short period for a number of locations between Vientiane and Pakse. In this regard, travellers are advised to avoid unnecessary travel in the Attapeu region, as rescue and recovery efforts are still underway. It is important to monitor weather forecasts and to follow the advice of local authorities.

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

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

Road travel may not always be safe due to the poor road conditions and poorly maintained vehicles. The risk of accidents increases after dark due to unlit cars and due to the presence of animals on the roads. Public transport may be unsafe due to overcrowded vehicles. When travelling long distances or overnight by public transport, it is important to take care of your possessions. It is important to exercise caution when renting a motorbike, as helmets are not always provided. Moreover, ne should not leave a passport as a deposit or guarantee for motorcycle hire due to reports of frauds where companies deliberately stole or damaged motorcycles in order to retain the passport and receive hefty payments. There is an ongoing danger in rural areas due to unexploded ordnance. The areas particularly in high risk are the Provinces of Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang, and the border zone between Laos and Vietnam.  Caution must also be exercised near the border with Burma, due to the well-known drugs trade route.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Latvia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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.

Lesotho 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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 24/09/2018

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).  Heavy clashes between militia groups in the southern Tripoli districts have led the Libya’s UN-backed government to declare a state of emergency in Tripoli on Sunday.

Heavy clashes between militia groups have been ongoing in southern Tripoli since 27 August 2018, resulting in numerous deaths and casualties. There is a risk of further escalation and fighting spreading to other parts of the city. On 31 August 2018 Mitiga airport closed and diverted incoming flights to Misrata following artillery shells landing near the airport. Airports remain vulnerable to attacks and may be closed or become inaccessible at little or no notice. Flights from Libya to the EU are subject to restrictions due to security concerns.

Sporadic and intense fighting between armed groups continues in a number of areas, resulting in civilian casualties and continued violence and human rights abuses across the country. Moreover, there remains a high threat throughout the country from terrorist attacks and kidnapping of foreigners, including from Daesh-affiliated extremists, Al Qaeda and armed militias. Extremist groups have specifically threatened and carried out attacks against foreigners and foreign interests in Libya. The situation in Benghazi is particularly unstable and volatile. Oil and gas installations in the country have been attacked by Daesh and Al Qaeda, and foreign workers have been killed or kidnapped.

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

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

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

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











Liechtenstein 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Lithuania 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Macedonia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Madagascar 30/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise extreme caution when travelling to Madagascar. Since the 2009 coup d’état, the country has experienced political instability. Following the political transition back to democracy, riots occurred in December 2014 in Morondava and Port Berge (Boriziny). Political demonstrations in the centre of Antananarivo are ongoing. Due to the possibility of violence at these events, one should make sure to avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those taking place in the area around Independence Square (“La Place du 13 Mai”) and the Town Hall.

Moreover, due to the general situation of extreme poverty and social inequalities, that characterises Madagascar, the level of crime has been increasing across the country, notably in the capital, the major touristic areas on the following roads: RN7, RN27, RN10 and the RN1B (between Tsiroanomandidy and Maintirano). A number of incidents involving violence and robberies to foreigners have occurred in Nosy Be and in Antsohihy, the port for Nosy Be on the mainland. Incidents have occurred during the day on beaches and at night in crowded areas. In light of this, all travellers are encouraged to exercise caution when travelling to the country and avoid carrying large amounts of money.

With regards to Southern Madagascar, violent incidents involving cattle rustlers (Dahalo) have caused fatalities to the north of Fort Dauphin, around the township of Betroka, along the west coast between Belo sur Tsiribihina and Toliara (Tuléar) and in the Commune of Ilakakabe (near Isalo National Park). The Ministry advises against all travel to Batterie Beach, north of Toliara (Tuléar).

On 27 November 2017, the Ministry of Health of Madagascar officially announced the containment of the unprecedented outbreak of plague in Madagascar, which started on 1 August 2017.. However, because plague is endemic in Madagascar and hundreds of cases are reported annually, Health control measures have remained in place until the end of April 2018. While the World Health Organisation does not advise against restrictions on travel based on the present situation, Maltese travellers may refer to the information note issued by the Ministry for Health through the following weblink:https://deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/health-promotion/idpcu/Documents/PLAGUE-%20information%20for%20travellers.pdf.

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:


Consulate of Malta
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.

Malawi 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Malaysia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Maldives 09/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to the Maldives to exercise caution. The declaration of State of Emergency of February was lifted by the local authorities on  22 March 2018. However, there could be further anti-government protests in the capital city of Malé and in a number of towns. Maltese citizens travelling to the Maldives should avoid any public gatherings and political protests, as these have also turned violent in the past.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in the Maldives, and these could occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high rate of theft. Travellers are advised to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored securely. The theft of possessions also is done on beaches and in hotel rooms. It is important to exercise vigilance when travelling to areas outside resorts, due to the increased rate of gang violence in populated areas, including the capital Malé. It is important to exercise caution when engaging in swimming and diving activities. Due to recent piracy attacks, the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean remain threatened.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Moreover, travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Medical facilities in the Maldives are limited. There is a risk of Zika virus transmission, and it is advisable to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 102. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

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

Travellers should respect local customs and traditions, and must be sensitive to local dress standards when visiting non-resort islands. Nudism and topless sunbathing are forbidden in the country, including on resort islands.

Same-sex relations are illegal, and could lead to a hefty prison sentence.

Alcoholic drinks are only available on resort islands, and must never be taken away from resorts.

It is forbidden to import materials deemed contrary to Islam (including but not limited to Bibles), pork products, and alcohol in the country.

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


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt  




Mali 14/05/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises travellers against all travel to the Malian provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao, Mopti, Kayes, Koulikoro, and Segou. Moreover, travellers are advised against all but essential travel to the rest of the country, in view of the critical security situation.

The first round of the presidential elections are set to take place on 29 July 2018, and during the election period, travellers are strongly discouraged to travel to Mali. The country is experiencing insecurity and absence of administration in several localities. Even though there is a security presence in Bamako, the southwest of Kayes, Sikasso, the south of Segou, and major cities, demonstrations can occur at short notice. Travellers are advised to avoid such gatherings, and to leave the area immediately in case a gathering takes place nearby.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in the country, and these could take place in areas visited by tourists possibly everywhere and at any time, with a a state of emergency in place since November 2015, until 31 October 2018. The north and centre of the country, as well as the Mopti region, are characterised by attacks and military combat due to active terrorist groups in these regions.

Foreigners are at a significant risk of kidnappings and attacks in public places such as bars, restaurants, tourist sites and public events. Moreover, the presence of bandits and smugglers along the northern borders of Mali poses a risk to travellers.

Travellers who proceed to Mali in spite of this advice should be extremely cautious and follow developments through the media. They should avoid crowds and follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Since medical facilities in Mali are very limited, a comprehensive insurance policy that covers emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. Travellers must carry a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit at all times. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company. Road conditions are often poor, and driving regulations are often not adhered to. It is advisable to drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid drinks with ice cubes.

Even though homosexuality is legal in the country, public affections are not well received.

The photography of military or government installations is forbidden, and travellers must ask permission prior to taking photos of people.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Mali may contact the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malta in Bamako on the following contact details:

Immeuble du Carrefour
Croisement route de Bacodjicoroni ACI/Route du Golf
Rue 565 Porte 2980
BPE 3302  Bamako
Mali

Tel:  00223 20 28 03 17
Fax: 00223 22 21 23 89
Email: maltaconsul.bamako@gov.mt

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

Marshall Islands 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Martinique 27/09/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


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

Mauritius 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Mexico 23/04/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Mexico to exercise a high degree of caution.  

Even though most visits are trouble-free, the security situation of the country can be risky for foreigners. In 2017, the country witnessed shootings in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Los Cabos. Moreover, in February 2018, 20 people (including foreigners) were injured from an explosive device on a tourist ferry en route between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. A week later, Mexican authorities discovered another typical device on the same route. Apart from the latter, several areas of the country, including Mexico City, have also been witnessing protests, which could be tense and turn violent. Maltese citizens travelling in the country must avoid such gatherings, as participation of foreigners in political activities can lead to detention and deportation. The Mexican authorities are making efforts to protect touristic zones, and police presence has increased in major destinations. Even though there is no recent history of terrorism in Mexico, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Drug-related violence is a major problem, especially in Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Durango, Baja California Sur (including Los Cabos), Michoacán, Guerrero, Jalisco, and Nayarit. Travellers must take particular care to avoid being involved in such violence between criminal groups. Armed clashes between drug groups and security forces can also occur at short notice.
Maltese travellers must be also wary of street crime, robbery, assault, and vehicle hijacking, which have also occurred in touristic areas. Violent crime has also increased in Acapulco and its surrounding places. Pickpocketing and theft occur frequently on transport systems. Tourists must avoid wearing expensive valuables, and must keep money and credit cards out of sight. Particular attention must be given at ATMs. Kidnapping also occurs for financial gain, and travellers must only use authorised taxis, due to reports of robbery and assault on passengers. Women must avoid travelling alone due to incidents of rape on transport systems and sexual offences occurring also in tourist areas. Travellers are advised to drink only boiled/bottled water and to avoid drinks with ice cubes. Foreigners have been robbed or assaulted after being drugged.

Road conditions are generally poor, with potholes and lack of street lighting making it more difficult to drive. Driving standards are low, and many cars remain uninsured. Travellers must be cautious as road regulations are not always adhered to.

Mexico is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, and hurricanes. Tremors occur on a regular basis, particularly in Oaxaca and Guerrero. In 2017, several earthquakes varying from a magnitude of 6.1 to 8.2 resulted to severe damage. The volcanoes of Popocatepetl and Colima are active and closed to the public. Maltese citizens travelling to all these areas must follow local advice and monitor local media for updates, whilst exercising a high degree of vigilance at all times. On arrival in Mexico City and other high altitude areas, travellers may feel a lack of energy, shortness of breath or headaches.

Maltese citizens travelling to Mexico must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In view of the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika and Chikungunya, all travellers are advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There have also been cases of cyclospora (food and water bug) and cholera.

Certain hospitals in the country refuse to deal directly with insurance companies, and therefore, travellers must be prepared to pay for the treatment themselves and seek a refund. Travellers are also advised to carry at all times a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, a copy of the passport biometric page, and a comprehensive medical kit. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 060, 065, 066, or 068.
The Mexican police may ask for proof of legal status, and European nationals were also detained without documents.

Same-sex unions are now legal in Mexico City and Coahuila, and homosexuality is tolerated throughout the country. However, public affection between same-sex couples may be unacceptable.

Meat and dairy products cannot be brought to the country from the EU.

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

Retorno Del Anahuac No 12, Lomas De Las Palmas,
Huixquilucan 52788, Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Tel: 0052 55 5291 2279
Email: maltaconsul.mexicocity@gov.mt

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

Moldova 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Monaco 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Mongolia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Montenegro 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Montserrat 28/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits are trouble-free and crime levels are low, travellers should take the necessary precautions and keep valuables (including passports) out of sight.

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

Tourists should have their passports valid for the proposed duration of stay. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

Homosexuality is legal, but throughout the island, attitudes remain conservative and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

Beachwear is not acceptable away from beach areas.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt



Morocco 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

Mozambique 01/06/2018

Exercise vigilance

Travel Advice

Mozambique
01/06/2018

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Mozambique to exercise vigilance at all times. At the end of May 2018, villagers were reported killed in the area of Olumbi, in the Palma district. Security presence and roadblocks have increased in the region. Moreover, protests and demonstrations can occur in cities at short notice. In this regard, travellers must follow local advice and also local news for updates. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in place visited by tourists.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, all travellers must be wary of street crime, which is at increasing occurrence in cities and tourist destinations. Such crime sometimes involves knives and firearms. Travellers must not walk alone after dark, and valuables (including credit cards, jewellery, passports, etc.) must be kept out of sight at all times. Cash withdrawing from ATMs must not take place at night. Kidnappings have also been reported, mainly in Maputo, and foreigners have sometimes also been targeted. Beaches and offshore islands experience lack of police presence, whilst some visitors have reported police harassment and bribe requests from the latter.

Due to road conditions and poor driving and vehicle standards, traffic accidents remain a common occurrence. Public transport can be hazardous due to poor maintenance of vehicles. Tourists travelling by car must keep the windows closed and the doors locked, due to reports of assault. There has also been an increase in carjacking reports, occurring particularly in Maputo and at certain border crossing points. Travellers must be vigilant when arriving at or leaving residential properties after dark. Ideally, it is best to avoid driving alone at night. Moreover, travellers are advised not to pick up strangers or stop to help distressed motorists or pedestrians, as hijackers sometimes use these techniques to trick motorists into stopping their vehicle.

Tourists engaging in sea travel must be wary of piracy, which remains a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. As of 19 February 2018, a total of 1799 cholera cases, with one death, have been reported since August 2017. Moreover, normal precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.

Hospital facilities are poor in the country. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 08911 or 21313103 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

The law of the country requires travellers to carry original identity documents at all times and present them on request to the authorities.

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

Even though homosexuality is not illegal, public affections may be frowned upon.
In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Honorary Consul in Maputo on the following coordinates:

Rua Fernao Lopes, 106, Maputo, Mozambique
Tel: 00258 84 3988524
Email: maltaconsul.maputo@gov.mt
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion may also be reachable on tel. (+356) 21242191 or on the following email address: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Myanmar 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Namibia 01/06/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

Travel Advice

Namibia
01/06/2018

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Namibia to exercise a high degree of caution.
Even though most visits are trouble-free, Maltese citizens must be wary of the growing level of violent street crime, which is affecting foreign tourists. Travellers in Windhoek must be wary of muggers and also pick pocketing, and must be alert to their surroundings, especially after dark. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. There have also been cases of credit card skimming at accommodation places. Car doors must be kept locked, and windows shut, especially in traffic, as gangs tend to try and rob from cars. Tourists must ask their hotel to recommend a reputable taxi company, as there have been theft cases where foreign tourists have been target victims.  
Road travel is considered dangerous due to the road conditions. Gravel/dirt roads have caused a number of fatal accidents, and punctures are common. It is important to stick to the main routes. Driving at night outside towns must be avoided due to the serious hazard posed by wildlife.
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Cholera is known to occur in the country, and an outbreak has been reported in the Kunene region. There were also reports of cholera cases in the regions of Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, and Khomas, and also a number of cases in Windhoek. Moreover, travellers must exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS.
There are good medical facilities in Namibia’s capital city of Windhoek. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 211111 (in Windhoek) or 10111 (elsewhere). It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
A copy of an identification document must be carried at all times.
Even though homosexuality is not illegal in the country, it is still considered a taboo by many. Therefore, public affections must be avoided.
There are no formal rules restricting photography, but there have been cases where people have been detained for taking photos of Presidential buildings. Hence, it is advisable to check prior to taking photography.
Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Namibia, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Nauru 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Nepal 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Netherlands 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

New Caledonia 30/08/2018

Exercise vigilance

On 29 August, a tsunami warning was issued for New Caledonia, Fiji, and Vanuatu, following a strong earthquake in the Pacific Ocean. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to New Caledonia to exercise vigilance and stay alert. It is important to monitor weather forecasts and to follow the instructions issued from local authorities.

Crime levels are low in New Caledonia, and even though most visits are trouble free, travellers should still take the normal precautions.

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

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. There have been confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus and Dengue fever, and there is a risk of Zika virus transmission. It is important to exercise the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 15, 17, or 256767 and ask for an ambulance. General health care facilities are good, but serious cases may require evacuation to France or Australia.
Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

New Zealand 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Nicaragua 06/09/2018

Avoid all but essential travel

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises against all but essential travel to Nicaragua.

The security situation remains highly volatile, and the country is witnessing ongoing violence in various locations. Tear gas and ammunition have resulted in serious injuries and deaths. These incidents can occur at any time, and can be unpredictable. Demonstrations and clashes have also been reported in the capital city of Managua and other areas, and all travellers must avoid such gatherings, as these have previously turned out violent. Moreover, it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to engage in such gatherings, even if these are peaceful, and foreigners participating in such events can risk arrest.
Due to the disorder in the country, major routes to the airport have been obstructed in several instances. Tourists travelling in the areas must exercise extreme caution and avoid affected areas. Even though Nicaragua has no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, all travellers must be wary of the significant rise in street crime, theft, and break-ins. Violent crime has occurred in Bonanza, La Rosita, Siuna, and Little Corn Island. Foreigners have also been victims of violent attacks in resorts and houses. Many criminals have weapons, and people who have resisted have also been victims of injury and even death. Travellers must not walk alone after dark, and must exercise vigilance when walking in poorer areas, markets, and around the old cathedral in Managua. Pick pocketing and theft are common at bus stations and on public transport. All travellers are advised to keep valuables (including credit cards, jewellery, passports, etc.) out of sight. In case of robbery, it is important to inform the police and request a signed and sealed copy of the report.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In view of the risk of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika and Chikungunya, all travellers are advised to take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Public hospitals in Nicaragua are not well equipped, but the capital city of Managua has newer and better-equipped ones. Some private hospitals in Managua report that the capacity limit has been reached.
Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call the Police on 118, or call for an ambulance on 128. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Travellers must use an authorised taxi with red plates, and with the driver’s photo and details clearly visible on the dashboard. Many people have been victims of theft and assault when using other taxis. Travellers must never take a taxi called for by someone else. Kidnappings of passengers have also occurred. It is important to take note of the number of the vehicle. It is common to share taxis with strangers, and it is always advisable to agree on the fare before the trip. It is advisable not to travel on buses after dark.

Road conditions are generally poor, with potholes and lack of street lighting making it more difficult to drive. Driving standards are low, and travellers must be cautious as road regulations are not always adhered to. Drink driving is a problem in the country. Tourists travelling by car must keep the windows closed and the doors locked, due to reports of assault.

Due to possible presence of old landmines in some rural areas, travellers must exercise caution in areas off main roads.

Nicaragua is prone to seismic and volcanic activity, hurricanes, severe storms, and flooding. Maltese citizens in the country are advised to monitor reliable local advice and media updates. Travellers must pay particular attention when swimming due to strong currents, which have resulted in drownings. Safety warning features are not assigned on the place.

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

The country has harsh restriction on the use of drones and related items, and travellers must not attempt to use the latter unless formal permission is given from the Nicaraguan authorities.

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

Calle Los Laureles #60, Las Colinas, Managua
Tel: 00 505 22772856
Fax: 00 505 22701074
Email: maltaconsul.managua@gov.mt

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

Niger 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Nigeria 05/07/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Nigeria against all travel to Galadimawa, following a gun attack which killed 7 police officers. Moreover, MFTP advises against all travel tothe 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. MFTP advises also against 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 the Abia State. This is due to the frequent violent attacks and risk of armed robbery, criminality, and kidnap in the areas.

Political gatherings and demonstrations can occur with little notice. It is important to avoid such gatherings, as these could turn violent. Protests in Abuja and other cities are increasing, in view that the 2019 presidential elections are approaching. Terrorist attacks are very likely to happen. Even though most attacks take place in northern and north east Nigeria, a number of attacks have also took place in other locations. Attacks have targeted public and crowded places, governmental buildings, transport systems, and educational institutions, amongst others.

Even though most visits are trouble free, Maltese citizens travelling to Nigeria must be wary of the high levels of violent street crime, comprising muggings, kidnappings, carjacking, and armed robbery. Foreign nationals tend to be perceived as wealthy, thus making an attractive target. It is important to avoid carrying large amount of cash, and to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. There is also a high threat of kidnapping, which can be motivated by criminality or terrorism. In the past 5 years, several foreign nationals have been kidnapped, and in some cases killed. Foreign nationals have also been victims of different forms of scams.

Road travel can be chaotic and slow. Quiet roads, poorly lit roads, and travel after dark must be avoided. Particular caution must be taken when in traffic jams or at traffic lights due to the risk of car-jacking. There are also authorised and unauthorised vehicle checkpoints where some are for security checks and others are to extort money. Public transport is also dangerous due to the poor state of the buses/taxis. If taxis must be used, one should use those offered by major hotels. If expecting a greeter or driver to collect you at airports, be wary of bogus greeters and ensure that the persons have identified themselves. Armed robberies and piracy incidents have also occurred in the Nigerian waters, the wider Gulf of Guinea, and on the rivers and harbour of the Niger Delta.
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In 2018, there have been three cholera outbreaks in Nigeria. Serious tropical illnesses (such as malaria, typhoid, and yellow fever) also occur in the country. On 1 March 2018 the World Health Organisation issued a notification of an outbreak of lassa fever in Nigeria. 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. There is also a risk of Zika transmission in the country. Health treatment in some locations may only be very basic. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is essential that one contacts the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Due to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2018, travellers may expect additional checks at Nigerian airports.

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

Homosexuality is viewed as unacceptable in Nigeria, and public displays of affection and participation in homosexual societies and organisations may lead to lengthy prison sentences.

The photography of government and military buildings, and airports may lead to arrest.

As Nigeria has the largest Muslim population in the sub-Sahara, it is important to behave and dress modestly.

It is illegal to import beer, mineral water, soft drinks, sparkling wine, fruits, vegetables, cereals, eggs, textile fabrics, jewellery, and precious metals into Nigeria. Moreover, it is illegal to export pieces of African art, particularly antiques.

Although Nigeria is mainly a cash-based economy, the use of credit/debit cards is increasing. Travellers must be wary of credit card fraud.

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


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio, Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Norway 30/05/2018

Take normal precautions

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals that Norway has extended the temporary border controls on its internal Schengen border until further notice. Immigration controls are currently 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.

The Government of Norway keeps a public alert system on terrorism. The current level indicates the risk of terrorism taking place is likely. All travellers are encouraged to the Monitor local media for the latest information on the threat level and follow the instructions of local authorities.

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

Consulate 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.

Oman 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Pakistan 30/05/2018

Avoid all but essential travel

In view of the fact that the security situation in Pakistan remains fragile, due to the high threat of terrorist attacks, kidnapping and factional violence,  all but essential travel should be averted. In particular, avoid non-essential travel to the Kalesh Valley, the Bamoboret Valley and Arandu District to the south and west of Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the city of Quetta, the city of Nawabshah in Sindh Province, and areas of interior Sindh to the north of Nawabshah. Terrorism and violent demonstrations remain persistent threats throughout the country.

Furthermore, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to avoid all travel to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, the districts of Charsadda, Kohat, Tank, Bannu, Lakki, Dera Ismail Khan, Swat, Buner and Lower Dir in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the city of Peshawar and districts south of the city, including the Peshawar to Chitral road via the Lowari Pass, northern and western Balochistan, and the Karakoram Highway between Islamabad and Gilgit. All the areas bordering the country, except the Wagah official border crossing point, should also be averted.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Pakistan. There’s a high threat of terrorism and sectarian violence throughout the country. Further attacks could be indiscriminate including in places visited by foreigners. Avoid crowded places such as pedestrian promenades, shopping malls, open markets, restaurants and places of worship. Remain extremely vigilant at all times, keep a low profile and exercise caution, particularly in areas regularly frequented by toursists. Monitor local news reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Public demonstrations and civil disorder are common in Pakistan. Protests can occur with little warning and while most remain peaceful, they can turn violent quickly. One should avoid getting caught up in demonstrations, large crowds of people and public events.

The new airport in Islamabad started operations on 3 May, with flights switching across from the old (Benazir Bhutto) facility. We encourage all travellers to check their flight details with the airline prior to travel, and to be prepared for potential delays or disruption. Allow yourself enough time to get through enhanced security checks.

All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether they need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, it is essential that travellers  are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals currently in Pakistan may contact the Hon. Consul in Pakistan on the following contact details:
                                                                                                                           
KARACHI
with jurisdiction over the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Gokal Chambers, Hotel Beach Luxury Road, Karachi
Tel: 0092 (21) 561 100-5
Fax: 0092 (21) 561 0760/61
email: maltaconsul.karachi@gov.mt

LAHORE
with jurisdiction over Punjab
36, Lawrence Road, Lahore 54000
Tel: 0092 (42) 3636 6666-70          
Fax: 0092 (42) 636 6665, 637 0509
Email: maltaconsul.lahore@gov.mt

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

Palau 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Palestine 25/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

Whilst not discouraging travel in the West Bank of Palestine (Palestinian Territories) the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to exercise considerable caution due to the unpredictable and tense security situation. It is important to monitor local media and to follow the advice of local authorities. Moreover, MFTP advises against all travel to:

• Gaza,
• Sheba’a Farms and Ghajjar,
• Within 500m of the border with Lebanon, East of Route 98 along the Syrian border

The possibility of terrorist attacks happening cannot be excluded in areas visited by tourists. There have also been protests at the Gaza/Israel border since 30 March. Gatherings and demonstrations must be avoided, as these may turn violent. It is recommended that travellers follow the instructions of the local authorities at all times and check about the latest developments through local and international media.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Moreover, travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 101. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

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

Travellers should carry a form of identification at all times.

Travellers should not take photographs of military or police personnel/installations.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals may seek assistance from the Representative Office of Malta in Ramallah, which can be reached on the following coordinates:


REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE OF MALTA
VIP Centre, 100 Al-Kawthar Street, Al-Bireh, Ramallah
Tel: 00970 (0) 2 2413210/1, 00970 (0) 2 2413217 (Representative direct line)
Emergency mob: 00970 597325481 or 00972(0)549963954/7
Emergency email: holyland.mftp@gov.mt

Panama 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Papua New Guinea 30/08/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens to exercise caution following the eruption of the volcano on Manam Island, located off the north coast of the country. This led to the evacuation of thousands of people to the mainland. The authorities issued a threat warning to aviation authorities to reroute flights due to the ash cloud. Travellers should follow the advice of local authorities and follow media reports.

The Ministry advises also against all but essential travel to the provinces of Hela and Southern Highlands, following the declaration of state of emergency by the government. Moreover, the areas, together with the provinces of Enga and the Western Highlands experience an increase in tribal fighting. Outbreaks of the latter are also common Port Moresby. Tribal violence may occur with little warning and can escalate very quickly and result in destruction of property, disruption of services, and serious injury. Travellers should avoid large crowds and public gatherings.

Following a period of conflict, it is important to exercise caution when travelling to Bougainville Island. The mountainous area around Panguna mine is a ‘No Go Zone’. Such zones must never be accessed, and foreigners who have entered such zones without authorisation have been questioned, and some had their passports withheld.

The border area with Indonesia, near the Sandhuan province, experiences occasional clashes and a tense situation. It is important to exercise a high degree of caution and be prepared for possible sudden border closure.

Even though there is no recent history of terrorism, attacks cannot be ruled out and these can occur in places visited by foreigners.

Papua New Guinea experiences a high level of serious crime, including carjacking, assault, rape, bag snatching, and robberies. Such crime is particularly present in the capital city of Port Moresby, and in the cities of Lae and Mt Hagen. Machetes and firearms are often used in thefts and assaults. Travellers should also be cautious in border areas, particularly in the area between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, which witnesses continuing conflict on the boundaries. Travellers should keep valuables (including passports) out of sight and stored in a safe place.

Road travel must be done in caution, especially in rural areas, due to the poor road conditions and low driving standards. It is important to keep doors locked and windows closed. Moreover, if night travel is required, it is advised to travel in convoy or with a security escort. Public buses (PMVs) must not be used, due to incidents of armed hold-ups and rape attacks on the latter. Taxis are available in major centres, but can still be badly maintained.

It is important to exercise a high degree of caution at Milne Bay, Rabual, and along the Kokoda Trail, due to the presence of unexploded ordnance from World War II.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The health authorities have declared an outbreak of Polio in Morobe, Madang, and Eastern Highlands provinces. Chikungunya virus and Dengue fever are also present, and there is also a risk of Zika virus transmission. Travellers should take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. The country also faces cases of Tuberculosis. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance by dialling 111. Health facilities are very basic and hospitals often run out of basic drugs or supplies. In serious cases, patients may be evacuated by air ambulance. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is essential that one makes contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

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

Travellers are forbidden to bring fruit, vegetables, and animal products into the country.

Marijuana and other narcotics are illegal in the country.

Homosexual acts are illegal, and could lead to imprisonment.

The country is prone to natural disasters, such as tropical cyclones and flooding. In case of such situations, travellers are to follow local advice and instructions from local authorities.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Paraguay 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Peru 28/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

Given that crime is a significant problem throughout the country, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises all Maltese nationals to exercise extreme caution when travelling to Peru. Petty theft, assault and armed robbery occur frequently in Lima, Cusco, Arequipa and other major cities. One should make sure to maintain a high level of vigilance, take the necessary safety precautions and avoid walking alone in secluded areas or at night. Moreover, if you are in Peru, or planning to travel to Peru, please monitor local news closely and follow the authorities’ advice.

Demonstrations and protests are common throughout the country and can turn violent quickly. In this regard, one should make sure to avoid large crowds, political gatherings and marches.  Strikes and roadblocks are frequent and may cause the interruption of services, including public transit, and the closure of businesses and government offices. Impromptu roadblocks may also affect travel within southern Peru, especially travel to and from the cities of Arequipa, Cusco and Puno. Protests in Puno can result in the closure of the border crossing with Bolivia, including Lake Titicaca.

Furthermore, be especially alert to the local security situation in the border areas with Ecuador and Colombia. If you’re crossing the Peru-Ecuador border (by land) you should do so at official checkpoints only, as unexploded landmines pose a safety threat. Avoid non-essential travel to areas within 20 km of the border with Colombia due to drug trafficking and occasional incursions by armed guerrilla forces from Colombia into Peru.

Even though domestic terrorism is largely restricted to the remote jungle areas of Peru where the Shining Path guerrilla group is present, attacks can’t be ruled out. Due to the occurrence of terrorist and organized criminal activity, which are intricately linked, there is a higher risk to your safety in regions where there is intensive coca cultivation and processing, including the Alto Huallaga, Aguaytia, Apurimac-Ene and Mantaro river basins (a region referred to as VRAEM). In view of this, and due to the state of emergency in force, we advise against all necessary travel to the following areas:

• the districts of Kimbiri, Pichari and Vilcabamba, Inkawasi, Villa Virgen and Echaratie districts in La Convención province, and the Ccapacmarca district (Chumbivilcas province) in the department of Cuzco (the city of Cuzco and Machu Picchu are not affected);
• Huallaga and Tocache provinces in the department of San Martín;
• the Upper Huallaga and Ene river valleys in the departments of Huánuco and San Martín;
• Padre Abad province in the department of Ucayali;
• Huacaybamba, Humalíes, Leoncio Prado and Marañón provinces in the department of Huánuco;
• Concepción and Satipo provinces, and Santo Domingo de Acobamba and Pariahuanca districts (Huancayo province) in the department of Junín;
• Tuman district (Chiclayo province) in the region of Lambayeque;
• Tavacaia province in the department of Huancavelica;
• the districts of Abancay, Andahuaylas, Challhuahuacho, Mara and Chincheros in the department of Apurímac;
• Huanta and La Mar provinces, in the department of Ayacucho.
• Apurimac-Cusco-Arequipa transportation corridor and the On the Putumayo river, near the Colombian border.

Furthermore, we advise all travellers to stay alert when hiking in the areas in Huaraz Region of the Cordillera Blanca Mountains and along the Inca Trails. Be particularly careful in steep or slippery areas, which are unfenced or unmarked. Several climbers have died or suffered serious injuries after falling while climbing Huayna Picchu, a peak near Machu Picchu.
Given that there is evidence of ongoing Zika virus transmission in Peru, we encourage all Maltese nationals travelling to/present in the country to take the necessary health precautions and adopt meticulous measures to prevent mosquito bites. Moreover, given that Yellow fever, Dengue fever, and Chikungunya virus are endemic in certain areas, vaccination against mosquito-borne diseases is strongly recommended. Attention should also be paid to food hygiene and only bottled water should be consumed.
All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether you need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, ensure that you are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance.

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

AREQUIPA
with jurisdiction over the regions of Arequipa, Apurimac, Cuzco, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna
Urbanización Challapampa I-23 Cerro Colorado, Arequipa, Peru
Tel: 0051 54 202122
Fax: 0051 54 202525/ 202626
Email: maltaconsul.arequipa@gov.mt; mchirinos@michell.com.pe

LIMA
with jurisdiction over the regions of Amazonas, Ancash, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Callao,
Huancavelica, Huánuco, Ica, Junín, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Loreto, Pasco, Piura, San Martín, Tumbes and  Ucayali
Av. Comandante Espinar # 470-G, Lima 18, Lima, Peru
Tel: 00 (511) 4401331, (511) 2225438
Email: dentalsol@yahoo.es; maltaconsul.lima@gov.mt



Philippines 06/06/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises all Maltese citizens against all travel to western and central Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago, due to terrorist activity and clashes in the areas. Moreover, MFTP advises against all but essential travel to the rest of Mindanao and to the south of Cebu province, up to the municipalities of Dalaguete and Badian. Apart from terrorist activities in these areas, attacks are very likely to happen across the country, with the high possibility of occurring in the capital city of Manila and in places visited by tourists. Some groups have pledged allegiance to Daesh, and are likely to regard western nationals as legitimate targets. Militant groups also operate in rural areas, and armed clashes can occur at any time. There have been incidents of clashes where tourists have been injured.

Terrorist groups have also threatened to attack passenger ferries and other vessels, especially those operating from Mindanao. In view of this, travellers are advised to avoid using public transport in Mindanao.

The Philippines Bureau of Immigration has specifically warned foreigners against participation in protests and demonstrations, as this is considered as violation of Philippine immigration laws.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of the high level of violent crime. European nationals have been caught up in some incidents, even if they were not targeted. Street crime and robbery are very common. It is important to keep valuables (including passports) in a safe place and out of sight. Travellers must pay attention to their food and drinks due to spiking, and strangers offering drinks or confectionary must be refused. The Philippines government has declared a national state of emergency, and heightened security measures are in place, including in airports and other major transport centres. One should allow extra time to pass through security, if travelling in or through the Philippines at this time and make sure that all required documentation are available.  It is recommended to carefully follow these instructions and to closely follow developments in the media.

Public transport is dangerous, due to armed hold-ups occurring on ‘jeepneys’ and buses, and also due to poor standards. The rate of kidnapping has also increased, and foreigners have been targeted in rural, urban and coastal areas, on private boats, in marinas, and in resorts. This threat extends throughout the Philippines, both on land and at sea. Travel on ferries and passenger boats must be avoided, due to overloading, poor safety standards, and poor maintenance.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and mosquito-borne illnesses, such as the chikungunya virus and the dengue fever, occur all year round. In view of this, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Medical care availability varies across the country, and standards vary. Treatment in private hospitals may be very expensive. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Travellers must ensure that their passports are valid for the proposed duration of their stay in the country.
A copy of an identification document must be carried at all times.
The country is generally tolerant for LGBT travellers, but there remains a certain stigma outside urban areas. The current legislation does not recognise same-sex unions, and public displays of affection may be considered scandalous.


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

Honorary Consul of Malta
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.

Poland 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Portugal 14/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Qatar 05/06/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Qatar to exercise caution. Regional developments continue to cause local sensitivities. Travellers are advised to follow news reports, and avoid gatherings and demonstrations. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in June 2017. This has led to closures affecting road, air and sea routes between these countries and Qatar, as well as travel and residence restrictions affecting Qatari nationals. The land border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is closed.

All flights between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain are suspended until further notice. Due to these measures, travellers in the region are likely to encounter disruptions. Therefore, any Maltese citizens in the region are advised to check with their airline or travel agent before undertaking travel.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Qatar, and these could occur in places visited by tourists. The main threats include attack references on western interests, military, oil, transport, and aviation structures, and on crowded and central places. Moreover, terrorists are also threating to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. Thus, travellers are to remain vigilant and monitor developments through the media, and follow any instructions from the local authorities.

Most visits are trouble-free, and crime levels are low. However, female visitors should take extra care when travelling alone at night. Maltese citizens are also advised to make use of registered taxis only, and not to use taxis late at night or unaccompanied.

Road travel may be dangerous due to poor driving standards. The rate of road accident fatality is high. Travellers must note that even minor expressions of ‘road rage’ may lead to penalties. Travel to the desert can be dangerous, and it is advisable to travel in convoy and take a supply of water. Caution must also be taken in terms of sea travel. Many areas of the Gulf are sensitive, and vessels entering these areas have also been detained and inspected. Tensions may also affect routes, pose further risks of maritime attack. Travelling by Dhow vessels must proceed with caution, due to poor standards.
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Emergency medical treatment is exceptional, but can be quite expensive, especially for visitors. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. It is important to note that some prescribed and over-the-counter medications may be controlled substances in the country. Thus, it is important to carry medication in its original packaging, accompanied by an official letter signed from your doctor, indicating why it is required. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 999. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Qatar.

Travellers are urged to respect the Muslim culture and traditions of the country. It is important to dress modestly, including while driving. Women are expected to cover their shoulders and refrain from wearing shorts or skirts.

Homosexual behaviour is illegal in the country, and any intimacy between men and women may also lead to arrest.

Photography in certain sensitive locations may be prohibited or require permission.
Travellers must note that it is an offence to drink alcohol in public. Moreover, it is illegal to import alcohol, pork products, and religious books and material into the country. The Qatari law also prohibits the importation, sale, and purchase of electronic cigarettes and similar products. All luggage is scanned upon arrival at Doha Airport. Since Malta does not have diplomatic or consular representations in Qatar, in case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion on the following coordinates:

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt



Romania 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Russian Federation 16/07/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Rwanda 11/06/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

Overall, the Ministry has no particular adverse remarks regarding travel to this particular country. However, due to the ongoing insecurity in some neighbouring countries, all Maltese nationals are encouraged to exercise a high degree of caution in the areas along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

Tensions along the Rwanda/Burundi border remain heightened, with allegations from both sides of cross-border raids targeting local inhabitants. Thus, the security situation can deteriorate very suddenly. In DRC, the situation is likewise slightly unstable, particularly in the East where there are several active armed rebel groups. Incursions into Rwanda by these groups have occurred in the past, and have resulted into armed clashes. In fact, the border crossings between Rwanda and the DRC at Gisenyi/Goma and Cyangugu/Bukavu are currently open between 06:00 and 18:00.Yet still, both borders are liable to close at short notice and you should not rely on them as a point of exit from DRC.

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

With regards to the crime levels, in general these are relatively low across the country but there have been reports of increased instances of burglary, petty theft and mugging in Kigali in recent months.  Travellers should make sure to remain alert to their surroundings and take the necessary safety precautions, especially in crowded areas.

Given that there is a high risk of malaria and the frequent occurrence of yellow fever cases, we recommend all those present in/travelling to the country to take the necessary health precautions and adopt meticulous measures to prevent mosquito bites. All Maltese nationals travelling to the country are encouraged to visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before their trip to check whether they need any vaccinations, certifications or any other preventive measures. Moreover, one should make sure to have a comprehensive travel insurance.

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


Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt  

Saint Kitts and Nevis 28/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits are trouble-free, there have been incidents of crime, including murder, armed robbery, and sexual assault. Travellers should be vigilant when walking alone in isolated areas and after dark. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight, and stored safely in a hotel safe.

In terms of local travel, travellers should only make use of licensed taxis. Driving standards vary, as well as the road conditions. Night driving must be exercised with extra care due to unlit roads and poor visibility of signs.

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

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

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

It is an offence to wear camouflage clothing, and this applies also for children.
Attitudes towards LGBT are mostly conservative, and public displays of affection may attract unwanted attention.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Saint Lucia 27/09/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Saint Martin 28/09/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of petty theft and street crime. Travellers should avoid remote areas, especially at night. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. Purses and handbags must always be closed and safe.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of chikungunya virus have been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions, also to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Tourists should have their passports valid up to for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into St Maarten. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.

The Dutch law requires travellers to always carry their ID and a copy of their passport.

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines 27/09/2018

Exercise vigilance

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

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Samoa 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

San Marino 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Sao Tome and Principe 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Saudi Arabia 10/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals travelling to Saudi Arabia to exercise caution, due to tensions in the surrounding regions. Moreover, the Ministry advises against all travel to within 10km of the border with Yemen and against all but essential travel between 10km and 80km of this border.

The border between Saudia Arabia and Yemen is continuing to experience clashes, which are resulting in both military and civilian casualties. Missiles have been fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, with the most recent one in May 2018. Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in the country, with the main threat being from Daesh. These could happen in places visited by foreigners, and could target Western people and oil infrastructure, amongst others. The Saudi security forces have successfully disrupted a number of attack plots, but the scale of extremist activity is significant and attacks continue to take place.

Travellers must avoid public gatherings and demonstrations, and in the event of a missile attack, travellers must stay indoors and monitor the advice of local authorities.

Valuables including passports and tickets must be kept out of sight. Tourists must take particular care when travelling outside towns and cities.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in the country may call 911. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Driving standards are poor in the country, and travellers must keep to major roads, travel in convoy, and avoid travelling during the night.

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

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh- Olaya District, 7733- Abbas Al Rasheedi Street,
PO Box 94361, Riyadh 11693
Tel: 00966 (11) 463 2345, 461 5315
Fax: 00966 (11) 463 3993
Emergency Mob: 00966504201824
Email: maltaembassy.riyadh@gov.mt

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

Senegal 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Serbia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Seychelles 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Sierra Leone 04/06/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) advises Maltese citizens travelling to Sierra Leone to exercise vigilance.

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers must be wary of pickpocketing and mugging. Precautions against crime include avoiding crowds and political demonstrations, avoiding walking alone after dark, and refraining from carrying expensive items. Travellers are advised to minimise the use of public transport, taxis, poda-podas, and Ocadas, due to robberies. There have been incidents of European nationals robbed at knife-point, in the areas of Congo Cross, Wilkinson Road, Lumley Beach, and Aberdeen.

Road travel may be dangerous due to poor lighting in most roads and vehicles lacking lights. Wandering animals and pedestrians also cause accidents. Driving regulations are not adhered to. Travellers are advised to use well-maintained vehicles, and avoid road travel outside Freetown during the night. Ideally, travel outside Freetown is made in convoys.

The political situation of the country is stable, but travellers must avoid any political gatherings and demonstrations. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in places visited by tourists. Terrorist groups continue to mount attacks on beach resorts, hotels, cafés and restaurants visited by foreigners in the wider region. There may be heightened security in these places.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Rabies, Cholera, Lassa fever, water-borne diseases, malaria, and other tropical diseases are common to the country. It is important to drink or use only boiled or bottled water, and avoid ice in drinks. Moreover, the necessary precautions must be taken to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. You should contact your insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Maltese citizens travelling to Sierra Leone must note that passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the time of the visa application.

Telecommunication is not always possible in the country, and some areas have no mobile reception. Moreover, there is no public telephone system.

An identification document must be carried at all times.

Homosexual acts are illegal in the country.
Since the country is cash-based, bank or credit cards are only accepted in a few hotels in Freetown. ATMs are few in the capital, and travellers making use of them must be vigilant due to high fraud levels.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta
Tel (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Singapore 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire 01/10/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers should be wary of the common occurrence of petty theft and street crime. One should avoid remote areas at night, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight. it is important to ensure that purses and bags are closed and not easy to snatch. Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 911 or 913. It is essential that one also make contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the islands. Travellers should check in advance whether a visa is required to enter the country.

The Dutch law requires one to always carry the ID and to have a copy of the passport at all times.

Due to drug-related issues, travellers should never carry other people’s bags or packages.


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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt


Slovakia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Slovenia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Solomon Islands 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Somalia 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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 15/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Sri Lanka 30/05/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals to be cautious when travelling to Sri Lanka. There still remains a heightened level of security in some parts of the country, even though the state of emergency was lifted in 2011. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in places visited by tourists. Travellers must be vigilant at all times, and avoid military and high security zones. In certain areas (in particular, the north, east, Jaffna Peninsula, Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu, Mannar, and Vavuniya, there are de-mining and weapon clearance operations. The military is also present in some of these locations.  

Military and police forces are present in several places and security checks are often carried out. Maltese nationals are advised to follow the instructions of the local authorities.

Maltese nationals should avoid crowded gatherings and demonstrations, which could escalate rapidly. Military installations must also be avoided, and travellers must carry a form of identification at all times.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of credit card fraud, exorbitant pricing for tourists, and burglaries from hotels, all of which are increasingly common. Theft on railway transport is also common. There have been increasing reports of sexual offences, including on minors, and even in touristic areas. Western women continue to report verbal and physical harassment, and such incidents can occur anywhere, including in crowded areas. In view of drink spiking reports, food and drinks must never we left unattended. Women travelling alone or in small groups must take particular attention. There have also been reports of thefts from hotels and guesthouses, and therefore, it is advisable to keep valuables including passports safe and secure. Organised and armed gangs have been responsible for targeted kidnappings and violence.

Road conditions and driving standards are very poor, whilst driving regulations are not adhered to. Buses are poorly maintained, and even though tuk-tuks are available, one should still exercise caution. In case of sea travel, travellers must avoid the coastline and the adjacent territorial sea of the Trincomalee, Mullaittivu, Jaffna, Kilinochchi, and Mannar administrative districts, which have been declared restricted zones. Even though there have been no recent piracy attacks, the threat in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean remains critical.

Travellers should be warned that any behaviour that could be interpreted as religious disrespect could lead to prosecution. Tourists have been convicted for mistreatment of Buddhist artefacts and images, and European nationals have been refused entry to the country or were deported for having visible tattoos of Buddha. Travellers going into a Buddhist temple must wear modestly. Moreover, travellers must not pose for photographs standing in front of a Buddha statue. Photography of military bases, government buildings, and VIP vehicles is also prohibited.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Medical facilities are not always of a standard, and emergency treatment outside main cities is not easily available. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 011 2691111. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Extreme caution is advised when swimming in the open sea. Sri Lanka's coasts have strong, changing currents which even locals have difficulty in recognising. Monsoon rains can cause short but severe flooding in Sri Lanka. The monsoon season also brings with it a rise in cases of dengue fever. Therefore, it would be prudent to take all the necessary precautions against mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, cyclones can also occur.

Same-sex relations are illegal, and therefore travellers must not show affections publicly.

Travellers must carry a form of identification at all times.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in the country may contact Malta's Honorary Consul in Sri Lanka on the following coordinates:

17, Aloe avenue, Colombo 03 Sri Lanka
Tel: 0094 11 2 575 511, 0094112575501
Email: maltaconsul.colombo@gov.mt

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

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

Suriname 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Sweden 15/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Switzerland 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

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

Tajikistan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Tanzania 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Thailand 24/08/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

In view of recurring criminally and politically motivated violent incidents taking place in southernmost area of the country, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Thailand against all but essential travel to the provinces on the border between Thailand and Malaysia, including:
• Pattani
• Yala
• Narathiwat
• Southern Songkhla province. This advice against all but essential travel does not include areas north of and including the A43 road between Hat Yai and Sakom, and areas north-west of and including the train line which runs between Hat Yai and Pedang Besar.

Moreover, at the moment there is an elevated risk of floods in northern and north-eastern Thailand, due to an early monsoon and a dam collapse in Attapeu province in Laos. The following provinces are particularly at risk:
• Chiang Rai
• Mukdahan
• Nakhon Phanom
• Sakon Nakhon
• Yasothon, Roi Et
• Ubon Ratchathani

The Thai Meteorological Department continues to warn of heavy rain, high seas (Upper Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea) and the possibility of landslides and flash flooding. The Mekong River Commission has also issued flood warnings for Nakhon Phanom and high waters along the Mekong. Travellers should make sure to follow the advice of local authorities and monitor weather forecasts.

The political situation of the country is unpredictable, and at times volatile. All travellers must avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. After the military coup in May 2014, public life is relatively normal, but freedom of expression and assembly continue to be severely restricted. Travellers should be aware that criticism of the coup can lead to prosecution. Both Thai and foreign people, including journalists, and human rights workers, face criminal charges. Travellers are in general advised to follow carefully the instructions of the local authorities and to follow closely any media developments.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Thailand, and these could happen anywhere, including in places visited by foreigners. In April and May 2017, there were explosions in the city of Bangkok, and in 2016, planned attacks were successfully disrupted. However, since 2004, attacks in the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, and Songkhla have been regular, and foreigners were also victims.  

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of pick pocketing and bag snatching. Items have also been snatched on transport systems (including open transport, such as the tuk tuks), even during night travel. Travellers must ensure that valuables (including passports) are kept out of sight and in a safe place. Passports must never be handed over as a guarantee for rental, as there have been reports of owners keeping passports against claims of damage.

Unprovoked attacks and violent sexual assaults have been reported in tourist destinations such as Koh Samui and Krabi. Drink spiking has also occurred in these destinations, and travellers are advised to never keep drinks and food unattended, especially in Koh Samui, Pattaya, and Koh Phangan.

Incidents of credit card fraud and ATM skimming have also been reported. Travellers are also advised to be careful of the demarcation lines between shops and stalls, as travellers may be suspected of theft.

Road driving is unsafe in Thailand, and the country witnesses a high number of accidents, due to poor vehicle and driving standards. Maltese citizens have also been victims of this. Sea travel is also dangerous, due to poorly maintained boats and also overloading. Maltese nationals should also note that they should allow for at least 3 hours’ time to reach the airport due to roadworks on the route from central Bangkok to Don Mueang airport, which are estimated to last until September 2018.

It is advisable to be highly vigilant at border zones. The border between Thailand and Burma is witnessing occasional clashes between Thai security forces, armed criminal groups, and drug traffickers. At the border between Thailand and Cambodian, travellers must be wary of the risk of unexploded landmines.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Public hospitals may not always be up to standard. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Dengue fever is present in the country, and there is also a risk of Zika virus transmission. Hence, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 1669. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company. Travellers must also note that some prescribed and over-the-counter medicines may be controlled substances in Thailand.

Passports should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

Vaporisers and e-cigarettes cannot be entered into Thailand, and travellers caught carrying such items can face prosecution.

Thailand is generally a tolerant place for LGBT travellers.

It is also useful to note that in January 2018, a smoking ban was introduced on beaches in certain tourist areas, including in Koh Samui, Pattaya and in Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri and Songkhla provinces. Travellers should be aware that penalties for possession, distribution or manufacture of drugs are very harsh and can include the death penalty.

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

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Malta
76 Ekamai, 4 Sukhumvit Road, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Office Tel: 0066 2 235-8990
Fax: 0066 2 635-3993
Mobile: 0066 8 1616-7777
Email: maltaconsul.bangkok@gov.mt

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

Timor-leste 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Togo 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Tonga 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Trinidad and Tobago 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Tunisia 11/07/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Tunisia to exercise caution, following the incident of 8 July 2018 that saw militants attacking security forces in Ain Sultan and killing six members of Tunisia’s National Guard. 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:

• all other areas within 75km of the Libyan border, including Remada, El Borma, and the town of Zarzis
• the governorate of Kesserine, including the town of Sbeitla
• Within 10 km of the border with Algeria, south of Kasserine governorate, and within 30km of the border in El Kef and Jendouba governorates, including the archaeological site of Chemtou and the Biq region, west of Ghardimaou


The Ministry further advises to take all necessary security measures when travelling to the rest of Tunisia. There is an increased Tunisian security presence at the borders with Libya and Algeria due to cross border terrorist activity and fighting in Libya. Border crossings are sometimes closed temporarily without notice. Some violent incidents have occurred. Constant vigilance is advised.

In terms of crime, there is an occurrence of mugging, pick pocketing, bag snatching, and petty theft. In this regard, it is important to keep valuables (including passports) out of sight. even though rare, personal attacks and harassment do occur. Kidnap is a threat in the country, and the risk increases in border and remote areas. Potential targets include humanitarian workers, journalists, and business people.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in Tunisia may call an ambulance on 190. Health treatment can be very expensive; hence, travellers must ensure to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company. If travellers are bringing prescription medicines, it is important to have a note from their doctor, confirming that medication has been prescribed for the condition.

For stays of up to 3 months, passports should be valid for the proposed duration of stay. Travellers are also strongly advised to carry their passport and some form of photographic identification with them at all times.

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in the country, and sexual relations outside marriage are also punishable by law.

Photographs of sensitive buildings such as political and military sites must be avoided.


In case of difficulty within the country the Maltese Embassy in Tunis may be contacted on the following coordinates:

Embassy of the Republic of Malta
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 30/05/2018

Avoid all but essential travel to certain areas

Following the attempted coup of July 2016, the situation Turkey has calmed. However, a state of emergency is in place, due to the potentially volatile security environment. Demonstrations take place occasionally across Turkey, and these must be avoided, as some have turned violent and were even tackled with tear gas.

Since 2015, terrorist activity has increased in southeast Turkey, and attacks have also taken place in Ankara and Istanbul. Terrorist groups (including Daesh) have threatened to attack tourist sites, and the group has also targeted border crossings and locations near the Syrian border. Even though the Turkish authorities have successfully disrupted planned attacks in the past and tightened security, travellers should be highly vigilant, especially in high-traffic areas, on transport systems, and in tourist areas. Travellers must also be vigilant around religious occasions, as terrorist groups sometimes call for attacks around these times.

In view of the above, the Ministry advises against all travel to within 10km of the border with Syria and to the city of Diyarbakir, due to security operations against terrorist groups. Any travel to the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Hatay, Siirt, Tunceli, Adiyaman, Elazig, Erzincan, Mardin, Mus, Agri, Van, Sirnak, and Hakkari, should be undertaken only for essential purposes, because of similar operations, which can cause collateral damage. Moreover, travellers must note that the border with Armenia is closed.

Kidnapping is also a threat near the Syrian border, and this is routinely used by terrorist groups as a tactic. Humanitarian workers and journalists are seen as potential targets.

Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers must be wary of street robbery and pick pocketing, which are especially common in the touristic areas of Istanbul. Travellers are advised to buy their own drinks and beware of drink/food spiking. Valuables (including passports) must be stored safely. Passports have even been stolen from rented villas, even though kept in a safe. Rape incidents have also occurred, and sexual attacks have also occurred against minors. Travellers must use only registered taxis, and the registration number must be noted before using the service. Road conditions vary according to the location, and driving standards vary. Maltese citizens in the country must be alert to their surroundings, and remain vigilant in crowded places popular with tourists.

Travellers must carry their passport at all times, as it is illegal not to carry an identification document in Turkey. In some areas, including Istanbul, Turkish authorities are carrying out ID checks, and there are more police checkpoints on main roads.

Political statements made in public against the Turkish state, sympathy with organisations classified as terrorist by Turkey, as well as insulting or denigrating state institutions and high-level personalities are prohibited and will result in fines or imprisonment. Statements critical of the government on the Internet and social media can also be included in this offence.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The use/possession of some common prescription and also over-the-counter medicine is controlled. Therefore, a medical certificate confirming the reason why medication is being used is important. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call an ambulance on 112. If referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Even though homosexuality is legal in Turkey, many parts of the country remain conservative. Therefore, public displays of affection must be avoided, in order to prevent unwanted attention.

The photography of military/official installations is prohibited, and consent must be sought prior to photographing people.

When visiting religious places, travellers must dress modestly in order to avoid offence.

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

Embassy of the Republic of Malta
4th Floor
Ugur Mumcu Caddesi 88
Kat4 – 06700 Gaziosmanpasa Akara
Ankara, Turkey
Tel: 0090 (0)5050375829

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

Turkmenistan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Tuvalu 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Uganda 28/08/2018

Exercise vigilance

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Uganda to exercise caution. There is an increased political tension due to the by-election. A number of opposition Members of Parliament have been arrested. Protests are likely to increase and these can turn violent. The police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators. You should take great care and avoid all demonstrations and rallies where possible.

Moreover, the Ministry advises Maltese citizens in the country with the following:

• Inter-communal violence and occasional attacks on security forces occur in North-East Uganda. Even though foreigners are not usually targeted, one should still exercise caution.

• There have been clashes in the border area with the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. Travellers should exercise great caution and avoid all travel to the provinces of DRC that border Uganda, and to South Sudan.

• In Western Uganda, there have been a number of violent clashes. Travellers should exercise caution and avoid crowds.


Even though most visits are trouble free, travellers should be wary of petty crime and bag snatching. Foreigners have been victims of drugging and robbery on public transport and in bars. Travellers should take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. Food and drinks offered from strangers should not be accepted. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored in a safe place.

Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Uganda, and these could occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists. Travellers should be vigilant at all times, especially in crowded areas and public places.

Travellers should visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before any travels to check whether vaccinations or other preventive measures are applicable. Following the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2018, the Ugandan authorities have implemented additional screening measures at Entebbe airport and at border entries for those who have travelled from affected areas. It is advisable to use only bottled/boiled water and to avoid ice in drinks. Keeping spare basic provisions is also important due to times of supply shortage.

Road travel can be hazardous, especially outside cities. Apart from poorly maintained vehicles, driving standards are also poor and accidents occur at a high rate. Animals roam across the roads, and certain vehicles are driven without lights. It is advisable to avoid travelling outside main towns after dark. Travellers should avoid using matatus (minibus taxis) and boda-bodas (motorbike taxis) due to low safety standards and conditions. Muggings also occur on these transport systems. In case of boat travel, it is important to use a reputable ferry company. Boats tend to be overloaded with passengers and goods.

Medical facilities are limited, especially outside Kampala. In case of emergency, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Malaria and Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) are common in the country, and there is a risk of Zika virus transmission. Travellers should also take the necessary precautions to avoid HIV/AIDS exposure. In case of emergency, travellers may call for an ambulance by dialling 999. A comprehensive travel health insurance covering the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation is strongly recommended. If referred to a medical facility, it is important to contact your insurance company promptly.

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

Travellers should carry a copy of the biometric page of the passport at all times.

Homosexual acts are illegal, and could lead to arrest and imprisonment.

Travellers should refrain from taking photos of military, official, and diplomatic buildings, including Owen Falls Dam. Moreover, one should ask people for permission prior to taking photos of them.

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

Honorary Consul
9/11 Naguru Summit View Road, Naguru, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 00256 712 112345
Mob: 00256 750 112345
Email: nita_thakrar@translink.co.ug

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




Ukraine 18/10/2018

Avoid all travel to certain areas

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens in Ukraine against all travel to Donetsk oblast, Luhansk oblast, and Crimea.  The Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts remain highly unstable due to ongoing clashes between Ukrainian armed forces and Russian-backed armed separatists.

Russian forces have established full operational control in Crimea, and tensions remain high in the area. All transport services to Crimea have been cancelled, and foreign nationals planning to enter Crimea must provide their passport together with a special permit.

Moreover, following a large explosion at a Ukrainian ammunitions depot on 9 October 2018 in Chernigov oblast, the Ukrainian authorities have declared a state of emergency and established a 16km exclusion zone around the site.

Certain local companies offer tours to Chernobyl, and due to exclusion zones, travellers may require a permit.
Maltese nationals should avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, as they may turn violent. Terrorist attacks are likely to happen in Ukraine, and these could occur anywhere, including in places visited by tourists.

Even though most visits to Ukraine are trouble free, travellers should be wary of street crime and theft. Foreigners may appear as potential targets. One should avoid walking alone in the dark. Valuables (including passports) should be kept out of sight, especially in crowded areas.  If travelling by taxi, make sure to use registered taxi companies. Food and drinks must never be left unattended due to the risk of spiking.

Local driving standards and road conditions are pool, due to poor street lighting, accidents, and speeding.  
Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. State medical facilities are generally poor. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens, travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 103. It is essential that one also contact his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Passport validity depends on whether citizens travel with or without a visa. It is important to check in advance for any visa requirements.
Travellers should always pack their own luggage and refrain from carrying other people’s items through customs.

Smoking and drinking alcohol in public places is banned.

Travellers should carry their passport at all times due to passport checks on foreign nationals.

It is forbidden to take photos near government or military establishments.

Even though the Ukrainian Law does not prohibit homosexuality, public attitudes may vary, and public displays of affection may attract negative attention.

In case of difficulty, Maltese nationals in Ukraine may seek assistance from the Honorary Consul in Kiev on the following coordinates:

Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Malta
2nd Floor, 13/1, Chervonoarmiyska Street,
Kyiv, 01601 Ukraine
Tel: 0038 044 2355152
Fax: 0038 044 2355152
Email: pavlo@abglaw.ua; maltaconsul.kiev@gov.mt

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



United Arab Emirates 11/05/2018

Exercise high degree of caution

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese travellers in the country to exercise caution due to the current terrorist threats and also tensions in the surrounding regions of the country. Terrorist attacks are likely to happen, and these could take place in places visited by tourists. Current threats include potential attacks in the Gulf region against western interests, the military, oil infrastructure, transport systems, and public places.

Additionally, over the last two years, several missiles were launched from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, and there were claims that missiles may also attempt to target the UAE. In any incident, travellers must follow the advice of local authorities, and keep updated by means of local and international media.

Moreover, in 2017, the UAE severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, which has led to closures affecting road, air and sea routes between the country and Qatar, as well as travel restrictions affecting anyone with residence in Qatar. All flights between the UAE and Qatar are suspended until further notice. Due to these measures, travellers in the region are likely to encounter disruptions. Therefore, any Maltese citizens in the region are advised to check with their airline or travel agent before undertaking travel.

The majority of visits to the UAE are trouble-free, but travellers must exercise the necessary precautions. Lifts from strangers must never be accepted, and only recognised transport must be used. Travellers must protect their belongings at all times. Even though rape and sexual assault are rare, there have been reports of such attacks. Drinks must never be left unattended, and female travellers must be vigilant when travelling alone, especially during the night.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page must be carried at all times. Some prescribed and over the counter medicines are considered controlled substances in the country, and cannot be brought into the UAE without consent from the pertinent health authorities. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens in the country may call an ambulance on 998, and if referred to a medical facility, travellers must seek immediate contact with the insurance company.

Travellers are urged to respect the Muslim culture and traditions of the country, and should dress modestly. Same-sex marriages are not recognised and homosexual activity and behaviour have caused offence. Moreover, sexual relationships outside marriage are illegal and could lead to prosecution, imprisonment, and even deportation. It is important to note that it is against the law for an unmarried couple to live together or share the same hotel room, unless the persons are closely related. Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and it is best to avoid any affections in the public.

Driving regulations are not always adhered to, and offensive gestures and language to other drivers can lead to prosecution. With regards to sea travel, travellers must consider how regional tensions may affect their route, due to the potential risks of maritime attacks in certain areas.

Travellers must be wary of photography restrictions in certain places. Government buildings and military installations must never be photographed, and people must always be asked for permission to take their photo. Posting online material that criticises or ridicules the country may lead to prosecution.

Electronic cigarettes are illegal in the country, and travellers are prohibited from importing pork and pornographic material. Magazines, videos, and books may be scrutinised and even censored.

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

Villa 31, Almaqtaa Area, Bain Aljisreen,
10 Street, Abu Dhabi, P.O. Box 30501,
United Arab Emirates
Tel: 00971 2 4448646
Emergency Mobile: 00971 (0)50 468 3915
Email: maltaembassy.abudhabi@gov.mt

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

United Kingdom 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

United States of America 22/10/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Uruguay 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Uzbekistan 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Vanuatu 30/08/2018

Exercise vigilance

On 29 August, a tsunami warning was issued for Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji following a strong earthquake in the Pacific Ocean. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Vanuatu to exercise vigilance and stay alert. It is important to monitor weather forecasts and to follow the instructions issued from local authorities.

The Vanuatu government has also declared a state of emergency for the island of Ambae, due to the ongoing volcanic activity. The population has been evacuated to the island of Maewo. Travellers should exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.

Even though most visits are trouble free, and even though crime levels are low, travellers should be wary of burglaries and attacks on foreigners. It is important to keep valuables in a safe place, and avoid travelling alone and at night.  Road travel may be dangerous due to the poor state of repair of many vehicles (including public transport). Road conditions are poor and lack street lighting.

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

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The local authorities have confirmed an outbreak of Dengue fever in certain locations. It is important to exercise the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call 112 and ask for an ambulance. Medical facilities are basic in Vanuatu, and availability for treatment may be limited. Serious cases may require evacuation to Australia or New Zealand. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Travellers should contact the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility.

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

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

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

It is important to respect local customs and religious sensitivities.

Even though homosexuality is legal, public displays of affection may cause offense and attract unwanted attention.

It is important to ask people’s permission prior to taking photos of them.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Venezuela 30/05/2018

Avoid all but essential travel

On account of the fact that Venezuela is still mired in an economic, political and social crisis, all unnecessary travel to the country should be averted. 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. Moreover, the situation may be exacerbated.
 
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 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, Ciudad Guayana, Maturín, Cumaná, la Gran Barcelona and Maracaibo.  Law enforcement presence in these cities is significantly reduced and incidents of violent crime are on the rise. Even the sub-urban areas are particularly at risk, particularly those of the Bolivar and Amazonas States,  along with the rural areas of the central states of the country (Carabobo, Aragua, Miranda, Guárico and Anzóategui) and the regions bordering the Colombia The Ministry advises against all but essential travel to the rest of the country.

Maltese nationals are therefore advised to be vigilant at all times and to follow the instructions of the local authorities. Utmost caution and discretion is advised, particularly in large cities and in the main airports. 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: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Vietnam 09/05/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Virgin Islands (British) 01/10/2018

Take normal precautions

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

Even though most visits are trouble-free, travellers should be wary of incidents, including armed robbery. Travellers should avoid walking alone in isolated areas and after dark, and valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight and stored safely in a hotel safe. Windows and doors of the accommodation must be locked whilst you are out and during the night.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the island to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. The country has a risk of Zika virus transmission, and cases of Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed. Travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is also a risk of Dengue fever. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. In case of emergency, Maltese citizens travelling in the country may call for an ambulance on 999 or 911. It is essential that one also make contact with his/her insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.
Passports should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. It is important to check in advance whether a visa is required to enter the islands.
The local law makes homosexuality legal, but local attitudes may still be conservative, and public displays of affection between same-sex couples may lead to negative attention.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio,
Merchants’ Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt



Yemen 21/06/2018

Avoid all travel

Travel Advice

Yemen
21/06/2018

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens against all travel to Yemen (mainland and islands), and urges Maltese citizens in the country to leave immediately. The political and security situation remain extremely volatile, and the country is witnessing ongoing fighting between competing factions. Large parts of the country are affected by daily bombardments, rocket attacks, and ground combat.  Clashes and casualties have also occurred at the border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia. State institutions are only very limited in their functioning nationwide, and large parts of the country are not under the control of the government. The state security organs are only partially functional and cannot guarantee sufficient protection.

Terrorist attacks are frequent, and the threat of attacks, kidnap, and unlawful detention against foreigners from terrorist groups, local militia, armed tribesmen, and criminal groups continues.

Kidnap is a constant threat across the country, with hundreds of people having been kidnapped in the last 15 years. These have occurred at any time of the day and in different locations, including public places and also in the victims’ accommodation. Foreign people (including oil and gas workers, teachers, students, and journalists) are the legitimate targets for kidnap. In view of the above, travellers already in Yemen are advised to avoid places frequented by foreign nationals and to follow local advice.

Due to poor driving standards, severe fuel shortage, and landmines, road travel in the country is very dangerous. Air travel has also been affected by the conflict, with airports facing temporary suspension or closure. It is important for travellers to check with their airline prior to travelling to any airport. The conflict also extends to Yemeni territorial waters, and there is still a risk of piracy and casualties off the coast of Somalia and its neighbouring states, as well as in adjacent waters. Ships in the Indian Ocean (around the Seychelles and Madagascar) as well as in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Yemen and Oman are also at risk from being attacked and captured. The islands in the Red Sea are for the most part military restricted areas. Conflicts with Eritrea occur regularly due to fishing rights in the Red Sea. In the Bab al-Mandab area and Somalia offshore waters, piracy incidents and refugee smuggling issues from Somalia to Yemen are increasingly being reported.

Weapens are readily available in Yemen, and tribal disputes over land are common.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Travellers must have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation, and a copy of the passport biometric page and a comprehensive medical kit must be carried at all times. Due to an outbreak of cholera, travellers are advised to take the proper precautions. Health facilities are poor, especially away from main towns. In case of emergency, travellers may call an ambulance by dialling 191. It is essential that one also make contact with the insurance company promptly if referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Passports must be valid for the proposed duration of stay.

Travellers must be cautious when using cameras near military or religious sites, and it is important to have people’s consent, prior to taking pictures of them.

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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio, Merchants Street,
Valletta, Malta
Tel. no. (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

Zambia 31/05/2018

Exercise vigilance

Travel Advice

Zambia
31/05/2018


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

Following political tensions in 2017, the general security conditions in Zambia have since remained largely stable. However, political gatherings and demonstrations may still take place. Travellers must avoid such gatherings at all times. Student demonstrations can also occur, and these could turn violent. Occasional demonstrations also take place in the central business district, and travellers must not attempt to cross protester roadblocks. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out, and these can happen in places visited by tourists.

Visits are mostly trouble-free, and travel in major cities is generally safe during the day. However, bag snatching and pickpocketing are common, especially on transport systems and in some shopping areas. Valuables (including passports) must be kept out of sight at all times and stored in a safe place. There have also been cases where travellers have been followed after withdrawing money from banks. Travellers must also be wary of the presence of serious crimes such as armed robberies, sexual assault, and vehicle hijackings. It is important to be attentive for objects placed on the road with the aim of blocking people from passing. Vehicle doors and windows must be locked whilst driving. In case of emergency, travellers may contact the emergency services on 00260 211-253161 or 00260 950180007.

Fatal road crashes are frequent, due to the poor driving standards and road conditions. Moreover, travellers must not drive after dark outside the main towns. In Travel by long-distance public transport can also be dangerous due to poor standards of driving, lack of rest periods for drivers, and the poor quality of vehicles. Minibuses used in urban areas are usually severely overcrowded and poorly maintained. Travellers must be careful when travelling in the rural parts of the North Western and Central Provinces. Caution must be exercised in the rural parts of the Copperbelt, Luapula, North Western, and Central Provinces close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly after dark. Moreover, remote areas near the borders with Angola, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of Congo pose a risk due to unexploded material.

Travellers must visit a health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to visiting the country to check for any vaccinations, certifications, and other preventive measures required. Since the initial outbreak of cholera in 2017, there have been over 2000 reported cases. Local markets and other food outlets may have poor hygiene standards, and food from the latter is prone to cholera. Medical facilities are poor in the country, and basic medication may be unavailable. Additionally, certain medication normally available over-the-counter may be illegal in Zambia. On arrival in the country, travellers may be asked to show their prescriptions to check what medication is being brought into the country. In view of this, it is advisable to check ingredients carefully, and if in doubt, contact the Pharmaceutical Authority of the country.

A copy of the passport and immigration permit must be carried at all times.

Travellers are advised to carry a first-aid kit at all times and to have a comprehensive medical and travel insurance that covers medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Moreover, travellers must take the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites and exposure to HIV/AIDS.

The possession or use of narcotics is strictly prohibited in Zambia.

Homosexuality is illegal in the country, and those caught engaging in homosexual acts can face a hefty imprisonment sentence.

It is important to follow local regulations and advice with regards to wild animals.

Travellers must avoid taking photography of sensitive sites, such as explosives factories, pumping stations, power stations, army and government buildings, mining and oil locations, and airports.


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

Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion
Palazzo Parisio
Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta
Tel: (+356) 21242191
Email: consular.mftp@gov.mt

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




Legal Disclaimer​

The travel advice issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion is available as a service to the public and is for guidance purposes only. It is aimed to help Maltese nationals make informed decisions prior to travelling abroad. The travel advice is provided “as is” without express or implied warranty that the travel advice on the website will be constantly available or available at all times or that the information provided is complete or up-to-date at all times.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion does not and cannot make decisions for Maltese nationals about whether, when or where they should live, work or travel to. The decision to live, work or travel abroad is personal and so the Ministry is not liable for any decisions taken in this regard. Maltese nationals are responsible for their own safety and security, particularly whenever there is an uncertain security environment.


Keeping adjourned with travel advice

Maltese nationals can keep up to date with travel advice by checking the travel advice section on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.


Malta Travel Point

In order to bring its services and those of its diplomatic representations closer to the public, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion now has a mobile application. This app - Malta Travel Point, that can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play aims to address difficulties that Maltese citizens may encounter while travelling abroad. Malta Travel Point offers simple and direct information in case travellers need information on the nearest hospital or police station in the area as well as  contact details of the nearest diplomatic representation. The information is available in Maltese and English languages. Thanks to this app, Maltese citizens may access important telephone numbers when they need them most as well as a host of other valuable information. This application is part of Maltapps launched by the government to make its services more accessible to the public.
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