Logistics

Accommodation

All sponsored participants will be accommodated on a half-board basis at the designated course venue. Please specify whether you have any particular access, dietary or other special requirements in the application form.

Flights

Travel to and from Malta is the responsibility of the training participants, their employers, and/or nominating ministries.

Airport Transfers

Participants are requested to provide us with their flight details to and from Malta as early as possible, so that airport transfers may be arranged.

We will be using a local company, Malta Transfer, to book your transfer from the airport to hotel and back. Once we have received your flight details, you will be sent a voucher confirming your booking. On arriving at the Malta International Airport, you will see the Malta Transfer representative stand, situated in the luggage reclaim lounge, to whom you can give the voucher and they will advise you where to proceed. Do not exit the luggage reclaim lounge without advising the Malta Transfer desk that you have arrived.  You do not need to pay for this transport , as this will have already been paid.

Please send your flight details to:
Ms Sylvana Bugeja, Co-ordinator
E-mail: s.bugeja@diplomacy.edu

Insurance

In order to qualify for a visa, participants are required to arrange adequate overseas travel, accident and health insurance before departing for Malta to cover them during their stay. The organisers will not be responsible for any medical or other emergency expenses which may arise during the participant’s stay in Malta.

Visas

Visa fees and arrangements are the sole responsibility of training participants, their employers, and/or nominating ministries.

Malta forms part of the Schengen area and follows the Schengen Convention’s common rules of entry that apply to all Member States.

Participants are advised to check their visa requirements through www.mfa.gov.mt and apply for the required visa as early as possible after receiving confirmation of their place on the course.

Participants who intend to stop over in a third country on their way to Malta are also advised to obtain the required transit visa/s before leaving their country.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Geography

Malta is the largest of the Maltese Islands, which are located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, about 100 km south of Sicily and 300 km off North Africa. Their total area is 320 km2 and the total number of inhabitants is around 400,000, of whom about 10% live on the island of Gozo.

Climate

The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, warm and sporadically wet autumns, and short, cool winters with adequate rainfall. The average temperature in May is around 24º C during the day and 16º C at night.

Currency

Malta’s currency is the euro (€) which is divided into 100 cents.

Language

The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. Most Maltese speak English, while Italian is also widely spoken.

Customs

Personal belongings and clothing intended for own use are not liable to duty. The duty free allowance for adults is 200 cigarettes, one litre each of spirits and wine, and a reasonable quantity of perfume.

Banks

Banks are usually open from 8.30 to 13:30, Monday to Friday and till 11:30 on Saturday. Foreign exchange facilities are also available round the clock at Malta International Airport and at a number of automated teller machines situated in the major commercial and tourist areas. The major credit cards are accepted by most hotels and restaurants as well as by a good number of retail outlets.

Shopping

Shops are usually open between 9:00 and 19:00, with a lunch break between 13:00 and 16:00. In commercial areas frequented by tourists, however, most shops remain open until around 22:00. Shops are not open on Sundays and public holidays. Major credit cards, traveller’s cheques and euro cheques are accepted at most leading shops and restaurants.

Restaurants

There is a wide variety of restaurants in Sliema, St Julian’s, Valletta and other tourist areas, ranging from fast food outlets to modestly-priced and more expensive restaurants. Food in Malta is often influenced by Italian cuisine, but there are quite a few restaurants which serve oriental food.

Public Transport

Malta’s public transport system offers a cheap and efficient way of touring the Island.  For more information please ask at the reception desk or visit its local website, http://www.publictransport.com.mt/

Medical Care

Malta enjoys a high level of medical care, and there are several public and private hospitals and clinics on the islands.

Electricity

The electrical supply is 240 volts, single phase, 50 cycles. The 13 amp, three-pin rectangular sockets are used in Malta (UK style). Kindly remember to bring along an appropriate adaptor for your laptops and other electronic devices.