Useful information

AIRLINES OPERATIN TO MALTA
Air Malta is the national airline of Malta.  The other most popular airlines operating to Malta include Ryan Air, EasyJet, Vueling, Thomson, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Emirates, BMI, Egyptair, Scandinavian airlines, Air France and Air Berlin. 

BANKS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE
The main banks on the Maltese islands are the Bank of Valletta (BOV), HSBC, APS, Lombard Bank and Banif Bank.  They are usually open in the morning from Monday to Friday from 8.30am till 1.30pm and on Saturday up to 12.00hrs.  Hours may vary slightly from one bank to the other.  Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and exchange bureaux are found all over the islands.  International bankcards are accepted everywhere.  The currency is the EURO which replaced the Maltese Lira currency on the 1st January 2008.  Very few shops accept foreign currencies.

USEFUL AND EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
112 – Emergency number
1182 – Telephone operator enquiries
5003 3333 – Flight enquiries
00356 – International Code
00356 2132 0202 – Traffic accident

SHOP OPENING HOURS
Shops are usually open from 09.00hrs till 13.00hrs and then re-open from 16.00hrs till 19.00hrs.  The major Shopping complexes are open all day long, some till 19.00hrs and the bigger ones in Malta till 22.00hrs.  Shops are normally closed on Sundays and Public holidays except for the bigger commercial malls.

TOURIST OFFICES IN MALTA AND GOZO

Malta
1 City Arcades
City Gate, Valletta
Tel: 00356 2123 7747
Malta International Airport
Arrivals Lounge, Luqa
Tel: 00356 2369 6073/4

Gozo
Tigrija Palazz
Republic Street, Victoria, Gozo
Tel: 00356 2156 1419

HEALTH
Malta’s health service is considered to be of a very high standard.  Malta’s public hospital is considered to be one of the best in Europe. 
Public Hospital in Malta
Mater Dei Hospital
B’kara By-pass, Birkirkara
Tel: 00356 2545 0000


Public Hospital in Gozo
Craig Hospital, Victoria, Gozo
Tel: 00356 2156 1600

CHEMISTS
Pharmacies are found in our town and villages of the islands and are open during normal shopping hours.  A number of pharmacies are open on Sundays in the mornings as well.  The price of medicines in quite reasonable in Malta.

SMOKING
Smoking is not allowed in any entertainment establishment expect for specially designated smoking areas.

POSTAL SERVICES
Post or sub-post offices can be found throughout all towns and villages in the Maltese islands.  Branch Post Offices are open between 07.30hrs till 12.45hrs from Monday to Saturday while Sub-Post offices are open from 08.00hrs till 13.00hrs and re-open from 16.00hrs till 18.00hrs from Monday to Friday.  On Saturdays, they are open from 08.00hrs till 13.00hrs only.  Stamps can be bought from several outlets apart from the post offices.

ELECTRICITY
The electrical supply is 230 volts, 50 hertz.  The three-pin rectangular plug system is used.  Adapters are easy to find.

TIME DIFFERENCE
The Maltese islands are on Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of GMT in winter and two hours ahead between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October.  Malta is six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in winter and seven hours ahead between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October. 

TIPPING
Not all restaurants on the island add a service charge to the bill.  Tips are usually expected in all restaurants but not obligatory.  Taxi drivers do expect a tip as well and the amount of tipping is all up to the client.