Malta is connected by air to almost every major city in Europe and to key destinations in North Africa and the Middle East, most being just a few hours’ flight-time away. Cities such as Frankfurt, London and Paris can be reached in less than three hours, while a flight to Rome takes only one hour. At present, Malta is connected to 95 airports in 86 cities. Malta is also being served by low-cost airlines, and carriers such as Ryanair and EasyJet are adding new routes. Malta International Airport (MIA), the island’s only airport, is centrally located and can be reached within 20 to 40 minutes from all towns and villages.
Top 10 Passenger Airlines flying to Malta (2016):
Ryanair, Airmalta, easyJet, Lufthansa, Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines, Alitalia, Emirates, British Airways, Vueling
Visas & Embassies
As an EU nation, Malta’s immigration laws are in line with EU policies. The country is part of the Schengen zone and EU nationals are free to live in Malta. Third-country nationals who are family members of EU nationals living in Malta can accompany them. Non-EU citizens can find details about visa-exempt countries and visa application procedures on the website of Identity Malta (www.indentitymalta.com). The full list of foreign representations can also be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.foreign.gov.mt.
Malta is dotted with hotels and hostels. Visitors can choose between two and three-star hotels, or a large range of upmarket ones with four and five-star status. Global brands such as Hilton, Marriot, Intercontinental, Radisson and Kempinski all have a presence. One of the largest local players is the Corinthia Group. There are also a number of family-run Maltese hotels such as the Hotel Fortina and the Fortina Spa Resort, in addition to boutique five-star hotels such as the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux.