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General Information

General Information:

About Malta:

The Maltese islands lie in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, 93km south of Sicily and 288km north of Africa. The Maltese archipelago consists of three islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino, with Malta being the largest island within the archipelago.

The Maltese Islands have a rich culture and history.  Its first settlers date back to approximately 5900 BC, leaving behind Various Neolithic and megalithic remains across the islands.  Malta has a long and colourful history due to the number of nations, which have ruled the island in the past. Its geographic location in the Mediterranean Sea made the island very desirable as a military base.

Malta is a Roman Catholic country, but it is also home to a mix of cultures, which have stewed together over generations.   The Maltese cuisine includes blends of Sicilian and Middle Eastern flavours, combined with the uses of local ingredients such as rabbit amongst others.

Valletta is Malta’s capital city, built by the Knights of St John after the great siege of 1565. It is a capital of culture, containing baroque style architecture. St John’s Co-Cathedral is amongst one of Valletta’s many attractions, featuring a gem of Baroque art and architecture decorated by famous baroque artists such as Mattia Preti.


Language:

English is the official language which will be used during the congress.

Transportation:

Malta’s airport is located in Luqa, which lies in the southern region of the island. There are two ways of getting to the hotel; 

  • One can catch a direct bus to Sliema from the airport (Route TD2).

Further details can be viewed from the Malta Public Transport’s Official Website (https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/TD2).

  • One can also opt to make use of the available Taxis found just outside the airport. 

Passport & Visa:

All participants are required to be in possession of a valid passport to enter Malta. EU countries and countries, which are part of the Schengen Agreement, are not required to acquire a Visa in order to travel to Malta.    Countries listed in this web page, are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival to Malta: https://identitymalta.com/who-requires-a-visa/.

Climate:      

Malta experiences a Mediterranean climate, which includes hot dry summers and mild winters. In May, the temperatures are usually quite warm, averaging a high of 24oC and an average low of 20oC. One can expect clear blue skies and warm weather.

For a precise weather forecast you may visit  https://www.maltairport.com/weather/7-day-forecast/

Personal Insurance:

The organisers cannot accept liability for any personal injuries sustained, or loss or damage of property belonging to participants, during or as a result of the meeting. Kindly check your insurance policy to review the extent of your coverage.

Other Practical Information​

Important Numbers​

Emergency   ​112
​​​Ambulance   196
​Police   +356 2122 1111/4001/4007
​Mater Dei Hospital   +356 2545 0000
​Passport Office: Malta​   +356 2122 2286​

Time Zone

The time zone is Central European Time (GMT+1).

Currency

The currency in Malta is the Euro.

National Language

Maltese

Country Code

Calls to Malta should be preceded by the country code +356.

Using Money in Malta

There are several banks, bureaux de change and automated foreign exchange machines from where you can exchange your money. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diner’s Club cards are accepted at every establishment that accepts payment by credit card. If any of the following logos appear on your card: Visa/Electron/Plus and Mastercard/Cirrus/Solo/Maestro, you will be able to withdraw money from the several ATMs around the island. It is important to check whether your home bank has authorised your card for international use if you plan on using a debit card.

Power Supply

230V ±10% electrical supply. Supply frequency is 50Hz.

Plug socket in use is the three-pinned rectangular pin BS 1363 plug. The two-pinned round pin BS 4573 plug is used for shavers. Adapters are widely available.

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