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Malta enjoys a high standard of medical care. Modern medical facilities are available through the regional health centres and three general hospitals. There are also a number of private clinics and private hospitals available.
Persons receiving medical treatment who may need to carry medicines into Malta or purchase their medication from Malta are advised to carry a letter of introduction from their family doctor. Medical insurance is advisable if seeking care in private clinics and private hospitals.
In Malta, the Government provides a free comprehensive health service to all residents. All residents have access to preventive, investigative, curative and rehabilitative services in Government health centres and hospitals.
The Malta International airport hosts the Maltese national airline Air Malta, however several major and low cost airlines operate scheduled services to and from main European points, North Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East.
Driving in Malta is on the left-hand side. Travelling by car is the easiest way to get around in Malta. Before driving, ensure that your driver’s licence is valid in Malta. Non EU citizens may use a valid driver’s licence issued in their country for 12 months from the date of arrival. Once this period lapses, a new licence must be issued through the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit. EU nationals may use the driver’s licence issued in their country until its expiration. Check out the road map of Malta on Google.
Bus services on the Maltese islands generally operate 24 hours a day. There are a total of 80 different routes that link the different localities in Malta to either major hubs such as Valletta, Mater Dei Hospital and the Airport or to other destinations. Learn more at www.publictransport.com.mt
Crossings between the two major islands (Malta and Gozo) are run by the Gozo Channel Company’s ferry services. The trip lasts about 30 minutes. One can also use the Valletta ferry services to travel between Valletta and Sliema, and a shuttle service from Valletta to Vittoriosa and Senglea which it operates using traditional Maltese boats. There is also a ferry terminal at the Grand Harbour that connects Malta to Pozzallo in Sicily.
There are three two types of taxis in Malta: white taxis and coloured taxis (black, yellow, pink, and other colours). White taxis are run by Transport Malta, the local transport authority, while coloured taxis are privately operated. Both public and privately run taxis may operate to and from any location in Malta or Gozo. Some private services also use mobile app-based technology. It is recommended that you enquire and agree on a fare before you book or enter a taxi.