When travelling anywhere in the world, a common concern that might pop up in your head is if the country is safe to visit.
So, is Malta safe to visit?
The answer is yes! Every year Malta gets more and more tourists visiting this mesmerising archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean because it truly is a unique destination.
However, like anywhere else in the world, there are things to be informed about as something unpleasant can happen.
Accidents happen everywhere and it’s important to inform yourself of the safety hazards of the country you are travelling to.
The crime rates in Malta are relatively low.
But just like any place in the world travellers need to be careful of petty crimes like pickpocketing.
These crimes are more common in areas where there are many tourists like nightclubs, beaches, markets, hotels and rented flats.
Therefore, pay close attention to your personal belongings especially in crowded areas and on packed buses.
Just like anywhere else, it is advised to not accept food or drinks from strangers.
Carry only what you need with you when you are out and about, leaving your valuable items in secure and safe places.
Keep your passports and most of your money locked in your hotel’s locker.
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Areas Of Concern
The only areas of concern are Paceville, the outskirts of the harbour-side of Marsa and areas of Gzira.
If you decide to go out in Paceville, be sure to stay out of trouble in case a fight breaks out. It is also advised not to argue with bouncers.
Guys should be careful of attractive women who might grab their hands and drag them to Gentlemen Club(which basically strip clubs) and then have bouncers intimidate you to pay up.
Possible Sea Hazards
Many of the beaches or places to swim around the islands are surrounded by rocks. This means that you should be more cautious when swimming to ensure that you don’t get hurt by the rocks.
With temperatures rising, more people are getting stung by jellyfish. It’s a good idea to always carry some vinegar with you in case you do get stung and there isn’t a lifeguard station around.
Be extremely careful if you decide to go swimming during the winter months as swimmers have been caught off-guard by very strong underwater currents.
Jumping off high cliffs is a lot of fun and can be an invigorating experience, however, it’s never funny when someone gets hurt.
This means that you need to be extremely cautious when deciding to dive off cliffs. Accidents do happen, so be sure to analyze the area thoroughly before jumping in.
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The road travel in Malta can be dangerous because of the poor local driving standards and road conditions.
Pedestrian crossings, traffic lights and stop signs are often ignored. In addition to this, locals drive very fast making the situation even worse.
In case you are involved in a minor front-to-rear collision where no one is injured, then you don’t need to contact the police.
However, if you are involved in any other accident then you will need to contact the local wardens. It is advised not to move your car until the warden records the details of the accident.
Furthermore, if you or others are injured in a traffic accident then contact the police immediately.
Maltese people are some of the friendliest and approachable people in Europe. It is common for strangers to strike up a conversation with each other and especially foreigners.
According to a recent survey, more than 88% of Maltese people speak English, which eliminates any potential language barrier.
When travelling to Malta, it is likely that you will also meet many other travellers and expats living in Malta.
Like anywhere else in life, even in your hometown, be cautious with the people you meet but enjoy the conversation with new people as well!
Good people do exist, too!
Although this all might seem like a lot of hazards, Malta truly is a very safe place to visit.
Bad things can happen all around the world, at any time.
Just be cautious where you should be and be smart in your decisions.
You can check out our other blog to know more about Malta or to discover some fantastic places to eat in Malta.