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 Malta - Profile

Facts

  • Malta is a small archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. As well as being a very popular tourist destination it is a useful place to pass a  mild Mediterranean winter.
  • The Republic of Malta consists of three islands, the largest, Malta, being the economic and administrative centre and most heavily populated. Gozo is smaller and picturesque while Comino is a very small island between the other two.
  • The population is about 460,000.
  • Both Maltese and English are official languages and both are widely spoken.
  • The country operates on Central European Time UTC +1. For specifics see General Info.
  • Malta has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. See Weather below for more details.
  • Malta's position, almost in the centre of the Mediterranean, makes it an ideal jumping-off point for many other cruising grounds and an increasing number of European yachts make their base on the island. Besides the impressive Valletta harbour, there are many delightful anchorages around the islands.
  • Malta has long been an important yachting centre because of its convenient location, excellent harbours and good range of repair facilities. Its mild and pleasant winters make it a perfect wintering spot and a good place to refit a yacht between seasons. However, there is a severe shortage of berths available for visitors and long-term planning is required if wishing to spend time there. For more details on yachting services see Yachting Essentials.

Security

Overall Crime and Safety:

Street crime is rare, but you should take sensible precautions to safeguard your passport and valuables.

For travel advisories see the following websites:

Maritime Issues:

Although the measures taken by the authorities in Libya and Italy have greatly reduced the number of migrants crossing the eastern Mediterranean there is still a possibility of sighting a boat carrying migrants. Full details and a list of coastguard and other emergency telephone numbers can be found at this Noonsite Report.

The usual safety and security precautions should be taken to protect equipment and dinghies and prevent access to the boat when absent.

General Emergency Numbers:

For more details see General Info.

Last updated:  April 2019

Weather

The climate is similar to North Africa, with extremely hot, dry summers and mild winters. Prevailing winds throughout the year are northwesterlies. When the hot sirocco wind blows from the south, it comes laden with dust.

Weather forecasts are broadcast daily by Valletta Harbour Control on VHF Ch. 12 in Summer : 09:03, 13:03, 19:03 and 00:03 local time, and winter 08:03, 12:03, 18:03 and 23:03.

Malta Radio broadcasts the same imfomation on VHF ch. 04 1 hour earlier.

Malta weather www.maltaweather.com or tel +356 50043344

Malta weather www.maltairport.com (very reliable)

For links to free global weather information, forecast services and extreme weather information see the Noonsite Weather Page.

Main Ports

Val Ellis
Val Ellis says:
Mar 15, 2019 10:35 AM

In answer to your comment about the VAT paid status of a boat you are planning to buy. Yes, as the purchase is within the EU by an EU citizen, the boat does retain its VAT paid status.

To register the boat under a UK flag, you need normally need to be a U.K. citizen who is 'ordinarily resident' in the UK (i.e. resident for a minimum of185 days per year) . This is the rule for the Part 3 registration which is the one used for most private yachts under 24m.

If you are neither resident nor a U.K. citizen, then anyone can register with U.K. Part 1 registration. This is very much more expensive and requires an extensive amount of paperwork tracing back to the original builder and all owners in between, plus evidence of any mortgages or loans secured on the boat. Basically it is for larger yachts, company owned vessels or commercial shipping.

I am afraid I do not know anything about the rules for registration in Malta.

Scott Watson
Scott Watson says:
Mar 08, 2019 09:41 PM

Hi Sue I’m a Canadian and also have a British passport. I’m buying a boat in Europe that has VAT paid in Malta. Can I register the boat in Malta or UK and retain the VAT paid status. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Feb 07, 2019 10:51 AM

To be legal, a UK registered boat must comply as follows -:

your boat must be less than 24 metres long
you must be a private individual (not a company)
you must live in the UK for at least 185 days of the year
your boat must have a name

This is for what is known as Part 111 registration, which is the usual one for most private yachts. Part 1 registration (which allows for non-UK nationals) is much more complicated (and expensive) and is mainly for super-yachts and commercial vessels.

If you re-register it as a Canadian vessel it will lose it VAT-Paid status, but you can keep it in the EU for 18 months at a time without paying VAT. After 18 months you only need to prove the boat was outside the EU for a night or more and then it can return for yet another 18 month period.

You personally as a Canadian citizen, what ever flag state the boat is registered to, would be limited to being in the Schengen Area for 90 days in any 180 day period, unless you are eligible for a long-stay visa of some type.

Malta is part of the Schengen Area.

stephen dubbin
stephen dubbin says:
Jan 29, 2019 03:28 AM

Having survey for boat to purchase in Malta. Am Canadian. Where should i register her? U.K. Registered now. Can the boat stay in Malta long term? Stephen.

April Cunningham
April Cunningham says:
Nov 19, 2018 04:43 PM

Andrew Brock says:
Nov 15, 2018 11:18 AM

We spend time at the start and end of the Med season in Malta and find it good for getting things ready for the Atlantic crossing. The workforce usually speaks English and there are a couple of exceptionally good management companies. But the Rigger Nick Samut who I depend on to check, repair, and update my rigging and deck equipment needs a special mention again this year. After working with Italy and Spain, I will always trust the Malta teams with there we will sort attitudes.

As far as the area for cruising. You could spend a week but will run out of places to see if longer. Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon, Popeyes, Valletta.

rkurschner
rkurschner says:
May 09, 2018 06:46 AM

Marina di Valletta - this is the newest marina in Valletta, the clubhouse is still under development and washrooms are in a small trailer (but plentiful hot water). Because it is the “last addition” to the marinas in Valletta, there is a concern about the protection in the marina. We have stayed in the marina in late April/early May 2018 and were very happy. We entered with 25knt NE wind and 2m swell and had no problems. Once past the entrance to the harbour, the waves calm down and there is plenty of space to take sails down before entering the marina. While on dock, we also experienced 35knt W winds with no problem. The marina has a great locaction, it is a short uphill walk to the old town or one can take a bus that stops very close to the marina. Prices are in line with other Valletta marinas, perhaps a touch lower but still quite expensive.

Warandher
Warandher says:
Mar 21, 2016 04:54 PM

Kalkara Marina is probably the cheapest in the Grand Harbour.It is also a boatyard, so you can easily fix any kind of problem.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 04, 2015 04:14 PM

Posted on behalf of anonymous:
We're cruising Malta right now, so a few impressions: marinas are very expensive, at least in the summer, but they respond well to email enquiries, so you can always check their long term winter rates. English is one of the state languages, so that's helpful as well.
Most food stuffs out of season come from the continent, so unless shopping at a farm, provisioning costs a bit more. Though their selection is excellent with very good mix of English, Italian, and French assortment.
Chandleries are very good, with excellent quality, quantity, and exuberant prices. Marine technicians are knowledgeable and most speak excellent English.
The islands themselves are gorgeous with an anchorage for every weather, history behind every turn (even more so than in Turkey imho), and colourful people. However, I don't think we'd be able to handle being the whole season here as it's quite small.
The charts are the best sounded we've seen in The Med yet (out of France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, and Turkey).
Most European destinations are via Rome or Sicily, except for destinations covered by Air Malta. Most fresh produce is Sicilian as well.

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