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Malta is a relatively small island in the Mediterranean and it sees many, many foreign tourists on a yearly basis.
Malta can be described as a fairly safe place to visit, and there are no known terrorist activities that have taken place on the island any time in the recent past. There have also not been any terrorist attacks in Malta in the past several years. However, there are very few (if any) places in the world where individuals should not remain cautious when they are travelling out of their home country.
The crime rate in Malta is low in terms of violent crimes. The rate for small crimes is also low – this includes the stealing of wallets and purses. The riskiest place on the island to become a potential victim of a pickpocket or a purse-snatcher is where the nightlife is located, and even this risk is very limited. However, you should take all the common sense precautions you take in your own country and not an ounce more or less. Also be careful on the beaches especially when they are crowded - don`t leave valuables behind while you are all in the sea. Malta is very safe for anyone walking about in the evening and at night. Again take the same precautions you would at home. Keep to well lit main throughfares wherever possible.
Take sensible precautions in hired cars too. The number plates of hired cars have the letter 'K' so it is obvious to the locals that it is a hired car. Do not leave any possessions on display inside the car when you have parked it. Car windows have been smashed in order to get at possessions left on the back seat. Put all possessions in the boot of the car. Lock your car (may be obvious but not everyone does).
If some sort of medical emergency should occur while visiting Malta, there should not be a concern about the level of medical care available. The hospitals and doctors in Malta are all rated as “excellent.” Malta has, in 2007, opened the new Mater Dei General Hospital, a half billion euro hospital which offers excellent medical care. You can also choose from a number of private hospitals, which are hospitals with 5 star hotel accomodation. So whatever you are doing, put your mind at rest in terms of healthcare. If you need to see a doctor most pharmacies have general practitioners and you don`t need to book an appointment. The pharmacists are all helpful if you need any advice.
Tourists traveling from any country (including the United States) who are used to driving on the right-hand side of the road may want to opt for not driving while in Malta. In Malta, driving is on the left and the condition of some of the roads is less than optimal.
Tap water is absolutely safe to drink and can be used to make tea and coffee,but can sometimes taste a little bit of chlorine. Malta's water comes from seawater that has been filtered through various massive reverse osmosis plants, and the quality of the water is high.