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Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers.

Ship radio licence.

Proof of insurance.

At least two copies of crew list, giving passport numbers, date of birth, nationality.

Crew papers


Report to Customs?

Yes. When 10 miles off Malta, call Malta Radio at Valletta on VHF Ch 12 or 16 for instructions on where to report ­ either Valletta or Marsamxett. You must proceed straight to Customs (i.e. don’t anchor off for a picnic first). Customs and Immigration will board and issue you with immigration cards. Before leaving, show passports and crew list to Customs, and get immigration cards marked with exit stamp.

Duty frees

You can buy duty-free fuel and goods from agencies. Filling in forms, and notice are required. Customs will oversee delivery after which you must leave within 24 hours and not consume goods within territorial waters.


Delivered to quay by small tanker.


At marinas. Supplies can be unreliable in summer.

Shore power 220V

At marinas.


Refilling possible.

Camping Gaz

Readily available.

Berthing fees

Considerably cheaper than UK.


Maltese Lira (100 cents).

Credit and charge cards

Widely accepted.


Can be changed at banks.

Travellers cheques

Can be changed at banks.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Valletta radio monitors Ch 16. Rescues by Task Force patrol boats, and helicopter if necessary.

Emergencies ­ phone

Police 191

Ambulance 196

Fire 199


No. Strict quarantine. You may not moor alongside in any port or marina if you have a pet aboard.

Dialling code to UK

Dial 0044 then the number, omitting the first 0.

Telephone boxes

Good service. Coins or cards.

Weather forecasts

English forecasts on Malta Radio (2625kHz) at 0803, 1203, 1803 and 2303 local time.

Charts and books

Admiralty charts

Italian Waters Pilot. Rod Heikell. Imray.

Imray Mediterranean Almanac.

British High Commission

PO Box 506, 7 St Anne Street, Floriana. Tel: 00356 233134/8. Visit or e-mail

Tourist office in UK

Maltese High Commission, Malta House, 36-38 Piccadilly, London W1V OPP. Tel: 020 7292 4800. Visit or or e-mail


English one of the official languages, spoken everywhere.

September 2001