20Twenty have outlined a few do’s and don’ts for you to take a look at before or during your stay in Malta with us in order to achieve a more conscious travel experience and create meaningful exchanges between visitors and locals. We think that observing regional customs will help us reduce our sociocultural and environmental imprints.
Limitations on resource usage
Being an island, the absence of natural water is one of the biggest problems the islands confront. Three reverse osmosis plants on the islands provide all of our water. Via these plants, around 34 million cubic meters of drinkable water are produced annually. We should consequently try to reduce trash. You could decide to take shorter showers…
In Malta, waste separation is being observed more and more. Separated containers are replacing the majority of public trash cans. Therefore, it is desired that while visiting Malta you refrain from littering and make every effort to handle your garbage responsibly.
Malta’s history stems well into prehistoric times. The islands’ nature is a testament to our incredible story. While we appreciate that you might be tempted to pick an innocent little flower or pocket a tiny pebble, please don’t. It is important for us to respect the natural fauna/flora and our surroundings.
The purchasing of, sales, importation, and exportation of illegal souvenirs including but not limited to illegal substances, historic or religious artifacts, and articles containing materials of threatened flora and/or fauna is prohibited. Do not purchase souvenirs made from animal parts, like crocodile leather, turtle shells, or ivory. Black coral, cuttlefish, dolphins, sandbar sharks, sea horses, sea urchins, and sea turtles are protected, and it is illegal to fish them.
Dress code and Cultural Habits
Malta adheres to westernized traditions. Roman Catholicism is practiced by almost 90% of Maltese people, and the island is home to about 365 Roman Catholic churches and chapels. People are expected to dress respectfully by donning shoulder-covering tops and approximately knee-length pants.
There are also one or two churches of other religions. In addition to obeying the same dress code as stated above, visitors are asked to take off their shoes before entering the mosque.
Asking permission before snapping a picture of someone’s face is polite. The majority of Maltese people can speak English very well, and they are generally hospitable and pleasant. During your visit to Malta, feel free to approach anyone and ask if you can take their picture. You’ll undoubtedly strike up a discussion and, a few hours later, find yourself having dinner with the whole family!
Ordinarily, cultural sites have their own rules about photography on their property. Please take attention to any particular photography instructions that may be posted, such as the prohibition against using your camera’s flash within St. John’s Cathedral.
The maxim “when in doubt, ask!” should be followed.
Traffic Flows and unspoken Pedestrian Rules
It is crucial to understand that in Malta, we drive on the right. Please always pay close attention when crossing the street.
In Malta, some streets can be a little bit narrow. When you are out on the street, it’s crucial to always be mindful of your surroundings.
In Malta, smoking is not permitted inside. The minimum age to buy cigarettes and smoke is 18.
Behaviour towards local communities, indigenous and other marginalised groups
Maltese people adhere to western customs and are generally amenable. Since both Maltese and English are acknowledged as official languages, interacting with tourists is simple. Many people may also be able to speak a third or fourth language. Travelers will find it very simple to navigate the island as a result.
Restaurant and cuisine recommendations, dining etiquette
20Twenty advises you to call restaurants in advance to make a reservation whenever possible, especially on the weekends. While most restaurants quickly fill up, we advise making reservations at least one week in advance.
We will be pleased to provide you with restaurant recommendations and reserve a table at the restaurants of your choosing.
- Health and Safety
In Malta, drinking the tap water is not advised due to the high calcium content. As the islands become more environmentally aware, there are more water fountains popping up all over the place.
It would be accountable of you to carry an EpiPen or the appropriate documentation if you have any allergies or medical conditions in order to guarantee the best outcome.
We don’t have any snakes or arachnids that are known to be poisonous here on the islands. Yet, occasionally bees, wasps, and even hornets buzz around. The latter should absolutely be avoided because they are highly poisonous.
Maltese petty crime rates are comparatively low. But, no nation is completely free of crime. As a result, it is advised that you always pay attention to where you put your possessions. Also, we advise you to watch out for your possessions.
We also advise against going for a solo walk at night or in dimly lit areas.
We would always advise you to be cautious when walking near cliff edges and to constantly be aware of your footing.