Malta ‘among the safest holiday spots’ for Brits

Malta is one of the safest places to go on holiday, according to the latest official travel advice from the British government.

The Foreign and Comonwealth Office in London describes Malta as ‘very safe’ with a ‘low threat’ of terrorism.

However, the official travel advice – updated two weeks ago – is less complimentary about driving in Malta.

It adds: ‘You can drive in Malta using your UK driving licence.

‘Take care while driving as some roads are in poor condition. Keep to the speed limit. Local standards of driving are poor.

‘In 2016 there were 22 road deaths in Malta.

‘This equates to 5.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2016.’

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office guide continues: ‘Around 500,000 British tourists visit Malta every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

‘Crime against tourists is rare in Malta although robberies, handbag snatching, pick-pocketing and theft from parked cars can occur.

‘There is a low threat from terrorism but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks.’

Malta was named in a new list of the world’s safest and most peaceful tourist spots for British holidaymakers.

Other destinations include Ireland, Chile, Iceland, Switzerland, Fiji and New Zealand.

Read more: UK Foreign Office Travel Advice

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