Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, consists of the main island Malta and the smaller islands of Gozo and Comino. Malta has a population of 515,000 people (in 2020). The island nation is in the Top 10 of the most densely populated countries in the world, with Valletta, being Malta’s capital city.
Gozo is the second-largest island in the archipelago. The island is rural in character and less developed than the island of Malta. Gozo is known for its scenic hills, which are featured on its coat of arms.
Climate in Gozo
Gozo’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with a daily average of around 12 hours sunshine in summer going down to 5 to 6 hours in mid-winter. Summers are hot, dry and very sunny.
Time Difference in Gozo
Malta & Gozo are 1 Hour ahead of the UK
Language in Gozo
Maltese – Official language.
Commonly Used Words in Gozo
Hello = Bongu
Goodbye = Għodd
Thank you = Grazzi
Please = Jekk jogħġbok
Yes = Iva
Which Plug Do I Need in Gozo?
It is important to note that it does not convert the voltage or frequency. For Malta the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern.
What is The Local Currency in Gozo?
Malta & Gozo use the Euro.
£100 in Euro’s is 115.27 EUR (as of Jan 2024)
What Credit Cards Can I Use in Gozo?
Visa and Mastercard are accepted pretty much everywhere. Cards like American Express are accepted in some larger shops, restaurants and hotels but check in advance.
Tipping in Gozo
Tips are not included in the overall price of our treks and adventure trips, but most trekkers do tip their guides, porters, and cooks on the penultimate or final day of the trip. Tipping is a universal custom in adventure travel, but is not obligatory, so you should never feel forced into it, but it is a tradition on the trail. Tipping policies can be found through the Vamoos app for each individual trip.
Approximate Food & Drink Prices in Gozo (January 2024)
Coke/Pepsi 2.22 EUR
Water 1.56 EUR
Coffee 1.82 EUR
Beer 2.65 EUR
Inexpensive Meal 9.95 EUR
Passport Validity for Gozo
If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements.
Your passport must be:
- Issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
- valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)
You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.
Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through Malta as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.
You may also need to:
- show a return or onward ticket
- show you have enough money for your stay
Do I Need a Visa for Gozo? (January 2024)
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
COVID-19 Requirements for Gozo? (January 2024)
There are no COVID-19 testing or vaccination requirements for travellers entering Malta.