PLAN YOUR TRIP
- If you need to exchange money, the currency in Malta is Euros.
- Power sockets used in Malta are of Type G plugs, which have three rectangular pins. If you’re bringing electronic devices from another country, you may need to bring an adapter to fit these sockets.
- In case of emergencies while on holiday in the Malta, call:
Police: +356 2122 4001, +356 2122 1111
Traffic Accident: +356 2132 0202
Fire Brigade: 112
Hospital in Malta, Mater Dei: +356 2545 0000
St. James Hospital, Malta: +356 2133 5235
Overseas Operator: 1152
Passport Office – Malta: +356 2122 2286
Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – +356 2124 2191
Malta Tourism Authority – +356 2169 2447
Local Health Authorities –+356 2132 4086
- Research the type of hotel you want to stay in, as there are a variety of options available including luxury resorts, budget-friendly hotels, and serviced apartments. SiGMA highly recommends you select one of our partner Hotels listed on the Plan Your Trip page.
- Make sure to also have the contact information for your hotel and the nearest embassy or consulate.
Malta has 3 telecom service providers, Epic, Go and Melita.
- The 3 most popular taxi apps are eCabs, Bolt and Uber.
10:00 – 18:00
Shuttle Service between Airport – Excelsior – Hilton
14th 15th 16th November
08:30 – 19:30
Shuttle Service between Excelsior – Hilton – Westin – Marriott
14th, 15th and 16th November
Ferry Shuttle Service offers convenient transportation between two pick-up points, ensuring a smooth journey to MMH and back. Pick-up points available:
08:00 – 17:30: Sliema (opposite TexMex)
08:00 – 17:00: Valletta (VCP – Valletta Cruise Port)
Shuttle Service between Excelsior / Hilton to MMA Fight / Xara Reception Dinner
21:45 – 22:45
Shuttle Service between MMA Fight / Xara Reception Dinner to Gianpula
- EU nationals are allowed to enter Malta by only carrying an identification document.
- Non-EU nationals need to show the following documents at the Maltese port of entry;
- A valid passport or travel document. (Valid for at least three more months beyond your planned date of exit from Schengen, and issued within the last 10 years.)
- A Visa (if you are subject to the Maltese Visa regime.)
- Travel Health Insurance. (Covering medical emergencies in Malta and the whole Schengen area for a minimum of €30,000.)
In some cases, you might be asked to show additional documents as an invitation letter. Please fill in your details here should you require such a letter.
Please, make sure that the Maltese Border Officer stamps your passport when you enter Malta. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained.
As a member of the Schengen Area, Malta applies the Visa code to all travellers wishing to step in its territory. According to this, you will need to apply for a Schengen Visa to Malta if:
- You are a Third Country National that has not reached a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states
- You are a Third Country National that has signed a Visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen Zone, but you were previously rejected from entering Malta or any other Schengen country.
The mandatory required documents for a short-stay Visa to Malta are as follows:
- Maltese visa application form. Learn here how to correctly fill in the Schengen Visa Application Form.
- Two passport photos. The photos should be identical and comply with the photograph requirements for Maltese Schengen visa application.
- Your valid passport.
- It has at least blank pages in order to affix Visa.
- It is no older than 10 years on the date you plan to leave Malta, or the Schengen Zone.
- Has a validity of at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Malta and the whole territory of Schengen.
- Copies of your previous Visas (if applicable).
- Malta Travel Health Insurance. (Proof that you have purchased health insurance that covers medical emergencies for at least €30,000 in Malta and the whole Schengen territory.)
- Round-trip Flight itinerary.
- Proof of accommodation.
- Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Malta.
- A cover letter. A personal letter in which you explain why you are applying to visit Malta, how long you plan to stay, when will you leave and other details.
- Proof of civil status. (This could be a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, etc.)
Alternatively, one can apply for a Malta Business Visa.
When applying to obtain a Maltese Business Visa, you must provide the following additional documents:
- Invitation letter. (Please fill in you details here)
- Copy of inviter’s ID or person signing the invitation letter.
- A letter from your employer. (In this letter should be stated why you will be traveling to Malta.)
- Proof of trip financing. (Regarding the applicant’s expenses during their stay in Malta, either the employer or the partner company must state coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation.)
The processing time for a Malta short-stay is 15 working days at the minimum. Depending on your situation this period may be extended up to 30 days. Exceptional cases may take up to 60 days, since the Maltese embassies may have to consult with other Schengen consulates.
How Much Does It Cost to Apply for a Maltese Visa?
The costs of a Maltese visa for stays up to 90 days within 6-month periods are as follows:
- €80 for adults
- €40 for children under the age of 12
- Free for children under the age of six
Moreover, according to applicant’s nationality, purpose of visit and some other factors, there are some categories of applicants exempt from paying the fee, and others that need to pay a lower amount as well.
- ONLY travellers entering Malta from China must be in possession of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test. The test must be performed not more than 48 hours prior to the time of arrival in Malta.
- Alternatively, a negative PCR test taken within seventy-two (72) hours prior to arrival in Malta is also accepted.
- Passengers aged 11 years and under are exempt from this travel requirement.
OFFICIAL PARTNER HOTELS
Grand Hotel Excelsior
The Official Event Hotel!
As the premier destination among 5-star Valletta hotels, the Grand Hotel Excelsior is ideally located on the doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Capital City of Valletta, with all its major attractions, culture, art treasures, and historical architectural gems.This acclaimed Valletta Malta hotel prides itself in providing the discerning traveller with magnificent accommodation, breathtaking views of Marsamxett harbour and Manoel Island, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, and an unforgettable dining experience. Its central position allows for easy travel to all parts of the Maltese islands. Reserve a room by contacting the SiGMA team on [email protected]
SiGMA “BLACK” VIP HOTEL
Iniala Harbour House
Iniala Harbour House stands as Valletta’s most luxurious and exclusive hotel with spectacular views over the Grand Harbour. With a meticulous selection of only 23 beautifully designed rooms and suites, we are committed to delivering unparalleled levels of service that once can expect. Distinguishing itself as Malta’s sole 5-star establishment endorsed by The Forbes Travel Guide, Iniala sets an unmatched standard in hospitality. Our esteemed venue also boasts Essensi Spa, renowned as Malta’s premier spa and wellness facility. Michelin star dining is provided by British multi award winning chef Simon Rogan at ION Harbour. Iniala Harbour House is for those looking for the ultimate hospitality experience. Iniala HARBOUR House is offering all Sigma Guests an exclusive, luxurious experience via our Sigma Black package, which includes:
VIP Airport Arrival Service
You will be picked up directly from plane and escorted through immigration and a car will be waiting for you to bring you to your hotel.
VIP departure Service
You will be taken in a VIP car to the airport and will have access to the La Vallette Lounge at the airport.
Iniala Lounge @ Iniala
You will have access to the Iniala Lobby Lounge at Iniala Hotel with free-flowing drinks all day and evening.
RIVA VIP Boat transfers between Valletta and Sigma Conference
These will run all day between Valletta Grand Harbour close to Iniala Hotel to the Sigma Private dock.
Iniala VIP London Cab service
You will have access to the Iniala London Eco Cabs between Iniala and/or other Valletta hotels and the Mediterranean conference centre, other venues in Valletta and the Sigma Conference (0700hrs to 2200hrs).
Iniala Coworking space
Iniala has a beautiful coworking space in the city and you will have access to this space throughout Sigma during Office Hours.
Gracy’s Members Club
You will have temporary membership to the only members club in Valletta.
Iniala VIP Concierge
You will have access to the Iniala VIP Sigma concierge team from 0800hrs to 2200hrs every day to help you with any of your needs.
5 STAR HOTELS
Barcelo Fortina Malta
The Barceló Fortina Malta hotel, located on the Sliema seafront, is an emblematic 5-star hotel in Malta that has been completely refurbished and transformed to offer an unrivaled luxury experience for both leisure and business. With its elegant and unique architecture, the hotel stands out for its panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the fortified city of Valletta, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The hotel is only 2 minutes walk from the Ferry Transfer Departure and return areas.
The Phoenicia Malta, celebrated as Malta’s most iconic hotel, is surrounded by 7.5 acers of gorgeous landscaped gardens with an infinity pool overlooking Valletta’s historic Bastion Walls. Located in a superb spot, just outside the vibrant capital of Valletta, The Phoenicia is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Expect picture-perfect views, innovative cuisine, discreet service, a sophisticated spa and a smooth portal into the best that Malta has to offer.
The AX Hotels brand has carved a unique status for itself in the Maltese market as a hotel and hospitality operator that caters to a wide range of customers of different preferences. Across our seven hotel properties located in Valletta, Sliema, and Qawra, as well as our many highly varied award-winning food and beverage outlets, we specialise in offering hospitality experiences to exacting standards.
Cugó Gran Macina Malta
The Cugó Gran Macina Malta is truly a hotel with a difference. Historical fortress walls contrast with modern interior design and bespoke luxury fittings. The 21 suites, all with unobstructed views of the Grand Harbour and the surrounding marina and featuring high vaulted ceilings and ample natural light, range from 40 square metres to an impressive 130 square meters. The hotel offers a swimming pool, tucked discreetly on the rooftop of the annex building with a terrace looking out across the water to Vittoriosa and Cospicua. Other features include airy communal spaces, a fully fledged bar, a fine dining modern Mediterranean restaurant, an events rooftop with panoramic harbour views and a boardroom for small conferences. TO BOOK PLEASE USE THE COUPON CODE: SIGMA23
Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
The Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa located metres from Balluta beach, alongside a tranquil seafront promenade within the bustling, cosmopolitan St. Julian’s town and a 20-minute drive from Valletta, a European capital of culture city. The newly 30M Euro refurbished hotel, combines luxurious charm and the relaxed feel of a Mediterranean spa, with well-appointed premium category rooms and luxury suites. With four diverse restaurants and two bars, the hotel has something for every palate. The M Lounge offers spectacular views and the ideal space to work or relax. A roof top pool gives leisure travelers time to soak up the sun, whilst the spa provides an array of treatments, including a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, fitness center and squash court. The hotel also provides 15,000 square feet of versatile meeting and banqueting space.
4 STAR HOTELS
Situated in the bustling seafront city of Sliema, 1926 Hotel & Spa is a statement to modernity, lean luxury and sustainability, whilst also operating a remarkable seasonal Beach Club. This is open from May till October (weather permitting) and is situated just 200 metres away from the hotel, on the water’s edge. Combining a calm and intimate ambiance with a dash of theatre, 1926 Hotel & Spa also boasts a lively lounge and a restaurant. Sunny’s Lounge is the perfect place to get together for a glass of wine, beer or a classic cocktail. Our restaurant, Margaux is inspired by the flavours and colours of Southern French cuisine mixed in with modern European dishes that can be paired with selected wines from the French Region.
Hotel Pjazza Merkanti – Boutique Living
Hotel Pjazza Merkanti is a new boutique hotel located in the heart of Malta`s Capital City – Valletta. Two parallel buildings make up the said hotel, one of which consists of the reception area and the rooms including all the amenities needed to operate as a hotel, while the other part of the hotel is still under construction. The latter part of the hotel is to be transformed in an innovative eatery concept, offering a detailed wine cellar. Such area will be available for hotel patrons and can also be used by outsiders.
For more than fifty years Palazzo Ignazio has been an integral part of the Jesuits Community in Malta. Perfectly located in the centre of the historic city of Valletta and only a few steps away from St John’s Cathedral, the Presidential Palace and the Tritons Fountain, Palazzo Ignazio is surrounded by cultural landmarks, museums, cafés, bars, restaurants and everything else Valletta has to offer. Every of part of Palazzo Ignazio holds an integral part of the palace history. Keeping in with the spirit of the past while combining with modernity, wellness, luxury and style, Palazzo Ignazio embraces a fusion between authentic features and historic artefacts which are integrated with modern ergonomics and contemporary touches. Each of our 25 exquisite guest rooms and superior suites has been expertly renovated to boast a distinct personality while blending in comfort, access, serenity and style to offer the most comfortable stay for our esteemed guests.
The Gillieru Harbour hour is a prestigious, rustic four star hotel & boasts a fantastic position by the waters edge with views to the fishing harbour at St. Paul’s Bay in Malta. The hotel is located in a quiet position in St Paul’s Bay, next to the chapel of St Paul’s the shipwreck and in the surrounding area, visitors will find plenty of leisure and entertainment venues including nice shops, restaurants and bars. All the air-conditioned and comfortable guest rooms are fully equipped with all the necessary amenities for a pleasant stay Among the hotel’s facilities, visitors may take advantage of the roof terrace for a good suntan, as well as the outdoor swimming pool for a refreshing dip (outdoor pool is subject to seasonal closure). Guests may also taste delicious dishes at the well renowned restaurant Ostrica Nera. PROMOCODE: SIGMA2023
Grands Suites Malta
Grands Suites Hotel Residences & Spa, offering a 4-star hotel experience excellence with modern state of the art design and technology, ideal also for extended stays. The hotel’s 231 suites range from; Studio Suites, One-Bedroom Suites, Family Suites, Executive Suites, Signature Suites with Hot-Tub and Presidential Suites set in a casual yet, stylish design. The Infinity Rooftop pool which is exclusively accessible for in-house guests and the Eleven Eleven Rooftop beach club, bars & restaurant offer spectacular views of the Marsamxett harbour, Valletta ‘Carmelite Basilica’ and Manoel island. PLEASE USE COUPON CODE FOR DISCOUNT: SIG023
3 STAR HOTELS
Indulge in the allure of a coastal town which blends authentic old-world charm with that of a vibrant cosmopolitan hotspot. Nestled in the beating heart of St Julian’s, our hotel invites you to embark on an adventure of exploration: from endless cuisine to tantalizing bars and sensational shopping, St. Julian’s promises to captivate your senses from start to finish
Located in the heart of the city centre, the Hotel Scirocco St. Julian’s Affiliated by Meliá is a newly built hotel with all the comforts required to enjoy your holiday in Malta. Just a short walk from the Mercury Towers designed by Zaha Hadid, as well as the picturesque Spinola Bay
Stay in the heart of the action. The main commercial district sits at our doorstep, with both St. George’s Bay and Spinola Bay only a stone’s throw away. Designed to prioritise comfort and style, our hotel is equipped with all the essentials. Endless entertainment, restaurants, bars and shopping guarantee an exhilarating stay in the heart of St. Julian’s.
Air Malta Promo for SiGMA Delegates
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Terms and Conditions:
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This year’s SiGMA / AIBC summit will take place at a brand-new location – the Mediterranean Maritime Hub in Marsa, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November 2023.
We’re expecting a plethora of guests from different industries and verticals. From operators and suppliers, to techies and affiliates, our website offers a number of different ticket options to suit different budgets and requirements. Visiting media can register for free, please contact Anna Och [email protected] for more detailed information.
Free shuttle buses will be available throughout the day to take delegates from Grand Hotel Excelsior to the exhibition centre and back. Pickup is every 20-30 min, running from 8:30 AM till 6:30 PM.
Alternatively you can get to the MMH by bus and taxi, or if you’re feeling fancy – with the official SiGMA water taxi.
Badges can be collected prior to the show on the 12th and the 13th. Collection points include the Malta International Airport in Luqa and the Excelsior Hotel in Valletta.
On the day badges can be collected from the MMH registration desk at any point during the summit.
All you need to bring is a copy of your ticket or confirmation on your phone and Identity Verification such as a driver’s licence or passport.
Covid restrictions have been lifted in Malta, and masks are not required on public transportation. For the most up-to-date information please guidelines here
Despite this, we recommend you continue to take basic precautions, including frequent hand washing and using sanitiser. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms we advise you to pick up an at-home test kit – easily available at any of Malta’s pharmacies.
The Poker Tournament by highroller.com will be held at the Portomaso Casino, St Julian’s on the 14th of November from 19.00.
Networking dinners will all be located at some of Malta’s best restaurants – all within walking distance of our selected hotels in Valletta. Dinners are by invite only. If you have a dinner included in your ticket and did not receive an invitation please reach out to the customer care service on our website. You will need to RSVP to the invite to ensure your place on the guest list.
There are 2 award nights happening. The SiGMA Awards will take place on the 13th and the SiGMA B2C Awards which will take place on the 14th. All awards will be held at the iconic Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta.
The Closing Night party, which is open to all ticket holders, will take place on the 15th November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, doors open at 10.00 PM. A Standing Reception for Premium and Platinum ticket holders will also be held on the 15th at the MCC.
In addition to the expo and conference there are a number of events taking place during Malta Week. Delegates arriving on the 13th can attend the SiGMA Fun Run. Register in advance to ensure your spot. Other workshops will also take place on the 13th. The event is limited to Premium and Platinum tickets only. Delegates can also attend the Centurion MMA fight night happening on the 15th November.
Yes, there is free Wi-Fi available at the expo.
A food court will be set up at the expo venue, providing guests with a varied choice of food and drink options.
The cultural activity is a sign up only event for premium and platinum ticket holders only – we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.