Entering and Exploring Malta with a Dog

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There is nothing I love more than traveling – especially when it involves seeing my family and being able to take my puppy, Zaphira, with me. Due to my family living in Malta, as you may know by now, I tend to visit them ever so often. Traveling to Malta with a dog in general is rather easy – even easier, if it‘s a small dog (up to 8kg in weight) that you can take into the plane cabin with you. Zaphira has flown around 3 times with me to Malta already now, and is getting more and more used to plane rides. It calms me to know that she is less panicky now and I do not have to give her any tablets anymore (which I tried in the beginning to calm her down but did not feel was the right thing to do).

When entering Malta with a pet (cat or dog) it is of utmost importance to register the animal prior at the customs. Recently, this process has been simplified and can be done online here.

Likewise, you must see a vet around 3 days prior to entering Malta to confirm the dog is healthy (get a statement of good health) and it must be treated for worms (in the form of a tablet).

Once you arrive at the airport, you will be awaited by the customs to check that the above processes have been done and to verify the mircrochip number with the one entered onto the online form.

Discovering Malta with your dog is fairly easy when it comes to walking through the streets and visiting utmost touristy places. Dogs are allowed in most public spaces, given they are on a leash, and can run freely in certain areas. Yet, although people living in Malta love dogs, many of them are not used to having their dogs play with others. You will notice that they are kept rather tightly on leashes and are often even scared towards other dogs.

When it comes to Restaurants, one wants to call beforehand to see whether dogs are allowed. It seems that some do not allow dogs at all – not even in the outside areas, whilst others offer your dog their own chair to sit at the table with you. The same thing goes for hotels – make sure that you check online or by calling before booking any rooms.

Funnily enough, and in contrast to what we are used to in most other countries in Europe, dogs are allowed in supermarkets. That is, not all dogs. Big dogs usually need to wait outside and are not permitted. In case you have a small dog, however, no one will tell you to leave the dog outside by itself. Simply carry the dog around whilst you go grocery shopping!

The best seasons to visit Malta with you dog is anything from very late summer / early autumn up until mid-spring. Already in April, and most definitely in May, Malta reaches very temperatures already and walking with the dog for outside for hours is almost impossible and surely not recommended. If you don’t want your puppy to melt away in the sun, and likewise if you don’t want to sit around in the shade all day, the summer is not the best time to exploring Malta with any pet (nor without, as most Maltese that have the possibility leave the island as it becomes too hot)!

If any of you have any recommendations of where to best stay with your dog in Malta, do let me know – as I am still in the midst of further exploring the island; of course, with Zaphira. Likewise, I have planned quite a few trips this summer with her and am always looking for new places to explore that are dog-friendly. Up next with Zaphira is Munich! If you wish, I am more than happy to sharing some tips with you after my visit. Until then, I wish you all safe travels wherever you go! Xo

Malta Memories

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Back in Zurich and already missing my mini-vacation-vibes. Malta was filled with work, moving, unpacking boxes and – sun. Especially the last few days I was able to fully calm down and relax. It was really needed. I’m not sure if you know this – but I kept on hearing my ringtone and my phone getting messages, even when it wasn’t ringing or making any noises? I guess it was my body telling me that I need a break. And so I did. It took me about two days to fully level myself and calm down but it surely helped. I got my hair done (just the roots  and a trim), went to get my nails done, did a little shopping trip, and fully relaxed in the evenings over some good food and wine. Wednesday morning I flew directly to London for business, which is why, my update lacked majorly. Like I’ve said, things have become a little heavy the past few weeks and the times that I actually had “nothing” to do I tried to enjoy – and catch up on sleep! Friday evening I landed back in Zurich. Oh, I love coming home. As much as I travel, coming home to my own bed (let’s be honest – everyone loves their own bed) and my own full closet was heartwarming. I saw my friends and my bestie yesterday, went to a house/pool party and enjoyed the full afternoon and night (after finishing my course project earlier in the morning).

Today has been similarly relaxing. I tried to really not stress myself with anything – slept in, indulged in some (gluten free) pretzels and made myself a small brunch. The afternoon was filled with a sun-bathing session outside the city swimming pool and followed by my routine 1km swim. It feels so good to get back into routine! Now I’m lying on my couch watching the final match. Whom are you supporting, Portugal or France? I really can’t choose, because neither teams are MY teams. Yet, I do have a tendency towards Portugal! After the game I’ll surely jump into bed though, as the next days will be busy with work and I need to catch up on 2 weeks not being in the office. Joy!

Have a lovely Sunday evening! xo

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