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This European Country Will Pay You to Visit

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Malta, a stunning island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, will pay you to visit this year. 

Opening June 1 to tourism, Malta’s travel incentives will offer vouchers for both hotels and diving excursions. Malta hopes their incentives will bring in around 35,000 tourists and usher in a strong return to tourism. If you’re interested in getting paid to stay in a hotel or dive off the coast of Malta, this might be for you. 

Why You’ll Want to Visit Malta

Fishing Boats in Marsaxlokk, Malta
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Malta’s rich history and limestone-walled cities make this one of the most special places you’ll ever visit. The island is home to the oldest stone structures in the world (yes, even older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt). The gorgeous water, limestone cliffs, and sun-drenched location in the Mediteranean don’t hurt, either. 

You’ve probably seen Malta without realizing it. Dozens of blockbuster movies have been filmed in Malta. The old world feel and relatively unspoiled nature of the islands make for beautiful cinematography. It’s worth putting near the top of your bucket list.

Don’t believe me? This promotional video will have you scrambling for your passport. 

Malta is set to re-open for tourism starting in June. Travelers need a negative COVID-19 PCR test as of now, but it is expected that evidence of full vaccination will be sufficient in the near future. You can find up-to-date information on Malta’s Tourism Authority website.  

Vouchers for Hotel Rooms

You can get a voucher for up to 100 Euros ($120) per person for a hotel. The amount you’re eligible for will depend on the star-rating of the hotel and you must stay at least three nights to qualify for the incentive. 

For the three-night stay, travelers can be reimbursed:

  • €100 per person for a five-star hotel
  • €75 per person for a four-star hotel
  • €50 per person for a three-star hotel

If you want to stay in a hotel on the neighboring island of Gozo, you’ll get an additional 10 percent on top of that. 

More information about the hotel incentive can be found here, and if you’re interested in a hotel voucher, you’ll want to fill out this Google Form

Vouchers for Diving

Two scuba divers diving near coast of Malta
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To support scuba diving tourism, Malta is also offering travelers a  €100 voucher for a dive excursion. The voucher may be used at licensed dive centers in Malta.   

The Malta Tourism Authority says, “This scheme incentivises visitors to experience the Maltese Islands’ clear blue Mediterranean sea as an ideal location for scuba diving activities with an abundance of reefs, caves and wrecks that make diving here some of the most interesting in the Mediterranean.”

More information about the dive promotion can be found here and registration is done by Google form here

Vouchers for both the hotel incentive and the dive promotion will expire at the end of 2021. 

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