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Fast Facts: Malta

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see the general guidelines below, as well as specific entry requirements from our partner, VisaHQ.

U.S. citizens must have a passport, which should contain at least 2 blank pages and be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible.

Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel. Airlines and cruises may deny boarding and your tour may be disrupted if your visa is not in order.

For U.S. citizens booked on a tour or package with Scheduled Dates, we will send you complete visa instructions and application forms after you book.

If you hold a passport from another country, or are not booked on a tour with Scheduled Dates, you are responsible for obtaining your own visa and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

What is the weather like?

The best time to visit Malta is mid May-September. Temperatures range from 73 F/23 C to 95 F/35 C during this time. The rest of the year is about 15-20 degrees F/7-10 C cooler. The heaviest rains (which aren’t much) fall October-February.

Check out the current weather conditions in Malta

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements or precautions to enter Malta.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

In Malta, the currency is the euro. There is a 24 hour currency exchange booth at the airport. Major banks are the best places to exchange money, as the rates are generally better than at exchange bureaus. All the main tourist centers have ATM facilities that accept foreign credit and debit cards and also offer good rates. Major credit cards are widely accepted, although you will generally need to pay cash at gas stations.

Please review the current exchange rate for the euro.

TAXES: Sales tax, or VAT, is charged at 18% on all goods except for food, medicine and public transport. The tax is included in the marked price of goods. Accommodations are taxed at 5%, and the tax is usually included in the quoted price.

Visitors to Malta can reclaim the VAT under certain conditions: Goods must be valued at Lm25 or more and be purchased from a single outlet (you will need to show receipts). The value of all items claimed must be Lm100 or more. The application form for VAT refunds can be obtained at the airport or ferry terminal.

Are tips & service charges customary?

Tip 10%-15% in restaurants, if no service charge is included, and tip 10% for taxi rides.

What are the best items to shop for?

Shop for beautiful lace, ceramics, silver and gold filigree, woodwork, Malta weaving, dolls, soft toys, brass and copper metalwork, tiles, and handblown glass. If you don’t mind crowds, visit Valletta’s open market if you’re in town on a Sunday (but get there early). Handicraft-lovers should stop in the Malta Government Crafts Centre at St. John’s Square in Valletta and the Gozo Crafts Centre in Rabat. Ta’Qali Craft Village, about 1 mi/1.5 km outside Mdina, is a collection of workshops where you can find decorative Mdina glass, Phoenician glass, lace and other local crafts. There is some duty-free shopping at the airport.

Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm.

What are the voltage requirements?

240 volts. Plug G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information anout electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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