Fast Facts: Malta

What is the weather like in Malta?

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

What is required for entry into Malta?

See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Malta.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There are no health requirements or precautions to enter Malta.

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What is the currency?

In Malta, the currency is the euro. The U.S. dollar is equal to approximately .69 euro. There is a 24-hour currencyexchange 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.

TIPPING: 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 in Malta?

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 in Malta?

Voltage: 240 V; Type G Electrical Plugs. 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.

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