Fast Facts: Malta
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
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In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. 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.
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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
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.
Tip 10%-15% in restaurants, if no service charge is included, and tip 10% for taxi rides.
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.
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.
See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.