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Malta Travel Information - health, safety, passport and visa, duty free, tipping, local customs
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Malta Travel Information

The Basics

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between April and October)

Electricity

230 volts, 50Hz. UK-style three-pin square plugs are used.

Language

English and Maltese are the official languages; Italian is also spoken

Travel Health

There are no health risks associated with travel to Malta, and food and water are generally safe for consumption. Travellers coming from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Malta. After Brexit, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for UK citizens. The GHIC allows UK citizens access to state healthcare during visits to the EU. The GHIC is not valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, nor is it an alternative to travel insurance. Medication should be available in Malta but those requiring specific prescription medication should take it with them in the original packaging, accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what the medicine is and why it is needed.

Tipping

A gratuity of about 10 percent is expected in hotels and restaurants if a service charge is not included in the bill. Most services are tipped about five to 10 percent (including taxi drivers).

Safety Information

Malta is very safe for tourists. Crime is rare, though theft from parked cars and handbag snatching can occur. Local driving can be challenging so exercise caution on the roads.

Local Customs

The wearing of skimpy clothing away from the beaches should be avoided, and dress should be conservative when visiting churches.

Business

Business in Malta tends to be conducted in the same fashion as elsewhere in Europe. That is to say, both formally and politely. Punctuality is important while dress should be formal. This means a suit and tie being the norm unless the weather is hot, in which case one can forgo the jacket.

Handshakes and the exchanging of business cards take place on greeting. English is widely spoken in business and so a translator is unnecessary. Business hours can vary but are usually 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some businesses open for a half-day on Saturdays.

Communications

The country code for Malta is +356, with city or area codes not required. There are high mobile and broadband speeds, with mobile phone networks include Vodafone Malta, GO, Melita, SIS, Ozone, Redtouch Fone, and PING.

Duty Free

Travellers arriving in Malta from non-EU countries do not need to pay customs duty on 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco; 4 litres of wine and 2 litres of spirits. Travellers may carry personal items of non-commercial nature worth up to €430 when travelling by air or sea.

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