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Malta FAQs

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Posted on: 22-05-2021
Where is Malta?

The island-state of Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, South of Sicily (Italy). It consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, of which Malta is the largest island.

How many people live in the Maltese Islands?

We have a population of about 514,564 (2019 estimate). 

What is Malta’s Capital City?


What languages are spoken in Malta?

Maltese and English are the official languages, though you’ll hear Italian spoken in many places too. 

What sort of temperatures should I expect in Malta?

The average yearly temperature is around 23 °C (73 °F) during the day and 16 °C (61 °F) at night (one of the warmest temperature averages in Europe). In the coldest month – January – the typical maximum temperature ranges from 12 to 20 °C (54 to 68 °F) during the day and the minimum from 6 to 12 °C (43 to 54 °F) at night. In the warmest month – August – the typical maximum temperature ranges from 28 to 34 °C (82 to 93 °F) during the day and the minimum from 20 to 24 °C (68 to 75 °F) at night.

Where can I obtain information about visa Applications?

You can obtain this information from the Central Visa Unit (Identity Malta). Click here for more details. 

Is it safe to drink Maltese tap water?

Preferably, bottled water should be consumed, which is available from shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

What is the electricity supply like in Malta?

Malta enjoys a constant electricity supply throughout the country, including Gozo. Power cuts are rare and are usually resolved quickly. 

Will I be able to access the internet?

Most accommodation providers offer WiFi (make sure to check before you book!) as well as many cafés and visitor attractions.

Roaming data can also be accessed from your phone (charges may vary, so please check with your service provider before you visit our Islands).

What are the common shopping hours in Malta?

Most shops are open from 09.00hrs to 19.00hrs, but some may stay open later. There are many that open during the weekend and public holidays too.

What is the legal drinking age in Malta?


What side of the road should I drive on?


What is the emergency number?


What is the international dialling code for the Maltese Islands?


What type of electrical adapter will I need?

Type G. 

What type of currency should I use in Malta?


Do I need to tip?

It is customary to leave 10% of the bill as a tip when eating out, though not obligatory. 

It is polite to round up your taxi fare to the nearest Euro.

What do I need to do to import pets into Malta?

You can obtain this information from the Veterinary Regulation Directorate. Click here for more details. 

What is the situation regarding smoking in Malta? Where is it not permitted?

Smoking is not allowed indoors in public places, including bars and pubs, cafés and restaurants, public transport, cinemas, theatres, hospitals, and schools, except in designated smoking rooms. However, many establishments offer an outside seating option for smokers, with some of these being equipped with heaters for the cooler months.

Smoking is also prohibited in the common areas in hotels. Some hotels may have a smokers' lounge but this is not obligatory and is at the discretion of the hotel's management. Although it is not illegal to smoke in a hotel bedroom, a hotel may have its own policies in this regard and may designate certain rooms specifically for smokers or assign rooms with balconies where one could smoke. It is advisable to check with your hotel about its smoking policy before you book.

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