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Driving in Malta
If you're driving in Malta your checklist requirements are:
- A valid UK driving licence.
- A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background).
- Your motor insurance certificate.
- A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down.
You must also:
- Be 18 or over.
- Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times.
- Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle.
It's a good idea to have:
- Spare bulbs for your car's external lights.
- A fire extinguisher.
- A first aid kit.
- A Green Card - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company.
Other things you should know:
- Malta drive on the left-hand side of the road.
- You won't have to pay any tolls.
- Petrol (leaded and unleaded) and diesel are readily available. You can't get LPG.
- The speed limit is 50kph in built-up areas and 80kph on open roads. There are no motorways in Malta.
- The drink driving limit is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - the same as the UK limit.
- You shouldn't use your horn in built-up areas between 11pm-6am, when driving through Malta.
- Children under age 3 must use a suitable child restraint. Children aged 3-12 should use one where available but can use an adult seat belt if not.
- Local drivers don't usually indicate when changing lanes.
- If you're bringing your own car to Malta, you'll need a permit to enter the capital, Valetta - or you can use the 'Park & Ride' service.
Useful guides and maps
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe
- Still current at:
- 24th Jul 2016
- Updated at:
- 27th Jun 2016
- Latest update:
- Latest update: Summary – the EU Referendum held on 23 June gave a clear vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU; in his statement the Prime Minister reassured British people living in the EU, that there would be no immediate changes to their circumstances and that there would be no initial change to the way people can travel
The EU Referendum held on 23 June delivered a clear vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has made a statement. In his statement, the Prime Minister reassured British people living in the EU, and European citizens in the UK, that there would be no immediate changes to their circumstances, and that there would be no initial change to the way people can travel. Until it leaves, the UK remains a full member of the EU. The period for exit, under the EU Treaties, is two years unless the other Member States agree to extend it.
Around 450,000 British tourists visit Malta every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
If you need to contact the emergency services call 112. If you need urgent consular assistance out of office hours telephone (+356) 2323 0000.
There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
British High Commission Malta
Whitehall Mansions, Ta’ Xbiex Seafront
Telephone: (+356) 2323 0000
Fax: political section (+356) 2323 2216
Fax: consular section (+356) 2323 2234
Fax: corporate services (+356) 2323 2269