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Driving in Malta

If you're driving in Malta your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid UK driving licence - both the photo and paper parts
  • 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
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the opposite side of the road, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way).  Malta drive on the left-hand side of the road
  • A reflective jacket within reach inside the car. You'll need to wear this if you stop for any reason outside built-up areas, even if you're just setting up a warning triangle

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:

  • 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 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - less than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml
  • 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

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.


Sources www.nationaldrivesafe.co.uk.

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.

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. 

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel
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