Malta Shopping, Embassy and Communication

By | May 6, 2022



The official languages ​​are Maltese (a Semitic language interspersed with Arabic and Romance vocabulary) and English. Italian is the third official language.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

02/10/2022 St. Paul’s Shipwreck

03/19/2022 joseph day

03/31/2022 Freedom Day

04/15/2022 Good Friday

05/01/2022 Workers’ Day

07.06.2022 Sette Giugno (remembering the 1919 uprising)

06/29/2022 Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

08/15/2022 Assumption Day

08.09.2022 Feast of Mary of Victory

09/21/2022 Independence Day

08.12.2022 Immaculate conception

13.12.2022 day of the Republic

12/25/2022 Christmas


Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Malta (when entering from non-EU countries) (persons aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes and 100 cigarillos and 50 cigars and 250 g of tobacco; 1 liter of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 liters of spirits with an alcohol content of 22% or less or sparkling wine; 16 liters of beer; Gifts/other goods up to a total value of €430 (air and sea travel) or €300 (travel by train/car); Children under 15 generally €175. It is recommended that larger electrical equipment (such as video cameras, portable TVs or VCRs) be declared upon entry, otherwise you may have to pay export duty.

Import regulations

Travelers who bring meat and milk products, among other things, into the EU from outside the European Union must declare them. The regulation does not apply to the import of animal products from EU countries, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland. Anyone who does not register these products must expect fines or criminal prosecution. More information is available from

Prohibited Imports

Firearms, ammunition, explosives, drugs, objectionable material (books, film and other media), animals and animal derivatives, meat and poultry and their by-products, plants and products, counterfeit brands. There is a general ban on imports of live poultry, meat and meat products from third countries (with the exception of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland).

Import/Export to the EU

The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers as long as the goods are for personal use and not for resale. In addition, the goods must not have been purchased in duty-free shops. Travelers may be asked to provide proof of their own personal needs. Member States have the right to levy excise duty on spirit drinks or tobacco products if these products are not intended for personal use. The following maximum quantities apply as personal requirements: 800 cigarettes (persons aged 17 and over); 400 cigarillos (over 17s); 200 cigars (over 17s); 1 kg of tobacco (persons aged 17 and over); 10 liters of high-proof alcoholic beverages (persons aged 17 and over); 20 liters of fortified wine (such as port or sherry) (over 17s); 90 liters of wine (of which a maximum of 60 liters of sparkling wine) (persons aged 17 and over); 110 liters of beer (over 17s); Perfumes and eau de toilette: No restrictions if it can be shown that the amount is for personal consumption. Medicines: Amount corresponding to personal needs during the trip. Other goods: The movement of goods within the EU is unrestricted for travelers. However, this does not apply to gold alloys and gold plating in the unprocessed state or as a semi-finished product and fuel. Fuel may only be imported from an EC member state exempt from mineral oil tax if it is in the vehicle’s tank or in a spare container that is carried along. A fuel quantity of up to 10 liters in the reserve tank is not objected to. If additional quantities of these goods are carried, e.g. For example, a wedding is an event that could justify a bulk purchase. Note: However, there are certain exceptions to the free movement of goods regime. They relate in particular to the purchase of new vehicles and purchases for commercial purposes. (More information on car taxes can be found in the European Commission’s Guide to Buying Goods and Services in the Internal Market.)


Duty-free sales at airports and seaports have been abolished for travel within the EU. Only travelers leaving the EU can shop cheaply in duty-free shops. When importing goods into an EU country that were bought in duty-free shops in another EU country, the same travel allowances and allowances apply as when entering from non-EU countries. Further information is available from Malta Customs.

Contact addresses

Consulate General of Malta

Consulates in Lugano and Basel.

26 Parc du Château-Banquet
+41 (22) 901 05 80. Embassies/Pr_Geneva/Pages/PR_Geneva.aspx Embassy of Malta

Honorary Consulate General in Salzburg. Honorary consulates in Graz, Wattens/Innsbruck, Klagenfurt and Linz.

Opernring 5/1
+43 (1) 586 50 10. ME_Vienna/Pages/Me_Vienna.aspx

Public: Mon-Fri 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00.

Embassy of Malta

Honorary consulates in Bremen, Frankfurt/M., Düsseldorf, Halle, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart.

Klingelhöferstrasse 7
+49 (30) 263 91 10. Pages/Me_Berlin.aspx

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00.


Business etiquette

English is the main language spoken in business circles. Business protocol is conservative. Punctuality and good clothing are important. The best months for business trips are October to May.

Opening hours

Business hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sat 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Some offices have a lunch break between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Business contacts



According to, the country code is 00356. There are still telephone booths in some places in Malta, but not all of them are working. The Maltese Post sells pre-paid landline phone cards for Ozone, among others.

Mobile phone

3G (GSM 900), 4G (GSM 1800), 4.5G (Vodafone) and NB-IoT (Vodafone). Network operators include Vodafone Malta, Melita and Go. International roaming contracts exist. Roaming abroad can be used within the EU at the regular home tariff of the respective provider. Roaming charges were abolished within the EU in mid-2017. Nevertheless, it may be worth purchasing a Maltese SIM card. The Maltese Post sells prepaid mobile phone cards for the following mobile operators, among others: Melita, GO and Vodafone.


Internet providers include Ozone and Go. Hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes mostly offer free Wi-Fi. There are also several free Wi-Fi hotspots in Malta and Gozo. An overview can be found at

Post office

Postal items to destinations within Europe take around two to three days to arrive. The postal connections on the island are good.


Numerous German-speaking radio stations can be received in Malta via Astra satellites or via the Internet.

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