Basic information about Malta

Malta basic information
Location The Maltese islands are located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea in Europe, between Italy’s Sicily and the African continent.
Entry Via airplane (Malta has one international airport situated in Luqa) or via cruise ship.
Area Malta’s area is 316 square kilometers (316 km2)
Population According to 2014’s estimate, the population in Malta is about 445,426 people
Capital City Valletta is the capital city of Malta with around 6,300 population
Language Maltese and English are the official languages of Malta
Religion The main religion in Malta is Roman Catholicism
Currency The currency used in Malta is the € (Euro)
Economy in Malta Malta forms part as one of the 33 countries in the IMF. Malta’s main economy is generated from foreign trade, manufacturing industry and tourism. Recently, film production is becoming more and more popular in Malta.
Local Time Central European time.
Climate Malta enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summer days especially during the months of July and August Rain in Malta generally occurs during Autumn and Winter. Malta has been described as having the best climate in the world according to International Living.
Electricity Malta uses the British 3 pin rectangular sockets, BF type. The electrical supply in Malta is that of 240V
Tips and Services In Malta, it is very rare to be charged a cover charge (restaurant cover charge) and very uncommon.
Cover Charge Having said that, it’s not necessary to leave a tip at the restaurants or at the hotels, however a general 5% tip on the total bill would be appreciated if the staff were helpful.
Getting Around Bus is the main means of transportation in Malta. The standard bus fee is that of € 2 (euros).
There are no trains, trams or subways in Malta.
Catching a traditional white taxi requires negotiating a price with the driver beforehand, however there are some private companies which offer cheaper and transparent fees if booked beforehand.
Tourist VISA

Temporary Residence Permit
Any non European travelling to Malta, is allowed to stay a total of 90 days in the last 180 days travelling in the Schengen area.
Staying longer requires any individual to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit (also known as TRP). Malta assists and supports students who would like to study English in Malta for more than 90 days, free of charge when booking a course with us.
Customs Personal belongings such as clothing and (already used) electronic things intended for own use are not subject to customs. The duty free allowance is of one bottle of spirits, one bottle of wine and 200 cigarettes and reasonable amount (quantity) of perfume.
Tourism One of Malta’s main economic activity, with more than 1.6m tourists visiting Malta every year, Malta is becoming more popular as a travel destination. The main reasons for travelling to Malta are the warm climate, the UNESCO world Heritage sites, the low criminal record (safety), a low cost of living as well as being very welcoming by being an English speaking country.
Restaurant Various cuisines and street foods from all over the world can be enjoyed in Malta. The cheapest on the list are the traditional pastizzerias scattered all over the island, followed by Italian restaurants. Mediterranean, Turkish and Asian cuisine and restaurants are found in abundance. One can get 2 pastizzi (enough to fill you up) with less than a euro, and dine in at a good pizzeria with less than €10.
VAT Standard Value Added Tax in Malta is of 18%.
Marked prices in shops already include VAT.
Some special VAT codes in Malta are the following:
Hotel and accommodation : 7%
Education material : 5%