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Maltese Flag  MALTA – drives on the left

Please read the general notes in conjunction with those below.

Essential Safety Equipment

  • Warning triangle
  • GB plate (see note 1)

Recommended Safety Equipment (by Malta and/or

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective vest
  • Spare bulbs (see note 2)
  • Torch

Seatbelt Requirements
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.

Children Passengers
Children up to 3yrs must use an appropriate restraint when travelling in the front.

Drink Driving Limits
80mg/100ml (UK 80mg/100ml)

Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18

Speed Limits


Urban kph (mph)

Open Road kph (mph)

Motorway kph (mph)


50 (31)

80 (50)



50 (31)

80 (50)


Use of headlights in tunnels is compulsory.

Many petrol stations are closed on Sundays, although some have automated pumps.

There are no tolls in Malta.

Parking meters line the major streets of Malta and are valid for 1 to 2 hours of parking.

There are clearly marked zones where illegally parked cars will be wheel clamped or towed away.

Emergency Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.

Local numbers:
Police – 191
Ambulance – 196
Fire – 199

Other Useful Information
Vehicles going uphill have priority over those coming down.

On narrow roads; by law the driver nearest the wider section of road must reverse.

Useful Words and Phrases
English is one of the official languages.

Embassy Details
British High Commission
Whitehall Mansions
Ta'Xbiex Seafront
Ta'Xbiex MSD 11
Malta GC

(356) 2323 0000 (General)


Office Hours:
Local Time:
Winter (from 12 Sep): GMT+1hr; Summer (from 12 July): GMT+2hr

Winter: Mon-Thurs: 0800-1645. Fri: 0800-1315; Summer: Mon-Fri: 0730-1330

Winter: Mon-Fri: 0900-1200; Summer: Mon-Fri: 0830-1230

Winter: Mon-Thurs; 0900-1200/1400-1600.Fri: 0900-1230; Summer: Mon-Fri: 0830-1230


Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries.  Countries outside the EU still require national identification.

Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.

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