Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
The Union Customs Code (UCC) was adopted in 2013 and its substantive provisions apply from 1 May 2016. It replaces the Community Customs Code (CCC). In addition to the UCC, the European Commission has published delegated and implementing regulations on the actual procedural changes. These are included in
Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446, Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341, and the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447.
There are a number of changes in the revised customs policy that also require an integrated IT system from the customs authorities. In April 2016, the European Commission published an implementing decision (number: 2016/578) on the work program relating to the development and deployment of the electronic systems of the UCC. In March 2018, the EC published a proposal (EU) No 2018/0040 for a draft regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 to prolong the transitional use of means other than the electronic data-processing techniques provided for in the Union Customs Code. The EC continues to evaluate the timeline by which the EU-wide integration of the customs IT system can be implemented. The current deadline of December 2020 may be extended until 2025 (Proposed Regulation) Key Link: Homepage of Customs and Taxation Union Directorate (TAXUD) Website
Customs Valuation – Most customs duties and value added tax (VAT) are expressed as a percentage of the value of goods being declared for importation.
Given the magnitude of EU imports every year, it is important that the value of such commerce is accurately measured for the purposes of:
Malta and the EU apply an internationally accepted concept of customs value.
The value of imported goods is one of three ‘elements of taxation’ that provides the basis for assessment of the customs debt, which is the technical term for the amount of duty that has to be paid, the other ones being the origin of the goods and the customs tariff.
Although there are no limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco one can bring in from EU countries, customs officials are more likely to ask you questions if you have more than:
These quantities can be seized if customs are satisfied that they are of a commercial nature.
Alcohol and alcoholic beverages
Over 17 years olds can bring (in personal luggage) the following quantities:
The passengers can combine the first two types of alcohol as long the alcohol volume does not exceed 100%.
Over 17 years old that belong to the following categories:
The passengers can combine the first two types of alcohol as long the alcohol volume does not exceed 100%.Note that the consideration of what constitutes frontier countries lies entirely with EU and the list outlined above may change.
When travelling by air or sea , over 17 years old can bring tobacco products for personal use only the following:
Each amount specified in above points will amount to 100% of the total allowance for tobacco products.
When travelling by land, over 17 years old can bring tobacco products for personal use only the following:
Each amount specified in all the points will amount to 100% of the total allowance for tobacco products.
Non-commercial item are of an occasional nature and consist exclusively of goods for the personal or family use of the traveller, or of goods intended as presents. The nature and quantity of the goods must not be such as to indicate that they are being imported for commercial reasons.
Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 and Regulation (EU) 576/2013 . Cats and dogs may be subject to quarantine at Luqa Airport. Pet owners are required to advise, in advance, of their arrival, to ensure that BIP officers are available to release their pets without delays.
Pets must be accompanied by:
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS):allows pet carnivores (cats, dogs and ferrets) originating from qualifying countries as well as those residing in Malta that travel to any of the qualifying countries to (re-)enter Malta without quarantine if satisfying all the conditions. Please consult www.veterinary.gov.mtfor an up-to-date list of qualifying countries. Note that this does not apply to other pet animals. To qualify for the scheme, the pet must be:
Birds are subject to Decision (EC) No. 25/2007.
Please consult www.veterinary.gov.mt for an up-to-date list of qualifying countries and for full information on conditions and documentation for the import of pets, including those pets entering Malta from non-qualifying countries. Alternatively, contact the Malta Veterinary Services. Tel: 356 21 225363. Fax: 356 21 238105.
Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Malta.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Malta if the onward flight is within 24 hours. Otherwise baggage has to be labelled to Malta and is cleared at the first airport of entry in Malta.
Same regulations as for Export apply.
Local currency (Euro-EUR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and
cheques of any kind) must be declared.
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No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.
The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
Suspension of commercial flights
On 21 December, the Government of Malta announced that from 22 December normal commercial flights between the UK and Malta will be suspended.
Scheduled flights may be subject to short notice cancellation. Check the Malta Airport website or contact the airline for status of flights. If you have a ticket to travel you should contact your travel operator.
Air Malta have announced that they will continue to operate regular flights between the UK and Malta. Those planning travel to Malta or returning to the UK are advised to visit the Air Malta website for information about bookings.
From 22 December, unauthorised travel from the UK to Malta will not be permitted. Maltese Nationals, those holding residency permits, and those with evidence of residency (including if you have applied for a residency permit and have received an interim receipt issued by the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs), currently in the UK will be permitted to return subject to testing and mandatory 14 day quarantine (see below).
Non-Maltese Nationals and those without residency permits who require travel for essential reasons must first obtain permission to enter Malta from the Superintendent of Public Health by emailing [email protected].
All passengers travelling to Malta from the United Kingdom are required to submit a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before boarding flights to Malta. The test should be dated no more than 72 hours before arrival. Passengers will also be subject to a PCR test on arrival to Malta and a mandatory 14 day quarantine with a repeat PCR test between day 5-7. Visit the Maltese Government website for further information about entry requirements.
You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.
The current list of countries or regions requiring prior testing can be found on the Maltese Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ website. The Maltese Government will regularly review the list of countries for which prior testing will be required.
From 22 December all passengers travelling from the United Kingdom to Malta will be are required to submit a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before boarding flights to Malta. The test should be dated no more than 72 hours before arrival. Passengers will also be subject to a PCR test on arrival to Malta and a mandatory 14 day quarantine regardless of a negative result. A repeat PCR test will be required between day 5-7. Visit the Maltese Government website for further information about quarantine.
The current list of countries exempt from self-isolation can be found on the Visit Malta website. If arriving from an exempt country or region passengers will need to certify they have resided in that country for at least 2 weeks prior to travelling. There will, however, be temperature checks for all arriving and departing passengers. Those passengers with a high temperature will be required to undergo a swab test. Further details on the procedures are explained on the Malta International Airport website.
You may not travel to Malta from a country not listed via one of the listed countries. If you wish to travel to Malta from a country not listed you will need prior permission from the Maltese authorities. You should contact your nearest Maltese Embassy or High Commission for more information.
The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:
Any time you spent in Malta or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
At Maltese border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:
There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Malta. If you are resident in Malta, you should carry proof of residence as well as your valid passport when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Malta guide.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.
You must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Malta.
Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.
Crime against tourists is rare although robberies, handbag snatching, pick-pocketing and theft from parked cars can occur. Safeguard passports, money and other valuables. Be vigilant when exchanging money and using ATMs, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Use the hotel’s own safe if possible.
There have been instances of pick-pocketing on bus routes between Valletta and St Julian’s. Thieves are targeting crowded buses during the summer season. Be vigilant and keep sight of valuables at all times. Local police are aware of the problem and conducting investigations.
Personal attacks, including rape and sexual assault do occur. Avoid splitting up from your friends and don’t go off with people you don’t know. If you drink, take sensible precautions including buying your own drinks and keeping sight of them at all times.
British and Maltese nationals are increasingly being targeted by scam artists operating globally. The scams come in many forms (romance and friendship, business ventures, work and employment opportunities) and can pose great financial risk to victims. Be very cautious about any requests for funds, a job offer, a business venture or a face to face meeting from someone you have been in correspondence with over the internet.
Bird hunting is practised during the spring and autumn. Dates are movable and determined by the government in the lead up to the season. Local print and online news media normally carry the start and end dates, and times of when hunting is allowed.
Hunting with firearms is common and is normally allowed from 2 hours before sunrise until 2 hours after sunset. Hunting areas are rarely marked and can overlap with camping areas, country walkways and other public areas. Although not common, incidents involving members of the public have occurred previously. Be aware of your surroundings when visiting rural areas and nature spots during the hunting seasons.
In 2019 there were 16 road deaths in Malta (source: Department of Transport). This equates to 3.2 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 2.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2019.
You can drive in Malta using your UK driving licence.
If you’re living in Malta, check the Living in Guide for information on requirements for residents.
Take care while driving as some roads are in poor condition. Keep to the speed limit. Local standards of driving are poor.
During the summer, many beaches are patrolled by lifeguards and operate flag safety systems. You should make sure you understand the system and follow any warnings; red flags indicate dangerous or hazardous conditions. You should swim within designated swimming zones and take extra care if there are no life-guards, flags or signs. Follow local advice if jellyfish are present.