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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Malta. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Malta.
Corruption: Malta has a corruption score of 46/100.
If your itinerary runs through Malta, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, Malta scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Mellieħa is 17.
Age of Consent: 18 years.
At the age of 18, an individual is considered mature enough in Malta to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Malta since 2017.
Malta scores a 9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Malta are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug G
Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 14.4 and 15.6°C (58 and 60°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 13.91 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Malta.