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Malta customs regulations

It is important to know about customs regulations before traveling to Malta to avoid legal issues and potential fines. As you know, customs regulations widely depend on the country. Before traveling to (or from) Malta make sure to check the allowance and limits for the next things:

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Currency
  • Medicines (especially those containing drugs)
  • Animals
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products

Check the information below to be sure that you are complying with Malta customs regulations.

Import regulations in Malta

Duty-free allowance

When travelling within EU

There are no limits on the amount of alcohol and tobacco a person can bring in within the EU. The goods must be for personal use or as a gift and they must have had duty and tax paid in the EU country where they were acquired. Customs officials may require proof of intent if more than all the following is imported.

Tobacco limit

  • Restricted to travellers 17 years and over;
  • 800 cigarettes;
  • 400 cigarillos (max 3g each);
  • 200 cigars;
  • 1kg smoking tobacco.

Bringing alcohol

  • Restricted to travellers 17 years and over;
  • 10 litres of spirits over 22%;
  • 20 litres of alcoholic beverages other less than 22%;
  • 90 litres of wine (of which maximum 60 litres of sparkling wine);
  • 110 litres of beer.

When travelling from outside the EU

If entering the EU from outside, a passenger can bring with them goods free of VAT and excise duties for personal use within the limits set out below. The same applies if coming from the Canary Islands, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar or other territories where EU rules on VAT applies.

Tobacco limit

  • Restricted to travellers 17 years and over;
  • 200 cigarettes;
  • 100 cigarillos;
  • 50 cigars;
  • 250g of smoking tobacco; or
  • A proportional combination of these goods.

Bringing alcohol

Restricted to travellers 17 years and over. One of the following:

  • 1 litre of alcohol exceeding 22% volume of alcohol;
  • 2 litre of fortified sparkling wine;
  • or a proportional combination of these goods.

In addition:

  • 16 litres of beer.

Cash limit

  • There are no restrictions on the importation of currency into the EU.
  • Funds of more than €10,000 must be declared to the customs authorities.

Other Goods free from duty

  • Medication for personal use during the trip.

Prohibited items

The following are goods which cannot be brought into the country

  • Meat and dairy products from non-EU countries.
  • Military weapons and goods, unless antiques and part of a collection.
  • Narcotics and hallucinogens.
  • Pornographic and obscene materials.
  • Flick knives and offensive weapons.
  • Counterfeit currency.

Restricted items

These goods are strictly regulated, and in most cases require a permit to be obtained prior to arrival

  • Animals, including pets, are subject to certain import restrictions. For further evidence, please visit Travel with Your Pet to Malta.
  • Endangered animals, plants, and their derivative products protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may require protected species permits.
  • Meat, poultry, and other animal products, including leather and ivory.
  • Plant and plant products, including fruit, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and seeds.

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