Electricity in Malta, Do You Need an Electrical Adapter in Malta?

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Part of the British heritage and influence on the island is still visible in Malta’s electrical system. Although Malta is a member of the European Union, its electrical outlets retain the British format, which differs from that used in the rest of Europe. Here’s what you need to know about electricity in Malta.

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How Does the Electrical System Work in Malta?

In Malta, the voltage is 230 V with a frequency of 50 Hz, and the outlets are type G. In most countries of continental Europe, the outlets are types E or F.

On the island, you can use your electrical appliances if their voltage ranges between 220 and 240 V. This standard applies across European countries: France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, etc., as well as in the UK, Australia, and most countries in Asia and Africa. However, if you come from a country where the voltage is between 110 V and 127 V, such as the United States, Canada, or South America, you cannot use your electronic equipment without a converter or a high-voltage transformer.

Before plugging in your electrical devices, check the information on the male plug (the one with the prongs). The indications regarding the accepted voltage range must be clearly marked. If it says Input: 100-240V, it means that your device is equipped with a built-in transformer and will work perfectly in Malta.

It is also important to pay attention to the frequency of the alternating current. If your devices require a different electrical frequency than the 50 Hz used in Malta, it is advisable not to use them. This is especially true for hairdryers and irons, as they could be damaged during use. This warning does not apply to electrical appliances compliant with European Community standards but rather targets North American standards.

What Types of Electrical Outlets Are Used in Malta?

The sockets in Malta (wall outlets) consist of three rectangular holes. Therefore, the male plugs must be equipped with rectangular prongs (new British plugs or type G). This socket format is found in many former British colonies.

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Is an Electrical Adapter Necessary in Malta?

Yes, an adapter is necessary to plug in major electrical appliances in Malta (computer, phone, etc.), as the outlets are identical to the British model. If you have traveled to the UK or Ireland before, the adapter you used there will be compatible and can be used on the island.

You can easily purchase an adapter at most hardware stores and supermarkets in Malta (Welbee’s, Arcadia, Lidl); some hotels also offer them for sale. However, it is advisable to get one before departure. You can simply order one online to avoid being caught off guard upon arrival in Malta.

During your stay in Malta, you may encounter forcibly opened sockets. The upper hole in the electrical sockets in Malta is a safety feature; it does not conduct electricity and allows opening the two powered outlets. By inserting a pencil into the upper hole, you can unlock the lower holes and insert a round-pin plug (by force). This is unconventional but possible because this port does not have a power source; it only opens the other two outlets. Consider this option only in emergencies, as it damages the sockets.

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Do I Need an Electrical Adapter in Malta?

If your electrical devices have type E or F plugs, as is the case in most continental European countries (Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, etc.), you will need an adapter to plug in Malta. Wall outlets in Malta are type G, the same as the British format.

Where Can I Buy an Adapter in Malta?

It is advisable to buy one before your departure to Malta. If you did not have the opportunity to acquire one before traveling and you are already in Malta, you can find an adapter in most stores and supermarkets on the island.

Can I Use My Electrical Appliances in Malta?

The electrical current in Malta is 230-240 volts, 50 hertz, similar to the current in continental Europe. Your electrical appliances should therefore be able to operate without any issues.

How Much Does an Adapter Cost in Malta?

The price of an adapter in Malta ranges between 5 and 15 euros, depending on the place of purchase. It is generally cheaper in large supermarkets.