Health & insurance
Before You Go
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland receive free or reduced-cost state-provided health care with the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for medical treatment that becomes necessary while in Malta. The EHIC will not provide cover for non-emergencies or emergency repatriation home. Each family member will need a separate card. The EHIC is free; full details are online at www.ehic.org.uk.
Malta has reciprocal health agreements with Australia and the UK. Australians are eligible for subsidised health care for up to six months from their date of arrival in Malta; UK residents for up to 30 days. Details of these arrangements and various health services can be found on the website of the Maltese Ministry of Health (www.deputyprimeminister.gov.mt/en/Pages/health.aspx).
If you need health insurance, strongly consider a policy covering the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an emergency flight home.
No specific vaccinations are needed for travelling to Malta.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
High-standard health and dental care is readily available in Malta, and for minor illnesses pharmacists can give valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication. They can also advise when more specialised help is required and point you in the right direction.
There are pharmacies in most towns; these are generally open from 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm Monday to Saturday. On Sundays and public holidays they open by roster in the morning – the local Sunday newspapers print details of the roster, and it can be found online at www.ehealth.gov.mt.
Malta's public general hospital is Mater Dei Hospital, 2km southwest of Sliema and accessible by bus 75 from Valletta. Gozo's smaller General Hospital may also be of use. General practitioner service is available at a network of health centres (at Floriana, Gżira, Qormi, Paola, Cospicua, Mosta, Rabat and on Gozo) as well as some pharmacies. English is spoken at all pharmacies, hospitals and health centres.
Consultation is usually free for EU nationals at most health centres, but residents of other countries can expect to pay around €15 for an initial visit.
Tap water is fine to drink in Malta.