The quality of the healthcare system in Malta is one of the best in the European Union. Both the public and private healthcare systems offer top notch service, so don’t let a few beaurocratic mishaps entangle you, should you need to make use of the system.

Firstly, Make sure that all routine and recommended immunisations as defined by your country of residence have been taken. Visitors from the EU must bring their European Health Identity Card (EHIC), which replaced the old E111 card. This will provide you with basic healthcare whilst in Malta; however it is always recommended that one is covered adequately by travel insurance over the holiday period.

The Gozo General Hospital can sometimes get rather busy, especially in the A&E Department. For Minor Ailments, one is better off visiting a local poly clinic or health centre located in various different localities in Gozo.  Pharmacies are also located in various localities in Gozo and are mostly open during normal shopping hours. On Sundays, pharmacies open on a roster basis. A list of pharmacies on Gozo can be found here.

Maltese beaches and coastal waters have some of the best ratings in the EU. Water is clean and safe to swim in, with no tides existing locally. However some bays produce strong undercurrents which may make it difficult to swim in. beware of jellyfish especially when the current is inwards. It is advisable to swim where the locals do if you are new to the area.

Avoid over exposure to the sun, even in winter is it helpful to have a suitable sunscreen, especially if you are spending the day outside. Don’t forget to wear a hat and keep hydrated. Children and babies need extra protection from the sun. It is recommended that you avoid the strongest rays of sun in the mid summer months between 12pm and 3pm.