Emergency services

Emergency services in Malta are considered to be of the highest quality. In the unfortunate event of requiring medical attention, here are some essential contact details.

In Malta, medical care services are available through both public and private hospitals, both of which are considered as being of excellent quality. These are also supported by an extensive regional network of health centres, ensuring that you will always be close by to medical attention if something happens. 

While travellers do not typically require certificates of vaccination or immunisation to enter the Maltese Islands, visitors from EU member states are recommended to acquire a European Health Insurance card. This is a free card that gives you access to state-provided healthcare during your stay in Malta. Should you find yourself in need of treatment during your stay, you will receive it under the same conditions and at the same cost as Maltese people. It is also suggested that visitors take out a personal medical insurance policy which should supply them with financial medical assistance should they require it.

Visitors receiving special medical care should bring along a medical prescription or a letter from their family doctor, in case they need to purchase medicines.

Pharmacies can be found all over the Islands and are open during normal shopping hours. Keep in mind that this means many of them close during the afternoon hours both in winter and in summer. On Sundays, pharmacies open on a roster basis from 9 a.m. until 12.30 in Malta and from 7.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Gozo.

Public Hospitals

Malta: Mater Dei Hospital, Birkirkara By-pass Birkirkara MSD 2090 Tel: ( 356) 25450000
Gozo: Gozo General Hospital, Victoria. Tel: ( 356) 21561600 Fax: ( 356) 21560881

Useful Numbers

 The following is a list of telephone numbers that you may find helpful during your stay on the Maltese Islands:

Ambulance: 196
Emergency: 112
Emergency Rescue by Helicopter: 21244371
Emergency Rescue by Patrol Boat: 21238797
Fire Brigade: 199
Gozo Channel Co. Ltd: 21556114
Hospital – Gozo: 21561600
Hospital – Malta: 25450000
Police: 191

Did you know?

  • The famous eight-pointed Maltese Cross symbolizes the 8 obligations of the Knights of St John: Truth, faith, repent of sins, humility, justice, merciful, sincere and enduring persecution.
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