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Malta Surgery in Malta

Malta is located in the Mediterranean, south of Sicily and is part of the Maltese archipelago; the country has a small population of just over 400,000 people. Malta has a rich history coupled with medieval architecture. For those seeking a more natural beauty Malta is also home to some magnificent bays and beaches with clear waters that are a favourite vacation spot for many Europeans, causing Malta's population to swell to three times its normal size during the peak tourist periods. Malta is a recent entrant to the medical tourism industry, but this was a natural progression since they have been ranked among the top five countries offering the best health services in the world. The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English, although Italian is also widely spoken.

Medical tourism

Malta has long been regarded as a centre for health and wellness from the time of the Romans who built Roman style baths to the time of the Knights of St John, "the hospitallers" who built what was regarded as Europe's finest hospital. In the First and Second World War Malta was regarded as the nurse of the Mediterranean.

Subsequently Malta has led the way as a beacon for health services with the medical faculty at the University of Malta being one of the oldest in Europe with doctors often training in the UK. And as English is their first language, communication is never a problem.

Today Malta is the ideal medical tourism destination for UK residents. It has a number of private hospitals and clinics equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment, highly qualified medical practitioners, a range of facilities for recuperation and rehabilitation. In addition, the island is English speaking and less than a 3 hour flight from the UK. In short Malta, with its warm climate, curative and healing history and leading facilities and practitioners is perfect for anyone needing any form of medical treatment.

Research carried out by the Maltese Government estimates that Malta offers a range of treatments to accommodate over 50,000 medical tourists annually. This includes all major cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty liposuction, dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, as well as orthopaedic surgery for knees, hips and cardiac surgery, laser eye surgery, physiotherapy and rehab. In addition Malta is catering for the rising demand for non-invasive treatments such as botox, chemical peels and derma fillers.The cost of treatment in Malta is much cheaper than in the UK often saving over 50%.

Key players in Malta Healthcare include: Medical Malta, Health Malta, Sahara Medical, Surgery Abroad, Come Out Smiling and Linda Briggs, the UK's leading cosmetic surgery advisor.

Best time to travel

Malta is warm for most of the year, with the hottest weather being between July and September.

Money and costs

The Euro replaced the lira in 2008 as the national currency in Malta. Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool. The cost of food and other similar items are generally comparable to those in the UK and Western Europe.


Travellers from Commonwealth countries do not need a visa (excluding South Africa, India and Pakistan) to enter Malta for up to three months. The same goes for tourists from the USA, most European nations and Japan.

Getting there

Malta International Airport is the central hub of Malta, with direct access to Europe and North Africa. Visitors travelling from North America, Australia and Asia will need to change flights at a central airport within Europe before heading on to Malta. There are also a number of ports for those travellers who prefer to arrive by sea. Hydrofoils, catamarans and car ferries run from the Sicilian ports of Catania and Pozzallo, as well as mainland Italy.

Malta Tourism Authority

Address: Auberge D'Italie, Merchants Street, Valletta VLT 1170, Malta

Tel: +356 22 91 5000


Dialling codes

To call Malta, the country dialling code is +356.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Malta at:

Lonely Planet -​malta

Malta Healthcare -

Malta Embassy in the USA -​embassy/​United-States

Malta Embassy in the UK -​malta_embassy.html

NHS health information on Malta -​NHSEngland/​healthcaremalta/​Pages/​healthcaremalta.aspx

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011