There are many health centres located around the island of Madeira and one in Porto Santo. Some are equipped with emergency service facilities, and some of the private clinics have also emergency services but in case of an emergency, most tourists will visit the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça 'Cruz de Carvalho'.
Medical insurance is strongly advised, even though EU citizens can obtain a refund for most medical costs by using the EHIC form (available at health offices in your country). Travellers from the UK can visit www.direct.gov.uk for more information.
There are many English-speaking doctors and dentists in Madeira. Your hotel will always be able to recommend one.
The local chemists (farmácia), recognisable by a sign with a green cross, will have just about anything you may require and there is always one open after hours in each area. You will also find some of the larger supermarkets have a pharmacy counter. The location of the duty chemist is displayed on every chemist’s entrance door.
Health and Vaccination Information for Portugal
You will not require any vaccinations to visit Madeira, unless you are coming from an infected area (the most likely infection would be 'Yellow Fever'). Make a point of checking with your tour operator or local Portuguese embassy if in any doubt.
Yellow Fever Vaccination
An International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when travelling from an infected area and when the traveller is more than one year of age.
Malaria – None
Cholera – None
Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya - The archipelago of Madeira has no recorded native cases of mosquito-spread diseases, namely dengue, chikungunya, zika and yellow fever, since February 2013.