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Madeira Islands

Madeira Islands: At a glance

Capital: Funchal

Population: 254,876

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: Western European Standard Time, Western European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Madeira Islands: Travel Health Information

Madeira is known for its namesake wine, year-round warmth, and natural landscapes. Visitors can explore one of the many beaches along the country’s southern coast, or hike the levadas – long stretches of irrigation channels found throughout the island and its mountains.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Madeira may differ from your home country. Madeira has both public and private healthcare sectors. While improvements to the system and quality of health facilities have been made in recent years, the island’s small size may mean that access to hospitals, health facilities, and medical care is limited in some areas. Most healthcare professionals in Madeira speak some English.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Madeira typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Portugal may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Madeira.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained by a local doctor. Some generic medications may be available without a prescription. There are many pharmacies in Madeira, including in small towns, and many are open 24-hours.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Madeira’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Major roads in Madeira are generally well maintained but road quality varies by region, and may be unpaved or poorly maintained in rural regions. Narrow, winding roads may pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts are required for the driver and passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times and are recommended for cyclists.



Madeira Islands: At a glance

Capital: Funchal

Population: 254,876

Official language: Portuguese

Time zone: Western European Standard Time, Western European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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