Health and Safety Ibiza - Spanish Holiday Islands

Ibiza is a very safe holiday destination by world standards, with no major travel warnings at present. However the medical system is quite different to that of the UK, and if you need treatment during your holiday, you may have to pay for it up front.

To avoid such costs, all Brits should take an European Health Insurance Card with them when travelling to the island. The EHIC replaced the E111 form in 2005 and is available from most UK post offices free of charge.

With it, you'll be able to get medical assistance in the emergency rooms of public hospitals and private medical clinics. If you're worried about the language barrier many doctors on the island will speak English, as well as German and French. It is a good idea to pack any prescription medicine you might need while abroad in its original packaging, but pharmacists can provide you with medication for run of the mill aches, pains, and allergies.

You don't need any particular form of vaccination to holiday on the island at all. Because of the unpredictability of illness and injury it does pay to take a few sensible precautions before you head abroad. Holiday insurance is quick and easy to purchase before you go on holiday and can save you a myriad of worries further down the line for the sake of a few pounds.

The most common cause of hospital admissions for travellers is not illness, but injury in road accidents. There's also the chance that your luggage could get lost or stolen - but with a solid insurance policy you needn't worry about these things at all. The best travel insurance for you depends on what you need - would you rather pay up front and get your expenses reimbursed, or have the company pay your bills directly?

As Ibiza is a safe holiday destination travellers just need to keep basic commonsense to keep themselves and their belongings safe - just like you would at home. Keep your wits, and your valuables, close by at restaurants, popular tourist attractions and on public transport. Don't leave luggage unattended or visible in cars overnight, and keep valuables stored somewhere safe.

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