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Everything You Need to Know About Indian Medical Visa

The modern healthcare and wellness industry spins around approachability and affordability. In developed countries like the USA, and Russia healthcare services are quite expensive. Besides cost, long waiting lists and limited treatment options are major hindrances in most Western countries. Whereas in developing or least developed countries, factors like domestic policy reform, political instability, travel restrictions, availability of modern healthcare infrastructure and medical personnel all supply to the demand for affordable healthcare. This is where medical tourism  as a niche has surfaced.

Why do you need a Medical visa?

India has always been known for its rich heritage of ‘wellness’ traditions and has enormous probabilities to offer to ‘wellness’ seekers. The Indian wellness industry is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel and leisure industry. India has the potential to become a leading ‘wellness’ destination for global travellers. The Indian healthcare sector, particularly the private entities, boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure along with well-qualified practitioners. This has led to foreign tourists coming in for affordable treatment and they need a visa to enter the country, in these cases a medical visa is obligatory. You can get a medical visa if you would like to seek medical treatment only in reputed hospitals in India. Up to two attendants who are blood relatives are allowed to accompany the applicant, their visa validity will be the same as the medical visa.

The Medical Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India. The purpose of travel must be medical and treatment must be received at a reputed/recognized hospital or treatment centre in India. In November 2014, the Government of India introduced an online tourist Visa (e-Visa) for 43 countries. This was done to promote travel to India, reducing time spent at border control and eliminating the necessity of visiting the embassy. The following year, India rolled out its e-Visa program for other major world countries. In April 2017, India retooled its e-Visa program, introducing a special visa subcategory for medical travellers.

Medical travellers from more than 160 countries can apply for a Medical e-Visa. Travelers who use the Medical e-Visa program apply, pay a fee online and receive their electronic visa online all before traveling to India. Unlike the Tourist and Business e-Visas. The process has simplified things for medical travellers who are seeking vital treatment in India.

Current affairs in medical visa:

The ministry said in a statement that indoor treatment may now be taken on the primary (original) visa for pre-existing diseases, which the foreigner may have been suffering from even before his or her entry into India and for ailments that were in his or her knowledge.

The decision has been taken as some foreigners, who are already in India on valid visas, were facing difficulties in availing medical treatment, the decision has been taken as some foreigners, who are already in India on valid visas, were facing difficulties in availing medical treatment .

They were being advised by some hospitals or medical centres to get their visas converted into medical visas before getting admitted. In case of indoor medical treatment of fewer than 180 days or up to the stay stipulation period, if any, stipulated in the primary visa of a foreigner or the duration of his or her primary visa, whichever is earlier, a foreigner is permitted to take such indoor medical treatment subject to certain conditions.

Treatment of diseases that require an organ transplant shall, however, be permitted only on a medical visa. They were being advised by some hospitals or medical centres to get their visas converted into medical visas before getting admitted.

The validity of a medical visa:

The initial duration of a visa is up to a year or the period of the treatment. whichever is less.

the visa will be valid for a maximum of three times a year.