India has a rapidly developing Medical Tourism industry because of skilled manpower and relatively much lower cost of treatment for acute health condition. A special type of Visa is launched by the Government of India to cater to the medical tourism industry, Indian Visa for Medical Visit. Visitors from United States, Europe, Australia have rapidly increased in this segment.
What are the Indian Medical Visa (India e-Medical Visa) requirements?
The Government of India has a flexible policy towards visitors and it encourages Medical Tourism to India. Visitors intending to come to India for the primary purpose of treatment can apply for a Medical Visa for themselves, or if they are planning to assist or nurse someone then a Medical Attendant Visa should be lodged.
What is the duration of Indian Medical Visa (India e-Medical Visa)?
Government of India allows this visa to be 60 days of validity by default. However, the new visa policy of India allows the paper based medical visa to be extended for up to 180 days. Note that if you entered India on an Indian Tourist Visa or Indian Businss Visa and needed medical assistance during your stay in Indian which was not anticipated in advance, then you do not require a Medical Visa. Also, you do not require a medical visa for just consulting a doctor for your condition. However, for undergoing a treatment, a Medical Visa is a requirement.
What medical treatment is allowed on Indian Medical Visa (India e-Medical Visa)
There is no limitation of the medical procedures or treatment that can be undertaken on the Indian Visa for Business.
A partial list of treatment is included for reference:
- Consultation with Doctor
- Hair, Skin Treatment
- Orthopaedic treatment
- Oncology treatment
- Internal surgery
- Cardiac treatment
- Diabetes treatment
- Mental health condition
- Renal treatment
- Joint replacement
- Plastic Surgery
- Ayurvedic treatment
- Radio therapy
What is process of obtaining Indian Medical Visa (India e-Medical Visa)?
The process of acquiring an Indian Medical Visa is to apply for Indian Visa Application Form online, make a payment, provide necessary proofs as requested for treatment including a letter from the hospital or clinic. This process completes in 72 hours and an approved Visa is sent by email.
Can I mix Tourist activities on my Medical Visit?
No, you need to acquire separate Visa for India for each purpose. It is not allowed to undergo Medical Treatment whilst you are on a Tourist Visa.
How long can I stay on the Indian Medical Visa (India e-Medical Visa)?
By default, the duration allowed in the electronic Indian Medical Visa is 60 days.
What are the requirements of getting an Indian Medical Visa?
Nationals of eVisa India eligible countries who need an Indian Medical Visa are allowed to apply online through this website https://www.www.indiavisa-online.org with the easy online eVisa India application form. You require a letter from the hospital in India where you plan to undertake treatment.
You may also be asked to provide a proof of sufficient funds for your medical stay in India. You are not required to provide proof of hotel stay or onward flight ticket to return back to your home country after the medical treatment is over. These supporting documents can be provide to our Help Desk or uploaded later in this website.
1 of the advantages of the Indian Medical Visa is that unlike the Tourist Visa for 30 days, which is only valid for 2 entries, this Visa allows 3 entries to India during the 60 days of its validity. Also 2 attendants are allowed to accompany you on this Visa who need to file separate and independent Medical Attendant Visa of their own.
What are other conditions and requirements of obtaining an Indian Medical Visa?
You need to be aware of the following conditions and requirements of the eVisa for medical treatment:
- From the date of landing in India, the validity of Indian e-Medical Visa will be 60 days.
- 3 entries into India are allowed on this eMedical India Visa.
- You can obtain Medical Visa up to 3 times a year.
- The electronic Medical Visa is not extendable.
- This visa cannot be converted to Tourist or Business visa and is not convertible.
- It is invalid for entering protected and restricted areas.
- You are required to provide proof of funds for your stay in India.
- You need have a PDF or paper copy with you during your travel to airport.
- There is no group medical visa for India available, each applicant is required to apply separately.
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months on the date of entry into India.
- You must have 2 blank pages in your passport so that the immigration and border control staff can affix the stamp at airport for entry and exit at the airport.
- You need an Ordinary passport. Diplomatic, Service, Refugee and Official passports cannot be used to obtain Indian Medical Visa.
Note that if your treatment is going to last over 180 days then you need to apply for a paper or conventional India Medical Visa rather than electronic Medical Visa on this website.
How long does it take to get a medical visa to India?
You can apply online on this website, and it can take up to 3 to 5 minutes to complete the online application. You need to have credit/debit card or Paypal account email address to apply. Approve Indian Medical Visa is emailed in 72 hours in most cases. It is advisable that you apply online rather than visiting Indian Embassy or High Commission as this is the recommended method of obtaining the Medical Visa for India.
We understand that the India Medical Visa (India e-Medical Visa) is a serious decision for your health and you want to be sure that your Indian Visa gets approved, please feel free to clarify your doubts through our India Visa Help Desk.
Ensure that you have checked the eligibility for your India eVisa.
Please apply for a India Visa 4-7 days in advance of your flight.