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The Indian government grants medical visa for foreign nationals across the world seeking specialty medical treatment in India for extended periods. A visa-on-arrival system for tourists from few selected countries has been instituted by government of India, which allows foreign nationals to stay in India for upto 60 days for medical procedures. Maximum of two attendants who are blood relatives are permissible to accompany the patient under separate Medical Attendant visas. The validity of Medical Attendant Visa will be same as the patient Medical visa. The preliminary duration of Medical visa is up to a year or dependent on duration of the treatment, whichever is less. The visa allows maximum of 3 entries during 1 year.


Indian Medical Visa Requirements

  • People traveling from a selected list of countries should have Yellow Fever vaccination certificate as per Govt. of India directives. All passengers arriving to India w. e. f 14th February 2014 from selected countries - Kenya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia must carry Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Certificate taken six weeks prior to entry. This certificate is obligatory for both Adults and Children.
  • All travelers from above seven countries must now possess a written record of vaccination (patient-retained record) for polio, preferably using IHR 2005 International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis from a hospital or Centre administering OPV by the Government of their respective country.
  • Every medical document is checked by Indian Missions and Posts that are placed abroad to confirm whether the request to obtain a medical visa is genuine or not.
  • One may also need to provide satisfactory details to The Missions that they have sought initial medical advice in the country of residence / origin and consequently has got an advice to go for special treatment.
  • One can get a Medical Visa to India only for treatment in reputed and recognized medical centres.

Eligibility for Medical Visa Application to India

The medical visa is based on certain conditions that are outlined above, but it is required to ensure that people who are immigrating to India are genuinely doing so for the purpose of receiving treatment. Indian immigration authorities require the following criteria to be satisfied due to the above mentioned reasons –

  • It should be clear that the initial medical guidance has already been made by the applicant in their own country and they are then recommended to pursue specialist treatment.
  • It should be demonstrated by the applicant is seeking medical attention only in a recognized institution which specializes in the treatment of the condition.
  • High priority is given to 'M' visa applications in India that are associated with several medical conditions. Some serious ailments are given primary consideration such as neurosurgery, heart problems, ophthalmic disorders and organ transplants.

Registration for Medical Visa

It is necessary for foreign nationals with 'M' visa that they should register themselves with the concerned FRROs / FROs within 14 days after they arrive in India.


Visa For Attendant's / Family Members

Attendants or members of the family of patients traveling to India will be provided with miscellaneous visas equivalent to the 'M' Visa of patient. These visas are given to the partner / children / in patient's' blood relations. Please take note that only up to 2 attendants are put into consideration for miscellaneous visas in one go. These visas are known as MX visas. Such attendants also have to get register themselves with the local FRROs / FROs within fourteen days of entering India.


Validity and Extension of Indian Medical Visas

Medical visa to India is given either for the duration of the treatment or for duration of a year, whichever is less. Extension of this visa up to another year is also possible year on the orders of the State Governments or FRROs, if recognized hospital of India gives a medical certificate. If more extension is needed then on the suggestion of the State Government / FRROs coupled with suitable medical papers, the Ministry of Home Affairs can give a validation. This kind of a visa can get not more than 3 entries in one year. in case of emergencies, State Governments / FRROs has the ability to allow an additional entry.


Registration For Bangladeshi And Pakistani Nationals

Nationals of all foreign countries along with those of Sri Lanka, Pakistan, China and Bangladesh can obtain a medical visa to India. However, the registration formalities for citizens of Bangladesh and Pakistan will necessarily have to match the requirements that are given in Para 106 and Para 118, for citizens of Bangladesh and citizens of Pakistan consecutively, in the Visa Manual. The citizens of these two countries are required to conform about their date of arrival and departure according to the present policies of their countries. Patients from Pakistan and Bangladesh are required to complete their registration within the first 24 hours at the nearest Police Station/Commissioner’s Office on entry within India. These are the conditions and rules as mentioned in the document issued by the Government of India.
http://www.indian-medical-tourism.com/pdfs/india-medical-visa.pdf


Visa for commissioning surrogacy in India

No more tourist visas for surrogacy in India. The legal and regulatory frameworks regarding surrogacy in India are subject to change. Individuals considering entering into an overseas commercial surrogacy arrangement are urged to exercise extreme caution. You should seek independent legal advice and keep informed of developments.


Obtaining the Visa

India has partnered with VFS for most of its Visa Application processes globally. While you are looking for particular requirements to travel from your country, it’s best to check this: http://www.vfsglobal.com/index.asp

One the bottom left, just choose ‘India’ as the visiting country & select the country you are applying form.

You can also refer to India’s Bureau of Immigration website to learn more about India’s Visa requirements and regulations:

http://boi.gov.in/content/registration-requirements-foreign-national. For a detailed explanation on your Visa requirements, please connect with our Visa team by dropping a mail at international@elawoman.com

Ela helps in gathering all requirements and papers required for the visa form the hospital & doctor you are planning to visit to. New patients must send over a copy of their passport (including attendants) to receive a Visa invitation letter from the hospital. Once the patient receives the hospital’s invitation letter, it is imperative to share their flight itinerary with the International Representatives.

For more specific questions and assistance with preparing your travel documents, simply fill in the form on the right-hand side to talk with our International Representative. For a detailed explanation on your Visa requirements, please connect with our Visa team by dropping a mail at international@elawoman.com

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