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Medical Tourism in India

Posted on: October 12, 2018 | Back | Print

India has in recent years emerged as a major hub for medical tourism and now considered amongst the top 6 Medical Value Travel Destinations in the world. Foreign tourist arrivals for medical purposes have jumped from 1,39,447 in 2014 to 4,95,056 in 2017. Reputed health care professionals and hospitals, English speaking health are workers, cutting edge global technology, personalized service, lower cost, lesser waiting time and rich cultural and leisure destinations in India make it a compelling destination for medical travel.

In order to capitalize upon the opportunity, the Ministry of Tourism has set up a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board consisting of relevant stake holders from the industry and various government agencies. More details about the Board may be accessed at

Amongst the initiatives successfully implemented on the supply side are;

1. E-visa is enabled for medical tourists in addition to the existing medical and medical attendant visas.

2.Patients not required to personally register with the FRRO,

3 Facilitation counters set up at 3 international airports and 5 more are on the anvil

4. Accreditation by NABIH introduced for a new category called Medical Value Travel Facilitators who would play the coordinating role similar to tour operators,

5, Health care portal i has been augmented with comprehensive information on the accredited healthcare institutions in English, Arabic, Russian and French.


More details about India Healthcare Tourism may be obtained from