India tweaks its medical tourism visa

By TIN Media | India Published 2 weeks ago on 18 February 2021
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Creative Travel is promoting medical tourism with what it says an eye on a tourism restart later this year.

It is piggy-backing its promotions on the government’s recent decision to broaden the scope of medical tourism visas to include natural and alternative medical treatments, even including Yoga.

In its latest product newsletter is presents the case for an early start saying a recent government announcement allows “foreign nationals to visit India on medical visas.

But even though they qualify for medical tourism visa entry, difficulties still exist for travellers. There are restricted international flights from the Middle East, Europe and Asia-Pacific nations, which will impede efforts to generate medical tourism flows from conventional source markets.

Furthermore, with decreased services between major cities in India, domestic flight capacity is strained, which is likely to remain for several months to come.

But the government has an eye on restarting international tourism in 2021 and medical tourism is high on the agenda to build traction.

The Government of India is all set to introduce insurance plans that will provide tourists with a cover that will include Covid-19 treatment.

According to the Ministry of Tourism, relations between Indian insurance companies and foreign inbound tourists are facilitated to provide coverage or to allow the visitor's own insurance policy to cover the cost of care once in India.

India will be presented as a chosen medical tourism destination by the tourism ministry's proposal, cutting through the streams of Allopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga. The National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board and Union Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel are in discussions.

Through the Joint Commission International (JCI), which is considered the global benchmark for hospitals in terms of patient safety and service quality, Indian hospitals are encouraged to secure accreditation.

According to the new update, medical visas may be given within 24 hours


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