Medical VISA to India
Foreign nationals wishing to travel to India are required to possess a valid
passport of their country and a valid Indian visa.
The government of India has introduced 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 60 days for medical procedures.
Visas are granted through various Indian missions abroad. However, the
Embassy/High Commission/Consulate reserves the right on granting and
deciding the type/duration of visa irrespective of the fees tendered at the time of
making the application.
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 duration of the treatment, whichever is
less. The visa allows maximum of 3 entries during 1 year.
Benefits of Medical Visa to India
- A temporary immigration service is provided by the 'M' or Indian medical
visas and they did not make a way for settlement in India.
- The medical Indian visas only provide entry for a particular purpose of
obtaining medical attention.
- A medical visa in India is granted for up to 1 year unlike Indian visit visa
that is granted for maximum 6 months. The time required to perform the
concerned medical treatment determines the duration of a medical visa.
- The government of India permits a period only up to 12 months but it can
further be extended to 12 months if required. This extension is based only
on the recommendation from an appropriate treatment center or by
providing a medical certificate.
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
- 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.
It is required that foreigners coming to India on ‘M visa’ get themselves registered
with the concerned FRROs/FROs inside of 14 days of landing.
Visa For Attendant's / Family Members
Attendants or relatives of the Patient coming to India for medicinal treatments are
qualified to acquire Miscellaneous Visa proportionate to the “M” Visa. Such a visa is
issued to spouse, children or relatives of the patient. Nonetheless, not more than two
attendants are permitted at once to get a visa. Such a visa is known as ‘MX visa’. It
is compulsory that foreigners coming to India on ‘MX visa’ get themselves enlisted
with the concerned FRROs/FROs inside of 14 days of landing
Validity and Extension of Indian Medical Visas
The Indian Mission issues medical Visas to India for the term of the treatment or for
a time of one year, whichever is less.
The visa can be stretched out to one more year by the State Governments or
FRROs after creating medical testimony by particular medicalcentres/hospitals in the
Further expansions must be approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs just if the
State Government/FRROs support the extension with significant medical reports.
Indian Medical Visa Requirements
- People traveling from the below mentioned 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 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
- 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 centers. Although a medical visa to India is given for a
number of treatments but there are prime ones including radio therapy,
Neuro-Surgery, heart treatments, renal disorders, plastic surgery, organ
transplants, gene therapy, plastic surgery, ophthalmic disorders,
congenital disorders, and more.
In order to get visa invitation letter from relevant hospital please send following
details on this Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Reports (Current and Relevant Reports).
Passport Scans of the Patient and the Attendant