TRAVEL GAZETTE – INDIA is looking to boost income from its bludgeoning medical tourism industry.
In 2017, foreigners visiting India on medical visa registered a growth of nearly 16 percent, according to government figures. While in 2016, a total of 427,014 foreigners visited India, it rose to 495,056 during 2017.
Officials say medical tourism holds ‘immense potential’ for India, and that the Indian systems of medicines like Ayurveda, Yoga, Panchakarma and Rejuvenation Therapy are among the most ancient systems of medical treatment in the world.
In recent years, the Indian government has taken various steps to promote medical tourism in the country, like the launch of campaigns in the international markets, including medical tourism.
Furthermore, an e-tourist visa regime has been expanded to include medical visits as well. Medical and medical attendant visa has been introduced to ease the travel process of medical tourists. The maximum duration of stay in India under the e-medical visa is a longer duration of six months.