Foreigners arrive India for many reasons – tourism, business, education and pilgrimage but what’s going in the recent time is for medical treatment. As per Ministry of Tourism report medical tourism industry may grow by 200% by 2020, hitting $9 billion As it tries to expand the industry, the country is trying to make it easier for people to come for medical reasons. It’s touting advanced facilities, skilled doctors and low-cost treatment but also traditional practices such as yoga and Ayurveda.
“India can provide medical and health care of international standards at low costs,” Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said in response to a query in the Lower House of Parliament. “India excels in the state of the art medical facilities, reputed health care professionals, quality nursing facilities and traditional healthcare therapies.”
In 2015, India ranked as the third most popular destination for medical tourism, when the industry was worth $3 billion. The number of foreign tourists coming into the country on medical visas sat at nearly 234,000 that year.By 2017, the number of arrivals more than doubled to 495,056, government figures show.
Visa rules have also been changed to encourage applications.The e-tourist visa regime has been expanded to include medical visits as well. Medical and medical attendant visas have 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.