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Indian govt liberalises medical visa regime

30 Sep 2019

Omanis or citizens of any other country visiting India can avail medical treatment irrespective of the nature of their existing visas. In a new order issued recently, ‘the Indian government has liberalised the medical visa regime to benefit visa holders to avail medical facilities,’ the Indian Embassy in Oman stated on Sunday.

As per the new regime, there is no need to change the original visa (such as tourist or business) to a medical visa to take indoor or in-patient treatment (expect organ transplant), the statement from the embassy read. ‘This treatment can stretch up to six months or for the permitted duration of the stay.

The stay duration in each visit is restricted to 90 days on certain visas,’ it said. ‘The visa holders can avail this facility for pre-existing diseases also. However, visitors are advised to take a medical visa, if the primary objective of the visit is to take medical treatment.’

In a communique from the government, the Press Information Bureau reported that some foreign nationals, who were already in India on valid visas, were facing difficulties in taking medical treatment in the event of their falling sick during their stay in India. ‘They were being advised by some hospitals to get their visas converted into medical visas before admitting them in hospitals/medical centres.’

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