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Indian medical tourism surges

201,333 people visited India on medical visas in 2916
201,333 people visited India on medical visas in 2016

The number of overseas travellers visiting India for medical treatment has surged in recent years.

According to figures released by India’s Ministry of Tourism, the number of people entering India on medical visas jumped 166% in the last three years, from 75,688 in 2014 to 201,333 in 2016.

And in order for further boost the sector, the Indian government is taking steps to make it easier for medical tourists to enter and stay in the country. Following the launch of the e-tourist visa, a new e-medical visa has been introduced, the validity of which can now be extended to six months based on the needs of the traveller.

Travellers will also be offered multiple-entry under the visa, as opposed to the single-entry previously permitted.
In total, India welcomed 8.89 million international visitors in 2017 – a new full-year record.