India Medical e-Visa help & FAQ

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What is an India Medical e-Visa?

The Medical e-Visa is an official document permitting entry into and travel within India. The purpose of travel must be medical and treatment must be received at a reputed/recognized hospital or treatment center in India.

What do I need to apply for the India Medical e-Visa?

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Hospital Letter
  • Applicant Photo
  • Passport Personal Details Scan
  • Last Page of Passport (if applicable)

What is the cost to obtain an Indian Medical e-Visa?

The cost of an India Medical e-Visa is USD 25.75, USD 82.00, or USD 102.50, depending on your nationality.

You can use our visa checker at the top of the page to determine what the cost is for your specific nationality.

Additionally, there is a service fee of USD 45.00 for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing the service fee is USD 75.00 and USD 110.00, respectively.

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does it take to process an India Medical e-Visa?

It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing: 5 Business Days
  • Rush Processing: 3 Business Days
  • Super Rush Processing: 2 Business Days

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is the Indian Medical e-Visa valid for?

The India Medical e-Visa is valid for 60 days after arrival. This means you must enter India within this period.

How long is the Indian Medical e-Visa valid for?

The India Medical e-Visa is valid for 60 days after arrival. This means you must enter India within this period.

What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Indian Medical e-Visa?

Your passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India and two blank pages.

How many Medical e-Visas can I obtain within a year?

You are allowed a maximum of 3 e-Visas in a given calendar year (Jan – Dec).

How will I receive the Medical e-Visa to India?

Once approved, we will send you the e-Visa via email, which you must present upon entry to India.

What should I do after I receive the Indian Medical e-Visa?

Once you have received the approved Medical e-Visa, you must print at least one copy of the document and present it to the border authorities upon your arrival in India, along with the same passport that was used for the online application.

It is recommended to keep a copy of the e-Visa with you at all times throughout your stay.

How long can I stay in India with a Medical e-Visa?

The maximum stay allowed is 60 days in Total

How many entries does the Medical e-Visa allow?

Medical e-Visa allows for Triple Entry, meaning you can enter and leave India Triple Entry during its validity period of 60 days after arrival.

What are the ports of entry and exit to India that I may use when using the Medical Indian e-Visa?

Indian Medical e-Visa is valid for entry through 26 designated Airports:

  • Ahmedabad
  • Amritsar
  • Bagdogra
  • Bengaluru
  • Calicut
  • Chennai
  • Chandigarh
  • Cochin
  • Coimbatore
  • Delhi
  • Gaya
  • Goa
  • Guwahati
  • Hyderabad
  • Jaipur
  • Kolkata
  • Lucknow
  • Madurai
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Nagpur
  • Pune
  • Tiruchirapalli
  • Trivandrum
  • Varanasi
  • Vishakhapatnam

And 5 designated seaports:

  • Cochin
  • Goa
  • Mangalore
  • Mumbai
  • Chennai

However, travelers can exit from any of the authorized Immigration Check Posts (ICPs) in India.

Do I need to enter India on the exact date specified in my Medical e-Visa application?

The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your approved Medical e-Visa document. You can enter India on any date within this validity period.

Do I require a yellow fever vaccination when traveling to India?

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

Learn more about India Tourism

India may still be a developing country, but it got some things right. Of course, there are some sectors within the state’s institutions that are very well managed, but improvements are needed in others. In the meantime, you would probably like to know that India is a country known for medical tourism. It may be hard to believe for some of you, but India’s medical tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry.

The numbers show that people outside of India will spend up to 7 billion dollars by the year 2020. The reason why India is chosen as a destination for medical care is the costs, of course. As you can imagine, the cost of healthcare is way cheaper there than in the United States, for example. Plus, your chances of getting the same quality of services are pretty high. So, as a result, instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in the US for a particular medical procedure, people go to India and end up spending just a few tens of thousands.

That is a pretty significant difference, don’t you think? Even if India is a developing country, you should probably know that they have the latest medical technology in some of their hospitals. As you can imagine, technology is not the only thing that matters, and human resources are just as important. Even so, the doctors in hospitals known for medical tourism are often educated and trained in Western countries such as the UK and the US. You get the same treatment but at a much lower cost.

At least in some cases, that is. As far as cost is concerned, just to get a clear picture, the cost of medical treatment is about ten times lower in India than the US or UK. Some people go there for alternative medicine, but you can also use India’s healthcare for hip replacement, cardiac bypass, eye surgery, and bone-marrow transplants. Believe it or not, India is one of the best countries when it comes to heart surgeries.

So, should you have heart problems that require surgery and you cannot afford treatment in your home country (knock on wood,) going to India to get the care you need is not something that should be overlooked. Medical tourism does work, and thousands of people do it every single year.

The first concern people have is the quality of care. After all, we are talking about a developing country and small prices. That can give people the wrong idea that what is cheap lacks quality but this is not always the case. India has 33 JCI accredited hospitals, and the place you want to go for medical care in Chennai. The city hosts the most visited hospitals.

As far as foreigners are concerned. According to statistics, Chennai has 12,500 hospital beds, and about half of the occupied ones are occupied by foreigners. The hospitals are very well equipped, and the personnel is highly qualified. Before checking yourself into an Indian hospital, one of the most important things is to find the right doctor and the right hospitals.

It is a combination that can make the difference between a successful treatment and a lovely stay and one that is not. It may seem a superficial thing to some of you, but in reality, the doctor-hospital combination is crucial. After all, not all hospitals are specialized on certain health issues, and it goes the same for doctors.

The point is that the process of finding the right hospital and physician can take more time than you think. Once you do find the combination, there will be a lengthy process that requires a lot of emails back and forth. Not to mention the medical letters and whatnot. One of the things that you do not need to worry about is communication. You would think that it may be an issue since you probably do not speak Hindu. Rest assured that the majority of the medical personnel you will find in hospitals speaks English. Plus, a lot of them studied abroad, in English.

The only issue may be the fact that you do not speak English very well, which is highly unlikely since you are reading this article right now. The Government of India noticed the phenomenon of medical tourism in its country, which is why it has simplified the process of foreigners getting into the country for medical purposes. Before the officials came up with the idea of simplification, it was pretty hard to come back for check-ups. There was a long waiting period, and the overall process was tedious.

However, that changed, and you can now get whatever document you need in just a couple of days, literally. Plus, the requirements are easy to meet, which is a big plus. The purpose was to focus more on health and less on bureaucracy. While that does not solve many issues, the effort must be commended. Believe it or not, a lot of people are put off by complicated processes of getting the proper documentation.

At the end of the day, the question remains whether or not you would go to India if you had a medical issue that requires expensive treatments. I suppose that the answer would be ‘why not?’ As long as the hospitals in India are well equipped, and the staff is very well trained, it is of little matter where you are getting your treatment. Plus, there is no reason why you should go bankrupt when you get sick when you know that there is someplace else where you can get the same care but at a lower cost.

Makes sense, right? People have a lot of misconceptions about India. Yes, it has its issues, just like any other country, but when it comes to health care, you would be surprised. After all, there is a reason why medical tourism increases year by year in India, and it can only be the fact that doctors and facilities there are more than satisfactory. If you can get that at a lower cost, that is even better.