Hope for India’s medical travel sector


Getting a medical visa however requires hard work and patience by the customer, their doctor at home and the receiving hospital.

Ahmedabad, a major destination has seen patients from Tanzania, Uganda. Kenya and Nigeria. Some of these are continuing treatment that began in early 2020 before they were forced to go home.

Only medical tourists needing urgent help including cancer treatment, knee surgery, back surgery, transplants and kidney treatment are being allowed visas.

With the number of COVID-19 cases in India exceeding 5 million, and an estimated 100,000 deaths from the virus, many hospitals are struggling with capacity. Enticing medical tourists back is nowhere near the top of their agenda.



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