New Delhi: No Medical Visas required for foreigners visiting India in order to avail treatment, except in the case of organ transplant, anywhere in the country. This was announced by the Union Home Ministry on Friday. They stated that primary (original) visa can be used to take indoor treatment for pre-existing diseases which the foreigner may have been afflicted with before visiting India and for ailments that were known to him/her.
This decision came after some foreigners, staying in India on valid visas relayed the difficulty they were facing in availing medical facilities when they fall sick during their stay
The statement mentioned that some hospitals or medical centers advised the foreigners to get their visas converted into medical visas before getting admitted.
The Home Ministry conveyed that on primary visa, any foreigner can now seek treatment from any hospital or treatment center if he/she suffers from a minor medical condition that requires just OPD consultation. But, if the treatment demands an organ transplant, it shall only be permitted on a medical visa.
In the instances of indoor medical treatment which is lesser than 180 days or up to the stay stipulation period, if any, stipulated on primary visa of a foreigner or the duration of his/her primary visa, whichever is earlier, a foreigner is given permission to take such indoor medical treatment subject to certain conditions.
The procedure was already revised last year, which exempted foreigners from getting their primary visa converted into a medical visa for obtaining indoor treatment until 180 days for admission in a hospital wing due to illness. But, now the medical visa regime has been further liberalized by the government of India to give permissions to foreigners to get the indoor treatment on their primary (original) visa even for pre-existing diseases (except organ transplant), which the foreigner may have been suffering from before he or she came to India.