National Strategy and Roadmap to Boost Medical and Wellness Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism in order to boost Medical Tourism in the country, has formulated a National Strategy and Roadmap for Medical and Wellness Tourism.

The Strategy has identified key pillars: such as Developing a brand for India as a wellness  destination, Strengthen the ecosystem for medical and wellness tourism, Enabling digitalization by setting up an Online Medical Value Travel (MVT) Portal, Enhancement accessibility for Medical Value Travel, Promoting Wellness Tourism, Governance and Institutional Framework

However, as part of its ongoing activities, the Ministry of Tourism, releases global print, electronic, and online media campaigns in important and potential markets overseas, under the ‘Incredible India’ brand-line, to promote various tourism destinations and products of the country. Digital promotions are also regularly undertaken through the Social Media accounts of the Ministry on different themes including the theme of Medical Tourism.

The Government of India liberalized the e-Tourist Visa Scheme pursuant to the cabinet approval on 30.11.2016 and the e-Tourist Visa (eTV) scheme was renamed to e-visa Scheme and, at present, it has emedical Visa and e-Medical Attendant Visa as sub-categories of e-visa.

In the case of an e-Medical Visa and e-Medical Attendant Visa, triple entry is permitted and extension may be granted up to 6 months on case to case basis on the merits of each case by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officers (FRRO)/Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) concerned. A Medical Attendant Visa was a co-terminus with the validity of the principal e-visa holder.

Further, the Union Ministry of Health is coordinating with other Ministries and stakeholders viz. Hospitals, Medical Value Travel (MVT) facilitators, Insurance Companies, NABH, etc. to promote medical value travel in the country.

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