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India initiates New Visa exemption for foreigners seeking medical treatment

Following the implementation of a liberalised Medical Visa Policy, India has announced a set of new exemptions for foreigners seeking medical treatment in India. Under the new visa exemptions, foreigners seeking medical treatment in India will not have to get their primary visa converted in a medical visa.

This exemption will be applicable for foreigners obtaining indoor treatment up to 180 days (6 months) and seeking admission to a hospital due to illness. However, the treatment of diseases requiring organ transplant shall be permitted only on a Medical Visa.

New Visa Exemptions

A foreigner suffering from a minor medical condition which only needs OPD consultation or treatment may take treatment at any treatment center or hospital on primary visa without converting it into a medical visa.

India has now permitted foreigners to take indoor medical treatment on the primary visa subject to certain conditions. This will be allowed in cases where the required indoor medical treatment is for less than 180 days (6 months) or for the stay stipulation period which includes the stipulated time on the primary visa or the duration of his/ her primary visa, whichever is earlier.

Medical Visa Exemption Rules/Conditions:

Such exemption is not permitted to a foreigner of Pakistani nationality.

The concerned authorities of hospital/treatment center must furnish the details of foreigner in a prescribed format to concerned Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) within 24 hours after admission of foreigner in hospital for such indoor medical treatment. This includes the details of indoor medical treatment to be taken by the foreigner, duly certified by treating doctor.

It will also cover indoor medical treatment for diseases (if any) which foreigner may have been suffering even before his entry into India, but which has come to notice of treating doctor during medical diagnosis.

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India extends Visa-on-Arrival facility to UAE nationals

India has now granted visa-on-arrival facility to the citizens of United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an aim to enhance people to people contacts and trade relations as well as strengthen strategic ties between the two countries. The move is a ‘special gesture’ for the UAE with whom India has a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Key Highlights

The visa-on-arrival facility for the nationals of UAE will be available for a period of up to 60 days (2 months) with double entry for tourism, business, medical purposes and conference. The facility came into effect on 16 November 2019.

This facility is available at six designated International Airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

Eligibility: The visa-on-arrival facility will be available only to those UAE nationals who have earlier obtained an e-Visa or a normal paper visa for India. This eligibility condition is irrespective of whether person actually visited India or not.

Those UAE nationals visiting India for first time are advised to apply for e-Visa or a normal paper visa.  Moreover, Pakistan Origin UAE nationals will not be eligible for Visa-on-Arrival Scheme.

NOTE: Japan and South Korea are the other two countries whose citizens are offered visa-on-arrival facility by India. However, India extends e-Visa facility to around Citizens of 170 countries.

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