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Destination INDIA

Why we consider India for medical tourism

This beautiful peninsula in the Asian subcontinent is endowed with sprawling mountain ranges, beaches, and a diverse and colourful culture. It is home to some of the world’s best architecture and historical monuments. Today, India’s private hospitals have an excellent reputation and are at the forefront of medicine, equipped with modern state-of-the-art equipment and highly-skilled medical personnel. 

Indian doctors are considered to be among the best in the world, respected for their expertise and acumen. Thirteen of India’s hospitals are internationally-accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), a testament to the quality of medical treatment which is locally available. 

India is among the top ten medical tourism destinations in the world, with rapidly- growing numbers of patients seeking treatment there in recent years. The most sought-after procedures in India are orthopaedics, cosmetic surgery, cancer treatments, dental care and heart surgery. Indian medical facilities are among the most cost-effective in the world, with private hospitals offering treatment at a fraction of the price of those in more affluent nations, while being equipped with the latest technology and equipment.

Key strengths of India for Medical Tourism

  1.  World class diagnostic centres.
  2.  Quality medical treatment at relatively inexpensive costs.
  3.  English is widely spoken.
  4.  Short waiting times for surgeries and treatments.
  5.  Wide availability of specialty physicians & facilities.
  6.  Well-equipped hospitals with state-of-the-art technology..
  7.  Availability of traditional/alternative healing systems like yoga.
  8.  Advanced research facilities.
  9.  Abundant tourist attractions.

Information for Travelers to India

General Information

Cities In India


Visa Requirements

General Information

Capital and largest city: 

Other large cities:

Monetary unit:

Exchange rate:


International Dialling Code:

New Delhi

Mumbai; Kolkata; Chennai; Bangalore; Hyderabad


USD 1 = Rupee 72.10

Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9% note: English enjoys the status of subsidiary official language, but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication; Hindi is the most widely spoken language and primary tongue of 41% of the people.


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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

All Travellers

 Routine  Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine,

Vaccines  diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Most Travellers

Hepatitis A  This vaccine is recommended because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Thailand, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

Thyphoid  You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Thailand. This vaccine is recommended for most travellers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

Some Travellers

Hepatitis B  You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so this vaccine is recommended if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.

Cholera This vaccine is recommended for adults who are travelling to areas of active cholera transmission. Cholera is assumed to be present in India. Cholera is rare in travellers but can be severe. Certain factors may increase the risk of getting cholera or having severe disease (more information). Avoiding unsafe food and water and washing your hands can also prevent cholera

Japanese Encephalitis  You may need this vaccine if your trip will last more than a month, depending on where you are going in Thailand and what time of year you are traveling. You should also consider this vaccine if you plan to visit rural areas in Thailand or will be spending a lot of time outdoors, even for trips shorter than a month. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans. See more in-depth information on Japanese encephalitis in Thailand.

Malaria  Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while travelling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. See more detailed information about malaria in Thailand.

Yellow Fever  There is no risk of yellow fever in India. The government of India requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission. For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for India. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel Thailand.

Rabies  Rabies is present in bats in France. However, it is not a major risk to most travellers. Rabies vaccine is recommended for only these groups:

  • Travellers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who will be working with or around bats (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).

Medical Visa to India

  • The government of India has introduced medical visa for foreign nationals across the world seeking specialty medical treatment in India for extended periods. A visa-on-arrival system for tourists from few selected countries has been instituted by government of India, which allows foreign nationals to stay in India for 60 days for medical procedures. Maximum of two attendants who are blood relatives are permissible to accompany the patient under separate Medical Attendant visas. The validity of Medical Attendant Visa will be same as the patient Medical visa. The preliminary duration of Medical visa is up to a year or duration of the treatment, whichever is less. The visa allows maximum of 3 entries during 1 year.

Indian Medical Visa Requirements

  • People travelling from the below-mentioned countries should have Yellow Fever vaccination certificate as per Govt. of India directives. All passengers arriving to India w. e. f 14th February 2014 from Kenya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia must carry Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Certificate taken six weeks prior to entry. This certificate is obligatory for both Adults and Children.
  • All travellers from above seven countries must now possess a written record of vaccination (patient-retained record) for polio, preferably using IHR 2005 International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis from a hospital or Centre administering OPV by the Government of their respective country.
  • Every medical document is checked by Indian Missions and Posts that are placed abroad to confirm whether the request to obtain a medical visa is genuine or not.
  • One may also need to provide satisfactory details to The Missions that they have sought initial medical advice in the country of residence / origin and consequently has got an advice to go for special treatment.
  • One can get a Medical Visa to India only for treatment in reputed and recognized medical centres. Although a medical visa to India is given for a number of treatments but there are prime ones including radiotherapy, Neuro-Surgery, heart treatments, renal disorders, plastic surgery, organ transplants, gene therapy, plastic surgery, ophthalmic disorders, congenital disorders, and more.

Service Providers In India



Health Insurance


Lilavati Hospital (Mumbai)

Lilavati Hospital is one of the best specialist hospitals in India. Established by Lilavati Kirtilal Mehta in 1978 as a charitable trust, the Mumbai-based hospital has achieved world-renown as a hub of medical excellence. Its facility boasts cutting-edge technology & equipment, highly-skilled medical staff & spectacular quality of service.
Key Highlights:

  • Lilavati was recognized as the best metropolitan multi-speciality hospital in India in 2012.
  •  Its intensive care unit is equipped with over 300 beds.
  •  Lilavati treats more than 1500 out-patients and 300 in-patients daily
  •  The facility houses 12 advanced operating theaters, equipped with modern, state-of-the-art technology

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals (Kolkata)

Apollo Gleneagles Hospital – Kolkata is multispecialty care facility which houses 510 beds. It isthe only hospital in Eastern India which is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). It has additional international certification is Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Pathology, Haematology & Immunohaematology, Microbiology & Serology, Histopathology & Cytopathology.

Among other notable achievements, the hospital is known for having performed successful critical neurosurgery on an eight-month old child patient suffering from a critical cyst similar to second head. The surgery, for a condition called Ecephalomeningocele, was the first of its kind performed in the entire country.

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals is a joint venture of Apollo Group of Hospitals, India and Parkway Health of Singapore. The Parkway Group is a leading healthcare group in Asia. It provides more than 70% of private healthcare in Singapore. Its subsidiaries include Parkway Group Healthcare, which owns a network of regional hospitals and medical centers in Malaysia, India and Brunei and Parkway Hospitals Singapore, which owns hospitals in Singapore – East Shore, Gleneagles, Mount Elizabeth Hospitals and Parkway Health Day surgery Centre.

Apollo Specialty Hospital (Chennai)

Apollo Specialty Hospital Chennai is the flagship of the Apollo Group. Established in 1983, it is one of the most respected hospitals in the world, with a long & distinguished history of ground-breaking surgical procedures. It widely regarded as one of the top 10 medical institutions in India.

Apollo Hospital has over 60 specialty departments led by internationally-trained medical experts who are among the finest in the world. Highly-acclaimed procedures performed by its surgeons include:

  • India’s first double lung transplant (performed during the Covid-19 pandemic) 
  • A successful emergency limb-saving revascularization procedure & liberal leg fasciotomy.
  • 2 paediatric liver transplants on girls aged 6 months & 11 years old.
  • 2 kidney transplants on 2 patients from Mauritius with end-stage kidney disease The hospital has become a preferred destination for medical travellers from across the world.

ITC Kohenur (Hyderabad)

ITC is a luxury hotel located in the Hyderabad. It houses 271 appointed rooms & apartments, with 6 restaurants. A member of the Luxury Collection Hotel group, the ITC also features a fitness center & bar.

Located not far from the Rajiv Ghandi International Airport, the hotel is spread
across 5 acres of landscaped greens, overlooking the Durgam Cheruvu Lake. It is also connected to the convention center in Hyderabad, making it a hub for local & international businesspeople. All rooms come with deep soaking tubs, WiFi and 24- hour room service.

Crowne Plaza Jaipur Tonk Road

Conveniently located ten minutes from Jaipur International Airport & opposite Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Center, the Crown Plaza is popular with business & leisure travellers alike. The hotel houses 218 comfortable guest rooms that come with free WiFi. There is a fitness center, a spacious pool & wellness spa. Guests have ample dining choices, with restaurants on the premises which include Indian & Chinese restaurants as well as the hotel kitchen & bakery.

There is a conference ballroom suitable for conferences, with event spaces which can accommodate up to 2500 guests. The facility is popular as a destination for business as well as leisure.

Taj Chandigarh

Located in Sector 17, Chandigarh’s prime business & shopping area, the Taj is a luxury 5-Star facility which many regard as the finest hotel in the city. Located 15 minutes away from the Chandigarh Airport, the hotel has 149 guest rooms – all of which come with free WiFi & free breakfast for guests.

There are 2 restaurants, a café, a rooftop pool, an outdoor pool, a spa & wellness center & a golf course with 3 km of the facility. Massage & mini- golf are also available for an extra charge.

Taj Hotels is one of India’s leading luxury hotel groups, known worldwide for the providing a premium guest experience. As the local brand ambassador for the group within the Punjab capital, Taj Chandigarh promises its guest the same, undisputed quality as its parent company.

United Healthcare

United Healthcare is a diversified healthcare business, offering a range of coverage solutions & benefits services across various markets. Leveraging technology, they provide innovative, scalable products & services, using data to spur improvement in care outcomes & experiences.

United Healthcare India provides solutions in Health & Wellness, maternity care, doctors on site, & employee health checks amongst other health services. They work with top insurance companies – alongside a network of over 4000 hospitals & 3500 diagnostic partners – to bring a comprehensive range of products to market.

Aetna International

Aetna, the US-based healthcare firm, operates in India through Aetna International – which acquired Indian Health Organization Pvt Ltd. (IHO) in 2011. Leveraging IHO’s client infrastructure, Aetna offers a range of healthcare services in the Indian market, providing consumers with access to medical doctors, dentists, clinics & labs among other medical assets.

Air India

Air India is the government-owned flag carrier airline of India. It is India’s largest international carrier, and services over 94 domestic & international destinations around the world. The airline operates flights across four continents.

The airline became a member of the Star Alliance in 2014, and uses Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi as its main hub.

AirAsia India

As of June 2020, AirAsia is the 4th largest carrier in India, operating out of Bangalore as its main hub. It is a joint venture between Tata Sons & AirAsia Investments. 

Founded in 2013, AirAsia India was the first foreign airline to establish a subsidiary in India. It operates primarily as a discount (low-cost) carrier.

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