New Delhi|HL The Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Dr.Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday said that India’s medical visa policy has been appreciated by foreign governments.
He also stated the number of tourists arriving in the country on medical visa has more than doubled in the last two years.
In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister Mahesh Sharma said there were no restrictions on medical visa to foreign patients, instead the number of such visas being issued has increased over the years.
“The government’s policy for medical visa has been appreciated by the applicants for medical visa and foreign governments. The number of medical visas issued to foreign patients has been constantly increasing,” Sharma said.
The number of arrivals in the country on medical visa was 66,254 in 2014, which grew to 1,22,121 in 2015 and 1,77,972 in in 2016.