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Visa requirements for potential international students planning to study in India

Eligibility for Indian Medical Visa

Medical Visas are issued to patients seeking medical treatment in reputed and specialized hospitals or treatment centres in India. To be eligible for a medical visa, the hospital or treatment centre of one’s choice must be approved by The Government of India.
Up to only two people are permitted to accompany the visa applicant(patient), and they must be blood relatives of the patient. The visas of the accompanying relatives will be separate from the patient’s visa, and they are known as Medical Attendant visas (MED X). Attendants are classified as spouse/children or those having blood relations with the patient.
The applicant(patient) must have recommendations or references for the specialized treatment he or she is seeking based upon a preliminary medical check-up and prior treatment from medical experts practising in his or her country of residence. This can be obtained from the hospital that the patient has received treatment from in the patient’s country of residence. The official documents of recommendation must be properly issued by medical doctors.

The treatment being sought by the patient should be significant in nature, and can be one of the following: neurosurgery, heart surgery, cancer treatment, bone marrow transplant, organ transplant, joint replacement, gene therapy, renal problems, congenital disorders and plastic surgery. All other ailments may not qualify for a medical visa.

A person holding a valid passport issued by the authorised passport authorities of his or her country, and suffering from a clinically reported medical condition duly acknowledged by a reputed medical institution is eligible to apply for a medical visa to India, along with two blood relatives. Documents of proof of blood relations must be provided.
Individuals travelling from the below-mentioned countries should have the Yellow Fever vaccination certificate as per Govt. of India directives. All individuals arriving in India w. e. f 14th February 2014 from Kenya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, Nigeria and Somalia must carry the Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV) Certificate procured six weeks before entry. This certificate is mandatory for both adults and children.
Medical tourists from the mentioned countries should possess a valid record of vaccination for polio.
It is important that the patient should possess the following certification – IHR 2005 International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis from a hospital or centre administrating OPV by the Government of the patient’s country of residence.
It is mandatory for foreign nationals with ‘M’ visa to register themselves with the concerned FRROs / FROs within 14 days of their arrival in India.

Procedure for obtaining an Indian Medical Visa

Patients (applicants) must fill the Visa application form which is available at
The required details must be filled correctly, and a copy of the application must be printed.
The necessary documents must be attached alongside the application form. (Discussed later)
The applicant must visit the nearest Indian embassy in their country of residence. Arranging a prior appointment is recommended.
The printed application with the required documents must be submitted. (Visa approval usually takes up to three weeks.)
Once the visa is approved, travel plans should be made.
Upon arrival in India, the visa will be stamped at the airport (first point of entry) and is valid for one year. Validity of visa begins from the day of approval not from the day of arrival in India.

Required Documents For Medical Visa To India

  1. Passport with six months validity
  2. Recent passport size photographs
  3. Photo copy of passport
  4. Copy of online Visa application form
  5. Proof of Residential Address
  6. Recommendation from a doctor based in the applicant’s country of residence for treatment in a particular specialized medical centre.
  7. Passport copy of attendant (for Attendant visas)
  8. Proof of relationship with attendant (for Attendant visas)
  9. Medical reports from doctor/medical institution based in applicant’s country of residence
  10. For applicants under the age of 18, a no-objection certificate signed by both the parents is required
  11. Proof of required funds

Validity of Indian Medical Visas

Medical visas to India are issued for one year. Medical attendant visas are also valid for the same period of time. However, one can obtain an extension if more time is needed for treatment. This visa extension process can be initiated online in India or in the Indian Embassy of the patient’s country of residence.