The ‘e-Medical Visa’ to India is valid for 60 days and can be extended for up to six months. The Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) concerned in India can allow the extension of stay up to six months.
However, the FRRO’s decision will be based on the recommendation of an Indian hospital.
This was clarified at the India-Oman Business-to-Business (B2B) meeting related to healthcare and medical tourism, organised by the Indian Embassy on Monday.
The B2B meet was aimed at facilitating interaction and tie-ups between representatives of 30 Indian hospitals visiting Oman to participate in the ‘Oman Health Exhibition & Conference’, which will run until Wednesday.
More than 150 people participated in the meeting, including officials from the Ministry of Health and Treatment Abroad Committee of Diwan of Royal Court and representatives from Indian and Omani hospitals, and health and wellness institutions.
Redha Juma al Saleh, Vice-Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was the chief guest.
The meeting was part of the embassy’s endeavour to promote medical tourism in India, which is a preferred destination for people of Oman.
The embassy issues medical visas on priority basis. A separate counter for receiving medical visa applications has been opened at BLS India Visa Application Centre.
Medical visa fee has been reduced to RO 30.900 valid for six months and RO 46.300 for visa valid for one year. Medical visa is valid for double and multiple entries, on a case-to-case basis.
The introduction of e-Medical Visa has made it possible to obtain visa online procedure without the need for an intermediary.
Omanis can obtain e-Medical Visa, valid for three visits, for $50, by submitting an appointment letter from an Indian hospital.
To help patients, the Indian government has opened separate immigration counters for smooth clearance of e-Medical Visa holders at six airports – New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. Facilitation desks will be available at these airports, which will have Arabic as well as Russian translators to help patients overcome the language barrier. This facility will be particularly useful for people of Oman visiting India for medical treatment. On this occasion, a bilingual (Arabic and English) portal ‘Sehat Oman’, which provides comprehensive information on medical treatments available at hospitals in different Indian cities was launched.