The Ministry of Home Affairs recently introduced a new visa category known as the “Ayush Visa,” aimed at promoting medical tourism in India. This visa is designed to cater to foreign nationals seeking various forms of medical treatment, including therapeutic care, wellness, and yoga, under Ayush systems or Indian systems of medicine.
Ayush Visa – A Gateway to Healthcare
The Ayush Visa is a significant step towards providing foreign nationals access to traditional Indian systems of medicine, including Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy. The primary purpose of this visa category is to attract individuals from around the world who seek specialized medical treatments offered in India. This includes those seeking holistic wellness, alternative therapies, and natural healing methods.
Boosting the Healthcare Economy
The Ayush Visa initiative comes at a time when the global wellness economy is experiencing rapid growth, with an estimated annual growth rate of 9.9%. By 2025, the Ayush based healthcare and wellness economy is projected to reach an impressive $70 billion. This showcases the immense potential for India to become a dominant player in the medical tourism industry.
Recognizing the significance of promoting medical value travel, India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Ayush. The collaboration aims to enhance the prominence of Ayurveda and other traditional forms of medicine, making it more accessible to international visitors.
Moreover, the Ministry of Ayush and the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare are jointly developing the “Heal in India” portal. This online platform will serve as a one-stop destination for medical tourism promotion in India, providing comprehensive information about available treatments, healthcare facilities, and visa requirements for foreign nationals.
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