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Medical & Wellness Tourism Policy on the Cards

The central Government intends to introduce a national medical & wellness tourism policy next year, said Satyajeet Rajan, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. “Some interventions by the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate medical value travel to India have been pathbreaking, such as the introduction of e-medical visas ranging from 60 days to 6 months and doing away with the requirement for foreign patients to report to FRROs. We are going to set up six facilitation enters in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, and Goa by January next yearto cater to medical tourists. We are also focusing on promoting homestays for medical tourists to bring down their cost of stay in India. I congratulate the Karnataka Government for its medical and wellness tourism policy. We will also like to bring out a similar policy at the Central Government level next year,” he said at the inauguration of global summit on medical value travel jointly organised by FICCI; Dept. of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India; and Service Export Promotion Council (SEPC) at Bengaluru.

Medical value travel (MVT) has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments of Indian tourism industry. According to a FICCI-IMS report, …

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