Steep rise in e-visas issued to India

23 Sep 2018
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There is an increase in the number of e-Medical visas issued to Omani citizens travelling to India, according to Indian Ambassador Munu Mahawar. More than 6,000 e-medical visas have been issued up to August 2018.

“There is a sharp increase in the number of e-medical visas issued to Omani nationals. Last year we had issued 24,575 medical visas of which 2,635 were of e-medical visas. This year, we have issued 11,450 medical visas of which 6,579 were e-medical visas,” he pointed out.

“The embassy has been constantly striving to ensure that Omanis seeking medical visa do not face any difficulty,” he said. Medical visa fees have been reduced to RO 30.900 for a visa valid up to six months and RO 46.300 for a visa valid up to one year. “Medical tourism is growing in India and most of the people from here in Oman are now travelling to India for treatment,” he said.

As part of further promoting medical tourism, around 40 healthcare institutions are participating in the three-day Oman Health Exhibition and Conference set to be held at Oman Conference and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) from September 24 to 26. “India Pavilion is the largest participation of any country at this expo,” Mahawar added. The Indian health delegation at the expo is led by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

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