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USA to India Medical Attendant e-Visas

Introduction

The Government of India offers a Medical Attendant e-Visa for foreign nationals who are seeking to accompany or support a patient who will be undergoing medical treatment in India. Due to India’s exceptional healthcare and availability of high-tech equipment and facilities, the country attracts patients from across the world. India is also an affordable place to travel, especially considering accommodations, transportation and hospitality services. The educated populace makes it easy to find translators to make the medical process as easy as possible.

What is an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa?

The Medical Attendant e-Visa is a short-term visa granted to a person who will be supporting a relative undergoing medical treatment in India. Typically, if a person undergoes treatment using medical e-visa, another member of the same family will be granted a Medical Attendant e-Visa.

Which nationalities are eligible for Indian Medical Attendant e-Visas?

The following nationalities are eligible for the Indian Medical attendant e-Visa: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia, & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon Union Republic, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, China- SAR Hongkong, China- SAR Macau, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'lvoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger Republic, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, Tuvalu, UAE, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City-Holy See, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Which nationalities Are exempt from Indian Medical Attendant e-Visas?

Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal. 

How much does it cost to get an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa?

The cost varies depending on your nationality and the nature of your visit, but can range from $0 to $103 USD. Please use our visa widget to find out the cost of your specific nationality. There is also a $10 USD service fee. 

How long does it take to obtain an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa?

A Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa application may take 4 days or more for processing. The applicant must apply once the travel plan is confirmed. 

How long is an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa good for?

An Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa is valid for 60 days from the date of first arrival in India and triple entry will be allowed within the e-Visa validity period stamped on the passport. 

What is the maximum number of days I can stay with an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa?

The maximum number of days you can stay in India is determined according to the hospital and the treatment required. 

What conditions must the applicant’s passport meet for the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa?

A passport should have at least six months’ validity at the time the application is made for the Medical Attendant e-Visa. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamps for the immigration officer. 

What else does the applicant need to travel to India?

For Indian Medical Attendant e-Visas, the following documents are needed:
  1. Scanned bio page of the passport showing the photograph and details
  2. Copy of the letter from the Indian hospital at which the medical treatment will take place, on its letterhead and including the date (or tentative date) on which admission is suggested. 

Can the applicant enter India with a Medical Attendant e-Visa at any point of entry?

You may arrive at any of 28 designated airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Calicut, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Port Blair, Pune, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi & Visakhapatnam; and 5 designated seaports: Cochin, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai seaports. You may depart from any of the Indian Immigration Check Posts (ICPs). 

Can the traveler apply for the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa while in India?

No. The Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa must be obtained prior to your entry into India. 

Does the traveler need to carry the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa with them?

The traveler should carry a copy of the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) with them at the time of entry into India. Confirm that your ETA is shown as “GRANTED” on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/StatusEnquiry before you try to enter the country. Biometric information of the applicant will be taken by immigration officers on arrival in India. 

If the applicant is traveling with children, are they required to apply for the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa as well?

Yes. A child’s passport must be valid for at least the next 6 months after the date of arrival in India. 

Can I work under an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa?

No. An e-Visa is not valid for employment. You must apply for a regular visa in order to work in India. 

What is required of a traveler with two passports?

Travelers with dual or multiple citizenship must choose which nationality and passport to use on their trip. Travelers of Pakistani origin or who have a Pakistani passport are not eligible for an e-Visa. Travelers who are not Pakistani nationals, but whose parents or grandparents (maternal or paternal) were born in, or were permanently residents in, Pakistan, are also not eligible for an e-Visa. They must apply for a regular visa at Indian Mission. 

Can a traveler have a passport of an eligible country and live in another country?

Yes. However, travelers applying for an Indian Medical e-Visa must apply using the passport of the eligible country. 

Can the applicant apply online if they do not have a valid passport, but a temporary travel document?

No. You cannot apply online if you do not have a valid passport from an eligible country with at least 6 months validity. Indian Medical e-Visas are also not available to diplomatic/official passport holders or laissez-passer/international travel document holders. 

Does the applicant have to submit a physical passport to receive an Indian e-medical attendant visa?

No. The applicant will receive an electronic visa, which does not require anything to be stamped prior to travel. All visas are sent via email. The applicant should print out a copy of their visa before they travel and bring it with them to the port of entry. 

What types of activities does an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa allow?

When using an Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa, you can accompany a patient for medical treatment under the Indian system of medicine. 

How does the applicant prove the purpose of their travel?

The applicant must prove the purpose of travel by presenting the letter from the hospital where the medical treatment will take place, on the hospital’s letterhead, which includes the tentative date of admission and treatment. 

Does the applicant need to visit the indian consulate to get their Medical Attendant e-Visa?

No. Upon approval, Click2Visas will send the applicant their ETA via email in PDF format. 

Can anyone apply for the visa online?

No. Only citizens from eligible countries can apply for the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa. Use the visa widget to see you qualify for the e-Visa. 

Does the applicant need to apply for the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa before arriving?

Yes, all travelers need to have a valid Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa before traveling to India. 

Does the applicant have to enter India on the exact date specified in their application?

No, the validity period of the e-Visa begins from the date specified on their application. The traveler can enter India on any date within this period. 

Does obtaining the Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa guarantee the applicant entry Into India?

No. The Indian Medical Attendant e-Visa is just a landing authorization. It’s up to Indian customs authorities to allow entry to a traveler upon arrival.