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No restrictions on medical visas except for those from Pakistan, says government

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh said the government had issued more than a lakh of medical visas so far in this year.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2017 20:18 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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In 2017 till date, 1,05,163 medical visas have been issued while 1,77, 972 such visas were issued in 2016.(NYT File)

India has not imposed any restrictions on medical visas for foreign patients but in case of those from Pakistan, a recommendation letter from advisor to the prime minister on foreign affairs is required for obtaining a visa, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

In a written reply, minister of state for external affairs VK Singh said the government had issued more than a lakh of medical visas so far in this year.

The government has not put any restrictions on medical visas for foreign patients, and requests for such visas for urgent medical cases are expeditiously processed and issued on the same day, he said.

In 2017 till date, 1,05,163 medical visas have been issued while 1,77, 972 such visas were issued in 2016, Singh added.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 20:18 IST