A new visa category called the Ayush Visa has been announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs for foreign individuals who are eager to travel to India for medical treatment, including therapeutic care, wellness, and yoga.
The goal of providing a special visa program for foreigners traveling to India for treatment across multiple streams would be achieved with the implementation of this special visa.
According to reports, Ayush Visa aims to meet the demand for the development of a special visa program for overseas nationals. In reference to this, Union Minister of Ayush Sarbananda Sonowal remarked that this new initiative will support efforts to make Indian traditional medicine a global phenomenon as well as encourage medical tourism in India.
Ayush Visa was first announced by PM Modi in 2022 with the intention of incorporating it into India’s roadmap for the government’s Heal in India initiative.
Later, to market India as one of the top medical tourism destinations in the world, the Ministries of Ayush and Health & Family Welfare worked together to create the one-stop Heal in India portal.
The Global Wellness Economy is predicted to increase at a rate of 9.9% year, according to the Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) research, “The Global Wellness Economy: Looking beyond COVID.” According to this forecast, the healthcare and wellness sector in Ayush will probably reach $70 billion by 2025, driven mostly by an enormous increase in medical value travel.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also recently inked with India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Ministry of Tourism, GoI, to further improve Medical Value Travel in Ayurveda and other conventional types of medicine.
The ayurvedic practitioners in Kerala are also optimistic that increased medical tourism will result from the central government’s introduction of the Ayush visa for foreign citizens seeking medical treatment including therapeutic care, wellness, and yoga in India.