Ayush visa category for foreign nationals seeking traditional treatment

The government has created a new category of Ayush (AY) visa for foreign nationals, seeking treatment under Ayush systems.

Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has called it a significant step, which will boost medical value travel in India.

“This initiative will strengthen our endeavour to accomplish our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision for making Indian traditional medicine a global phenomenon.”

Prime Minister Modi had announced a creation of a special Ayush visa category for facilitating foreign nationals travel to India seeking Ayush therapy, at Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit (GAIIS) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat in April last year.

A note by PIB said, “Introduction of Ayush visa category is part of India’s roadmap for the Heal in India initiative of the government, which is intended at promoting India as a medical value travel destination.”

Ministry of Ayush and the ministry of Health & Family Welfare are working together to develop a one-stop Heal in India portal to promote India as a medical tourism destination of the world.

Medical value travel has seen significant growth in India in recent years. According to a report by the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), the global wellness economy will grow at 9.9 per year. Ayush based healthcare & Wellness economy is estimated to grow to $70 billion by 2025.

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