From January 1 to June 30 this year, the number of medical visas issued to Omanis has jumped three times and that of other kinds of visas went up 30 per cent when compared to the same period last year, the official data shows.
"There was a tremendous increase in the number of all kinds of visas issued to Omanis during the first half 2012. The statistics reveal that India is turning into a prime destination for Omanis who opt for advanced treatment and also want to have a glimpse of the rich Indian cultural heritage,- a senior official from the Indian embassy told Times of Oman.
According to the data, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and New Delhi are the top five destinations -”in descending order-” where Omanis visited for medical treatment during the last six months.
"The rise in the number of medical visas shows that India is turning into a medicare hub. India has state-of-the-art medical facilities, experienced medics, affordable and quality nursing facilities, cheap medicines, and traditional healthcare centres. This has led to a rush in medical tourism,- the official added.
The Indian' Embassy in Muscat issues medical, tourism, business and student visas for Omanis.
Omanis travels to India to seek treatment for cardiovascular, gastroenterology, orthopaedic, oncology, ophthalmology and dental ailments.