NEW DELHI: With an eye on restarting international tourism in 2021, the government is all set to rollout insurance policies for foreign tourists visiting India — covers that will include treatment for Covid-19. The plan, in the final stages of being firmed up, will see the tourism ministry facilitate tie-ups between Indian and international insurance companies.
They will also work out mechanisms to get Indian hospitals empanelled with international insurance companies so that inbound tourists can use their insurance covers for obtaining treatment in India. The government is also looking to offer attractively-priced insurance policies to foreign tourists, aside from focusing on giving a leg up to India’s medical tourism market.
The plans to leverage India as a preferred destination for medical tourism cutting across the streams of allopathy, ayurveda, naturopathy and yoga was discussed at a meeting of the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board on Monday, where Union Culture and tourism minister Prahlad Patel said more Indian hospitals should seek accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI), which is considered the global gold standard for hospitals in patient safety and service quality. The government is also in talks with the ministries of home and external affairs, respectively, to issue medical visas to applicants in as little as 24 hours.