Medical travel to other countries
Several top medical tourism destinations have started welcoming international patients, and they are strictly following the recommended guidelines and taking important precautions. The hospitals are taking proper measures to ensure the safety of all the patients and maintaining stringent hygiene levels at their facilities.
If you are planning to travel to other country for a medical treatment or other reason, it is best to be aware about the different policies, requirements and public health measures implemented by that nation. (Last updated on Sept 19, 2020).
Details of Lockdown and restrictions in the country
- The nationwide curfew Monday through Friday between 9PM and 5AM continue throughout Turkey.
- For regions with the “high” and “very high” category, curfews remain in effect on Sunday starting from 9 p.m. on Saturday through 5 a.m. Monday.
- Dining facilities including restaurants, patisseries, cafes, and cafeterias will be open for in-person dining at half capacity between 7AM and 7PM, excluding regions of “very high”-risk. People are required to have HES code to enter these dining establishments.
- Local restrictions include requirement of the use of HES codes to enter state buildings, schools, and public spaces such as malls, restaurants, cafes, libraries, sport centers, wedding halls, barbers/beauty parlors, and game halls. Shopping malls, supermarkets, barbers and hairdressers are open for service during the hours of 07:00-19:00.
- International travel in and out the country is allowed. (depending on the status of international travel operations in the country a person is travelling to or from)
- A certificate of negative PCR COVID-19 Test result issued by any government accredited medical facility within 96 hours before boarding the flight is mandatory. This does not apply to children younger than 12 years and individuals with severe or moderate disabilities. Passengers coming from the UK and Germany have the option to take a complimentary COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
- Thermal screening and COVID-19 PCR testing might be done at the airport. Passanger must remain in the hotel or residence until the test results are recieved. If the test result is positive, the person will need to be isolated and the Dubai Health Authority guidelines will be followed.
- A completed self-declaration health form must be presented upon arrival at Dubai (DXB).
- Passengers arriving at Dubai (DXB) must download and register the COVID-19 DXB Smart App.
- There are no special requirements for visa process, as of now. Taxis services are operational between Dubai and Abu Dhabi airport.
- Preventive measures taken by the Airlines include passengers must wear face masks, fill up the passenger locator forms provided by the Airlines.
- Quarantine time after travel is 14 days. The person will need to self-quarantine at home or in a quarantine facility, at their own expense. Follow-up testing will be done after completion of quarantine period. Travelers arriving into Abu Dhabi have to wear a GPS bracelet for 14 days. Guidance is subject to changes regularly. Quarantine requirements may vary upon certain factors. Visit the Government of Dubai website or Government of Abu Dhabi website, depending on where you will be arriving, to remain updated about the testing on arrival and quarantine.
Travel restrictions for visitors from South Africa and Nigeria
- Those who have been in or transited through South Africa or Nigeria in the last 14 days before travelling to Dubai will not be to enter Dubai. UAE nationals returning to the UAE and members of diplomatic missions are exempt from this condition. Members of diplomatic missions travelling from Nigeria must carry a negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate from an authorized laboratory in Nigeria.
- UAE Airlines websites provide regular updates on flight schedules and information about regulations upon arriving in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
Tourist visas will be issued to travellers who wish to stay in the country for a minimum of 90 days. This will come under the STV or Special Tourist Visas. A payment of 2000 baht or 64 USD must be made by the tourists and the visa is extendable up to 270 days. For approval, following must be presented:
- Proof of accommodation bookings for the quarantine period
- Proof of ownership of property or rent deposit for the chosen apartment during the stay
- Confirmed flight tickets
The Special Tourist visa to Thailand will remain in effect till September 2021.
Check updates on Thailand travel: https://www.tatnews.org/category/thailand-tourism-updates/
Although India is one of the countries with highest recovery rates, there are still some international travel restrictions.
Foreign nationals are permitted to enter India by water routes or by flights including those under the Vande Bharat Mission or ‘Air Bubble’ (Bilateral Air Travel Arrangements) Scheme or by any non-scheduled commercial flights as allowed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
In the case of Medical Visa (including visa for Medical Attendants): foreign nationals intending to visit India for medical treatment in emergencies may be granted Medical visa for appropriate period by the Indian Missions/Posts. The condition of obtaining a visa will not apply to dependent family members of foreign diplomats/officials who are eligible for visa exemption in terms of bilateral visa exemption agreements or visa specific agreements entered into by India with various countries. The e-Visa is currently not working and the applicants have to visit the Consulate for document and application submissions.
Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan are permitted to come to India from any country (including any third country).
On arrival, the travellers will have to follow guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in respect to quarantine and all other health/COVID-19 related matters.
All travellers must submit self-declaration form on the online portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel or physically after arrival at the respective health counters.
Thee passangers must also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, through concerned airlines before they undertake the journey stating that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo facility/home quarantine/self-monitoring of their health for 14 days, or as warranted.
Travelers may seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT-PCR test report. The test should have been conducted within 72 hrs prior to boarding the flight. They shall aslo upload the test report on the portal for consideration. Additionally, a declaration with respect to authenticity of the report and will be liable for criminal prosecution, if found otherwise, shall be submitted. The test report could also be produced upon arrival at the point of entry airport in India.
Foreigners arriving without an RT-PCR negative certificate and wishing to seek exemption from institutional quarantine may also avail the facility available at the airports to undergo RT-PCR testing (where such provisions exist).
The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.
The telecommunication services have been started by many hospitals and healthcare organizations to help patients. With the telemedicine facilities, patients and their family members can receive consultations and primary medical opinions for the health experts or specialists, based on their medical condition. To view the top doctors in India available for teleconsultation services on our page, click here.