If you are planning a foreign trip to India for medical treatment then it is important to remember a few tips on travel, treatment, cost, communication, food, currency etc. These tips will make your journey more comfortable.
So, here we have listed a few general tips regarding travel to India, especially when traveling for medical tourism.
Inform the hospital and doctors about your medical history, if you have taken a medical treatment before, if you have any allergy or disease, if you take a medicine on regular basis. Bring your prescription medicine with you.
Sometimes it can take one more day to complete the medical treatment. So, always book the flight one day after the last day after the treatment. If you are not sure about the return date then:
If you visit a shopping or entertainment or tourist place in India, or if you are traveling in a public transport, then carry only the minimum required Indian currency in cash and do not carry any important document like passport or visa with you. You can keep a copy of passport and visa with you but not the original document. When you arrive in India, we will give you Indian currency. So, you do not need Indian currency from a currency exchange counter.
Inform your bank on phone and email that you will use your credit card outside of location_country, and in India, on your dates of travel, so that the bank does not deny the payment made from the card at the hospital or the hotel.
Add and activate your credit card on at least one Global online payment app like Paypal, Google pay, Amazon Wallet etc.
After activating the card on a online payment app, do a small payment to the hospital of like USD $ 5 to make sure the card is activated.
Always book the hotel before the travel and apply for visa at least 2 weeks before travel.
Keep a photocopy of passport, visa and hotel booking in your carry bag or wallet.
You can share the copy of passport and visa with hotel and the hospital.
Save the address and phone number of the hotel and hospital in your phone.
Share the address and phone number of hotel with the hospital.
Save an offline map of New Delhi in Google Maps or Apple Maps.
You have two options for phone calling:
Save the phone number and photo of the driver who will receive you at the airport if the hotel or the hospital is providing transport from airport to the hotel.
If the hospital or hotel is not providing any transport from airport, then search on Google for the best way of reaching the hotel from the airport. It can be a bus or train or Uber, rental car, private taxi service, shared taxi etc.