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, or if you have any allergy or disease. If you take any medicine regularly, then bring it with you. You can fill all the above details in the patient form here.
Sometimes, it can take one extra day to complete the medical treatment. Therefore, the date of return flight to USA should be one day after the last day of the treatment. If you are not sure about the return date then:
We suggest you to always book the flights directly from the airline’s website after searching for the best flight on above websites. The websites mentioned above are a good way to search for the best airlines and flight for you, but it is highly recommended to book the flight from the airline’s website, and not from these websites. Because if the flight is booked directly from the airline’s website, they charge lower rescheduling or cancellation fee, as compared to the websites mentioned above.
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 your 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 by phone and email that you will use your credit card outside of USA, 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 major online payment app like PayPal, Google pay, WhatsApp Pay, Amazon Wallet etc.
After activating the card on an online payment app, make a small payment to the hospital of like USD $ 5 to make sure the card is activated.
You have two options for phone calls and mobile data usage:
If you are traveling for medical treatment, it is advised to eat food that is soft, and without spices. You should also avoid cold drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, and tobacco.
If the hotel or the hospital is providing transport from the airport to the hotel, then save the phone number and photo of the driver who will receive you at the airport.
If the hospital or hotel is not providing any transport from the airport, then search on Google for the best way to reach the hotel from the airport. It can be a bus or train or Uber, rental car, private taxi service, shared taxi etc.