Overseas patients are advised to send in the details of their eye/medical condition and related reports in advance, so Aravind can help plan their visit to Aravind more effectively. Please use the enquiry form to fill in the details.
- All patients, except citizens of Nepal and Bhutan, must acquire a medical visa in order to undergo even a simple health check-up or any mode of treatment in India.
- Upon submitting the referral letter from a local ophthalmologist, along with soft copies of supporting medical reports, the hospital will send a Visa Invitation letter (for both the patient and attendant) to the Embassy of India in your local country.
- The patient must be accompanied by an attendant for any procedure to be done.
- Remember to bring all important documents, including Visas, immunization records, and medical records. Please refer “Documents Required” section given on top.
- Please refer Guidelines for Visitors which helps you plan your visit.
- The hospital can facilitate room arrangements if the patient prefers to stay at a hotel during treatment.
- Approximate charge for Cab/Taxi for pick up from the Airport is INR 600.
- Hospital staff can help you book your local tickets once you arrive and make necessary travel arrangements. Staff can also help with local travel arrangements.
- Upon arrival at Aravind, patients must proceed to the registration counter to complete certain registration formalities, including showing your passport– the hospital will keep a copy for its records.
- The hospital needs to register the arrival details of patients and attendants at the Bureau of Immigration website by filling out a Form C within 24 hours of their arrival. Depending on the period of stay, it may be necessary to obtain a Residential Permit from the local Police. The In-patient Services Manager can provide more information and assist with the permit.
- The cost of registration is INR 100. If the doctor recommends surgery or treatment, the patient must be admitted and must pay the full amount at the time of admission.
- Arabic/English translators can be provided during consultations with doctors and medical staff.
- All foreign currencies can be exchanged to local currency at the prevailing exchange rate.
How Aravind cares for you?
- A nurse will assist the patient and the attendant during consultations with the doctor and when undergoing necessary tests/procedures.
- If patients require surgery or monitoring, they will be asked to get admitted to the hospital. One attendant is allowed to stay along with the patient.
- Aravind offers different types of accommodation facilities. Please visit What to Expect at Aravind? to know more about these facilities and support services.
- The hospital can assist in arranging local accommodation after discharge.
- Patients are advised to inform the ward in-charge in case they need to leave the facility for any reason. For safety reasons, after admission patients are asked not to leave the hospital premises.
- Copies/originals of all medical reports, medication details and referral notes from your doctor. (This is Mandatory)
- Soft copies of any scans like X-Rays, MRIs, prescriptions, and relevant medical documents including those of previous surgeries. Keep these medical reports and associated medication always handy.
- Before leaving your country, make sure you obtain a fitness certificate from your doctor and information on the precautions and vaccinations needed for travel to India.
- Patients must obtain valid passports and necessary visas, depending on the patient’s citizenship. It is also advisable to carry copies of your visa/passport/residential permit.
- We accept all major credit cards like VISA, MASTER CARD. We will facilitate exchange process if you are having the currency of your country. Also, have your driver’s license or any other forms of identification, even if you may not plan on using them. The additional identification ensures your proof of identity when requested.
In case of any specific inquiries or if you require further assistance with organising documents or travel plans, please write to us on this enquiry form.
Foreign patients should refer to India’s Bureau of Immigration website http://boi.gov.in/content/registration-requirements-foreign-national to learn more about Visa requirements and regulations to travel to India.
Note: Patients from Pakistan and Bangladesh are required to register with the nearest Police Station/Commissioner’s Office within 24 hours of arrival. Visa and Transit documents and instructions are further provided by our In-patient Service Manager.
Aravind Hospitals accept a limited number of foreign insurance providers. The Insurance desk will help you fulfil the necessary procedures for availing insurance services. We are recognised by Armed Forces, Sultanate of Oman and Aasanda, the universal health insurance scheme for citizens of the Republic of Maldives. We are unable to process or accept any foreign insurance coverage other than these.
Insurance coverage is valid only for in-patient procedures that require 48 hours hospitalisation. Approval from the insurance provider is required to claim any amount.
To avail cashless hospitalisation, the patient needs to submit the approval from the insurance provider at the time of admission. In other cases, the patient needs to deposit an amount at the time of admission, which will be refunded once the insurance provider authorises the cost towards treatment. In case the hospital does not receive this authorisation within 48 hours of admission and the patient is being discharged, the patient must settle the hospital bill and claim reimbursement from your insurance provider later.