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Growth of Worldwide Medical Tourism Market

The worldwide medical tourism market is estimately growing at a rate of 25-35% annually. The high cost of health care and long wait times for some procedures still remain the major factors for growth.

Philippines Visa Requirements for Medical Tourists

Persons entering the Republic of the Philippines for medical purposes must obtain a tourist visa from the nearest Philippine Consulate. There is no specific visa for medical tourism; however, United States' nationals and citizens of a few other countries are permitted to enter Philippines without a tourist visa. This visa-free stay for U.S., U.K., Australia, and Japan Passport holders are limited to a maximum of 30 days. By the way, after arrival and receiving a 30 day stay authorization, you can extend your visa for 1, 2 or 6 months with payment of a fee (apx. from $75 to to $250 depend on any reason) by visiting immigration office.

If you are a citizen of a country that does not fall under the Philippines visa-exempt category, you must submit the following documents to the applicable Philippines Consulate:
         •  A completed visa application form, Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicant
         •  A valid passport with a validity of more than six months
         •  One recent photograph (2” x 2”) with signature of the applicant attached to the front side of the image
         •  A photocopied round trip ticket of the applicant from the country of origin to the Philippines and back
         •  Proof documenting the applicant's financial capacity
         •  In case the applicant is not appearing personally before the consular officer, then it is essential that a local notary public notarize the application form.

*** It is advisable to contact an embassy, consulate, or similar expert in visa requirements, prior to traveling for your care. Please click here for more information about medical visas to Philippines.

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