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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.

Turkey Visa Requirements for Medical Tourists

Turkey’s competitive prices, high technology and capable health professionals is making inroads in the global medical tourism market with the government making consistent efforts to attract more medical tourists within its borders for treatment. A medical visa does exists regarding medical travel to Turkey, individuals considering traveling to Turkey for medical treatment need to apply for medical visa before coming to Turkey, which falls under the category of Non-immigrant visa. It is also possible to enter with a valid tourist visa.

As of April 17, 2013, electronic visa (e-Visa) replaces “sticker visa” which was issued at the border crossings.  

Please note that e-visa is only valid when the purpose of travel is tourism or commerce. Other purposes, such as work and study, require regular visa given by Embassies or Consulates.

Nationals holding passports from France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Italy, etc., are exempt from visa for their travels up to either 30 or 90 days.

Nationals of other countries not included in the visa exemption arrangement need to apply online to obtain their e-Visa before they travel to Turkey. Applicants need to log on to www.evisa.gov.tr , provide the requested information, (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa.

***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 tourist visas to Turkey.

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