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Add 2.5 million international tourists, a variety of health services, and great deals, and you get the top spot for medical tourism! In 2012, Thailand ranked as the most visited medical tourism destination in the world!

United States Visa Requirements for Medical Tourists

Any person who wishes to visit the United States of America must satisfy the requirements for tourist visa application. The individual must also satisfy a few other specific requirements. Further, medical tourists have a set of guidelines that they must follow in order to successfully receive treatment at a hospital in the US.

Medical visits to the US are possible via the B-2 visa category. If you wish to seek medical treatment on US soil, the consular officer may request an additional set of documents at the visa interview. This may include:
         •  Medical diagnosis from local doctors, which explains the nature of the complication and the reason for treatment in the US.
         •  A letter from a US doctor or a medical facility stating that they are willing to treat the particular complication. A document containing a detailed projection of the length and cost of treatment should be attached. 
         •  Proof that all expenses incurred while in the US will be paid. This could be in the form of bank statements or certified copies of relevant income tax returns. Total expenses mean all medical, living expense and transportation costs. 

If you are a citizen of countries covered under the US visa waiver program (VWP), there is no need to obtain a visa.  In such a case, you can stay in the United States for a maximum period of 90 days. All travelers visiting USA under this scheme must be eligible for the VWP and must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before travel. 

At present, 37 nations are included in the Visa Waiver Program. Some of them include Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, and Singapore.

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

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