Medical Visa from Ethiopia to India

Ethiopia's healthcare system, while progressing, can have limitations for complex medical cases. This has led many Ethiopians to seek medical treatment abroad, with India emerging as a leading destination due to its well-established medical tourism industry.

Why India for Medical Treatment?

Several factors make India a popular choice for Ethiopians seeking medical care:

 -Affordable Treatment: Compared to Western countries, India offers high-quality medical services at a significantly lower cost.

 -Medical Expertise: Indian hospitals boast advanced technology, well-equipped facilities, and a vast network of highly skilled doctors and specialists.

 -Success Rates:  India has a strong reputation in various medical fields, with renowned hospitals specializing in complex procedures.

Popular Treatment Areas for Ethiopians in India

Ethiopian patients frequently travel to India for treatment in these areas:

 -Cardiology:  Heart surgeries, bypass procedures, and advanced cardiac interventions.

 -Oncology:  Cancer care using cutting-edge techniques like radiation therapy and targeted therapies.

 -Organ Transplants:  India is a leader in organ transplant surgeries, including kidney and liver transplants.

 -Orthopedics: Joint replacement surgeries, complex fracture repairs, and advanced spinal procedures.

Obtaining a Medical Visa for India

-Ethiopian citizens can apply for a medical visa (MED) at the Embassy of India in Addis Ababa. 

-The patient should be seeking treatment in India.

-Two medical attendants could also accompany them.

Required Documents

  • A valid Ethiopian passport and a copy with at least 6 months validity and at least three blank pages.
  • A hard copy of the completed online visa application form is available at
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs.
  • A medical report from an Ethiopian doctor or hospital outlining your condition and a referral letter.
  • An invitation letter along with an email from a recognized Indian hospital outlining the treatment plan, estimated cost of treatment, and duration of your stay. The hospital should email to the official mail ID of the Indian consulate: The letter should be signed by the recognized authority.
  • Original certificates of immunization against yellow fever (with a lifetime validity) and oral polio (valid for two years).

Visa Fees and Processing Time

The processing fee for a medical visa varies depending on the duration of stay. It's USD 74 (ETB 4260) for a 6-month visa and USD 109 (ETB 6910) for a 1-year visa.

Processing time is three working days so apply accordingly. 

Major Flight Routes

Several airlines operate flights between Ethiopia and India. Popular routes include:

 Addis Ababa (ADD) - Delhi (DEL) on Ethiopian Airlines

 Addis Ababa (ADD) - Mumbai (BOM) on Air India

 Addis Ababa (ADD) - Bengaluru (BLR) on Ethiopian Airlines

Airlines in Service

 -Ethiopian Airlines

 -Air India

Additional Information

- Visit the website of the Indian embassy in Ethiopia for more queries;

-Embassy Address; 

House No. 224, Kebele 13/14, Woreda 07,

Arada Sub-City,

Near Bel Air Hotel, Aware,

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

-Tele: +251-6362010/+251-6362010 (Reception) / +251-11-8124651


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