Medical Visa from Gambia to India

The Gambian healthcare system, though improving, can have limitations in handling complex medical cases. This has led many Gambians to seek medical treatment abroad, with India emerging as a popular destination due to its robust medical tourism industry.

Why India for Medical Treatment?

Several factors make India an attractive option for Gambians seeking medical care:

 -Cost-Effectiveness: Compared to Western countries, India offers top-notch medical services at a significantly lower cost.

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

 -Success Rates:  India has a proven track record in various medical fields, with renowned hospitals specializing in complex procedures.

Popular Treatment Areas for Gambians in India

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

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

 -Oncology: Cancer treatment 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.

Documents for Obtaining a Medical Visa for India

  • Gambian citizens can apply for a medical visa (MED) at the Indian High Commission in Banjul.
  • Copy of filled Indian Visa application form with a recent photograph and signature.
  • A Gambian passport valid for atleast 6 months.
  • A copy of passport data pages.
  • Two recent, passport-size photographs with a white background
  • Proof of residence such as driver's license or utility bills
  • A copy of the attendant’s passport and other documents to prove the relationship with the patient.
  • A referral letter from a Gambian doctor or hospital.
  • An official invitation letter from the specific Indian hospital providing treatment.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover medical expenses in India. 

Visa Fee and Processing

Visa fee is USD 85 and visa approval usually takes upto 3 working days.

Flights and Routes available

Several airlines operate flights between Gambia and India, with connections in Europe or the Middle East. Popular routes include:

 Banjul (BJL) - Istanbul (IST) - Delhi (DEL) on Turkish Airlines

 Banjul (BJL) - Casablanca (CMN) - Mumbai (BOM) on Royal Air Maroc

 Banjul (BJL) - London (LHR) - Chennai (MAA) on British Airways

Additional Information



Honorary Consulate General of India, Banjul

1st Floor, Kripa House, Fajara M

Section, Off Kairaba Avenue,

PO Box No.2389, Serekunda KSMD,

The Gambia. [Under E/I Dakar].

Tele: 00-220-4397741, 4393628 (O), 4495771 (R), +9965771 (M)

Fax: 00-220-4393637


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