Japan is widely known for technological advancements. This makes the country one of the leading destinations for medical tourism. It has the ultra-modern robotic systems for invasive surgeries and advanced medical care. Moreover, Japan is a tourist-friendly pace that gives you are relaxing and peaceful experience. Japan issues a visa for Medical Stay to those international patients who wish to visit Japan for medical treatment or health checkups. If necessary, one can also apply multiple visas. This happens in cases where each visit is for 90 days or less. To apply multiple visa, the patients are required to present the entire treatment plan signed by the doctor in Japan.
One or more than one person can accompany the patient with a similar visa. The attendant does not need to be a family member of the patient. However, they are not allowed to engage in any employment or trade during their stay. The validity of the visa can be upto three years. It is determined by the medical condition of the patient and some other factors. The period of stay during a visit can vary from 90 days to one year, depending on the condition of the patient.
Procedure for Visa application to Japan
You must begin by contacting one of the guarantors, who are either medical coordinators or travel agents from the list provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on their official website. These guarantors must be registered with the visa scheme and they will make arrangement for your medical treatment.
The host of the medical institution where you want to receive the treatment is decided by consulting the guarantors that you contacted from the list. Also, the guarantor will provide you a certificate from the medical institutions about the planned medical services and references from the guarantor (along with the treatment plan, if needed)
You will need the following documents while applying a visa at the Japanese Embassy:
01. Current Valid Passport
02. Visa application form (completely filled and signed)
04. Certificate from a medical institution about the planned medical services and references from a guarantor.
05. Proof of funds such as a bank statement
06. A document proving the patients identity
If you need to stay in Japan more than 90 days to receive medical services while staying at a medical institution, a staff member of the medical institution in Japan where you are to be hospitalized or their family members who live in Japan need to obtain Certificate of Eligibility from Immigration Bureau of the Ministry of Justice on your behalf. You will then need to present this document along with other documents to the Japanese Embassy.
If you need to make multiple visits to Japan, in addition to the aforementioned documents you will also need to attach:
01. Medical Treatment Plan
02. The attendant(s) of the patient will need the following documents to apply the visa:
2.1. Current Valid Passport
2.3. A document proving persons identity
It is important to note that the documents required may slightly vary with the country from where you are applying the visa. Please consult the Japanese Embassy in your country.
The standard of care in Japanese hospitals are extremely high and renowned for technical innovation and state-of-the-art engineering. If you are planning to visit Japan to receive any form of healthcare services, consult Ortil Healthcare to have a pleasant and hassle-free experience.
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