Country: India is a country in south Asia. It is the second most populated country in the world with more than 1.2 billion people. To the south is the Indian Ocean. It shares borders with Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, and Bangladesh. The country’s capital is New Delhi and the official languages are Hindi and English.

To access emergency services: Dial 102

Currency: Indian rupee (INR)   

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers:  Before traveling to India, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expend­itures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu­ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in an Indian hospital: Several private hospitals provide quality health care at a fraction of U.S. prices. These private hospitals deliver medical outcomes comparable to that of good U.S. hospitals, as measured by complication rates or survival rates. Private hospitals are recommended over public hospitals.

Access to quality medical care is limited or unavailable in most rural areas.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance. 

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in India: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

India-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.

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