The number of visas issued to Omanis from 1st January to August this year has jumped to 61,000 which was only 3,400 in 2012, according to an official from Indian embassy in Muscat, the capital of Oman.

"Number of visas in a day varies as at times, it touches 600", official was quoted as saying by a state daily in Oman.

Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and New Delhi are the top five destinations where Omanis visit for medical treatment.

"Out of the lot, tourist visas top the numbers, followed by medical and business visas," the official said.

Factors like proximity, direct air connectivity, and cultural connect have helped establish India as a preferred destination for patients from the region.

India has emerged as one of the most sought after destinations for medical tourists across the globe owing to its high value proposition in terms of quality health care.

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