Iran is up in medical tourism fetching $1.2 billion the last fiscal year 2017-18 as announced by the head of Medical Tourism Department. In the wake of US curbs, Iran is going all out to position itself as a low-cost destination offering advanced medical services at par with global standards.
The country has welcomed 300,000 medical travelers last year and the number has almost doubled in the current Iranian calendar. It is eyeing more than 2 million medical travelers in the Iranian calendar year 1404.
Traveling to Iran has become cheaper owing to devaluation of Rial with respect to the dollar. For prospective medical travelers, it is an added convenience. Tourism in Iran as a whole has seen a marked growth with more international travelers and Iranians touring the country.
Several million travelers visited Iran in the last Iranian year 1397 ending on 20th March’19 registering a 50% growth than the previous year. Iran is eyeing $25 billion earning annually in tourism by 2025 of which medical tourism is expected to generate $ 2.5 billion
A majority of medical travelers hail from Persian Gulf countries, Pakistan, Turkmenistan etc. Patients from Kuwait and Oman also prefer Iran where medical care is available at a much competitive price than in Europe. Cultural homogeneity makes them feel at home which they may not get easily in other countries. Iran also welcomes patients from Iraq and Afghanistan where local medical facilities are much below par or are non-existent.