There are tourist visas, business visas, education visas and a whole host of other visas, including the brand new medical tourism visa, that will cover dental holidays as well.
You might wonder why you need a visa and which countries require them. Every country is different. Thailand, for example, allows tourist stays up to 30 days from its international airports, if you enter by bus or boat, the stay is only 15 days. But most people visiting Thailand land at the airport and get 30 days. So, flying to Thailand with a passport will be enough. If you want to stay longer than one month you will need to get a tourist visa ahead of time. Your local Thai consulate will be able to help.
Some countries in Asia, like Laos, for example, require a visa, but it can be purchased upon arrival by air, bus or train.
While others, like India, require a visa before you land, meaning you have to get the visa stamped in your passport before you leave home. Your local India consulate can help. India has recently made a new rule, that anyone on a tourist visa would have to leave India for 2 months before they could get a new tourist visa, but this caused problems for medical and dental tourists, who may require follow-up treatments. To make is easier for medical and dental tourists to get follow-up treatment, India has created the India medical tourism visa. Essentially the medical tourism visa will exempt medical travelers from the new tourist visa rules. This is particularly important for dental tourism in that many dental implant and dentures implants procedures require a follow-up visits.
The Philippines has also announced a medical and dental tourism visa. Most tourists to the Philippines can stay up to 21 days without a visa. The new Philippine medical tourism visa will allow medical and dental tourists to stay in the Philippines up to 6 months at a time with no need to file for an extension.
With India and the Philippines offering a medical tourism visa, it will be interesting if Thailand too, will offer a Thai medical tourism visa.
For both the India and Philippine medical tourism and dental tourism visas, you should consult with each countries’ consulate for more information. Plus, visa information can change, so it is always a good idea to check anyway.