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Travel insurance available for foreign visitors in Japan

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If you are planning to go to Japan, consider buying travel insurance in your country before leaving.

First, Check out the insurance policy and credit card contract that you own currently. You need to make sure policies have global medical insurance, emergency evacuation, travel protection, baggage protection and so on.

In Japan, when a foreign tourist visiting Japan is treated at a Japanese medical institution, he/she will be fully responsible to pay for it.

According to the report from Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc, treatment for heatstroke, which is very common during the summer season, can cost 700,000 yen (about$6,447), and treating broken bones can cost 3,000,000 yen ($27630).

I am going to tell you today is there are insurance policies for foreign tourists just in case you don’t have a travel insurance policy, and you can buy it in Japan.

The benefit of buying a Japanese insurance policy is much smoother to provide the medical institution and interpreter service that you can speak your language.

In fact, there is sometimes a problem between a medical institute in Japan and the insurance company in your country due to the different payment procedures but you don’t have to worry about it if you buy a Japanese insurance policy for foreign tourists.

TOKIO OMOTENASHI POLICY(Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co)

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd, produce the insurance for foreign tourists called “TOKIO OMOTENASHI POLICY”, which covers medical expenses incurred due to injuries and illnesses in Japan and repatriation to your home country.

Service

  1. Tokio Marine Nichido will pay medical expenses and drug expense directly to the hospital
  2. Support for repatriation to your home or a medical institution in your home country
  3. Provide interpreting service available in English, Chinese and Korean via phones
  4. Support in case your passport or credit card is lost or stolen
  5. Transport between the airport and your hotel
  6. Forwarding of messages to family members and other persons overseas
  7. Safety information is relevant to your trip.
TOKIO OMOTENASHI POLICY for foreign visitors to Japan who will stay for 30 days or less, so that the visitor who plans to stay more than 31 days can not join the policy. Also, those who are scheduled to go to the hospital after entering Japan due to chronic illness, and other situations. The Visitor who plans to do dangerous sports (hang gliding, sky diving, mountain climbing using tools, etc.) cannot join either. The Description of Important Matters are also described in the principal contingencies So please ensure you read it carefully. The purpose of visiting Japan is raveling only, it is not avairable for bussiness visitors. 
 

period and payment

TOKIO OMOTENASHI POLICY has a plan for 1 day up to 31 days.

The application is available from 30 days before entering to Japan, and the applicator can use credit card payment.

The visitors are not able to buy the policy if your stay is over 5-day after entering Japan.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE

Travel Insurans For Visitors (Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc)

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc. provides the insurance policy for foreign visitors too. This one also covered mainly medical expenses during the trip inside Japan.

Service

  1. Provide approximately 800 cooperated medical institutions.
  2. Provide interpreting service via phone calls.
  3. Sompo Japan Nipponkoawill pay medical expenses and drug expense directly to the hospital
  4. You can purchase this insurance regardless of whether the travel is for sightseeing or on business.
Be sure to sign up for this insurance policy after entering Japan, the applicator can’t pay the policy outside Japan. “Travel Insurance For Visitors” is available for visitors who will stay for 30 days or less, so that the visitor who plans to stay more than 31 days can not join the policy.The Description of Important Matters are also described in the principal contingencies So please ensure you read it carefully.

period and payment

“Travel Insurance For Visitors” has plans for 10 days up to 30 days.

Be sure to sign up for this insurance policy after entering Japan, the policy will be invalid if you purchase it in your country.

Credit card payment only.

OFFICIAL WEB SITE

ONE TWO support (OTS rent-a-car)

If you plan to rent a car in Okinawa, there is the only insurance that the rent-car company sells for foreign tourists.

It calls “One Two Support Travel Insurance for Japan Visitors”, which is provided by OTSrent-a-car ( Okinawa Tourist Service Company).

“One Two Support Travel Insurance for Japan Visitors” is an insurance service that provides compensation for treatment due to sudden illness or injury during coverage period with payment-less service, and interpretation service at medical institutions.

Services

  1. “One Two Support” will pay medical expenses and drug expense directly to the hospital
  2. Provide interpreting service via phone calls.
  3. Support for repatriation to your home or a medical institution in your home country

OFFCIAL WEB SITE

Conclusion

According to the Japan Tourism Agency(JTA) “Actual Survey, 1 out of 20 people (5%) experienced illness or injury while traveling in Japan. About 30% of those affected felt they needed to go to a medical facility.

Also, OTS rent-a-car says that 81 accidents have been reported, and a total coverage was 5,287,570 yen (about$48,619) that the company paid as of May 31, 2019, since the insurance service launched January 1, 2019.

In the past case, foreign tourists could get compensation which was about 3 million yen ($27,585) in treatment costs due to an unexpected accident while traveling by travel insurance policy.

In addition, some medical institutions were worried about recovering treatment costs from foreign patients.

Travel insurance for foreign visitors covers treatment costs during traveling in Japan. The main feature is you can purchase after entering Japan.

Be sure to check before purchasing the insurance policy, details of contract vary depends on the companies.

In this site, I write about insurance policies provided in Japan based on information as december 2019, information may be subject to change. I will not be compensate for the damages caused by th econtent posted.
IF YOU CONSIDER TO PURCHASE THE POLICY, PLEASE MAKE SURE THE POLICY BY YOURSELF BEFORE PAYMENT.

In case of emergency situations…

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