Japan to survey on travel insurance for international visitors

Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Osaka-Castle-in-Osaka-Japan-600x382The Japan Tourism Agency is now taking up a project to have a investigation to check the number of visitors from international who have bought travel insurance.



It is hoping to draw up measures to encourage more foreign visitors to get coverage. Some of the international visitors enter Japan without travel insurance, receive medical treatment during their time here and then leave the country without paying for it.



The interview survey is likely to be conducted at airports when visitors leave Japan. The agency plans to work out the questions to be asked within the year and carry out the survey until the end of next March.




The agency plans to ask whether visitors have bought travel insurance for their stays in Japan, and if so, what type of insurance it is. Other questions are expected to include whether they suffered injury or illness during their stay, and if so whether they visited a medical institution.




The government of Japan aims to boost the annual number of visitors to Japan from 24 million in 2016 to 40 million in 2020. The number of foreign people visiting medical institutions is also expected to grow.




Japanese tourism Agency will use the results of the planned survey to consider effective ways to inform visitors about Japan’s medicinal care overhaul system and support them to buy travel insurance.



It also plans to give medical institutions advice on accepting foreign visitors. The agency will increase speed efforts to offer foreign visitors information on travel insurance that can be bought after their arrival in Japan.



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