Japan Tourism to conduct survey regarding travel insurance

Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Japan shows record tourismIt has been noticed that some visitors enter Japan without travel insurance, receive medical treatment during their time here and then leave the country without paying for it.

In this regard, the Japan Tourism Agency plans to conduct a survey to check the number of foreign visitors who have bought travel insurance, hoping to chalk out measures to encourage more foreign tourists to get insurance coverage, according to sources.

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 sources added.

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.

A 2013 trial survey by the agency found that some 30 percent of foreign visitors did not buy travel or other insurance to cover potential medical costs during their stay.

The government aims to increase 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.

The agency will accelerate efforts to provide foreign visitors information on travel insurance that can be bought after their arrival in Japan.

The agency will use the results of the planned survey to consider effective ways to inform visitors about Japan’s medical care service system and encourage them to buy travel insurance. It also plans to give medical institutions advice on accepting foreign visitors.


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