New travel insurance aimed at tourists in Japan

Tourists visiting Japan will be able to sign up for travel insurance online after arriving in the country, under a new insurance scheme.

Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo, Japan. Image by Japanexperterna.se / CC BY-SA 2.0

Under the new system, developed by the Japan Tourism Authority in association with a private insurance company, visitors will be able to apply for the insurance online even after entering Japan, with premiums depending on length of stay – insurance for a six-day stay, for example, would cost around ¥3000 (US$25). The 24-hour call centre supporting the service will be staffed with people who can speak English, Chinese and Korean. According to a Japan Tourism Authority survey, about 30% of people visiting Japan do not have insurance. The insurance will be available from February 2016. Read more: the-japan-news.com

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