Travel Insurance for Japan
Japan is all about fusion – where super-modern cities hide ancient traditions and centuries-old temples, it’s known for playing host to cutting-edge robotic exhibitions which take place next to moon festivals, known as Tsukimi.
And then there’s the food – from iconic sushi to Tokyo’s many Michelin-starred restaurants, eating in Japan is an experience unlike any other.
Whatever you do, you’ll need comprehensive travel insurance for Japan – here is what you should look for in a top policy:
Do I Need Travel Insurance for Japan?
Yes, travel insurance for Japan is an absolute must-have. Japan has excellent medical facilities. Still, there’s no health agreement with the UK so you’ll be expected to confirm that you have valid insurance straight away or pay for the entire cost of any treatment you receive. Good repatriation cover is also needed as an air ambulance back to the UK from Asia costs £75,000 on average.
If you are unlucky enough to need treatment abroad, the costs can spiral out of control very quickly. Given that 1 Brit every 3 minutes needs help with emergency medical care from their insurers, it’s merely not worth travelling without comprehensive travel insurance for Japan.
Travelling to Japan with Pre-existing Medical Conditions.
You’ll need to declare all pre-existing medical conditions when getting your quotes to make sure your policy covers them. This will provide you with peace of mind and help you to enjoy your travels around Japan worry-free.
What Should a Travel Insurance Policy for Japan Cover?
Cover for medical expenses and repatriation should you need to return to the UK.
Cancellation and curtailment insurance in case you have to end your holiday due to a medical problem or an emergency means you have to cancel.
Baggage and possession cover in case your belongings are lost, damaged or stolen during your trip.
- Medical expenses covered up to £15,000,000.
- Cancellation and Curtailment covered up to £5,000.
- Personal Belongings covered up to £3,000.
- All ages. All medical conditions. All destinations.
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Healthcare in Japan
Medical facilities in Japan are among the best in the world and the staff are highly trained, but treatment can be very costly. There have been cases where treatment has been delayed until proof of funds or valid insurance was provided.
The FCO website page for Japan states that some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines in the UK are banned in Japan. The page advises that you check the status of your medication with the Japanese embassy before you travel.
The number for an ambulance is 119.
Tips When Visiting Japan
Japanese is the official language, but most travellers manage to get by speaking English and learning a few polite Japanese phrases.
The currency in Japan is the Yen. Japan is mainly a cash society, and you may have difficulty using credit and debit cards issued outside the country.
Local Laws and Customs:
You have to carry your passport at all times.
Tattoos in Japan are still associated with organised crime and many public swimming pools, hot springs, beaches, and some gyms do not admit anyone with tattoos or may ask you to cover any tattoos while you use the facilities.
British passport holders don’t need a visa to travel to Japan. You can enter the country on Temporary Visitor status for 90 consecutive days for tourism or business purposes. Still, if you want to stay longer, you’ll need to apply to Japan’s Immigration Bureau.
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