New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Medical insurance

Except for those enrolled by their employer in the health insurance component of Social Insurance (Shakai Kenko Hoken) and diplomatic or official visa holders, all foreigners issued with a Japanese Resident Card (ordinarily, those intending a stay of 3 months or more) must enrol themselves at their local city office in the National Health Insurance (Kokumin Kenko Hoken). For further details, contact your local city office.

Commercial insurers can provide private medical insurance policies to individuals seeking short-term, additional or supplementary coverage. Some service providers the Embassy is aware of which offer medical insurance are listed below. This list is provided for information only; the Embassy is unable to recommend or endorse any particular service providers.

If you are contemplating a visit to Japan of less than 3 months as a temporary visitor, make sure you arrange travel insurance with medical coverage protection before arriving in Japan.  Medical care in Japan without insurance coverage can be prohibitively expensive.


The New Zealand Embassy Tokyo provides this non-exhaustive list from information which is publicly available.  By providing this information the Embassy is not endorsing any service provider on the list.  The New Zealand Embassy does not accept any responsibility for the quality of work performed by any service provider on this list or for the consequences of any advice or services provided.

List updated 14 July 2014

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