Haikou Travel Tips

Visa Policy

1. Passengers holding citizenship of the countries which have foreign relations or official trades with PRC can enjoy the facility of a Visa on Arrival (VOA) at Haikou International Airport. 
2. Hainan 30-day visa-free access with a validity of 30 days is available for travel groups or individuals from 59 countries, i.e. USA, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Italy, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, UK, France, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and so on.

Upon entering Hainan, tourists must declare their luggage and articles at the Customs. Please Dial: 0898-851-6888 for detailed information on Chinese Customs.


Tourists can have money exchanged to Chinese currency at the Bank of China and large hotels. The Ren Min Bi (Chinese currency) comes in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1

Dialing Code: 0898

Zip Code: 570000

Useful Numbers:
Tourist Complaint: 8008768188 (Free)


Hainan University: It is the largest and key university of Hainan Province. It has Foreign Language schools teaching English, Japanese and French.
Location: No. 58, Renmin Avenue, Haikou, Hainan

Hainan Normal University: Established in 1949, it is the oldest advanced institute of Hainan Province. And it is the key normal university in Hainan. Chinese Center for Foreigners of the university is approved by the State Council to enroll foreign students from Japan, Thailand, USA, Korea and Germany, etc.
Location: No. 99, Longkun South Road, Haikou, Hainan

Minority Groups

As well as the Han people, there are a number of minority groups living in the province. The Li Ethnic Minority Group is the native group of Hainan. With a population of over 1.3 million, they inhabit the Mt. Wuzhishan and southwestern areas of the Island. The Li Minority has a close cultural relationship with Zhuang and Buyi minorities. Their most famous product, Li Brocade, has been greatly admired since the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

- Last updated on Jun. 07, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Haikou Travel Tips
Asked by WING CHAU from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 21, 2023 01:50Reply
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Answered by Luna | Nov. 22, 2023 00:41

Yes, of course you can. Cash can be used everywhere.
Asked by Nono from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 30, 2019 17:00Reply
I am travelling from Sydney to Taipei with a 10 hour layover in Haikou (5am to 3pm).
Can I do a quick day trip outside of the airport (I have a Philippine passport). If so, can you recommend some tourist spots?

Thank You!
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Answered by Landon from CAMEROON | Apr. 09, 2019 18:34

As I know, you can enjoy the 24 hours visa free policy because your stopover is only 10 hours. You can go downtown area. But you need to apply for the Stay Permit at the airport first of all.
Asked by Olivera from CROATIA | Dec. 10, 2018 04:26Reply
I have a flight from Zagreb to Sydney via Shanghai with Aeroflot.
Layover in Shanghai 2 hours.From Shanghai fly with Hainan airlines to Haikou (layover 2.35 min)and from Haikou to Sydney.I don’t have intend to leave airport or transit zone if is possible.Am I qualified for free visa or some other option in transit.I am holder of Croatian passport
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Answered by Abraham from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 10, 2018 23:43

You qualify for 24-hour free visa.
Asked by W. Wiegmann from GERMANY | Nov. 09, 2016 21:35Reply
We are in Haikou but we can't find a way to see the area around.
Do you have any ideas what to do? Are there any organized day-trips? Would it be a good idea to take a local bus or a train to an interesting place? Which one? It's no option for us to hire a care because of the traffic here.
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Answered by Mia from ITALY | Nov. 10, 2016 02:27

Hi, dear! You may go to see Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Natural Reserve Area, Holiday Beach, Tomb of Hai Rui, and Temple of Five Lords. Also, there are many organized day tours available. You can join one through your hotel.

Or, you can take a bullet train to Sanya (about 2 hours). Then, you can enjoy the Asian Dragon Bay, Dadonghai, and Wuzhizhou Island. :)
Answered by W. Wiegmann from GERMANY | Nov. 10, 2016 06:22

Thank you very much for your kind answer. Unfortunately our hotel don’t provide a service like this. Wehre else can we book a tour?
Answered by Mia | Nov. 11, 2016 00:25

Oh, I see. As I know, TravelChinaGuide arranges some tours in the city. You can contact them for detailed information. The email address is tourstravelchinaguide.com. :)
Asked by Simon from AUSTRALIA | Oct. 16, 2016 06:46Reply
If i need to just stay in a hotel for 7 hours as our lay over is from 12:15AM - 09:10AM
I hold an Australian Passport and my wife is Korean and has a Korean Passport. I just want to get a hotel for 6-7 hours to sleep before our connecting flight as the lounges are all closed.
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Answered by Emma from SINGAPORE | Oct. 18, 2016 02:28

You may stay at HNA Hotel Hainan Meilan. It is about 300 yards to the west of the terminal building. You can walk there within 5 minutes. The hotel provides clean environment and good service. A standard room costs about CNY 350. The reservation hotline is 86-0898-65759999. Have a try!
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