Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access

 Good news! Hainan visa-free access has been resumed since March 15, 2023 after 3 years' suspension by the covid-19. 
Hainan 30-day visa-free access scheme stipulates foreign citizens holding the passport of 59 qualifying countries can have 30 days visa-free entry to Hainan if received by travel agencies. During the stay, they can travel in the whole of Hainan Province without a Chinese visa. This visa-free access will count its 30 days duration from 00:00 the day following the entry date.

Hainan Visa-Free Countries List - 59 Countries

6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile

2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand

25 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

11 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar

Eligible Ports for Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access

Haikou Meilan International Airport, Sanya Phoenix International Airport and all ship ports are qualified ports for this 30 days visa exemption.

Airports Contact Information

Haikou Meilan International Airport: 0898-65760114
Sanya Phoenix International Airport: 0898-88289390

Areas Allowed to Stay - The Whole Hainan Province

Foreigners eligible for this 30 days visa exemption entry can travel inside Hainan Province. Going to mainland China from Hainan is not allowed if not having an appropriate visa.

Those wishing to visit mainland China, or extend their stay in Hainan, can ask their travel agency to help them apply for a regular Chinese visa from the Exit and Entry Administration of the local Public Security Bureau.

How to Apply for Hainan 30-Day Free Visa Access


 Valid passport/Travel Document valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry
 Tickets for Round-trip International Flight or Cruise Ships
 Hotel Bookings
 Travel Itinerary to Hainan

Registering Yourself with a Local Travel Agency Is a Must

Independent travelers cannot apply for the Hainan 30-day free visa on their own. This needs to be done through a travel agency in China. Visitors can submit the above information to the travel agency at least 48 hours advance of arrival, and then the agency will apply for the visa-free entry on their behalf from the local Exit and Entry Administration of Hainan.

Highlights in Hainan 

World-renowned Tourist Attractions

As a romantic tourist resort in south China with rolling hills and tropical rainforests, sea island of Hainan possesses gorgeous natural seaside sceneries. Especially the seductive Yalong Bay and scenic Tianya Haijiao of Sanya should not be missed. 
Yalong Bay
Yalong Bay
Wuzhizhou Island
Wuzhizhou Island

Boao Forum for Asia

Boao Forum for Asia’s headquarters is located in Boao of Hainan. Annually in March or April, many state leaders come to Hainan together to negotiate for development of the world.

By utilizing this 30 days visa-free access, it’s convenient for you to make a trip or take part in the business or official conference in Hainan.

 Recommended Guided Tour: 5 Days Haikou & Sanya Tour

The 30-day Hainan landing visa is still issued at available ports in Haikou and Sanya, and it permits holders to exit China from other Chinese cities. You can extend the visa on arrival if wishing to stay longer in China.

Differences between Hainan Visa on Arrival & 30-day Free Visa Access

Eligible Nationalities Cost Travel Agency Involved?
Visa on Arrival Most countries but except US and France CNY 168 - 956 depending on  nationality No
30-day Free Visa Access 59 countries Free Yes

 Further Reading: China Visa

- Last updated on Mar. 14, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access
Asked by Ernest Thompson | Mar. 24, 2023 09:49Reply
Hello if I am traveling on your hainan airline to china, its not required I need a visa? Please email me back as soon as possible its a emergency

Asked by Iris from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 23, 2023 06:00Reply
Travel from Australia with 30 days visa free access.
Australia is one of the country that can travel with visa free access. But which local tour agency can do the registration for us?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bruce | Mar. 23, 2023 19:56

Most travel agencies in Hainan can do it. You can try to find one online.
Asked by E from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 21, 2023 03:00Reply
Travel to Hainan from australia
Can I get the 30 day visa coming from Australia if I transit through Hong Kong or Guanzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Vicky | Mar. 21, 2023 19:47

Australia passport holders can apply for Hainan VOA. You can transit in Hong Kong. To arrive in Guangzhou at first, you need to apply for a China visa beforehand.
Asked by Ania from POLAND | Mar. 18, 2023 13:47Reply
Polish citizen visiting Hainan
After changing the policy 15.03.2023, can I stay in Hainan without having to obtain a tourist visa? I'm planning to spend there like 2 weeks, using travel agency. After getting to the destination do I need to buy/apply for some kind of documents in the airport?
And also should I have any other documents beside my passport if my transfer gonna be in Hong Kong or China's manilnad airports?
Answers (1)
Answered by Scott | Mar. 19, 2023 19:46

Yes, you can stay in Hainan for up to 30 days. Upon landing, you need to go through some procedures to get the permission with the help of your travel agency.

It should not be a problem to transit in HK. But if you are going to transit in China mainland, you'd better consult your travel agency to see if it's OK or not.
Asked by Lina from SINGAPORE | Mar. 16, 2023 03:47Reply
Do I need visa if travelling less than 15 days?
I read an article saying that if I travel less than 15 days to hainan, no need to apply for visa. Is it true? Because I’m a bit lost. I only want to go back to hainan to visit relatives.
Answers (3)
Answered by Rita | Mar. 16, 2023 19:21

Singapore passport holders can stay in China for up to 15 days without a visa. If you want to stay there for over 15 days, you can apply for 30-day free access with the help of a local travel agency.
Answered by Bernard | Mar. 16, 2023 23:47

Do you have confirm information on this, because as I receive the answer from china embassy, 15 visa free on Singapore passport has not been lifted yet.
Answered by Lina | Mar. 18, 2023 01:02

Hi Bernard, that’s the problem which i am also quite confused about, I’ve also asked china embassy and they say that it is not lifted yet, but when i called to Hainan Exit and Entry Administration
office they say that Singapore passport can just directly enter Hainan but stay no more than 30 days, more than 30 days need to apply for the extend visa.
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