Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access

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

Requirements:

 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 modified on May. 03, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access
Asked by Oleg from RUSSIA | Aug. 16, 2019 05:12Reply
HEading to SANYA from BAli with transfer in Shenzhen . Visa ?
Hello. I am a business visa holder and resident in Hainan Sanya, renting apartments, registered and actually living there, leaving for business sometimes. But my friend is citizen of Russian Federation do not have any visas now and we are going to Hainan, Sanya from Bali. Before my friend visited Sanya already and used a direct flight from Moscow and she got the visa on arrival. But as far there is no direct flight we booked tickets with transfer in Shenzhen heading to Sanya.
Tickets have been booked already but just now think about this stop in Shenzhen, do they give a visa on arrival in Shenzhen, or can transfer to next flight to Sanya without visa and get visa on arrival in Sanya?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 16, 2019 16:18
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Simply speaking, such an itinerary is not eligible for any kind of visa free transit scheme because to be eligible to enjoy visa free transit, this itinerary misses the third country. Also, this itinerary is not eligible for a Shenzhen VOA because it is not allowed to use a Shenzhen VOA to travel to a destination within mainland China. In the end, any visa free option and VOA for Hainan requires that a visitor arrives directly from some foreign country and not from a mainland Chinese airport.

In short, you friend will need a Chinese tourist (L) visa obtained in advance. Simply speaking, there is no other option. Of course, you can rearrange the flights to use Hong Kong instead of Shenzhen.
Asked by J. Hampton from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 08, 2019 23:59Reply
Australian passport holder stopover at HAK and CKG to Rome
I am travelling to Rome (FCO) with Hainan Airlines from Melbourne, Australia with a stopover at Haikou (HAK) for 4.45 hours. The flight from HAK to Rome has a brief 3 hour stopover in Chongqing (CKG). These stopovers are the same on the way back home.

Will I need to obtain a transit visa before I depart Melbourne at a Chinese Visa Application Service Centre or can I obtain a 30-day free visa on arrival when I land in HAK? Will I also need to obtain another transit visa at CKG?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 09, 2019 10:36
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Your itinerary:

Melbourne - Haikou - Chongqing - Rome and back...

HU484 - HU7991
HU7992 - HU483

Is perfectly eligible for 24 hour visa free transit both ways. This option with HU7991/HU7992 seems to be quite popular lately.
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 09, 2019 10:54
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Just to clarify some details...

You really don't have to do almost anything. You will just print out your tickets and have them in hard copy. You will approach the check-in counter in Melbourne and declare that you will fly to Rome via two Chinese airports using 24 hour visa free transit. You will present your tickets and after that you will be allowed to board the plane.

Upon arrival in Haikou, you will approach 24 hour visa free transit counter where you will fill out the form and hand it, along with your tickets to the relevant person. They will take a look and you will be granted an entry permit. After that, you will clear the formalities (immigration). You will see whether you will have to collect your luggage or not because this detail depends entirely upon your airline. In any case, you have enough time and you will manage to do it and to make new check-in if necessary. During your stay in Chongqing you don't need to apply for anything. You will just get an exit stamp and your flight will proceed for Rome.

For your travel back from Rome to Melbourne, you will do exactly the same thing... The difference is that you will have to apply for an entry permit in Chongqing because after Chongqing you have a domestic portion of your international flight.

In the end, you should not bother yourself with 30 visa free access because this is not applicable for you within your itinerary. You will rely on 24 hour visa free transit both ways of your journey.
Asked by G Smith from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 03, 2019 15:33Reply
How do New Zealand citizens obtain the 30 day visa free access on arrival at Hainan airport?
If we get the 30 day visa free access at Hainan airport on arrival, do we have to use/find a local travel agency?
If we are joining up with a tour group and don't need any services from local travel agency what are our options?
We have a few days in Hong Kong before we arrive on Hainan, can I get the 30 day visa free access in Hong Kong?
Please advise step by step.
Thank you
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Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 04, 2019 10:19
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Here are the steps, you have to follow:

- You are supposed to determine how many days you will spend in Hainan province
- You should also take care of your flight tickets and here one warning... You are not allowed to arrive to Hainan by taking a flight through some other mainland Chinese airport. The best option is Hong Kong, but keep in mind that this flight has to be nonstop and not again through some of mainland Chinese airports. Also, you are not allowed to leave Hainan on a flight that has a stop in mainland China.
- After you have determined the above mentioned, you will write down your short itinerary in English language that will have most of your details that you will do while in Hainan, but very shortly.
- You will contact a relevant agency that supports a correspondence in English language. You can find a list of Tour Operators in Hainan in the upper left part of this site.
- Keep in mind that during your correspondence you will be offered several services and you are supposed to accept one or more of them according to your preferences. The mentioned offers range from an airport transfer to multi day trips.

You are supposed to start your correspondence with the agency well in advance, so that you have enough time to clarify all the necessary details. Some visitors to Hainan prefer to start their correspondence with the agency even before they have bought their tickets and accommodation because they want to have everything clear before their first move.
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 04, 2019 10:29
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You cannot obtain 30 day visa free access on arrival. It has to be through an agency.

If you join a tour group, then it is logical that such a group will have an agency that will do all the necessary formalities with a local agency in Hainan. So, you will not be bothered with personal correspondence with a local agency, but your tour group leader will have to deal with an agency and also book from them some of their offers.

When you apply for this visa free option, you just receive a positive confirmation from an agency via an email, so it is irrelevant where you are at the moment when the agency informs your about the fact that this access has been granted to you. The whole process is processed swiftly, so you can count that the entire correspondence will not take more than 5 days.
Asked by Nina from DENMARK | Jul. 24, 2019 20:18Reply
Holding Single entry chinese visa when going to Sanya from Xiamen. Does it count as exiting china?
Hello!
I am traveling to Hainan (Sanya) by plane in August from Xiamen. I am currently holding a Chinese X2 single entry visa.
Does entering Sanya count as exiting China (like Hong Kong or Macau) so that i will not be able to re-enter Xiamen when flying home? Or will i just use my X2 visa to enter Sanya?
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 25, 2019 16:11
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Definitely no. Sanya and the entire Hainan province are considered to be mainland China in the same way as it is Beijing. Just to simplify... Your visit to Hainan (Sanya) from Xiamen will be treated as purely domestic flight in the same way as you were flying from Xiamen to Beijing. In other words, your visa will not be consumed.
Asked by Julie from UNITED STATES | Jul. 21, 2019 01:41Reply
US passport holders visiting Hainan
Hi,
How do US citizens obtain the Free Visa Access?
How can we find a local travel agency of we are not currently in China?
Please advise step by step.
Thank you
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 21, 2019 10:14
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Actually, correct name is 30 day visa free access, although on so many places you will see the phrase "free visa" or similar. In reality, there is no visa at all. Never mind :)

The procedure is quite easy:

- You are supposed to determine how many days you will spend in Hainan province
- You should also take care of your flight tickets and here one warning... You are not allowed to arrive to Hainan by taking a flight through some other mainland Chinese airport. The best option is Hong Kong, but keep in mind that this flight has to be nonstop and not again through some of mainland Chinese airports. Also, you are not allowed to leave Hainan on a flight that has a stop in mainland China.
- After you have determined the above mentioned, you will right down your short itinerary in English language that will have most of your details that you will do in while in Hainan, but very shortly.
- You will contact a relevant agency and here I will definitely recommend that you contact this agency, Travel China Guide. You can contact them through email or available Online Inquiry Form to define all the details for your upcoming holiday on Hainan island.
- Keep in mind that during your correspondence you will be offered several services and you are supposed to accept one or more of them according to your preferences. The mentioned offers range from an airport transfer to multi day trips.
- Beside this agency, you can also find a list of Tour Operators in Hainan in the upper left part of this site.

You are supposed to start your correspondence with the agency well in advance, so that you have enough time to clarify all the necessary details. Some visitors to Hainan prefer to start their correspondence with the agency even before they have bought their tickets and accommodation because they want to have everything clear before their first move.
Answered by thierry from FRANCE | Jul. 30, 2019 01:45
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Just to clarify. I am coming from Bangkok, Thailand. I must take a direct flight ? I can not make a flight corespondance in Guangzhou ?

The direct flight is twice the price ... This is why I am asking.
Answered by ZUPAN | Jul. 30, 2019 12:53
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Thierry, I understand you completely, but unfortunately, you really cannot take a flight to Hainan via Guangzhou without a pre-arranged Chinese visa. It has to be a flight from some other country, different than mainland China and, of course, it can be Hong Kong and Macau. Of course, if your calculation shows that this trip via some other country is very expensive, I would advise you to think about the usual Chinese tourist (L) visa that you can obtain before your travel. Like this, you would be able to take a flight via Guangzhou and also to arrive to Hainan without the need to do anything with the agency. Tourist visa obtained in advance covers Hainan island in the same way as it does for Beijing and Shanghai.
Answered by thierry from FRANCE | Jul. 31, 2019 22:09
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Thank you. That was very helpful.

By the way I tried to contact Travel China Guide but they said they were unable to help.
I will try other travel agencies.
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 01, 2019 10:32
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Of course. There will be always somebody willing to do something for a fair price :)
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