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


 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 Jamie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 15, 2019 03:38Reply
Hello again I’m looking at getting a 30 day visa trough a travel agent hopefully this site
on my itinerary will it matter if I use a hotel for some and Airbnb for some ? Just didn’t want to book Airbnb if it was going to cause visa issue
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 15, 2019 09:38

Actually, you will have to contact the agency to see if your intention to use in part or entirely Airbnb option would be fine for them to offer their support for your application for 30 day visa free access. You have to know that Airbnb is somewhat in gray zone in China, but some of the visitors have used it without any problem. In reality, the most important detail is whether they will register you at the relevant authorities or not. In some cases, you will probably need to visit Public Security Bureau (PBS) along with the owner of accommodation that you have booked through Airbnb to be registered. You should just start to make a preliminary correspondence with the agency and you will soon be informed about the key details.
Asked by Mash from INDIA | Jun. 14, 2019 05:12Reply
Hello , I am from India, I have a Indian passport, is VOA for Hainan available for Indians and what is the price and how many days Indians can stay on VOA in Hainan
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 14, 2019 07:57

Unfortunately, VOA and 30 day visa free schemes are, at the time being, not available for Indian citizens.
Asked by Elena from UKRAINE | Jun. 13, 2019 03:19Reply
hello! I have a direct flight to Hainan and would like to stay as a group tourist without visa.
But I have my valid china visa in passport, I want then to travel china for next 30 days. would it be possible? please help me ^))
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 13, 2019 04:18

Yes, it is possible for you to preserve your actual Chinese visa although you will visit Hainan. You and the people from your group should opt for 30-day Visa Free Access and this option will leave your actual standard visa untouched. Basically, you have to make your bookings, buy your plane tickets and after that you will contact relevant tourist agency that will send its support for approval to relevant authorities. You will have to book some of the agency products like airport transfer or (half) day trip. After that, you will get the approval and you will arrive by plane to Hainan. Now, one very important detail. Upon arrival you have to be very focused not to use your visa unintentionally. So, before immigration you will approach the counter dealing with 30-day Visa Free Access and there you will explain the situation. Immigration officials are already used to such situations, so he/she will just confirm your visa free access and your visa will remain unused. Again, upon landing, just take care not to go to immigration, but to approach to visa free and VOA counter and after that you will be allowed to exit the airport, enjoy your time in Hainan and return out of China with your visa ready to be used when you plan to do that.
Asked by Jamie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 12, 2019 11:48Reply
United Kingdom visa free visit Hainan?
Hey, me and my partner are both from the United Kingdom and are planning on flying direct from London to sanya for 10 nights, which visa free option is best for us as we are not planning on leaving hainan. Any help would be great :)
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 12, 2019 15:23

You are definitely advised to use Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access. You will choose your flights, your accommodation and make a very short itinerary. After that you will choose one of the agencies dealing with Hainan tourism and you will submit the above mentioned details. You will also book some of their products like airport transfer or simple (half) day tour. They will proceed their support for your application and will inform you that you are welcome to arrive and to enjoy your stay visa free. You don't have to go too far. You can contact this travel agency, i.e. Travel China Guide :).
Answered by Jamie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 14, 2019 00:33

Oh perfect so it can be small things like airport transfers for them to support your 30 day visa free ? Also how does it work when getting to the airport ?
Thanks you
Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 14, 2019 01:33

Exactly. The purchase of some simple offers is a kind of returning the favor for their support for your 30 day visa free access. You should just make a contact with them and they will explain exact procedure that is very simple. In reality, someone will wait for you at the airport with your name(s) and will transfer you to your accommodation.
Asked by DAVID LAU from INDONESIA | Jun. 09, 2019 02:36Reply
Do you have travel agency in hainan that i can contact about the tourist free Hainan 30 days visa
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Answered by ZUPAN | Jun. 09, 2019 05:39

David, you can start by making contacts with this agency, i.e. Travel China Guide :)... Of course, you can explore some more and I suggest you that you contact one or two agencies that you will find on VISAS-Plan Your Trip-Hainan Official Tourism Information website. Keep in mind that you will have to book some of their offers, at least an airport transfer or some half day trip. The rest of your stay will be up to your personal choice.
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