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 Apr. 26, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access
Asked by D from US | Apr. 20, 2021 19:17Reply
Travel from U.S. to Hainan
I am an American and my wife and daughter are Chinese. We want to fly to Hainan. There is still no requirement for a visa? Thank you for your time.
Answers (4)
Answered by David | Apr. 25, 2021 18:48

Well, because of the virus situation, you need to have the visa.
Answered by D | Apr. 25, 2021 19:48

So I need a visa to go to Hainan? My wife and daughter are Chinese and I cant go back to china with them because I cant get a visa. Its insanity
Answered by Fenny | Apr. 26, 2021 01:44

As I know, the Hainan visa is suspended right now.
Answered by JANNES | Jul. 09, 2021 08:06

How about VoA Hainan? Can apply in location?
Asked by hazel from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 14, 2020 07:45Reply
Can i travel to hainan now?
Hi I am from Philippines. I would like to visit my fiancé in china and we planned to meet in hainan. Is it possible for me to travel to Hainan now?
Answers (2)
Answered by Isabella | Dec. 20, 2020 18:51

As I know, you can. But you need to do the NAT test and have 14 days isolation.
Answered by Dilima | Mar. 05, 2021 15:18

If I am coming from Canada to Hainan, transiting from HK, do I need to obtain a test result from Canada or HK?
Is there still 14 days quarantine to be done in Hainan? Do you know what's the cost of the 14 days quarantine?
Asked by Stephen from SOUTH AFRICA | Aug. 06, 2020 22:02Reply
I work and live in China mainland with my family. I have Z visa / residence permit.
I work and live in China mainland with my family. I have a Z visa/residence permit. and my family has S visa/residence permits also. Are we allowed to travel to and from Hainan as we can do to Beijing, Shanghai, or any part of China mainland?
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Aug. 10, 2020 14:11

Yes, you are perfectly allowed to travel to Hainan in the same way as you would be traveling to any other part of mainland China. You are allowed to travel to Hainan by every available means of transport including the train, ferry or plane. This is, in your case, just another mainland Chinese domestic travel and you don't need any other documents or permits with the exception of your travel tickets :)
Asked by bamba from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 20, 2020 11:42Reply
I would like to travel to hainan to meet my fiance...i do not know.where to find travel agency here
Answers (1)
Answered by ZUPAN | Feb. 20, 2020 12:21

You should rely on Hong Kong based China Travel Service (Hong Kong) because they are authorized to provide you an invitation letter that you will print out and bring it with you.

You should start a correspondence with China Travel Service (Hong Kong) where you will present them with your intended length of stay, your itinerary and whatever you plan to do at Hainan. After your initial email, you will be requested to book some of their services and you will try to use just those services that you really need like an airport transfer. Please, keep in mind that you will have to take some service because this is the way how they get some income by obtaining you an invitation letter.

After you have agreed on all the details, you will be supplied with the invitation letter and you will be able to use it to arrive at Hainan visa free. Please, have in mind that your flight itinerary to and from Hainan are not allowed to be through mainland China.
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