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

According to related regulations, 30-day Hainan landing visa can be issued at available ports in Haikou and Sanya, and it permits holders to exit China from other Chinese cities. Also, it can be extended if the holder wishes to stay longer in China.

However, it has not been proved practical because it is still in “trial” phase. We are waiting for more feedbacks.  

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

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

 Further Reading: China Visa

- Last updated on Sep. 04, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access
Asked by Fatina from CANADA | Sep. 25, 2023 18:37Reply
Canadian cutuzen traveling from Kazakhstan
Hello. Do i need a visa if I am a Canadian citizen traveling from Kazakhstan directly to Hainan?
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Sep. 26, 2023 02:36

You are eligible for Hainan 30-day visa-free visit. But you can only stay in Hainan with it. Also, flight ticket directly leaving China and hotel orders in Hainan are required.
Asked by Joel Mausisa from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 25, 2023 00:14Reply
Visa for Hainan
How to apply a multiple entry visa to Hainan, China? I am a Filipino
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Sep. 26, 2023 00:54

The steps are the same as applying for other China visas. You need to fill in the application form in advance and make an appointment to lodge the submission. The requirements also include passport, round-trip flight ticket and hotel orders (if for tourist visa).
Asked by Jose Vinuelas from SPAIN | Sep. 20, 2023 04:37Reply
Hello I'm Spanish and I planing to visit Hainan for 5 days
I need to do some applications or just buy flight tickets and go directly?thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Mia | Sep. 21, 2023 01:49

According to recent feedback, you can enter Hainan directly according to your return flight tickets and hotel reservations. However, please note that you cannot have any other stops in Chinese mainland cities. You need to enter directly.
Asked by Lin from JIAO | Sep. 20, 2023 00:02Reply
Do I have to enter Hainan directly fro other country?
If I have two one stop flight, is it possible to get the VOA when I get into the Sanya Airport? For example, my flight is from Las Angeles to Sanya, it will stop in Shanghai for two hours and then go to Sanya
Answers (1)
Answered by Austin | Sep. 21, 2023 00:37

Yes, you do have to enter Hainan from other countries. Maybe you can make the stopover in other countries.
Asked by Meg from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 18, 2023 22:45Reply
30-day visa free stay permit
As an Australian can I obtain a 30-day visa free stay permit on arrival at the airport if I’m visiting and staying with family in Hainan? Do I have to provide hotel booking details? Am I allowed to stay at family’s home?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nina | Sep. 19, 2023 23:52

It is generally okay but booking at least one-night hotel is still suggested.
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