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Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Access

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Getting a visa to go to China can be a bit of a hassle, but thankfully Hainan Island has 30-day visa-free access for 59 different nationalities.

This means that if you are looking for a tropical island to unwind, if you qualify, and if you don't plan on staying for more than 30 days, you do not need to apply for a Chinese visa to go to Hainan Province. If you're seeking to go to any other China province you will need a visa.

How to Apply to Visit Hainan for 30 Days Visa-Free


In order to apply for visa-free access to Hainan for 30 days, you have to have an eligible passport and enter Hainan at an eligible entry point.

You will need the following to apply:

  • A valid passport or travel document valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry in Hainan
  • International round-trip tickets or cruise ship tickets to and from Hainan
  • A hotel booking for your time in Hainan
  • A travel itinerary for your plans in Hainan

You have to apply through an accredited China travel agency (such as China Highlights), as you cannot apply for the 30-day visa-free access yourself. Submit the information above to the travel agency at least 48 hours before arriving in Hainan, and the agency will apply for it on your behalf. The earlier you can arrange this, the better!

Eligible Entry Points


You can enjoy this visa-free entry to Hainan Island for 30 days if you are coming in through one of the following entrance points from abroad:

  • Haikou Meilan International Airport in Haikou
  • Sanya Phoenix International Airport in Sanya
  • All ship ports

Hainan Visa-Free Country List

Wuzhizhou tourism zone, Hainan IslandWuzhizhou tourism zone on Hainan Island

There are a total of 59 countries whose passport holders can get visa-free access to Hainan for 30 days, read on to see if yours is on the list:

The Americas: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile

Oceania: Australia and New Zealand

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

Europe: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Belarus and Monaco

Asia: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar

Hainan Visa on Arrival

Apart from the 30-day visa-free access, you can also get a visa on arrival in Hainan yourself. This is available to most nationalities (with the notable exception of the US and France), and costs RMB 168-956 depending on your nationality.

Make sure you've got enough money for the visa fee and a passport photo ready once you get to the airport in Hainan.

Visiting Hainan with China Highlights

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Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach escape, want to practice your golf swing, or want to practice your water sports, Hainan is a beautiful tropical paradise.

We can arrange your trip to Hainan as well as help figure out how to get the visa-free access for you. You can get in touch with us to let us know how long you want to stay, and what your priorities are for your visit so we can put together a tour.

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