Updates on Hainan Island China Visa Waiver Policy

Updated procedure & policy on Hainan Island China Visa Waiver

Starting from May 1, 2018. visitor(s) from the following countries enjoy visa waiver policy to visit Hainan Island for up to 30 days on Hainan Island.

Since then, we have got hundreds of emails about Hainan Island Visa Waiver Policy, and some guests were rejected at Sanya Airport as they just showed up with their passports. To make it clear, we have worked out the following steps for visitors to follow:

Step 1: Please check if you hold passport from one of the following countries:


Russia、UK、French、Germany、Norway、Ukraine、Italy、Austria、Finland、Holland、Denmark、Switzerland、Sweden、Spain、Belgium、Czech、Estonia、Greece、Hungary、Iceland、Latvia、Lithuania、Luxembourg、Malta、Poland、Portugal、Slovakia、 Ireland 、 Cyprus、Bulgaria、Romania、Serbia、Croatia、Bosnia and Herzegovina、Republic of Montenegro、Macedonia、Albania


US、Canada、Brazil、Mexico、Argentina、Chile、Australia、New Zealand、

Asia countries :

South Korea、Japan、Singapore、Malaysia、Thailand、Kazakhstan、Philippines、Indonesia、Brunei、United Arab Emirates、Katar、Monaco、The Republic of Belarus.

Step 2: Check if your arrival flight is direct to Hainan Island.

Make sure you book a direct flight to Hainan Island either to Haikou or Sanya airport from overseas including Hong Kong,Macau and Taiwan. If you book a transit flight via any mainland China cities, then you must apply for a China visa in advance.

Sept 3: Check your departure flight.

Make sure you have a departure flight from Hainan Island to overseas or to Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan. You can’t fly out of China from any cities on Mainland China without a China visa.

Step 4: Book your schedule with a local tour operator

www.sunnysanya.com & www.sunnyhainan.com are authorized tour operator on Hainan Island to book your hotel, airport transfers and local tours with Hainan Island Travel Guide.

Step 5: Send your passport copy to your tour operator.

Make sure that your tour operator has the right information on your passport.

Once you get confirmation from local tour operator on Hainan Island, then you can just come with your passport, no other documents are requested, and you don’t need to know any paper work upon arrival at Haikou or Sanya Airport.

More questions & Answers:

Question: Can I come with my passport after booking my hotel &flight on my own?

Answer: No, you have to book your local schedule with a local tour operator including hotel, tours and airport transfer, then your local tour operator will organize visa waiver for you. The visa waiver doesn’t mean you can just show up with your passports.

Question: Can I visit Mainland China if I enter Hainan Island under visa waiver.

Answer: Yes, you can, but you have to get a China visa during your stay on Hainan Island.

Question: How much shall I pay for the visa waiver?

Answer: The visa is free, you pay service charge for your tour operator when you book with your local tour operator.

Question: Can I come alone or do I have to join a group?

Answer: Yes, you can come alone, no request to join a group.

Question: When should I apply?

Answer: Your local tour operator has to submit all applications 24 hours in advance, so you have plan at least 1 week in advance so to have enough time to discuss the details of your travel plan with your local tour operator.

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