Rent a car with Hainan Temporary Driving Permit

Rent a car with your home country driver’s license in Hainan Island. You can drive a car with your home country license in Hainan Island

Starting from August 1st, 2019, tourists can rent a car on Hainan Island with their home country driver’s licenses by applying Hainan temporary driving permits. No health checks are requested anymore. So now it is so easy to rent a car on Hainan Island with your home country license.

What documents are requested to apply for a temporary driving permit with your home country license on Hainan Island?

Applicants only need to bring the following documents:

– Passport with a valid Chinese visa ( Visa Waiver available for foreigners from 59 countries)

– Foreign driving license with Chinese translation (Please email us a copy of your license, we will help with translation)

– Two one-inch color photos on a plain background

Where shall I go for a temporary driving permit on Hainan? 

Where to go for application?

Haikou Airport:
There is an office at Haikou Airport, but the Office only opens during office hours, closed on weekends & holidays. So please check in advance if you could apply upon arrival at Haikou Airport.

Office in Haikou:
Address in Haikou: 海口市交警支车管所 (灵山镇海榆大道)

Office in Sanya:
Address: 三亚市凤凰路交警大队车管所

Office Hours:
Monday till Friday 8 am till 12 noontimes, then 2:30 pm till 5:30 pm.

How much shall I pay?

It is free to apply for a temporary driving permit with your home country license.

How long shall I wait to get my permit?

You will get the permit in about 30 minutes if you have all your documents prepared as per the police request.

How long is the permit valid?

A temporary driving permit on Hainan is valid for max. 3 months. If you stay for more than 3 months, you can apply for an extension for up to one year as long as your China visa is valid. If you visit Hainan more than once within 3 months, then you don’t need to re-apply.

Can I drive on Mainland China with this permit?

No, the permit is only valid on Hainan Island. You are not allowed to drive outside of Hainan Island.


What kind of vehicle am I allowed to drive with this temporary permit?

So far, only available for C1, so you can drive a can or van up to 7 seats including the driver.

Can I rent a car with this license?
Yes, please email to caddie@sunnysanya.com for translation help and car rental.

So the above is on all Hainan Temporary Driving Permit application documents and process.  It would be a great experience to explore Hainan Island on your own with your own car, so get prepared for your next Hainan Island driving travel.

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