Updates on Hainan Island China Visa Waiver Policy/Hainan 30-Day Visa Free Policy

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Hainan Island China Visa Waiver/Hainan 30-Day Visa-Free Policy & Procedures:

Starting from May 1, 2018. visitor(s) from 59 countries enjoy visa waiver /30-Day Visa Free to visit Hainan Island for up to 30 days on Hainan Island.

As a registered travel agency to process visa waiver/Hainan 30-day visa free for travellers from 59 countries, we have got hundreds of emails about Hainan Island Visa Waiver Policy/Hainan 30-day visa free, and some guests were rejected at Sanya or Haikou Airport as they just showed up with their passports. Visa Waiver or Visa free doesn’t mean that travellers from the following 59 countries can show up with their passports, but they should make the arrangement with a Hainan Registered Travel Agency.

To make it clear, we have worked out the following steps for visitors to follow:

Documents to process visa waiver by a local tour operator:
Passports copies of all passengers from 59 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、

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

Your round trip flight details

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.

Cruise visitors to Hainan Island can also apply visa waiver with a local tour operator for day tours on Hainan Island, the terminals include Haikou Xiuying Pier & Sanya Phoenix Island International Cruise terminal.

Your hotel booking information
Information including check in/out dates, hotel name and address if you have non-refundable bookings or let us know your preferred hotel, we will make booking for you.
If you stay in a family house or a friend place, we need to have their address in Chinese and local contact person with phone number. And you must register with a local police office within 24 hours upon arrival.

More questions & Answers:

Question: Can I just show up with my passport after booking my hotel &flight on my own?

Answer: No, the visa waiver don’t mean you can just show, but make arrangement with your local tour operator who arranges your visa waiver with local visa office.

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

Answer: NO, not possible. And you can’t apply visa to visit Mainland China with your visa waiver.

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

Answer:  You pay service charge with your tour package including hotels,  airport transfers & local tours.

Question: Can I ask for visa waiver from a local tour operator if I have booked all my flights & hotels?

Answer: Yes, but you must book airport round trip transfers with your local tour operator to have the visa waiver service from them. And you need to email them all your booking information to double-check that you have booked the right flights.

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 should aplly at least 72 hours in advance, so you have plan at least 4 days in advance so to have enough time to discuss the details of your travel plan with your local tour operator.

Question: Can I change my travel plan after my agency submitting the schedule?

Answer: yes, possible to change your arrival, departure date, flight details and hotel information, but you must tell your local tour operator min. 48 hours before your flight arrival time.

Question: Can I change my travel plan including hotel to stay and travel days after arrival?

Yes, it is possible, but you are requested to tell  your tour operator 24 hours in advance.

Question: How can I know that I have the visa waiver service?

Once you arrange your schedule with Hainan registered travel agency and make payment for your tour packages, they will email you 2 forms in Chinese only with your passport details, flight and hotel information. A sample is found below:













If you have any more questions on Hainan Visa Waiver Policy, please send email to: caddie@sunnysanya.com to get a personal answer.

Based on Hainan Island, Hainan Joy Tours & Travel Service Limited is a registered tour operator/travel agency based on Hainan Island to process visa waiver services for all passengers with right documents.








Contact Details of Hainan Joy Tour & Travel Service Co., Ltd, a registered Travel Agency for Hainan Visa Waiver Service:

Tel: +86-898-88752458 (Office Hours only)

Mobile: +86-1380-7535-200 (Caddie)
E-mail: caddie@sunnysanya.com
Wechat ID:  iaminsanya


anna mc kinnon
July 29, 2018
alloeverything is alright but what if i want to live with a friend who has an apartment in sanya ?secondly what if i am a travel agent in england and I can get special cheap hotel prices when i book through the travel agents channels ?what if i book hotels through hainan travel tour operator and I dont stay in that hotel after I arrive in sanya ??please answer those questionsthanksanna
    Sunny Sanya Team
    September 17, 2018
    Yes, you can book a cheap hotel, but you must stay in the hotel you will book, not just book a hotel for visa waiver and stay in another place. OR when you apply, just let us know the address of your friend apartment with her/his contact information, then it is ok, but within 24 hours upon arrival, you need to register in a local police office with your passport.
Jessica Tan
August 5, 2018
I'm from Malaysia ,i already book air ticket to haikou china on september around 4 persons .we coming for visit our relative there.and because I hear no need visa we coming to visit uncle at haikouhainan china. But now i hear if going private need visa.can i know if i book the hotel there and join the day trip there can i still need visa.
    Sunny Sanya Team
    September 17, 2018
    Hi Jessica, thank you for your question. Yes, we can arrange visa waiver for you even if you visit relvatives and stay in a local house. But you need to arrange with us in advance.
August 16, 2018
We are arriving by cruise ship to Sanya, do we qualify for visa waiver if we book our tour with you?
    Sunny Sanya Team
    September 17, 2018
    Yes, we can arrange visa waiver for passengers arrival by flights at Haikou & Sanya Airport ,or Haikou & Sanya Cruise Port.

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