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 show up with your passports and the confirmation from your local tour operator, no other documents are requested.

More questions & Answers:

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

Answer: Yes, it is possible if all the bookings are non-refundable. It is suggested that you 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: 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 for your tour package including hotels and airport transfers.

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 send all applications 48 hours in advance, so you have plan at least 3 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: NO, once submitted, not possible to change.

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.


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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