Visas & Travel Documents for Hainan Island
Do travellers need a visa to visit Hainan ?
Hainan is unique in all of China in that it offers visa on arrival without the need for visitors to pre-apply for a Chinese visa in their home country. There is a separate visa on arrival policy for groups of more than 5 people.
Citizens of the following countries holding ordinary passports are exempt from a visa, if they travel to Hainan Province in a tourist group (more than five people inclusive) organized by an international travel agency registered in Hainan Province and approved by China National Tourism Administration, and also if their stay is not to exceed 15 days:
Eligibility for visa on arrival
People from countries which have “diplomatic relations and official trade with China ” can apply for a 15 day tourist visa on arrival at Haikou and Sanya via sea or air. The procedure takes less than half an hour and requires the following documentation.
1) Valid passport
2) 2 passport photographs, i.e. head shots (preferably blue or white background)
3) Processing fee (this varies according to nationality but is typically around USD 20)
4) It is also recommended that visitors have a second form of ID such as a photo driving licence in case one is required.)
The 15 day visa on arrival can be extended for a further 15 days (i.e. giving a maximum stay of 30 days) at the visa section of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) in either Haikou or Sanya
Business Visa For Hainan
Foreigners from countries and regions which have established formal diplomatic relations or official trade relations with China could get a visa on their arrival at Haikou and Sanya, if they visit Hainan for business investigation, trade, investment negotiation, technical exchange, travel or they enter Hainan because of an emergency, and also if their stay is not to exceed 15 days.
Required materials for Visa on Arrival Application include as follows:
1) Passport or other international travel documents (original and hard copies);
2) Filled in application form for landing visa;
3) 2 passport photographs, i.e. head shots (preferably blue or white background)
4) Invitation letters or other supporting documents issued by organizing institutions (individuals) or tourist agencies (original and hard copies).
Please be aware that applying for a landing visa doesn't automatically mean that you can naturally obtain the visa.
Travelling to the mainland with a Hainan issued visa
The Hainan visa on arrival can be used to travel to the mainland and you can thereafter leave China from any port of embarkation (i.e. sea and airport) as long as the visa hasn’t expired. Note that if you have the original 15 day visa on arrival you CANNOT extend it outside Hainan . In practice, this means that you can visit China without a visa (subject to the eligibility rules above) as long as Hainan is your first port of arrival. Visitors can spend up to two weeks in Hainan , extend their visa on the island then travel on to the mainland for up to a further two weeks.