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China offers PHL, 58 other countries 30-day visa free travel to Hainan


China on Wednesday offered the Philippines and 58 other countries visa-free access to Hainan island in an effort to support a policy to open up the tourist island to the public.

The Ministry of Public Security of China and the State Immigration Administration announced that the offer will be implemented beginning May 1.

Under the new policy, individuals and groups from 59 countries may visit the province for 30 visa-free days as long as their tours are booked through China National Tourism Administration-approved travel agencies around Hainan.

Heavily promoted by the ministry is Sanya, the southernmost city of Hainan, nicknamed the "Hawaii of China."

The countries given visa-free access to Hainan include:

  1. Russia
  2. United Kingdom
  3. France
  4. Germany
  5. Norway
  6. Ukraine
  7. Italy
  8. Austria
  9. Finland
  10. Netherlands
  11. Denmark
  12. Switzerland
  13. Sweden
  14. Spain
  15. Belgium
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Estonia
  18. Greece
  19. Hungary
  20. Iceland
  21. Latvia
  22. Lithuania
  23. Luxemburg
  24. Malta
  25. Poland
  26. Portugal
  27. Slovakia
  28. Slovenia
  29. Ireland
  30. Cyprus
  31. Bulgaria
  32. Romania
  33. Serbia
  34. Croatia
  35. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  36. Montenegro
  37. Macedonia
  38. Albania
  39. United States
  40. Canada
  41. Brazil
  42. Mexico
  43. Argentina
  44. Chile
  45. Australia
  46. New Zealand
  47. South Korea
  48. Japan
  49. Singapore
  50. Malaysia
  51. Thailand
  52. Kazakhstan
  53. Philippines
  54. Indonesia
  55. Brunei
  56. Monaco
  57. Belarus
  58. UAE
  59. Qatar

—Rie Takumi/KG, GMA News

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