Filipinos may visit Hainan, China visa-free for 30 days by May 1

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The 7.5-kilometer Yalong Bay southeast of Sanya City, Hainan Province. Hainan is China's sole tropical island.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) —  Filipinos may visit the Chinese province of Hainan visa-free for 30 days beginning May 1 after an announcement from China's State Immigration Administration, Chinese state media reported.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported the eastern giant will offer visa-free access for tourists from 59 countries including the Philippines, "in a move to support reform and opening-up in the country's southernmost island province."

Here is the full list of the countries with the 30-day visa-free access, according to Hainan's tourism page:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Hainan has offered a 15-day visa-free stay for group tourists from 21 countries since 2000, adding another five countries in 2010.

In April, Duterte went to Hainan, China to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and to attend the Boao Forum for Asia, which is dubbed the Asian equivalent of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The island is China's sole tropical island, with a population of 8.5 million. Xinhua said the number of overseas tourists hit 1.1 million in 2017.