Malaysia among 59 countries given visa-free access to Hainan island

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia among 59 countries to enjoy a 30-day visa-free access to Hainan Island from May 1, the Ministry of Public Security of China and the State Immigration Administration announced.

Other countries include Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, United States and the United Arab Emirates.

Sanya Tourism Development Commission in a statement said the new policy aims to support the island's reform and opening-up initiatives.

Under the new policy, groups or individuals from these countries will have to book their tours through travel agencies registered in Hainan Province and approved by the China National Tourism Administration, the statement added.

Sanya — also known as Hawaii of China, is located at the southernmost city of Hainan island with its rich culture and sensational attractions. Tourists can also walk along the shores and meet indigenous people in the nearby jungles.

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— Bernama