expired Sydney to Haikou, China $215 Return Direct via Hainan Airlines (April-June)
Hainan Airlines, recently ranked the 9th best airline in the world is offering flights to Haikou, China for $215 return. After the $214 deal expired, they were going for $367 return. Fares include bags, meals, seats etc. Article from their site
Just search for days via Hainan's website and look through grid view to find the cheap fares. e.g. April 1-10, 6-12, 6-17, 11-17, 13-19, 13-24, 18-24, 20-26, Apr 20-May 1, Apr 25-May 1, Apr 27-May 3, May 2-10, 2-15, 4-10, 4-15, 11-17, 11-22, 16-22, 18-24, 18-29, 23-29. June 1-7, 1-12 etc. Screenshot
You can get a visa on arrival which should take 5-10 minutes and costs 168 CNY (~$33). 3-star hotels average $36, 5-star average $88. So a cheap trip!
- If Haikou is the first stop in China, travelers can apply for a personal visa of Visa on Arrival there without an invitation letter. Vaild passort, and a photo of 3.5cm×4.9cm will be needed for applying a visa which is the same as a visa applyed from China embassy in Australia.
- Visa on Arrival can be processed directly at Immigration in Meilan Airport of Haikou, it usually takes 5 to 10mins to process. Immigration will approve a 30-day stay at maximum depends on travelers' application. Traveler whose nationality is Australia will be charged a Visa Fee for 168 CNY by cash, credit card or debit card.
- After obtaining a Visa on Arrival in Haikou, travelers can visit other cities, then leave from any cities at randomly in mainland China. But travelers can not stay over the maximun stay period. For example, if an Australian traveler takes a flight from Sydney to Haikou with a valid passport but without a visa for entering China in advance, when she/he arrives at Meilan Airport, a privilege will be gived to process a Visa on Arrival for entering China legally. Then, this traveler can travel to Beijing, to Xi'an, then take a flight back to Sydney as long as the itinerary within 30days.
From OzBargainers who got on the last deal, bring the visa fee in CNY cash as immigration can be a bit dodgy. Also bring 2 visa size photos.
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