expired Sydney to Haikou, China $215 Return Direct via Hainan Airlines (April-June)

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This unbelievably cheap airfare is back for $1 more.

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

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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!

Haikou Exclusive Visa on Arrival

  • 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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  • +6 votes

    Mum just went over 2 days ago. Said flight was great, the visa on arrival took 3 hours due to long queues of people who had arrived seeking the same visa on arrival.

  • +2 votes

    Thanks for the detailed post, OP. This is good enough for a long weekend trip

  • +13 votes

    Sydney to Haiku
    Direct via Hainan airlines
    April

  • +3 votes

    Be careful that the Airline's Parent company is currently under financial tension.

  • +3 votes

    IMPORTANT INFO:
    By valid passport, it means your passport is of at least 6 months validity.
    You'd better prepare cash for applying VOA, they don't have credit cards payment option at the moment actually

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      This is pretty hilarious. Someone has spent all this time to stimulate tourism there with cheap flights and VOA but they have 3 hour lines and no credit card payment.

      You can lead a horse to water…

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    It looks like information on Airline website is not accurate about 30 days visa.
    The VOA visa is only 15 days then apply extension in Haikou if needed.
    It is probably flexible extension of the VOA for group of 5 people.
    The only CN government link about VOA I can find
    https://www.visaforchina.org/CBR_EN/generalinformation/faq/2...
    This link is from a travel agency in Hainan
    http://www.sunnyhainan.com/hainan-island-visa-policy-landing...

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      Is there a cost to extend? Would this be a good trip to go for 3 weeks for example and see Hong Kong and more of mainland China?

      • +3 votes

        Heads up, need a double entry visa if heading to HK/Macau/Taiwan.

        Stick to mainland China or sort it before you go to save the pain.

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        I'm not sure the VOA lets you leave the region?
        Regardless HK is virtually a whole other country with visa exit and reentry.

        But proper visa isn't that big a price to pay, just remember it takes postage and processing time and extra cost plus you need to come up with itinerary (which can change).

        Not really any point going to HK anyway, there is enough to experience within mainland China.
        Don't overdo it, the crowds and air become a strain and chance of flu is high and it's nice to get back.

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          Cheers! With these flights and wanting to do mainland China, what are the must go regions and how long would you recommend spending?

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          @stickyfingers: China is so big it's hard to answer that. Do you like big cities? historical sites? Mountains? Jungle/forests?

          [@whoopdeedoo] made some good suggestions below as a starting point: Yunnan, Xian, Beijing and Shanghai

          The one thing I would say is do your homework before you go. If you don't speak the language, you'll have a much better time if you plan properly.

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    Amazing price.

  • +1 vote

    Man, second time around for this deal… why am I not booking? What is wrong with me??

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    What are massage prices like in Haikou??

  • +1 vote

    arrghhh, paid $425pp return 2 weeks ago.
    Now the same flights are $215pp return.
    Sad panda.

  • +15 votes

    Cheaper than parking at Sydney airport during your trip.

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    What fare class are these? Wondering how many velocity points and status could be earned

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    Can you use your mobile phone or tablet on Haninan.

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    Anything interesting in haikou?? Im only interested to visit Fenghuang :((

  • +3 votes

    Flying to haiku and the inflight pamphlet says:

    Fasten seatbelts tight
    Your seat cushions float gently
    Headsets five dollars

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    My gf flew with Hainan and lives on the island. All good and probably the best deal to fly into China.

    Highly recommend this airline and flight for those going to china.

  • +1 vote

    I know this is a loaded question but any suggestions from people who have flown into Haikou as to the best way to fill in two or three weeks in China?

  • +1 vote

    is there a smart way to use this from melbourne?

    • +2 votes

      Looks like Melbourne flights are $625 and make 1 or more stopovers. Would be cheaper just to get a flight up to Sydney. May not be worth it if you factor in bags.

      If you're not too fussed with where in China you go, there are regularly $300+ flights to random places. China Southern are offering return flights to Taiwan for $562. Or Qingdao for $460 via Capital Airlines. $437 to Hong Kong via Virgin.

  • +9 votes

    I flew back from Haikou with Hainan Airlines on Monday and thought I would give some information that may assist. The flight out was lalmoat empty and had a row of 4 seats to myself. Returning, the flight was almost full. The international terminal is relatively small and iin.a seperate building from the domestic terminal. No jetway and a remote stand in front of the domestic terminal, bused to the Int. Terminal. A free shuttle runs every 15 minutes or an 800m walk (uncovered). I didn’t stay in Haikou but jumped on the train to Sanya. Departing, the queues were huge and it took an hour to check in. 4 desks for a full flight. Inflight - food was ok. Wine on the first service and that was it. Limited English but enough. IFE was ok. Plane was clean and the toilets were regularly checked. If you’re there a little longer I would recommend a quick trip over to Hong Kong. You can do this from both Haikou and Sanya.

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      So no free booze available all flight?

      Was going to set an Ozbargain David Boon-esk type record next week.

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      Anywhere else you’d recommend for someone who’s never been to China/HK?

      How difficult is it to go to HK with the Haikou VOA?

      • +1 vote

        If you're an Australian national, you won't need a visa to go to Hong Kong if it's less than 90 days.

        • +2 votes

          … but you need another visa when crossing back over the border to fly home from Haikou.

          Weighed up the options (as hitting up Macau/HK) and easiest way was to get the double entry before going.

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    hey anyone know if you can get a visa on arrival with a HKID? I know shenzhen you used to be able to do it. Actually I can use my China "return home" card thing but kids don't have it any Honkies here that can help me? thx

  • +2 votes

    "So what did you do last weekend" ?.

    "Just hung out in Haikou and ate some lunch".

  • +8 votes

    I am in Hainan now, in a beach resort in Sanya, flew into Haikou yesterday on the 214 return fare and took a bullet train from Haikou to Sanya. Theres not much in Haikou, Sanya has nice beaches. It took two hours to get visa on arrival, and you are advised to carry 168 Yuan exact change if possible. Sydney wont even give you a boarding pass if you cant show then that you have enough Yuan in cash and two passport photos. Flight was quite nice, cabin crew were better than QANTAS. Haikou is a very small regional airport, and the VOA staff dont appear to be geared up for the Visa On Arrival procedures. They did try very hard but it was a bit haphazard. To take the bullet train to Sanya, take the yellow shuttle bus to the Domestic terminal, there are escalators leading down to Meilan Railway station. It took just over an hour to get to Sanya, gobsmackingky fast train!

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      While we were waiting for VOA, I called out asking if anyone was an Ozbargainer, no one responded. Thought we would have an Ozb get together in Meilan airport, but was not to be!

    • +1 vote

      Hey we were on the same flight! Shoulda yelled louder!

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      did you have to pre book your train tickets from Meilan to Sanya? or bought them over there after clearing passport control?

      • +1 vote

        Just buy it from a vending machine (advantage: English can be selected) or from a counter.

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          awesome. thanks, i had read somewhere that the trains can get full and advised to pre-book tickets in advance but wasnt sure given that VOA's seem to be taking some time so was considering a night in Haikou before heading to Sanya. Will probably just head straight to Sanya if people here had no issues with buying train tickets upon arrival. thanks

        • +2 votes

          @mangostickyrice: Even if you could get the tickets delivered, they would tie you down to a particular service and you don't know when you will pass immigration. So just wing it and take the next available service if there are crowds.

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          @greenpossum: yep that on our flight Sydney to haikou visa took about an hour cause there were about 20 people but from macau to haikou it took 5 mins because my partner was the only one to get a voa.

  • +1 vote

    Damn, cheaper than fly to Mel, Could just go to Sanya for a long weekend, but no holiday!

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