Cruises between Hong Kong and Hainan have resumed as Mainland China opened up its ports for international travel last month. Resorts World One kicked off its first cruise to Sanya, the biggest tourist destination on the island province, on September 26, and will operate a total of 32 journeys between the two cities until April 2024.

Travellers can choose from six Resort World Cruise itineraries, which include two-day or three-day cruises, or even opt for longer trips combining a cruise and a stay in Sanya lasting up to five days. Visitors can even book a one-way cruise to Sanya if they wish to enter or leave the tourist destination by air.

Earlier this year, China resumed issuing visas to foreigners when it opened its borders after scrapping its Covid-19 restrictions. Mainland Chinese authorities also revived the visa-free policy for nationals of 59 countries for Hainan. Citizens of the following countries may enter Hainan from Hong Kong or overseas for no longer than 30 days as long as they have a direct flight (or cruise) to the island:

RussiaUnited KingdomFrance
GermanyNorwayUkraine
ItalyAustriaFinland
NetherlandsDenmarkSwitzerland
SwedenSpainBelgium
Czech RepublicEstoniaGreece
HungaryIcelandLatvia
LithuaniaLuxembourgMalta
PolandPortugalSlovakia
SloveniaIrelandCyprus
BulgariaRomaniaSerbia
CroatiaBosnia-HerzegovinaMontenegro
MacedoniaAlbaniaUnited States
CanadaBrazilMexico
ArgentinaChileAustralia
New ZealandSouth KoreaJapan
SingaporeMalaysiaThailand
KazakhstanPhilippinesIndonesia
BruneiUnited Arab EmiratesQatar
MonacoBelarus
The list of 59 countries whose nationals can enter Hainan visa-free for up to 30 days

Tourists eligible for short-term visa-free travel to Hainan must first register with a Hainan travel agency before they arrive at the island. If they wish to visit other parts of Mainland China, they must apply for a visa. Last month, Mainland China made its visa application process simpler by reducing the amount of information visitors need to provide authorities.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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