On July 5th, 2019, the Traffic Management Service Station at Sanya Phoenix International Airport was officially put into service. Apart from the Sanya Automobile Administrative Office in downtown, the service station at the airport will help foreigners with overseas driving licenses in applying for temporary driving permits in Hainan Province after entering Sanya.

Starting from August 1st, 2019, Hainan will relax conditions for foreign drivers to receive temporary driving permits by exempting them from health checks at hospitals.

Applicants only need to bring the following documents:

– Passport with valid Chinese visa

– Foreign driving license

– Certified Chinese translation of passport, visa and foreign driving license

– Two one-inch color photos on a plain background

According to the new policy, foreigners who stay in Hainan for short periods of time for the purposes of tourism, doing business, or visiting friends or relatives, can apply for temporary driving licenses valid for three months at most.

Foreigners who stay in Hainan for over three months can extend the validity of a temporary driving permit to up to one year (within the validity period of the visa). Also, foreign drivers with that temporary driving permit do not need to re-apply when re-entering Hainan during the validity period of the visa.

The initiative is part of an effort on the part of the provincial government to help develop tourism and attract talented individuals from around the world, with the goal of assisting in the construction of the Hainan Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Besides, foreign drivers who have a driver’s license from their home country or have an international driving license can apply directly to the Sanya Automobile Administrative Office to convert their current driver license into Chinese one. Please click here for the details.

For more information and inquires, please contact:

Sanya Automobile Administrative Office 
Tel: +86-898-8886 9015
Working hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address: 156, Fenghuang Road, Sanya 三亚市凤凰路156号