Hainan to run trial of duty-free policy for domestic tourists

16:33, March 25, 2011      

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China's Ministry of Finance issued an open report on March 24 on building Hainan province as a pilot tourism destination for domestic tourists to shop without duty, and the policy in the report will be officially implemented since April 20.

Photo, taken on March 22, shows a duty-free shop in Sanya, China’s Hainan Province. (Xinhua photo/Guo Cheng)

In order to accelerate the development of China's Hainan Province into an international tourism island, China's State Council expanded the duty-free shopping policy in Hainan Province, which formerly only applied to international tourists, to include domestic tourists.

According to the report, the policy applies to all tourists leaving the island by air who buy imported goods from 18 categories defined by regulations and the cost is can be more than 5,000 yuan for each person every time.

The 18 goods include decorations, handicraft articles, watches, perfume, make-up, pens, glasses, scarves, ties, woolen products, cotton products, clothes, shoes, hats, belts, cases, bags, leather products, candies and sporting goods.

Photo, taken on March 23, shows a customer selecting perfume at a duty-free shop in Sanya, China's Hainan province. (Xinhua photo/Guo Cheng)

In addition, the policy allows non-Hainan residents to take advantage of the duty-free policy twice a year a most, while Hainan residents can enjoy it once within a year.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online

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