Visa Information

What are the Mergui Fees?

All foreign travellers need to pay an official visitor fee to enter Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago. The fee is comprised of various components and is calculated based on the duration of the stay, the cruising range, the size of the boat, and the number of guests on the boat. It includes a visitor license, a port fee, and service fees for different government departments.  

The total visitor fee for 5-night / 6-day sailing trips currently amounts to USD 310 per person. Fees for guests chartering a private yacht have to be calculated individually. 

We are happy to help you obtain your Mergui visitor license and are offering the option to prepay the fees together with your charter fee. If you prefer, you can choose to pay the fees directly to the authorities in cash upon your arrival. 

Vessels operating in Myanmar waters and the Mergui Archipelago need to have a Myanmar vessel license, the costs for which Burma Boating carries fully.

All visitors to the Mergui Archipelago can get a Myanmar visa on arrival in Kawthaung. This visa allows travellers to stay in the area for two weeks. The area includes the town of Kawthaung and the Mergui Archipelago. Visa costs for the whole area are currently USD 30, for Kawthaung only they are USD 10. Again, our crew will be happy to help you with the visa procedure upon your arrival.

Foreigners wanting to travel in Myanmar beyond that area will not get a visa on arrival in Kawthaung. Instead, they need to apply for a tourist visa at least one month before entering the country. Citizens of many countries entering Myanmar via Yangon Airport can now apply for an e-visa online.

No matter what type of visa you are applying for, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the end of your cruise. 

Myanmar Introduces E-visa Program

Visiting Myanmar is becoming easier and easier. Starting this September, the Ministry of Immigration and Population allows visitors to apply for an e-visa and fill in applications online. 

The online procedure won't work for nationals of all countries, so do first check whether your nationality is listed. Once the application is complete, you will have to pay USD 50 by credit card online. It may then take up to five days to get an approval letter by email. This document should be printed out and presented, together with your passport, upon arrival in Myanmar. 

Update for 2015:

You can now enter and exit at any international airport with your e-visa, and, importantly, also exit at land border crossings. So you can, for instance, enter Myanmar in Yangon, then fly down to Kawthaung for a cruise in the Mergui Archipelago and later leave Myanmar via Ranong in Thailand without any restrictions.

The approval letter is valid for 90 days, and once the passport is stamped on the border, tourists can stay in Myanmar for up to 28 days. 

If you only plan to visit the Mergui Archipelago and enter and exit Myanmar in Kawthaung via Ranong in Thailand, we can organise a visa-on-arrival for you. Regulations and procedures frequently change, so we recommend to check beforehand. 



Myanmar Eases Travel Restrictions

The government of Myanmar decided to lift more immigration restrictions. Tourists entering the country through Kawthaung are now able to continue their journeys on land and exit through any other border crossing, reports DVB (formerly Democratic Voice of Burma).

The website reports: "Foreigners entering Burma through three major border checkpoints along the Thai border can now travel inland and will not be required to exit the country through the same portal, in accordance with a new regulation passed by Burmese immigration authorities."