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.