The Myanmar government has introduced regulations to make it easier for foreign tourists and superyachts to visit the country, according to Asia Pacific Superyachts.
As of Oct. 1, advance arrangement is not required for passport holders of Australia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. Visitors from those countries can now enter Myanmar by applying for a $50 visa-on-arrival (VOA) at Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Superyacht agents can also apply for a visa on the visitor’s behalf. Visitors from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Macau were granted visa-free entry last year, and Indian and mainland Chinese nationals were granted VOA entry.
“Phuket, with its excellent marinas and vibrant island life, is used by many as a base for the yachting season (November to April) when planning a voyage on to Myanmar,” stated Gordon Fernandes, of Asia Pacific Superyachts. “This is also the high season for visiting the Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago in Myanmar with December to March offering the most beautiful and comfortable conditions – warm, sunny weather, steady winds and calm seas. There is less wind and higher temperatures in March and April, however – this also makes for clearer waters and best time for diving and snorkeling among the extraordinary hundreds of uninhabited islands.”
Located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar, the Mergui Archipelago is home to 800 islands, lagoons, atolls and coral reefs. The archipelago has been off-limits to visitors for decades, but is now accessible to limited sustainable visitors.
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