Since 2007 all visitors traveling in Raja Ampat have to pay an entrance fee. The entrance fee for foreign visitors is Rp 1,000,000/person/calender year (approximately US$100) for which they will receive a waterproof plastic entrance tag featuring a photo from Raja Ampat. The annual tags and cards will be valid from January 1st until January 31st of the following year. The entrance fee system will be enforced through spot checks conducted by official patrols so visitors are required to carry their tags or cards when in the diving boat.
The money collected is divided between tourism development, conservation and patrols, and community health projects.