Important COVID-19 travel guidance
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.
This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.
From 24 July, the British Indian Ocean Territory is exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.
Travel is subject to entry restrictions
- The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is not a tourist destination; the Outer Islands of BIOT are uninhabited with no infrastructure whatsoever.
- Access is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel.
- Due to coronavirus, visiting vessel permits for yachts will not be issued until further notice.
See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.
Preparing for your return journey to the UK
If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:
Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.
If you’re planning travel to the British Indian Ocean Territory, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
The British Indian Ocean Territory is a UK Overseas Territory. It is administered from London and there is no British diplomatic or consular representation there.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the British Indian Ocean Territory, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism