Foreign travel advice

British Indian Ocean Territory

Entry requirements


Before travelling to the British Indian Ocean Territory you’ll need a valid permit, which you must get at least 6 weeks in advance from the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH. Email:

Any permit issued would be valid for the Outer Islands only. Access to Diego Garcia is only allowed for those on pre-authorised official duty.

There are no medical facilities in the Territory. Search and rescue facilities are extremely limited. You’ll need proof of comprehensive travel insurance (to include medical evacuation for a minimum of $100,000 US per person on board) and yacht insurance (to include wreck recovery, clean up and disposal) before a permit can be issued.

The Territory’s website has useful information for visit permit request forms and further guidance.

Passport validity

Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into British Indian Ocean Territory.