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 one month 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.

You’ll need proof of comprehensive travel insurance (to include medical evacuation for a minimum of $100,000 per person) and yacht insurance (to include wreck clean up and disposal) before a permit can be issued.

Use the form below to apply for a mooring permit for the Territory:

BIOT Visit Permit Request – Yachts

Guidance for Visitors

Passport validity

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