Current travel advice

The British Indian Ocean Territory is not a tourist destination. Access is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel. There are no commercial flights and permits are only issued to yachts in safe passage. Access to Diego Garcia is only permitted to those with connections to the military facility.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice page:

Current Alerts

Hazard in Water

The following is a hazard warning for vessels lawfully travelling through BIOT waters: There are reports of a large unsecured mooring dolphin (part of a floating dock) fouled on the sea bed close to a reef in the Territory. As at 19 February 2017 the latitude / longitude is 06 08.5 S 071 43.2 E (Three Brothers). The object is scheduled to be removed at some point in 2017.

Sea Travel

While there have been no attacks around the waters of the British Indian Ocean Territory, piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, and has occurred as far as 1,000 nautical miles from the coast of Somalia.

Entry Requirements for Yachts

Before travelling to the British Indian Ocean Territory, you will need a valid permit, which you must obtain from the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration. Please see the “how to apply for a mooring permit” page.