The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), an archipelago of 58 islands covering some 640,000 sq km of ocean, is a British Overseas Territory. It is administered from London and is located approximately halfway between East Africa and Indonesia.

Access is restricted and a permit is required in advance of travel.



BIOT Joins Pioneering Underwater Camera Network

The British Indian Ocean Territory has become one of ten UK Overseas Territories to join a major network of underwater camera deployments covering the…

Butterflyfishes of BIOT Stamp Issue 8.12.20

On 8th December 2020, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration released a set of six stamps and First Day Cover featuring species of Butterfl…

United Nations Secretary General’s Report

UK government statement following the publication of the UN Secretary General’s report on implementing Resolution 73/295 relating to the Chagos …

Crustaceans of BIOT Stamp Issue – 23.03.20

On 23rd March 2020, the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration are releasing a set of five stamps and First Day Cover featuring species of crus…

Planned Heritage Visits for Chagossians 2020/21

BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY HERITAGE VISITS FOR CHAGOSSIANS   The British Government announced in November 2016 a support package to fund proj…

Vessel Found Fishing Illegally in BIOT Waters

The BIOT Administration, working closely with MRAG, our fisheries adviser and enforcement partner, and with support from the Blue Belt programme, cont…




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Appointment of New Commissioner for BIOT, Paul Candler.

We are pleased to announce the announcement of Paul Candler as HM Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). Paul Candler was appoint…

BIOT Joins Pioneering Underwater Camera Network

The British Indian Ocean Territory has become one of ten UK Overseas Territories to join a major network of underwater camera deployments covering the…

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