Planned Heritage Visits 2018/19

The British Government announced in November 2016 a support package to fund projects to improve the livelihoods of Chagossians in the communities where they now live. This includes a significantly expanded programme of heritage visits to the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Since November 2017, 44 Chagossians have taken part in three heritage visits. Each group spent a week visiting the Territory.

Three further visits are likely to take place in October/November 2018, November/December 2018 and February 2019. Each heritage visit can accommodate a maximum of 20 participants. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office welcomes expressions of interest from Chagossians for places on these upcoming visits. Priority will be given to those who were born in the Territory but applications from those of Chagossian descent, particularly children of parents born in the Territory, are also welcomed.

If you would like to be considered for a place on these trips, the following information will be required:

  • Name and contact details;
  • Scanned copy of your passport data page (please note passports must be valid for at least six months from the proposed date of travel) or National ID card;
  • Where applicable, confirmation that you were born in the British Indian Ocean Territory;
  • If you are of Chagossian descent, proof of this will be required – e.g. a copy of your birth certificate and that of your parent(s) (or ID card) indicating they were born in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Please send these details by e-mail to: BIOTFCO@fco.gov.uk. Alternatively, copies of the required documentation can be sent in writing to the following address:

If living in UK

British Indian Ocean Territory Heritage Visit
Overseas Territories Directorate, Room K2.57
Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH

If living in Mauritius

British Indian Ocean Territory Heritage Visit
British High Commission Port Louis
7th floor, Cascades Building Edith Cavell Street, P.O. Box 1063, Port Louis

If living in Seychelles

British Indian Ocean Territory Heritage Visit
British High Commission Victoria, 3rd Floor Oliaji Trade Centre,
Francis Rachel Street, Victoria, Mahé

The trip will be physically tiring with long hours spent on aeroplanes and boats and will require a certain level of mobility. A short medical fitness questionnaire and physical assessment will need to be undertaken by all successful applicants. As such, you should consider your ability to cope with such a trip before applying as places are limited and will not be easily reassigned should you be unable to travel.

Expressions of interest with the required documentation must be received by 25 May 2018.