Due to the ongoing COVID-19 international pandemic the BIOT Administration will not be issuing visiting vessel permits until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Those who have applied or have been issued permits will be contacted separately. If you have any questions please contact BIOT Administration and FCO websites will be updated as and when guidance changes and permitting is resumed.


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 for yachts are only issued to allow safe passage through the Indian Ocean (Outer Islands only). Access to Diego Garcia is only permitted to those with connections either to the military facility or to the Territory’s Administration.