As of Monday 30 November 2020 the BIOT Administration will be issuing visiting vessel permits for vessels entering BIOT from 1 February 2021.

Updated information on how to apply can be found on this page


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.