British Indian Ocean Territory
Established as a territory of the UK in 1965, a number of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) islands were transferred to the Seychelles when it attained independence in 1976, leaving only the six main island groups comprising the Chagos Archipelago of 2,300 islands. The largest and most southerly of the islands, Diego Garcia, contains a joint UK-US naval support facility. All of the remaining islands are uninhabited. Approximately 3,000 former agricultural workers, earlier indigenous residents in the islands (often referred to as Chagossians or Ilois) were relocated primarily to Mauritius but also to the Seychelles, between 1967 and 1973. In 2000, a British High Court ruling invalidated the local immigration order which had excluded them from the archipelago, but upheld the special military status of Diego Garcia. No timetable has been set for the Ilois return, but when they do they plan to reestablish copra production and fishing.
Tropical marine; hot, humid, moderated by trade winds.
Flat and low (most areas do not exceed four meters in elevation).
 Get in
Entry to Diego Garcia is extremely limited due to the large American and British military presence on the island.
 By plane
There is a military airport on Diego Garcia.
 By boat
There is a harbour on Diego Garcia.
 Get around
There is paved road between the airport and the harbour on Diego Garcia.
[add listing] Buy
There are a couple of shops on Diego Garcia.
The prices of most things here is low.
[add listing] Eat
There are only a couple of restaurants in Diego Garcia. The main source of food here is fish.
[add listing] Drink
There are no bars on Diego Garcia, but you have to get your water from wells.
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 Stay safe
Crime, Theft, and Pickpockets are extremely extremely rare. Do not worry about crime. It is very safe!
 Stay healthy
It is recommended to pack malaria medication and bug spray. Also do not forget sunscreen!
British Embassy: 3100 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, D.C., 20008
British Embassy 3100 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, D.C., 20008