Chagos Islands

House of Lords written question – answered on 15 November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any restrictions on United Kingdom citizens entering the Chagos Islands by sea.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The British Indian Ocean Territory (Immigration) Order 2004 states that no one may enter the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) or be present there unless in possession of a permit. The only exceptions to this are members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, public officers and officers in the public service of the Government of the United Kingdom while on duty.

Access to Diego Garcia is also governed by the 1976 UK/US Exchange of Notes and is in general restricted to members of the forces of the United Kingdom and of the United States, the Commissioner and public officers in the service of BIOT, representatives of the Governments of the United Kingdom and United States and, subject to normal immigration requirements, contractor personnel. Access for any other person is a matter for consultation between the UK and US authorities.

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