The Overseas Territories are:Anguilla, British Antarctic Territory, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha), Turk and Caicos Islands, Pitcairn Island, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus. For general information on each of the Overseas Territories please go to Overseas Territories Country Profiles. For advice on travelling to any of the Overseas Territories, please go to Travel Advice.
The 1999 White Paper Partnership for Progress and Prosperity: Britain and the Overseas Territories sets out the policy on the Overseas Territories.
In December 2003 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office launched a new FCO Strategy focussing on eight international foreign policy priorities, one of which is security and good governance of the Overseas Territories.Other aims that form part of this priority are to:
- Improve the environment of the Territories
- Encourage more economic diversity
- Maintain a balance in the constitutional relationship, which reflects the rights and responsibilities of both the UK and the Overseas Territories.
- Manage the effect of new international obligations on the Overseas Territories
- Minimise the vulnerability of the Territories to economic changes, international crime, natural disasters and other developments.
- Work closely with other government departments to fulfill the UK government's collective responsibility for the Territories.
This area of the website provides information on the Territories and the issues surrounding Britain's relationship with them. Please use the links on the left to access this information.
The Department for International Development (DfID) provides budgetary support for Montserrat and St Helena, as well as funding for various projects on other Territories. Contact details are provided by the link below:
DfID Overseas Territories Department