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Cocos Islands Travel Information

According to eningbo, Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands) is a group of 27 islands in the Indian Ocean (Asia) and also forms a territory of Australia. The largest islands of the Cocos Islands are: West Island, South Island, Home Island, Direction Island, Horsbourgh Island and North Keeling Island. The capital of the Cocos Islands is West Island.

The landscape of the Cocos Islands is mostly flat with lots of greenery. The coastline of the Cocos Islands is characterized by many palm trees, white sandy beaches and clear blue water. The waters around the island are ideal for diving to coral reefs, turtles and a wide variety of colorful fish. The Cocos Islands also played a role in the first and second world wars. During the First World War as a communication station and during the Second World War as a supply point. See 3rjewelry for other cities and countries as well as islands in Oceania.

Where are the Cocos Islands?

(North Keeling Island is not on the map, this island is about 40 km to the north.)

Travel information of Cocos Islands

Official name: Cocos Islands
Continent: Asia
Area: 14.2 km²
Capital: West Island
Country code: CC, CCK
Population: 544 inhabitants (2016)
Form of government: Territory of Australia
Highest point: 5 m
Distance (Amsterdam – West Island): 11,200 km
Flight time: approx. 23 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
A detailed explanation of this travel advice can be found at
Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to the Cocos Islands. It is possible to book a hotel.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Cocos Islands?

Weather and climate
The Cocos Islands have a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Cocos Islands can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
January, February, March, April, May and June are the best months to travel to the Cocos Islands. This avoids the rainy season. For divers it is advisable to go in the rainy season.

English is the official language on the Cocos Islands.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 1 month upon departure from the Cocos Islands.
A visa is not necessary if you stay on the Cocos Islands for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Australia (also for the Cocos Islands):
Embassy of Australia in the Netherlands (also for the Cocos Islands):
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting the Cocos Islands it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency Matters
On the Cocos Islands, payment is made with the Australian dollar (AUD).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
There are no ATMs on the Cocos Islands.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 4.5 hours later on the Cocos Islands.
During our winter time it is 5.5 hours later on the Cocos Islands.
The Cocos Islands has no difference in winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for the Cocos Islands can be found on our time difference page.

On the Cocos Islands you must drive on the left.

Electricity On the Cocos Islands you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets on the Cocos Islands can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 000
– Fire Brigade: 000
– Ambulance: 000

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news regarding the Cocos Islands can be found on Google news.

Websites from the Cocos Islands end
Official websites of the Cocos Islands: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone on the Cocos Islands is 0061 or +61.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Cocos Islands? Then use the Dutch country code 001131.
(If you use a country code, you must omit the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Telephone Directory of the Cocos Islands.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of the Cocos Islands.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from the Cocos Islands.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Cocos Islands.

An overview of all public holidays on the Cocos Islands can be found on Wikipedia.

Reviews and travel experiences
On TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotel), restaurants and destinations on the Cocos Islands, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on the Cocos Islands can be found on Protected Planet.
The Cocos Islands are not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Cocos Islands? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to the Cocos Islands.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to the Cocos Islands.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoke from the age of 16.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…There is also an island called Cocos Island, located near Costa Rica?
…The Cocos Islands were discovered in 1906 by the British captain William Keeling?

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