Arrest and prison abroad

If a British national is arrested or detained overseas, the local British Consul will try to help. The Consul cannot get the person out of jail, but will take action if their rights have been denied or abused.

In the event of an arrest

To assist the Consul you should try to provide certain details including the full postal address of the prison, details of any legal representative and information about the authorities responsible for the court proceedings.

In the event of an arrest or a detention, it is important to:

  • try to keep calm and be co-operative
  • not be abusive or violent, as this will make things worse
  • insist that the British Consul is told of the detention – this is a right of a British national
  • tell relatives or friends to contact the local British Consul or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London by telephoning +44 (0) 207 008 1500

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