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If It All Goes Wrong

Any British national who gets into difficulty overseas can seek help from the nearest British diplomatic mission 24 hours a day. Where there is no British representative in a country, British nationals may instead contact the nearest EU Mission in that country.

The first thing you should do if anything goes wrong is to contact your relatives and friends at home. They can then take appropriate action within the UK. The same advice should be taken if a natural disaster occurs during your visit to a foreign country.

In most cases people only need advice, but in cases of real difficulty such as death abroad, serious accidents and illnesses, arrests and detentions, or those at risk of physical harm, the Consul will take action.

We have information on Consular Services and what you may need to do yourself. The best policy is to get it right 'before you go'.

Information on forced marriages and child abduction is also available.

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Useful Links
Contact details of local lawyers in countries where the UK Government has diplomatic representation.

Contact details for British Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates.

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