If you do not want to go through a forced marriage, the FCO will do everything it can to help you. Any information you give us will be treated confidentially.
Before you go remember to:
- Contact the FCO's Community Liaison Unit at the address below.
- Read the FCO leaflet on 'Forced Marriages Abroad - Your Right To Choose'. (The leaflet can be obtained on request from the Community Liaison Unit.)
- Make a note of the address and telephone number of the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country you are visiting.
- Take some money with you (for telephone calls or for transport).
While you are abroad:
- If you fear you are going to be forced into a marriage you should contact the nearest British High Commission/Embassy.
- The High Commission/Embassy will: try to get you back to the UK; issue an emergency passport if necessary; and will try to provide you with safe accommodation and transport.
- You/or a friend will need to provide money for your ticket home (in exceptional circumstances a loan can be arranged) and your passport details.
- You may need to get to the nearest British High Commission/Embassy, although the FCO will still try to do everything possible if you cannot.
If you are a Dual National this may limit what we can do. But we aim to provide protection for all British passport holders habitually resident in the UK regardless of whether or not they are dual nationals.
The FCO and the Home Office have published two documents on forced marriage:
|Dealing with cases of forced marriage: Guidelines for police (PDF, 1.7MB)|
For further information please contact: The Community Liaison Unit, G55 Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Old Admiralty Building, London SW1A 2PA. Tel: 020 7008 0230/0135 E-mail:.
See also Forced Marriage FAQs