This snapshot, taken on
, shows web content acquired for preservation by The National Archives. External links, forms and search may not work in archived websites and contact details are likely to be out of date.
The UK Government Web Archive does not use cookies but some may be left in your browser from archived websites.
Travel Advice by Country
Avian & Pandemic Flu
Risk of Terrorism
River and Sea Safety
Sporting events
Euro 2008
How We Advise
Travel Checklists
Passports & Visas
Travel Insurance
Travel Health
Travel Money
Travelling Child Sex Offenders
Sustainable Tourism
What We Can Do To Help
Victims of Crime
Rape Sexual Assault and Assault
Arrest and Detention
In Prison
Forced Marriages
Child Abduction
What kind of help we can provide
Help for Dual Nationals
English-speaking Lawyers
Consular Fees
Know Before You Go Campaign
Our Publications
Advice & Services for British Nationals in the UK
Indian Ocean Tsunami
It'll Never Happen To Me!
Contact Us
Trade & Investment
Online Services
FCO Policy
Sitemap Search Page Subscribe Page Feedback Page Home Text Only


British nationals kidnapped or taken hostage overseas
  • If a British national is taken hostage overseas, we will do everything we properly can to make sure he or she is released safely.

  • We will not pay ransoms.

  • A dedicated team in London will act as caseworkers for the family. Working with the police, who almost always appoint a Family Liaison Officer in cases of hostage-taking, this team will make sure that the family is kept informed of the situation.

  • As appropriate, we can also put the family in touch with other specialist agencies such as Kidnap Victim Support.

  • When a British hostage is released, we will meet him or her and find them accommodation locally. We will also arrange a medical check-up and travel to the UK, and help the person to make contact with his or her family.