Support British nationals abroad

Two young women backpackers. © Digital Vision/Getty ImagesHelping and advising British nationals abroad is one of our key services.

In 2006/07 we handled 2.9m enquiries from British nationals – from lost passports to victims of sexual assaults.

This was spread across our global network of 260 embassies, consulates and high commissions.

In a single week in Thailand, we dealt with 5 deaths, 1 rape, 3 arrests, 1 assault, 1 hospitalisation, 1 missing person report and 29 lost passports.

What services do we offer?

The Your UK mission abroad page has more info about the services and facilities we can offer you.

FCO travel advice

Our comprehensive travel advice web pages have the latest advice for every country in the world and plenty of practical info about keeping safe and what to do when things go wrong.

The FCO in an emergency

We send rapid deployment teams to help British nationals caught up in crises around the world such as hurricanes, plane crashes, terrorism and natural disasters.

We also have a 24/7 response centre based in London.

And our LOCATE service makes it easy for Britons to register their travel plans with us – we can then contact people in an emergency.

Forced marriages

Our dedicated team assist British nationals being forced to marry abroad. They see dozens of cases a year – some are girls who fear they are about to be forced into a marriage and others already have been.

The FCO played a key role passing the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act and hosted a major EU conference on forced marriages.

Child abductions

We have a team dedicated to help solve cases of parental child abduction.

They will help parent’s whose children have been abducted to liaise with the local authorities, get legal representation and help them with accommodation and travel plans.

Forced Marriage Unit

Information on what the FCO's Forced Marriage Unit does, and links to information for victims and professionals.

Travelling & living overseas

Our dedicated Travelling & living overseas web section has the latest travel advice, practical tips staying safe and help if things go wrong.

Our work

Examples of our work to support British nationals:

The FCO in action map has all the latest case studies.

Read more about how we support British nationals in our latest departmental report.

See Also

FCO travel advice

Register with LOCATE 

Your UK mission abroad

Travel advice relevant to you


Different advice for different travellers


Register with us

Our LOCATE service can help in a crisis

Plane and globe

FCO in Action map

FCO in action map

We’ve pinned up the latest examples of our work around the world.