Help in an emergency

British embassies, help in an emergency

Our embassies have a lot of experience of dealing with the emergencies that travellers and residents abroad might encounter.  We offer a wide range of practical help including:

  • issuing emergency passports
  • handling cases of child abduction and forced marriages
  • helping Britons who have been arrested or imprisoned  
  • helping British residents and holiday makers affected by a political emergency or natural disaster
  • helping those who have fallen ill  
  • helping those who have been the victim of a crime  
  • giving practical help to those searching for missing friends or relatives
  • giving practical help for those dealing with the sudden death of a relative or friend
  • assessing risks to British nationals ranging from terrorism to natural disasters.

As a first step get in touch with your local British Embassy or High Commission.

Before you go, one useful thing you could do is keep a note of the local British Embassy phone number.

You can also take a look at Support for British Nationals Abroad which answers many of the questions you might have about the kind of help an embassy or high commission can give.  It has been translated into a number of languages including Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu and Chinese.

You might also take a look at our Travel Checklists which tells you some of the things you ought to do before you leave, like checking your vaccinations, making sure you have insurance and so on.

Travel Checklist


Everything you need for a great trip abroad!