When it comes to travel security, it’s important to know what your options are if you are in danger or, worse, arrested in a foreign country.
Here are five questions you may have and their answers:
Can the U.S. Government help me if I am arrested in a foreign country?
It depends on the situation, but in most cases, their options are few. A U.S. Government representative will meet with you to discuss the situation. However, they are instructed to: “curb the prisoner’s expectations that consular assistance will result in extraordinary intervention or miraculous remedies.”
Do American laws apply to Americans traveling in foreign countries?
No. You are subject to the laws and legal system of the country you are visiting.
Will the State Department help me get out of a country in an emergency such as turmoil in a foreign country?
In some cases, yes. But you should have a plan of action that does not rely on the U.S. Government. Listen for warnings. Visit the U.S. State Department website for up-to-day traveler information. If possible, use commercial transportation and leave before the crisis.
If the U.S. Government or another country does help me evacuate a country in crisis, do I have to pay for it?
Yes. You are responsible for reimbursing the country that assisted you, including the U.S. Government.
What’s the best way I can ward off difficulties before traveling to a foreign country?
Start by attending TAL Global’s free Webinar, Checking in Before You Go: International Travel Security Tips. It’s not only free, but important.
The Webinar will be held on February 24, 2023, at 11 a.m. (PST).