Victims of crime abroad
If you're a victim of crime abroad, a consulate or embassy can provide help and support. In most countries, you must report the crime before you leave the country if you want it to be investigated. You might need to report the crime to make a travel insurance claim.
Report a lost passport
Remember, you must report a lost or stolen passport as soon as possible.
How the embassy, commission or consulate can help
You can get help to:
- understand local police and legal procedures
- find an English-speaking lawyer or translator
- find medical treatment or an English-speaking doctor
- contact your relatives and friends to let them know something has happened to you
They won’t be able to:
- give you legal advice
- collect evidence or investigate crimes
- influence the outcome of any trial
- give you financial help, for example for travel costs to a trial abroad or to replace stolen property
- accept any lost or recovered stolen property, except for passports and driving licences
You may be able to claim compensation if you’re the victim of crime abroad.
Rape and sexual assault
You can also get specific help if you’ve been the victim of rape or sexual assault abroad.
European emergency number – 112
Anyone can call local emergency services anywhere in the European Union using the number 112.
In some EU countries 112 has become the main emergency number, but in most countries it operates alongside other national emergency numbers.
Travelling on an Irish passport
If you are travelling on an Irish passport, you can find useful information at the following link: