What to do if you get arrested in a foreign country

The major reason why a lot of people travel is to have fun and experience new cultures. Of course, traveling can be fun and exciting if everything goes well. But if you get into trouble and you are arrested your fairytale daydream is going to turn into a nightmare within seconds.

Of course, there are laws governing your travel location. And if you happen to break any of those laws either knowingly or unknowingly, you are going to be in serious trouble. One tip that can reduce the odds of you being arresting in a foreign country is for you to do a detailed and extensive research about the region you plan to visit. Read the laws and principles governing the region.

Even more, when you get there, ask some of the locals who are friendly to you to tell you some of the thing you should avoid or the thing that get you arrested. If you are aware of the rule and regulations of your travel location, it will be easier for you keep them.

In Russia for example, you can get detained if you are traveling without an identification card. The police are going to ask you a whole lot of questions just because you are not with your identification card.

Whatever the reason for your arrest may be, the first thing you should do is to contact your embassy. But of course, you need to manage your expectation, because there are only a handful of things that your embassy can do for you. Below are some things you can expect them to do for you.

  • To contact your family members and pass important messages to them
  • To provide details and information on lawyers or interpreters if the need be.
  • They can help you get in touch with a charity organization that may be willing to help you financially.

As mentioned earlier, you need to keep your expectations low so that you will not be disappointed. One thing you need to have at the back of your mind is that your embassy is not going to provide direct legal assistance, evacuation, and immunity just because they got into trouble with the local police.

The best way for you to reduce the odds of you breaking a law in your travel destination is to brush up on the law of the area you plan to visit in advance. If you know anyone who has traveled to that country, you can ask them to share their experiences with you.