When you travel abroad, do you ever think about how you would deal with a crisis? What would you do if you were the victim of crime? Or arrested? If you lost your visa or passport? Do you assume, as a UK taxpayer, that the Government will help you? This is not the case. No traveller has any legal right to consular assistance, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is not in a position to help everyone who requests assistance.
Travelling abroad, whether it is for personal or business purposes, is becoming increasingly fraught with potential dangers and difficulties. What can you do to protect yourself? Your travel insurance will only cover you for pecuniary losses as a result of an insured event; the policy will not cover the costs of seeking professional assistance in times of trouble. So how can you make sure you are in a position to deal with any eventuality?
Consularcare has the answers. Its solutions offer a variety of services to make travel easier including training programmes, consultancy, travel advice, immigration advice and the ground-breaking ConsularAssist. We offer a specialist service to assist anyone who gets into difficulty abroad, bridging the gap between the public and private sector.
TRAVEL THE WORLD WITHOUT WORRY
BEFORE YOUR TRIP
- Visas/Passports/ Courier services
- Consular Education and Training
- Consular Consultancy
- Country Travel Research
- Export Strategy
DURING YOUR TRIP
- ConsularAssist for Travellers and their Families
- Executive Consular Protection
- Government Assistance
- Medical & Security
AFTER YOUR TRIP
- Post Trip Assessment and Planning
- Ongoing Consular Support
- UK Immigration
- Consular Consultancy
EU law and its impact on Consular Services
In Florian Geyer’s CEPS policy brief (2007), he states the UK government said: “British nationals do not have a legal right to consular assistance overseas. The UK government is under no general obligation under domestic or international law to provide consular assistance (or exercise diplomatic protection). Consular assistance is provided as a matter of policy, which is set out in the public guide, “Support for British Nationals Abroad: A Guide”. […] In relation to EU law, Article 20 TEC sets out an obligation of non-discrimination. It requires Member States to treat requests for consular assistance by unrepresented nationals of Member States on the same basis as requests by their own nationals. In compliance with this, the UK provides consular assistance to significant numbers of unrepresented Member States’ nationals. But Article 20 TEC does not create any right to assistance beyond this”.
Founded in 2013, Consularcare offers market leading solutions to bridge the gap between the public and private sector. Whether you are travelling abroad for business or for leisure, or you are responsible for corporate foreign travel in your organisation, we want to assist you to be prepared for any eventuality and supported should difficulties arise. Our solutions have been developed to educate, assist and advise, and our staff are former diplomats so you can be confident that their expertise is second to none. .