Arrest of a U.S. Citizen

If you are arrested overseas or know a U.S. citizen who is:

Ask the prison authorities to notify the U.S. embassy or consulate immediately. Authorities are required under international conventions to give notification within 24 hours of arrest.

You may also wish to reach out to the closest U.S. embassy or consulate to let us know of an arrest. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas can be found here or by going to our individual Country Specific Information pages.