Compensation for victims of terrorist attacks abroad

You may be able to claim compensation if you’ve been a victim of terrorism abroad since 27 November 2012.

You may be able to claim if one of the following apply:

  • you were injured physically or mentally in a specific act of terrorism
  • you were a witness to a specific act of terrorism where a loved one was injured
  • you’re the partner or close family member of someone killed in a specific act of terrorism

You must also:

  • be a British, EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, member of the UK armed forces (or a close relation or family member)
  • have lived in the UK for 3 years immediately before the terrorist incident happened

Read more about the eligibility for this scheme.

Terrorist acts you can claim for

You can currently claim for these terrorist acts:

  • attack in Paris, France (2 December 2023)
  • attack at Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda (17 October 2023)
  • attacks in Israel (starting on 7 October 2023)
  • attacks in West Bank, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Tel Aviv, Israel (7 April 2023)
  • attack in Mogadishu, Somalia (27 November 2022)
  • attack in Mogadishu, Somalia (19 August 2022)
  • attack in Torre-Pacheco, Spain (17 September 2021)
  • attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan (26 August 2021)
  • attack in Palma, Mozambique (24 March 2021)
  • attacks in Sri Lanka (21 April 2019)
  • attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (15 March 2019)
  • attack in Stockholm, Sweden (7 April 2017)
  • attack in Berlin, Germany (19 December 2016)
  • attack in Nice, France (14 July 2016)
  • attack in Gaziantep, Turkey (1 May 2016)
  • attacks in Brussels, Belgium (22 March 2016)
  • attacks in Paris, France (13 November 2015)
  • attack at Port el Kantaoui near Sousse, Tunisia (26 June 2015)
  • attack at Kabul airport, Afghanistan (17 May 2015)
  • attack at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, Tunisia (18 March 2015)
  • attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya (21 September 2013)
  • kidnap of Setraco employees in Jama’are, Nigeria (16 February 2013)
  • hostage crisis at In Amenas, Algeria (16 January 2013)

You may be able to claim for other attacks.

How to claim

Send the relevant application form to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme team
PO Box 26996
G2 9ER

Help with claiming

Call the helpline if you have questions about claiming.

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme helpline
Telephone: 0300 003 3601
From outside the UK: +44 (0) 203 684 2517
Text relay (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 then 0300 003 3601
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8.30am to 5pm
Wednesday, 8.30am to 3pm
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