Missing persons abroad

Information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on what to do when a relative or friend goes missing abroad.



If a relative or friend goes missing abroad, this Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guide will tell you what you can do and who to contact.

This information refers to people who go missing while travelling or living abroad.

There is separate guidance if you want to report or find a missing person in the UK.

If you are a parent and worried that your British child has been taken to another country by their parent or a relative without your permission, see the FCO guidance on International parental child abduction.

If you want to trace a friend or relative you lost contact with long ago, you can contact organisations that can help trace family members.

Published 31 March 2009
Last updated 10 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated version of the Missing Persons public guidance in HTML format replacing old PDF guide.
  2. First published.