• Increased Consular Protection for EU Citizens
  • May 4, 2018
  • The situation

    Effective May 1, 2018, EU citizens will be able to obtain assistance from any EU consular post in a non-EU country where their country of nationality does not have consular post.
    A closer look
    Examples of situations when foreign nationals can seek help from a consular post of another country include:
    • Death;
    • Serious accident or illness;
    • Arrest or detention;
    • Being a victim to a crime;
    • Repatriation; and
    • Need for an emergency travel document (e.g. in case of loss or theft of passport)
    Impact
    EU citizens will benefit from more opportunities for consular protection.
    Background
    The obligation for embassies and consulates to provide services to other EU nationals comes from a European Directive adopted in 2015.