“If we can’t find you, we can’t help you”. That’s the message from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for British expats living abroad. But why should you register?

“If we can’t find you, we can’t help you”. That’s the message from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for British expats living abroad. But why should you register?

LOCATE is a new online service from the Foreign Office that lets you register your whereabouts while you are abroad.

So, if you’re caught up in a crisis where you are living, such as an earthquake or civil uprising, the British consular officials will be able to contact you to help and can let friends and family know that you’re safe.

Why Should You Sign Up?

You may think it’s unlikely that you would end up in a situation where you might need the help requiring consular help.

But what if a natural disaster strikes or maybe you’re arrested or are involved in a serious road accident – who would know your whereabouts?

The LOCATE service aims to find you quickly and provide what help it can.

Reasons Not to Sign Up

The service does contain a long disclaimer that says in certain circumstances your details may be shared with law enforcement/police, other government departments such as the Inland Revenue, agency or courts but only in compliance with the UK data protection laws.

When www.fethiyetimes.com recently interviewed the British Consul Jessica Hand she said that details on the database are not shared with others as a matter of course but the option was available should circumstances dictate.

So, unless you’re trying to live life ‘off the grid’ or are on a wanted list somewhere it’s probably worth signing up for piece of mind.

How Do You Sign Up?

Go to the FCO website here and click on ‘LOCATE’ to sign up.

You can register not only your details but also those of your friends and relatives who may need to be contacted in the event of an incident involving you abroad.

You can also use the service when you venture off the beaten track.

Just register the details of your trip and the persons travelling before your trip starts.

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