When there is an accident or disaster overseas, the hardest problem that officials and relatives have is knowing who is involved and who was there at the time.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a new service designed to help British nationals living and travelling abroad. If you are a British national, and travelling or living abroad, or planning to do so, use the free LOCATE service to tell the FCO. Embassy and crisis staff can then give you better assistance in an emergency such as a tsunami or terrorist attack.
The FCO is encouraging all British nationals travelling and living abroad to register with LOCATE, even for short trips. Once registered and going on another trip, you simply, login and update your account.
The benefits of registering with LOCATE:
- If a major catastrophe occurs the FCO has an instant record of your details so can contact you to make sure you are OK and provide advice
- If family and friends need to get in touch with you they can help them to find you
- It only takes a few minutes to register your travel or residence information online and the local British Embassy will know you are coming. You do not need to contact them
- You only need to register for the service once and then update your account when you make a new trip abroad or change your country of residence. You can even add planned trips abroad up to a year ahead.
The free service is designed to ensure that anyone travelling to foreign shores is accounted for and not forgotten should anything happen.