New rules on consuler assistance when travelling outside the EU
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EU citizens living or travelling outside the European Union, as of today, are able to better benefit from consular protection in case of need, when their EU Member State of origin is not represented in the non-EU country they are staying in.
These updated rules allow EU citizens in distress in a non-EU country to get assistance from any EU embassy or consulate.
They also specify how Member States should cooperate on common contingency plans so that unrepresented EU citizens get protection in the event of a crisis or a natural disaster.
“Almost 7 million EU citizens travel or live outside the EU in countries where their own Member State does not have an embassy or consulate. We can now ensure that all EU citizens are treated equally when they need urgent assistance outside of our Union,” said Commissioner Vera Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
EU citizens can also benefit from requesting consular protection in case of serious illness, when being victim of a crime, when arrested or in cases of passport loss or theft when abroad.
The Commission said that requests for emergency travel documents represent more than 60% of all cases of consular assistance to unrepresented citizens.
More information can be found here.