Every summer the Foreign Commonwealth Office publishes their yearly ‘British Behaviour Abroad’ report, which outlines the total amount of Brits who have needed consular assistance abroad, what type of assistance and in what countries. This should help to give a snapshot of where travelers are encountering the most issues, and whether anything needs to be done to prevent these problems.
In the last 12 months, compared to the 2011/2012 period, total consular assistance cases have dropped from over 19,800 to just over 19,200.
When you break this figure down into which types of issues travelers have faced, the total number of arrests for drug related crimes is at its lowest for five years, and so is the total figure for arrests. The total number of British deaths and hospitalizations abroad are down from the 2011/12 figures, however they are both still quite high compared to previous years.
On the other hand, the numbers of rape and sexual assault cases are at their highest for the last five years. The number of unclassified other assistance cases are also at their highest for the last five years, at over 3,700.
One of the main issues the FCO are currently tackling is lost, stolen and damaged passports, which is causing thousands of Brits to apply for emergency travel documents every year. Although the number of these cases had been steadily falling from 2008 – 2011, the numbers have sky rocketed from 2011 – 2013.
Below we have listed the top 5 countries where British travelers have needed the most assistance from the FCO*;
5. New Zealand
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*Based on the number of assistance cases divided by the number of visitors and residents combined.
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