The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London, United Kingdom

What to do if you are arrested abroad

More than 2,500 Dutch nationals are in prison abroad, mostly for smuggling drugs. The embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can help them, for instance by informing them how to get legal assistance from a lawyer.

The embassy or consulate's role

If you are arrested abroad, you should contact the Dutch embassy or consulate. If there is no Dutch embassy or consulate in the country, you can contact the embassy or consulate of another EU country. The embassy or consulate can assist you in various ways. For instance, it can give you information about the country’s penal and judicial system. It can also keep in touch with your family and friends in the Netherlands.