Holiday Safety and Crimes Overseas

With the holiday season upon us, we would like to remind our US citizen community to please stay safe and vigilant.

While Korea is a relatively safe country, it is not a crime free country. In the event that you or someone you know is the victim of a crime, please keep the guidelines mentioned below in mind.

When an American is the victim of a crime overseas, he or she may suffer from physical, emotional or financial injuries. This is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. It can be more difficult because the victim may be in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language or customs. Consuls, consular agents, and local employees at the U.S. Embassy know local government agencies and resources in Korea and can help victims with the next step.

Here is how we can help:

  • Replace a stolen passport
  • Contact family, friends, or employers
  • Assist you in obtaining appropriate medical care
  • Address emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime
  • Explain the local criminal justice process
  • Obtain information about your case
  • Connect you to local and U.S. resources to assist victims of crime
  • Obtain information about local and U.S. victim compensation programs
  • Provide a list of local lawyers who speak English

We cannot:

  • Investigate crimes
  • Provide legal advice or represent you in court
  • Serve as official interpreters or translators
  • Pay legal, medical, or other fees for you

Please feel free to contact us at 02-397-4114 if you or someone you know is the victim of a crime. We would like to hear about your situation and do our best to assist you.


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