Arrest of a U.S. Citizen

When the Consular Section is advised that an American has been arrested, a consular officer visits the arrested American Citizen as soon as possible; provides information regarding the foreign legal system and a list of attorneys; and offers other assistance such as contacting family or friends on the prisoner’s behalf based on a Privacy Act Waiver signed by the arrested American; arranges transfer of private funds for delivery to American prisoners, arranges dietary food supplements and/or medical care through a U.S. Government loan. Although consular officers can provide information and supportive assistance, they cannot “spring” an American from detention, serve as the prisoner’s legal representative, or intervene in the foreign judicial process. Please understand the law of the country you are visiting before you arrive, especially if you intend to reside abroad for an extended period of time.

The laws of Ethiopia are strictly enforced, including immigration and customs regulations that you may encounter when entering Ethiopia for the first time. Please consult the Embassy’s warden messages for the most current information.