Consular Assistance and Protection of Tourists
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations is the key instrument of international public law for guiding the acts of governments in their relations with their nationals abroad. This Convention was inspired by the needs of nationals living abroad, but due to the date of approval (1948), it did not fully consider the needs of their nationals while traveling on holiday.
As a result, the reality today shows that procedures are sometimes not efficient in answering to tourists needs, mainly due to the temporality nature of the visit at international level (averaging two weeks of vacations). Being a common practice of the Countries nowadays “To end their responsibility” when the tourist leaves the country.
But what happens after in case of violations of Human Rights? Or in Countries without an Embassy/Consular Office?
In this section you will find some examples on how countries/regional organizations have found solutions to better protect tourists.