The local police in the country the person is missing in are responsible for investigating when someone goes missing abroad. What the local police will do varies widely from country to country.
The UK police can sometimes get involved when UK citizens or residents go missing abroad. What you should do to contact us depends on whether you are in the UK or if you are abroad.
Report the person as missing to the UK police. If you think they are in immediate danger, call 999. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
Otherwise you can call 101, or some forces let you report a missing person online.
The police force for wherever the missing person usually lives is responsible for reports of missing abroad cases.
If the missing person does not live in the UK, the force for anywhere in the UK where they have family can take the report.
If you call 999 or 101 you will be put through to your local force, who can take details and pass them to the correct local force.