Wrong. A local government gives up the right to enter an embassy, and the diplomats working in the embassy are immune from local laws. But an embassy is NOT a tiny little slice of the country it represents. Welcome to the Local Embassy Support edition of our newsletter, where myths are busted and reliable information is all you get!

But my embassy is there to protect me...

Yes and no. If you are the victim of a crime your embassy or consulate can provide support services and referrals. They can help with the process of replacing lost documents, let you use the phone, call relatives on your behalf and in some cases even help you out with a short-term loan. But if you commit a crime and run to your embassy, security will calmly march you back out the door and hand you over to local authorities. An embassy is not a substitute for travel insurance or reasonable behaviour!