Travel as a Red Notice Subject


A reader recently sent in a question about his ability to travel while INTERPOL may have a Red Notice (or other notice) pending in his name, as well as finding out whether he is actually the subject of such a notice.

I have addressed this topic previously here (under INTERPOL's Red Notices- Published and Unpublished), so I won't repeat the question of determining one's Red Notice status again, but instead will focus on the issue of traveling as an INTERPOL notice subject.

When an individual is wanted by any member country of INTERPOL, international travel always poses a risk of detention.  When a member country utilizes its access to INTERPOL's databases, it will likely be alerted to an individual's status as the subject of a notice.  Member countries handle such "hits" differently, with some treating a Red Notice as an arrest warrant, and others requiring a domestic warrant to be issued prior to detention.  

Red Notice subjects have experienced all manner of responses to an INTERPOL hit arising during their travels: some have been ordered back onto the plane and back to their departure countries; some have been briefly questioned; some have been detained and released on bond; and some have been detained, arrested, and jailed pending further court proceedings.

The question of whether to travel while wanted internationally really comes down to the level of risk that is acceptable to the wanted person.

(*The reader also requested information regarding the challenge to an INTERPOL Red Notice in order to have it removed- some preliminary information on that issue was posted here previously.)


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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