If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. A U.S. passport does not entitle its bearer to any special privileges, and will not help you avoid arrest, prosecution, or prison sentences.
If a U.S. citizen is arrested, the U.S. Consular Officials should be notified immediately, either by the police at the time of arrest, or at a later stage should the arrestee request it. The U.S. Embassy will do what it can to protect U.S. citizens and their interests, and ensure they are not discriminated against under local law. Consular Officers regularly visit U.S. citizens detained in Cyprus to check on the health and welfare of arrestees, the treatment provided by the Cypriot authorities, and consider any additional requests for assistance. For more information on the Embassy’s role, please see the Department of State website.
Additional information can be found on the Department of State’s website at Arrest or Detention of a U.S. citizen Abroad.
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