How we help Information for consular staff Consular staff FAQs When should I contact Prisoners Abroad? It is likely you will need to contact Prisoners Abroad after your first consular visit to send the prisoner’s forms. It is also important to contact Prisoners Abroad if the prisoner is moved to a different prison, released from prison, bailed or transferred to a UK prison. If the FCO doesn't advise us when a prisoner’s circumstances change, then we may not find out for many months. This can result in wasted funds on postage. Likewise, if their health situation changes, or they need funding for medication, please let us know. Lastly, if a prisoner may be coming up for release in the next few months please keep us informed. We can send them information about resettlement and returning to the UK so they have time to plan for this.