When an individual is wanted by any member country of INTERPOL, international travel always poses a risk of detention.
- When a member country uses its access to INTERPOL’s databases, it should 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 kinds 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.