These Countries will NOT Extradite to the UK

The list of countries that don’t have extradition to the UK is shorter than most. That’s because of the historic reach of the British Empire. The English signed one of the world’s first extradition treaties with Scotland as far back as 1174. They have steadily expanded their network of countries with extradition to the UK ever since.

Along with the rest of the anglosphere the UK is becoming more repressive and less free. Every year dozens of new victimless crimes are added by lawmakers. Therefore, more and more people are likely to be asking themselves what countries don’t have extradition treaties with the UK?

In this article we’ll share a few of the safe havens that don’t have extradition treaties with the UK where anyone fleeing the tyranny of the UK government will be left to live in peace.

Avoid Popular Expat Destinations

In looking at what countries don’t have extradition treaties with the UK it’s important to look far and wide. Simply moving to some of the most popular ex-pat havens such as Spain or France will not protect you. The most popular ex-pat havens have long standing co-operation between authorities and extradition agreements that have proven to work over time.

Even after Brexit, which brought the end of the European arrest warrant, there is still extradition between countries that are part of the EU and the EEA. Extradition arrangements have been left largely untouched by the post Brexit agreements. Governments can no longer issue a European arrest warrant, but they can still issue an Interpol notice to have fugitives detained. If they know which country you’re in they can ask that country to detain you.

Extradition to the UK is NOT Possible from Certain Countries

But there are still dozens of countries that don’t have extradition to the UK. In addition to those countries that don’t have extradition treaties with the UK there are countries that are not recognised by the UK. As they’re not officially recognised and don’t have diplomatic relations with the UK there can be no extradition. The most well known of these is Northern Cyprus.

Countries that have poor diplomatic relations with the UK are unlikely to extradite fugitives even if they have extradition treaties in place. The UK and Russia have an extradition treaty; however, the UK has consistently refused to extradite fugitives wanted in Russia. It’s unlikely that Russia would co-operate with UK authorities in handing over those wanted by the UK.

So, which countries don’t have extradition to the UK?

Japan

Given the UK’s network of extradition treaties perhaps Japan is the most surprising of the countries that don’t have extradition treaties with the UK. Japan is one of the largest economies in the world where anything you’re likely to want is available.

Honduras

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Roatan, Honduras

Honduras is in Central America and home to the beautiful Bay Islands. Getting legal residency and even a passport in Honduras can be easier than in other jurisdictions. See our article on how to get residency in Honduras here.

Namibia

Located in Southern Africa, Namibia is another location where it may be possible to live a quiet life. See this link for more information about Namibia.

Cambodia

Cambodia has much to offer for international travellers. While it may appear slightly chaotic at first, like other Asian countries it’s developing quickly. Entrepreneurs should be able to find plenty of opportunities here.

Belarus

Belarus is one of the few countries in Europe with no extradition to the UK. Belarus also has dismal diplomatic relations with the UK government.

The Extradition Report shows how wanted fugitives take advantage of international law and different jurisdictions worldwide to avoid both deportation and extradition.

It will examine some of the most high-profile cases of those who have avoided arrest for decades. Some of whom have been able to live high-profile lives despite international arrest warrants being active against them for decades. Film director Roman Polanski is an obvious example. As is international financier Marc Rich and his business partner Pincus Green. All lived open, free, and successful lives for decades despite warrants for their arrest being issued and actively pursued by the United States.

How did they do it? And how can anyone who finds themselves in this unfortunate position stay free despite a government with access to unlimited resources capturing them?

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FAQs

Does US extradite to UK?

Yes, the US has an extradition agreement with the UK. UK/US has a significant amount of extradition traffic.

What crimes can you be extradited for UK?

Many extradition agreements include a specific list of crimes that you can be extradited for. The main rule is that the crime you are wanted for must be a crime in the country that’s being requested to extradite as well as the country that’s requesting the extradition.

Which countries do not extradite to the UK?

There are dozens of countries with no extradition treaty with the UK. See the 5 examples above. For the full list consider purchasing The Extradition Report.

Is extradition from Spain to UK common?

Yes, it’s very common. UK and Spanish authorities have a long history of co-operation in this regard.

Does Turkey extradite to UK?

Turkey is a signatory of the European Convention on Extradition and they will extradite to the UK.