Tracing requests for missing relatives
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International tracing

Searching for missing relatives - worldwide

Relatives can turn to the GRC Tracing Service for help in different situations of current humanitarian emergency: Have you been affected by an armed conflict, violence or disaster in your country of origin, have you had to flee, been displaced or have you migrated? Have you been separated from your relatives, e.g. on a migration route, and have you lost contact with your family to this day? Perhaps you still suspect that your relatives are in your country of origin or you believe that your wife, child, mother or brother may have reached the country that was your common destination when you left?

The GRC Tracing Service can help you find your family.

Who we can help

Are you looking for your relatives?

We can assist you in the search for your missing relatives if the following applies to you:

  • You are currently in Germany.
  • You were separated from your family and lost contact due to an armed conflict, a natural disaster or due to flight, expulsion or migration.

Are you looking for a relative but do not live in Germany?

Please contact the Tracing Service of the Red Cross/Red Crescent in the country where you are staying.

Have you suddenly lost contact with an elderly or sick family member abroad and are worried about them?

Sometimes the GRC Tracing Service can help in special situations by taking humanitarian measures, e.g. with a Health & Welfare Report. Please contact us and briefly describe the reason for your request and the point in time at which contact was broken off.

Do you require confirmation in Germany of imprisonment abroad?

If the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited you while you were being detained abroad, we can try to obtain written confirmation of this detention.

Do you lack the means necessary for forwarding important personal documents to relatives?

Legal and official documents (powers of attorney, contracts, marriage or divorce certificates, wills, etc.) can - if no other means are available - be sent to a family member abroad as an attachment to a Red Cross Message. Our scope of options depends on the individual case.

How we can help those looking for a relative

RFL data protection video (English)

The GRC Tracing Service cooperates worldwide with the Tracing Service Network of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to find people and put them back in touch with their families. The network consists of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the tracing services of the 192 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

So that we can help in the best possible way, we always recommend that you speak personally with a counsellor from the GRC Tracing Service in your area.

During this Tracing Service consultation, you will fill out a tracing request together. The GRC Tracing Service needs as much information as possible about the person sought. Both the circumstances that led to the separation from the family and the family relationship are important information for the search. The GRC Tracing Service also needs your contact details. The search may be facilitated if - as the person looking for a relative- you can provide a photo of yourself.

Your tracing request is stored in our tracing service database and is usually forwarded to the responsible office within the Tracing Service Network so that they can search for your missing relative on site. In the countries in which the traced person is suspected, the local Tracing Service tries to find out further information about the whereabouts of the traced person.

With your consent, personal data may also be published for tracing purposes (e.g. online search with photo at, joint radio programmes of the ICRC and BBC / Somalia, publication of lists in public places or on the Internet). Data will only be transmitted to other bodies, for example authorities or partner organisations, if this is necessary to fulfil the tracing service tasks. Within the framework of the necessary declaration of consent, you can exclude certain countries, other bodies or even the publication of our tracing activities.

Submit an international tracing request

Online contact form for an international search

Have you lost contact with a member of your family while fleeing or migrating and would like to submit a tracing request? Please use our online form to establish initial contact with us.

Please enter details of the person you are looking for here. The details in the fields marked with an * are mandatory in order to determine whether we can help you. Please also be sure to provide your contact details so that we can get in touch with you.

Online contact form for an international search


Further contact:

German Red Cross
Tracing Service Munich Office
Chiemgaustraße 109
81549 Munich 
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 680 773 - 111 
Fax: +49 (0)89 / 680 745 - 92 
E-Mail:  tracing(at)


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