Interpol Blue Notice meaning

Interpol Blue Notice

The Interpol Blue Notice serves as a vital instrument in the realm of international law enforcement, actively promoting global cooperation to locate, identify, and apprehend individuals associated with criminal activities. Employed by the International Criminal Police Organisation, also known as Interpol, these notices play a pivotal role in bridging gaps between local and cross-border policing initiatives.

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Interpol Blue Notice meaning

The Blue Notice is a vital tool for global law enforcement, facilitating intelligence sharing and collaborative efforts to apprehend criminals. It promotes trust and international cooperation in upholding the law and protecting citizens worldwide.

PurposeTo locate, identify, or obtain information about individuals of interest in criminal investigations or to identify unidentified bodies.
Issued byInterpol (International Criminal Police Organization)
Intended audienceLaw enforcement agencies, immigration and border control authorities, and other authorized organizations
AccessRestricted to authorized organizations and law enforcement agencies; not available to private individuals
Reasons for issuanceTo assist in ongoing investigations, locate missing persons, or identify unknown individuals
Challenging or contestingGenerally not applicable, as Blue Notices are requests for information rather than accusations; however, consult a lawyer if you have concerns
Timeframe for responseVariable, depending on the cooperation of member countries and the availability of information
Legal assistanceIf you believe a Blue Notice has been issued unfairly or infringes on your rights, consult an experienced attorney to discuss potential options


Please note that this table provides a simplified overview of Interpol Blue Notices. For more detailed information or to address specific concerns, it is recommended to consult with an experienced Interpol Lawyers or directly contact the relevant authorities.

Red and Blue Interpol Notices

An Interpol Red Notice is issued when a person needs to be located and detained for extradition. Member nations use it to share information about criminal suspects and make arrests pending extradition. Red Notices are requested by member states and contain personal and offense information, sometimes with a national arrest warrant. Interpol does not automatically issue a Red Notice; it follows its statutes and data processing procedures, subject to review by the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files (CCF).

Interpol Blue Notices are distinct from Interpol Red Notices. Blue Notices seek additional information on a suspect or witness but do not request their arrest. They are not global arrest warrants. The subject may not necessarily be wanted for a crime or may have already been convicted, but they might possess valuable information for ongoing criminal investigations.

How to check Interpol Blue Notice?

As a member of the public, it is not possible to directly check if someone is subject to an Interpol Blue Notice. However, if you have relevant information about an individual or criminal activity that may be of interest to law enforcement agencies, you can contact your local police or Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) to report it.

To check if you are subject to an Interpol Blue Notice, you can contact your local police or Interpol NCB to inquire about any information they may have on file about you. It’s important to note that Interpol only shares information with law enforcement agencies, and they do not provide information to public or private individuals.

Overall, the best way to check Interpol Blue Notice is to contact your local law enforcement agency or Interpol NCB for any information or assistance regarding a criminal investigation.

How Can a Blue Notice from Interpol Be Challenged?


When a government requests an Interpol Notice, it must adhere to specific guidelines. Interpol won’t issue a notice if the matter is politically or militarily motivated; it must be a criminal case. The principle of presumption of innocence applies, and individuals with a Red Notice have the right to appeal if they fear human rights violations during extradition, particularly an unfair trial, protected by Article 6 of the ECHR.

An order might be contested for a variety of grounds, including the right to a fair trial and the fact that it was issued for non-political, military, or other unlawful reasons (read more about removing a Red Notice here). Sometimes a situation is not totally clear, and the political purpose of the Interpol Notice is not immediately obvious. In such circumstances, legal counsel might be critical in providing relevant evidence and obtaining a successful challenge.

Our team of extradition attorneys at Collegium of International Lawyers is competent and educated in dealing with Interpol Notices as well as extradition proceedings. In a wide spectrum of matters, we have represented clients from all over the world. We also provide competent online consultations, which are very useful for individuals who live overseas. When a personal consultation is wanted or required, our attorneys are always happy to fly to the applicable countries.

We provide services in a variety of languages, including English, Russian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, and Turkish, and may interact over encrypted channels. Please contact us personally if you require any further information regarding Interpol Notices and their potential influence on your case. Our attorneys look forward to hearing from you and aiding you with your situation.

Interpol Lawyer Dmytro Konovalenko
Dmytro Konovalenko
Senior Partner
Lawyer specializing in extradition and Interpol cases, with membership in the International Bar Association. In five years of practice, Dmitry has defended clients against persecution by law enforcement agencies in the United States, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. He has successfully applied measures to prevent a manhunt at early stages and specializes in defending in complex cases involving economic, political and military charges.

Interpol Blue Notice FAQ

What is an example of blue notice?
NCB New Delhi (India's National Central Bureau) recently requested a Blue Notice against the promoter of Winsome Diamonds, a Mumbia-based firm that makes diamonds for export. Mr. Jatin Mehta, the promoter, is being sought in connection with a debt default case. While the NCB New Delhi had already issued a Red Notice against Mr. Mehta in 2018, the sequence of events that led to the Blue Notice request is quite unique. The complaint claimed:
  • "On the basis of assurances from the Indian bank, [Winsome Diamonds] acquired gold from three bullion banks abroad—Bank of Nova Scotia, Standard Bank, and Standard Chartered Bank."
  • and [allegedly] neglected to pay for gold imported on the basis of the promises."
What is a blue notice issued by Interpol used for?
To gather further information on a person's identity, whereabouts, or activities in connection with a criminal inquiry.
What is the main function of blue notice?
To track down, identify, or gather information on a person of interest.
What is the difference between a Red Notice and a blue notice INTERPOL?
Interpol Blue Notices serve a similar purpose as Interpol Red Notices, however they are not the same. Blue Notices are used to get further information on a suspect. A Blue Notice refers to a suspect's or witness's movements but does not call for their arrest. It is also not a global arrest warrant. As a result, the individual to whom the warning relates may not be wanted for a crime committed or may have already been convicted. They may instead seek information through this method since they may be able to give further information on criminal proceedings.
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