What To Do If You Lose Your Passport

by erin on January 5, 2010

lostpassportIf you lose your passport documentation, it can really take the shine off an overseas vacation. Losing your passport means that you have to go through time consuming bureaucracy in order to have it replaced, which takes away precious sightseeing time and can mess up your trip itinerary. Read on to learn what to do if you lose your passport.

If you lose your passport docuements, you need to get in contact with your nearest diplomatic mission as soon as you can. This means that you need to visit the closest embassy or consulate of your native country. They will be able to cancel it when you lose your passport and be able to start the process of having a new passport issued.

The reason that it is important to register your passport as lost is that there is a huge market in stolen and lost passports, which can be used for fraudulent purposes. The passport that you lose could potentially be used in criminal activity, which you do not want your name linked to, especially in foreign countries. If you cannot get to the embassy or consulate quickly, then some countries now have online reporting capabilities.

To get a replacement for your passport you will need to fill in an application form at the embassy, pay the fees, which is normally higher than it is to have it issued in your home country, and pay a lost passport fee too. You will have to know the number of your lost passport, so it is very important that you have these details noted down in secure place elsewhere.

Although you can usually have your passport replaced quickly overseas, it is much better to prevent problems from occurring by protecting your passport as much as possible. There are various strategies that you can use to reduce the chances of your passport getting lost or stolen. When travelling overseas you should always be extremely careful with your personal possessions, especially important documentation.

When you are travelling, you should keep it on your person in a money belt around your stomach at all times. If you need to use your passport for something, then you should put it back into your money belt as soon as you have finished with it. It is very easy to leave your passport behind on a cafe table, hotel counter or bank desk and never see it again. So whenever you use it be careful to check you have put it away.

If you are using your passport to register at a hotel, to change money at a bank or bureau de change or provide identification, then you should keep your passport in sight at all times. Do not allow it to be taken elsewhere as this increases the chance of having it lost or stolen from you. If the attendant wants to take the passport away you can offer them a copy of it.

When you lose your passport documents while travelling, it can cause potential problems with your itinerary, flights and enjoyment of your holiday. One way to lessen the chances of ending up with a lost passport is to take precautions and keep it on you at all times in a secure spot.

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