What To Do If You Lose Your Passport While Traveling

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When it comes to international travel, there are few things more important than your passport. Passports are required for both departure and arrival in the majority of countries around the world, and for many travelers, the idea of losing their passport while abroad may feel like an absolute worst-case scenario. While certainly stressful, losing your passport doesn’t have to ruin your trip. If your passport is lost or stolen while traveling, try to stay calm, and take the following steps:

Report the Loss

Once you’ve emptied your bags and turned your hotel room upside down to the point where you’re absolutely sure that your passport is gone, head to the local police station and file a report. You may need a copy of this report in order to apply for a new passport, and it can serve as evidence in the event that your passport was stolen. 

Replace Your Passport

Contact the consular section of your country’s embassy as soon as possible to start the application process for a replacement or emergency passport. You’ll likely need certain documents such as another valid form of ID, passport photos, and proof of citizenship, though if you don’t have all of these, they will still be able to assist you.

Secure Your Identity

Passports are a gold mine for identity thieves looking to create false documents. Even if you’re not totally certain that your passport was stolen, you will be at risk should it fall into the wrong hands, so it’s a good idea to take steps to safeguard your identity. Informing your bank and credit card company will allow them to monitor your accounts and flag any suspicious activity.