While we hope it never happens to you, but if someday something happens to your passport while you are overseas, you shouldn’t fret. The bad news is that you will most definitely experience some delays and have to spend some money that you didn’t budget for. The good news is that after you read our Singapore Travel blog‘s post, you will know exactly what to do to get yourself out of such an unfortunate predicament.
1. Go to the police
In order to claim the cost of replacement on your insurance, this is a vital first step. Recording a statement with the police will make sure that the passport is not used illegally.
This can be a very frustrating experience. Do not expect the standards at the local police station in the “middle of nowhere North Pole” to be as effective and efficient as those where you are from.
If you are in a country that speaks a different language, expect to be there a while but stay calm.
2. Find your nearest Consulate or embassy
Schedule an emergency appointment at the embassy or consulate of your country as soon as possible. You can find addresses and phone numbers in all phone books worldwide or simply ask a taxi driver to get you there. Walk-ins are usually frowned upon and rarely allowed in so please schedule an appointment first.
3. Apply for your new passport
The appointment you made is most probably when you will be applying for a new passport.
Bring a copy of your old passport; the process could be even faster. Passport applications must be done in person. You should also bring a copy of the police report you filed as a well as a passport photo.
There is usually a fee charged for application, but if you were in a natural disaster in which all your belongings were lost and you are unable to obtain money, the fee will most likely be waived.
It is not uncommon to receive a temporary passport in 24 hours. It should be replaced with a permanent one as soon as you land in your country, but it is valid up to a year after being issued as you may need to travel before your new permanent one becomes available.
As you can see, losing your passport may put a damper on your trip, but it’s not the end of the world.
Have any of you lose your passport overseas before? How was the experience? How did you managed to get back home? Share with us your experience in the comments below!