One of the greatest fears of a traveler is to lose his or her own passport. A passport is the primary ticket one should acquire in order to realize traveling dreams abroad. Without this government-issued booklet form pass, traveling to other countries swings at down-right illegal to a definite ‘no-no.’
Now, considering that you have traveled and lost your passport in the foreign country you are in, the question surfaces as: “What should you do?” Panicking is not the wisest step to do obviously. While there might be a probability that you just misplaced it somewhere in your hotel room or at the other pocket of your bag, losing your cool might let you look like a buffoon. We are giving you some shrewd steps in this article that you should do when you lose your passport in any case.
Case 1: Lost or stolen passport in your own country.
- When you are a 100% sure that you haven’t merely misplaced your passport, immediately file a report about the loss of passport to the government branch that works about foreign affairs. (Note: It is best if you have a scanned copy of your passport at hand.)
- Acquire an Official Loss Report (OLR) from your local police station or any related branch where you can obtain OLR.
- Get application forms for passport and fill up.
- Attach the given copy of Affidavit of Loss (from bureau of foreign affairs) and OLR (from the local police station).
- Submit the forms and supporting credentials and pay the amount required for your Passport.
Case 2: Lost or stolen passport when you’re in a foreign country.
- Report the loss of your passport to your country’s embassy by filing an Affidavit of Loss.
- In your schedule, be sure to bring your identification (e.g. driver’s license or social security ID). Also note that process will be much smoother if you have at least a photo copy or scanned copy of your passport.
- Fill up the forms you are required to fill-in.
- Pay for the fee you are obliged to remit for your Passport.