Losing your passport overseas doesn’t mean the end of the world. Here’s how to deal with one of the greatest traveller nightmares (from someone with firsthand experience) while on the fly.
1. DONT PANIC
Seems obvious, but when my group and I were robbed in Spain, that was the general go-to for most everyone. Passports are a traveller’s magic visa-filled ticket to most destinations, and losing it may seem like your ticket just got reverted to one-way status. Don’t despair, you’re not trapped, there are tools in place to help you, no matter where you may be. Also, you have the benefit of internet already, so you’re already on your path to getting everything back to where it should be.
2. CONTACT THE EMBASSY
Get to your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate which you can find by clicking that link, and ask to speak to the Consular Section to report your passport lost or stolen. If you are able to phone an American number, or can have a friend do so from the US, you can contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, at 1-888-407-4747.
3.BRING THESE THINGS TO THE EMBASSY
-A Passport Photo (one photo is required; get it in advance to speed the process of replacing your passport)
-Identification (driver’s license, expired passport etc.)
-Evidence of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, photocopy of your missing passport)
-Travel Itinerary (airline/train tickets)
-Police Report, if available
-DS-11 Application for Passport (may be completed at time of application)
-DS-64 Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport (may be completed at time of application)
You can also fill out a police statement, but due to high volume of traveler passport theft, these are largely overlooked by authorities. In Barcelona, this was completely useless for us, due to all the theft going on.
that’s it, you’re all set