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Lost Your Passport Abroad? Follow These Steps First to Ensure Smooth Recovery

What to do when the passport is lost: If you are on a foreign trip and unfortunately you have lost your passport, phone, wallet and other important documents. Then in this situation don’t lose your heart, calm your mind and do these things to come out of this situation. This article will give you information […]

Edited By : Divya Richa | Updated: Aug 15, 2023 08:40 IST
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What to do when passport is lost

What to do when the passport is lost: If you are on a foreign trip and unfortunately you have lost your passport, phone, wallet and other important documents. Then in this situation don’t lose your heart, calm your mind and do these things to come out of this situation. This article will give you information to deal with such a situation.

A passport is the most important document that you carry with you while travelling abroad. It is a government-authorised document that ensures to foreign authorities that you are an Indian citizen.

The loss of a passport should be reported to the nearest Police Station and Passport Office or Indian Mission without any delay. You can also apply for a ‘Re-Issue’ of the passport.

Things that should be done when the passport is lost

Immediately file a report of passport loss in the nearest police station, passport office or Indian embassy.

Keep a copy of the report with you. It is noted that the complaint report will be proof that you have lost your passport. This report also helps you to apply for a new passport or emergency certificate.

It is very important to contact the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate. Indian Embassy abroad is there to help their citizens in distress. It is there for Indian Citizens who are facing problems like passport loss and etc.

Apply for a new passport or emergency certificate with the help of a report of passport loss.

For applying for a passport you have two options
1) You can apply for a fresh passport
2) you can take an emergency certificate

If you opt to apply for the new passport, then you have to wait at least for a week to get the new passport.

It is noted that duplicate passports are not issued. However, a fresh passport with a different passport number can be issued with fresh validity.

Apply for reissue of visa

If you lose your passport in abroad, then your visa will also expire. But you can get your visa back through the embassy. You need to visit the embassy of the country concerned which issued your visa in the first place. You need a copy of your old visa and the police report of your lost passport.  You will also need your new replacement passport and/or emergency certificate.

Pay attention to flight and travel insurance

Lose the passport and it may take time for you to get any type of document again. In such a situation, it may be difficult for you to catch your scheduled flight.

After that, you will have to book a flight for another day and talk to the airline. Although travel insurance is not mandatory for all visas, it is highly recommended to cover yourself during your travels.

First published on: Aug 15, 2023 08:40 AM IST

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