What to do if you lose your passport while traveling abroad?

If you’re traveling in your home country, your phone, wallet, keys are all you need. If you’re heading abroad, you’re going to need your phone, wallet, PASSPORT, keys. If you lose or get your passport stolen abroad, what should you do next? We have you covered!

Contact Your Government

As a Canadian company, we’ll outline what Canadians should do if their passport gets stolen abroad.

The first thing you should do is to contact the government. The Government of Canada has provided this list of steps to take if your passport is lost or stolen.

Once you contact the government, they will classify the passport as invalid. This means no one else – specifically criminals, if your passport was stolen – can use your passport.

Next, you’ll need to find the closest Canadian consulate or embassy. They will be able to advise you on the steps to take to make sure you get back into Canada safely.

Report Theft

Once you’ve taken the immediate steps to have your stolen passport deemed invalid and have a course of action to return to Canada safely, it’s time to talk to the local police and hope the criminal(s) can be caught.

Opening a police file with local police will allow them to pursue the criminal activity that took place and, hopefully, catch the thieves. They will also be able to work in conjunction with border officials, should someone attempt to use your now invalid passport.

Also Read: Travel Insurance: 5 Coverage Options for Canadians Travelling Abroad

Begin New Passport Process

Now that you’re passport-less, you’ll need to begin the process of getting a new one. As with anyone getting a passport, you’ll need the following:

  • Two copies of a passport photo (remember, don’t smile – seriously!)
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship
  • Completed passport application, including guarantor signature
  • Fees associated with getting a new passport

Since yours was stolen/lost, you’ll also need to fill out a declaration regarding your missing passport.

The fees associated with getting your new passport will vary, depending on the length of time you want your passport to be eligible for. As of February 2019, a standard five-year passport costs $120, while a standard 10-year passport costs $160.

On the plus side, if you’ve purchased travel insurance for your trip abroad – and depending on the degree of travel insurance coverage you’ve selected – the replacement cost of your passport might be included within your travel insurance policy.

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