Travelling anywhere distant can be nerve wracking in itself, however experienced one may be. Stepping out of the familiarity of one’s own country is a scarier prospect. Often times, the mind doesn’t stop recounting all that is packed, the travel documents carried, where they are placed and so on. But nothing prepares one for the eventuality of losing one’s travel documents, most of all, the Passport. Losing the Passport while in a foreign country is a nightmare for any traveller. And yet, there is no problem that can’t be solved. You definitely have options.
As soon as you realise that you have lost your Passport while travelling abroad, report the loss at the nearest Police Station as well as at the Indian Mission in the country. Although a photocopy of the Passport does not need to be submitted at the time, you will need to provide the previous Passport details such as the Passport Number, the Date of Issue, Date of Expiry as well as the place where it was issued. You can be issued an “Emergency Certificate” from the Indian Mission/Post in the country that you have travelled to. You can then return home using the “Emergency Certificate”. As soon as you are home, remember to apply for a ‘Re-issue’ of Passport at the nearest Passport Office.
For ‘Re-issue’ of Passport you will be required to submit an application along with the proof of Present Address, proof of Date of Birth, an affidavit on how and where the Passport was lost as well as the original Police Report regarding the incident. Self attested photocopies of the first two and last two pages, including the ECR/Non-ECR page, of the Passport may be submitted, if available.
Losing your Passport is a probability; it is only an eventuality you can be prepared to take on. How? Here’s how.
- Keep two to three photocopies of the Passport, valid photo IDs, and a few passport size photographs with you. Keep one with you at all times, separate from the Passport, some in the luggage and some with the other travel documents. Also, do not hesitate to leave a copy at home accessible to someone who can send it to you in case of emergency.
- Keep a list of the Consulates, High commission and Embassy office addresses and phone numbers handy while you travel.
- If your Passport is stolen or lost or damaged, report it first to the nearest local police station and obtain a Report. Then, report the incident to the nearest Embassy, Consulate or the High Commission of India in whichever country you are.
- You will need to fill in some documents and submit them along with the crime report you would have obtained from the local police station. It is not mandatory to submit a photocopy of the old Passport, but details like Passport number, Date and place of Issue, Date of Expiry of the old Passport, need to be provided. You will also need to give passport size photos along with the form.
- On submission of these you will be issued either a temporary Passport or a Travel Permit or a passport replacing document with which you can return to your country. In most cases, if you are travelling to other countries, you will be asked to contact the respective embassies and get new visas.
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