When traveling abroad, it’s critical to keep a close eye on your passport. While losing it or having it stolen is a major headache, it doesn’t mean you’re forced to remain within the county. Because there is always that risk of it being lost, you should always carry a photocopy of your passport or a digital picture as a means of proving your United States citizenship.
If you lose your passport and there is no copy available, head to the nearest United States consulate or embassy and report it to the consular section. Each country has a website you can visit to find out how to contact the consulate or embassy. In fact, you may wish to have this information readily available prior to leaving, especially if you don’t speak the local language.
Prior to heading to the embassy, find a place where you can have a new passport photo taken. This step will significantly speed up the process for you once you arrive at the embassy/consulate.
Upon arriving at the embassy or consulate, inform the officer that you’re the victim of a crime if your passport was in fact stolen and also let them know when you plan on leaving the country. This is particularly important if your departure date is within a couple of days so that there is a sufficient time available to receive a limited or full Validity Emergency Passport.
Keep in mind that you’ll still need to provide identification to receive your new passport. Besides the photo you should also have identification such as a driver’s license, your travel itinerary, and your passport application. Also keep in mind that you’ll still be required to pay the $140 fee to receive your new one.
If you receive a Limited Validity Passport due to immediate travel plans, remember that this passport will only serve to get you back into the United States. Upon returning home you’ll still need to return your emergency passport in order to receive your “full fledged” passport should you wish to travel abroad again.
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