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Losing a passport can be one of the most stressful ordeals a traveller can face on holiday. In an instant, what was a quiet snooze on the beach or a relaxed evening out, descends into an anxious guessing game as you frantically retrace your steps and search endlessly for that lost passport abroad. If you can empathise with the situation above (maybe this even describes your current predicament) then have no fear! There is a simple solution to the problem as well as several measures you can take before and whilst travelling, to avoid losing your passport in future.

What to do when you've lost your passport abroad?

Here's what you need to do when you've lost your passport abroad...

  1. Get a Police report - Head down to the nearest police station and report the missing passport.
  2. Note the crime reference number - Be sure to get this when you report the incident at the police station, as you will need to include this to apply for emergency travel documents.
  3. Fill out LSO1 notification form - These can be obtained at the embassy. Once filled out, the Embassy can then notify the relevant bodies. Click here to view the form.
  4. Relax and wait - emergency travel documents often take less than a day to come through, but be prepared to change your travel arrangements, as this isn't always the case.

For British residents applying for emergency travel documents, there is a non-refundable fee of £100 or the equivalent in foreign currency.

The travel documents act as a temporary replacement to your passport, allowing you to take your return journey. Upon arrival back into the UK, you should apply for a passport replacement as soon as possible.

Lost Passport Abroad Advice

Getting a Police report

Though this may seem a little daunting - especially in a foreign country - it's absolutely vital to get a proper police report, both for insurance purposes and as a temporary substitute for ID. You should get yourself down to the nearest police station as soon as possible, as obtaining a report can sometimes take hours - especially if you don't speak the local language. As well as reporting the details of the incident to be recorded, you should make sure you obtain the crime reference number as you will need this when applying for emergency travel documents.

Filling out the LSO1 Form

These can be obtained at the embassy, or if you have access to a printer, you can download a copy online and fill it out. When filling out the form, be mindful of doing so properly, following the guidelines. These include:

  • The form must be completed in black ink
  • All writing should be in block capitals and should stay within the provided boxes
  • If you make any small, minor mistakes, these should be neatly crossed out with black ink. Correction fluid is not allowed.
  • If you make any mistakes that can't be easily corrected, it's better to get a new form and start again.

How to avoid losing your Passport in future

There are some simple measures and precautions you can take before and whilst you are travelling that can potentially save your skin, should you again find yourself in a pinch without a passport.

Before you go

Take two forms of ID - Taking some other form of identification in addition to your passport - such as a driving or provisional driving license photo card - is a wise move, as it makes retrieving your details from the embassy system and applying for emergency travel documents a whole lot easier.

Photocopy your ID - As an extra measure, get a coloured photocopy of the picture page of your passport and both sides of your driving license photo card.

Spare passport photos - It's a smart move to bring a few spare passport sized photos, as it saves you one less thing to worry about, when apply for emergency travel documents.

Scan all important documents - Having scanned copies of your passport, driving license and birth certificate e-mailed to yourself is a great way to ensure you're never without suitable proof of identification.

While Travelling

Don't carry your passport on you at all times - Unless it's a legal requirement in the country you are visiting, you should refrain from carrying your passport when you are out and about. Authentic British passports are like gold-dust for criminal organisations, selling for considerable sums on the black market. An unsuspecting tourist makes a prime target for opportunists and pick-pockets, so stowing your passport away, either in a secure safe at the hotel, or in a money belt if you have to carry it with you, can greatly reduce the chance of losing your passport.

Use a money belt - If you can't find anywhere safe to store your passport while you're out exploring your destination, keep you passport in a money belt rather than in a pocket or a bag, as this reduces the likelihood of having it stolen without you knowing. It's also good to keep your passport on your person while travelling between destinations, when you know you will be separated from your baggage.

Holiday Extras Passport Insurance

Holiday Extras travel insurance policies are designed to help in case your passport is lost, stolen or destroyed, regardless of which stage you are at in your holiday.

We've got you covered for extra transportation, accommodation and administration expenses made when getting your emergency travel documents.


Policy Type Passport Cover amount* Personal money amount*
Bronze £250 £300
Silver £250 £350
Gold £300 £400
Platinum £350 £500

The key to making the most of passport cover is to book your travel insurance policy well ahead of time - ideally as soon as you have booked your holiday. Sorting out your policy sooner rather than later can save you some serious stress and money, should your passport go missing before your trip.

With Holiday Extras Travel insurance, you can claim for any bookings and reservations you have had to cancel, under the 'cancellation and curtailment' section of your policy.

The amount you can receive for holiday cancellation claims can be seen in your summary of cover. Holiday Extras travel insurance policies provide cancellation cover of up to £20,000.

Does travel insurance cover for a lost passport abroad?

Some, but not all insurers provide cover for the loss of your passport. Thankfully, all Holiday Extras' travel insurance policies come with passport cover as standard. Booking a travel insurance policy well ahead of time, can really save you some serious stress and money, should your passport go missing before your trip.

The exact amount you can receive towards the cost of replacing your passport can vary, depending on your level of cover.

How do I get a replacement for a damaged passport?

Once you're back in the UK, you'll need to download and fill out the application form for a new passport, which can be found at gov.uk. When filling out the form, be sure to use black ink and write in printed capital letters.

Alternatively, if you're passport is just damaged, you can apply for a new one online using the GOV.uk service. Filling out the application form online means that you can easily correct your mistakes. Once you've completed the form, you can pay online, print out the declaration form and send this off. The process should take no more than 10 minutes, and you should receive a new passport within 3 weeks of completing the online application. Of course, during this time it's not advised to book any overseas travel.

How long does it take to replace a lost or stolen passport

In the UK if you're applying for a replacement passport through the regular government service, then it will usually take up to three weeks for your passport to arrive, after you have completed the application process. Of course, it may take longer if there were mistakes on the form.

If you need a passport replacement urgently, then you're best bet is to obtain emergency travel documents from the nearest British embassy, as was outlined earlier in the article.

Book your Travel insurance policy

If you're going on holiday and you haven't already sorted out travel insurance, book now to save yourself a world of trouble, should anything go wrong.

Booking travel insurance with Holiday Extras is quick and easy. Simply enter the details of your trip and your traveller information into the booking engine for an instant quote.

How to replace a lost passport

Replacing a lost passport abroad

  • Report the missing passport at the local police station.
  • Make a note of the crime reference number - this will be important in making later claims.
  • Notify the UK embassy and the consulate of the country you are visiting that your passport has been lost or stolen.

At the embassy, you will be given an LS01 notification form which you will need to fill out and sign. The Foreign Common Wealth Office can then issue you with emergency travel documents, if you need to return to the UK promptly.

Losing your passport at home

If you have lost your passport at home, the process of obtaining a replacement is a little different.

  • Report the missing passport at the local police station.
  • Fill out an LS01 form (available online or at your local police station) remembering to add the crime reference number.
  • Return your completed LS01 form to the Identity and Passport department within the Home Office as soon as possible.

How long to replace a lost passport?

It can take as long as 6-7 weeks to receive a passport and in most cases, the passport office will require you to attend an interview as part of the process. For this reason, if you lose your passport abroad and urgently need to return back to the UK, you would be advised to obtain emergency travel documents from the British embassy.

If you lose your passport in the UK and don't have enough time to apply for a new one before going away, you may have no choice but to suspend your holiday plans. If you have already taken out a comprehensive travel insurance policy, you may be able to claim under the cancellation section of cover.

Lost Passport fee

The standard cost for replacing or renewing a passport in the UK is £72.50 or £82.25 if you use the Post Offices' Check and Send services Check and Send services.

With Holiday Extras passport loss cover, you are covered for the cost of issuing your temporary passport, including the extra transportation, accommodation, and administration costs.

Does travel insurance cover for a lost passport?

Some, but not all insurers provide cover for the loss of your passport. Thankfully, all Holiday Extras' travel insurance policies come with passport cover as standard. Booking a travel insurance policy well ahead of time, can really save you some serious stress and money, should your passport go missing before your trip.

The exact amount you can receive towards the cost of replacing your passport can vary, depending on your level of cover. Take a look at our levels of cover for passport insurance.

Book your Travel insurance policy

If you're going on holiday and you haven't already sorted out travel insurance, book now to save yourself a world of trouble, should anything go wrong.

Booking travel insurance with Holiday Extras is quick and easy. Simply enter the details of your trip and your traveller information into the booking engine for an instant quote. Or give our friendly insurance experts a call on our FREE helpline.


*Please note, cover amounts are occasionally subjected to change. The amount cited is correct as of April 2019.

*Prices based on 1 adult aged 21 with no pre-existing medical conditions, travelling to Europe inc Spain/Cyprus/Malta/Turkey or Greece from 30/07/19 until 07/08/19. Price correct as of April 2019.

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