There is nothing worse than losing your passport whilst you are on holiday. You feel like you are stranded and can’t get back home, like it’s going to be super expensive and your holiday is ruined! Well keep calm, because after reading this article you will know exactly what to do and how to sort out this dreaded situation!

Nothing can quite ruin a holiday like losing your passport! All of a sudden you feel totally trapped and like you will never get home. You have all these questions buzzing in your head, what do you do when you lose your passport?! Don’t worry! It is easier to solve than you may think. Take a look at this article and you will know exactly what to do about a lost passport! It is quite simple really.

What To Do About a Lost Passport Abroad

FAQs for Irish Citizens What do I do if my passport is expired, damaged or stolen? 

Apply for an emergency travel document  | What does an emergency travel document do?

 What To Do If You Lose A Passport In Specific Destinations

FAQs for Irish Nationals:

So you are probably full of questions and don’t know the process if your passport got lost, stolen or has expired. But fear not, it is actually simpler than you would think and I am going to cover everything as simply as possible. If you are an Irish national with a lost, stolen or expired passport then all you need to do is get an emergency travel document.

Can you travel when your passport is about to expire?

Generally your passport must be valid for at least 6 months before the end of your trip. In general, it is safer and easier to just renew your passport before you go away to avoid any problems. It is also worth checking for the specific country what their requirements are with passports and visas.

How long does it take to replace a passport?

If you are doing a simple renewal of your passport online because it has or will expire, then it will take about 10 days. Make sure you fill out the application correctly because this can delay the process if there are any errors.

Where do I renew my passport?

Renewing your passport has just gotten so much easier. Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs online and you can apply to renew your passport right there.

How much is a new passport?

In the case that you are renewing a passport because of its expiry date the costs are as follows:

Type of Passport
Passport Book (Standard 34-page passport) €75
Passport Card (For travels within the EU, EEA & Switzerland) €35
Passport Book & Card €100

I found my passport – Can I travel with it?

Unpacking and packing… moving from hostel to hostel, it can get quite hectic when you travel. So it can of course happen that you suddenly find your passport again in between all your dirty laundry or it has slipped into the inlay of your backpack. Wherever it was, if you have reported your passport as stolen, do not travel with it again. You could get into trouble and the police will ask questions. Always show your Emergency Travel Document.

Advice on how to recover a lost or stolen passport

What do I do if my passport is expired, damaged or stolen?

If your passport has expired or been damaged whilst you were on holiday, then you need to get an emergency travel document to allow you to fly home.

File a police report

Stolen passports need to be reported to the local police. For insurance purposes, it’s best to do this as soon as possible, and at least within 24 hours. Note: keep any crime report details and reference numbers for your application form. You will need to show the police report when you apply for your passport.

Take a passport picture

When you go to the embassy, bring a passport photo of yourself. You can either have packed some just in case from home, or find the nearest photo booth and take new ones. This will generally make the whole process of getting a new passport/ emergency travel document quicker.

Apply for an emergency travel document

Now to get the process rolling. You will need to find out where your nearest Embassy/ High Commission/ Consulate is on Here, you will apply for an emergency passport/ emergency travel document.

Here is what you have to bring:

  • You must apply in person
  • Bring the police report about the stolen or lost passport
  • Two passport photos
  • Your booking confirmation of your return flight
  • Additional proof of ID, the photocopy of your passport is essential here
  • Service fee

Do I have to pay?

Unfortunately, you will have to pay a fee, but it varies. In Germany e.g. it costs €30 but outside of office hours it can easily cost you around €100.

What does an emergency travel document do? 

So you are probably wondering how this magical piece of paper is enough to replace your lost passport, right? Well here’s some information on what the document actually is…

  • You can leave your holiday destination and return to Ireland/ country you are residing in.
  • You can travel via a maximum of 5 different countries.
  • The emergency travel document is only valid for a specific journey at a certain time.
  • Doesn’t automatically grant you entry to a country if you need a visa (check with the country’s Embassy/ Consulate)
  • You can only travel to the countries stated on the application.

What to do if you lose your passport in specific locations?

If you find yourself in the situation where you have a lost passport abroad, the steps to get home are usually the same. It mainly involves you contacting the Irish Consulate or Embassy in the relevant country. Report a lost passport to them, and request an emergency travel document. Don’t forget to cancel your lost passport! Here are some examples:

What if I lose my passport in Spain?

To report your stolen or lost passport you can contact the police in person, or call this number 902 102 112. You can report it in English and the number is serviced 9am – 9pm. After that you will have to pick up the report from a police station. With this signed report you should be able to get through the passport control at the airport. But do check this first with the airline you are flying with. If this is not the case, you have to contact the nearest Honorary Consulate to get you an Emergency Travel Document. Here is more information when you lose your passport in Spain.

What if I lose my passport in Germany?

Here, the same procedure takes places as in Spain, but they can a be a bit more strict about the proof of ID. So if you don’t have any other document on you that proves your identity you have to have your birth certificate taken to a Garda Station back home and they can fax it to Irish Embassy.

Back at home

Of course all this hasn’t brought back your passport, but it has gotten you back home safely. The only thing that is left to do is to reapply for a new passport now. You have to bring a whole bunch of documents for that, this is of course not possible online. Find out what you need to apply for a new passport here.

So, it’s all rather straight forward, right? Apart from the downside of the price, the whole process should be quick and simple, so there is no need to panic about your lost passport! I hope this article has helped… Let us know any crazy stories you’ve had on holiday from losing things – it happens to the best of us!

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