What to do if your passport gets lost or stolen on holiday
A lost or stolen passport on holiday can really make you panic. But try to stay calm. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to get back safe and sound, wherever you are.
Report the loss/theft to the local police
The first thing you need to do is report the loss or theft of your passport to the local police. This is an essential step. You will need a copy of the police report in order to get a replacement passport or emergency travel documentation. If the police do not give you a report, you at least need to demonstrate evidence that you tried to get them to do so.
Emergency travel documentation
It’s possible to get emergency travel documentation from your nearest British Consulate office for genuine, urgent or essential travel. You will need verification of identity (so it makes sense to take ID other than your passport on holiday) as well a copy of your police report. Background and identity checks will be carried out, which can take time. There will also be a fee. Take out a travel policy with us at World First Travel Insurance and you will be able to recover this cost when you arrive home.
Cancelling your passport
It’s essential that you fill in an LS01 form to cancel your lost passport. If you apply for emergency travel documentation, this form will automatically be included in your application. However, if you do not need to arrange an emergency alternative for your lost passport you can obtain an LS01 form from any British Embassy or Consulate. You can also print off a copy from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. Once your completed LS01 form is received your passport will be electronically cancelled. It is important to submit your LS01 form as soon as possible to prevent identity theft or the possibility of someone else entering the UK on your passport.
What if you find your passport?
Finding your passport might be a big relief. But be careful. If you find your passport after you have completed an LS01 form it’s important that you do not use it. It will have been electronically cancelled so any attempt to use it could be detected as fraud and could result in you being detained by local authorities.
- Report the loss or theft of your passport to the local police immediately
- Get a copy of the police report and photocopy it for your own records and insurance purposes
- Submit an LS01 form to cancel your passport (this will be done automatically if you apply for emergency documentation)
- If you find your passport after you have submitted an LS01 form, do not try to use it
For more information visit the Foreign & Commonwealth website: