Last year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it was estimated that more than 21,000 British Passports were reported lost or stolen. And who is it that picks up the pieces, sorts out emergency travel docs and makes sure that you can actually get home once your holiday is over? That’s right, it’s the FCO’s consulates around the world. Lat year British Consulates issued over 30,000 Emergency Travel Documents (ETD's).
So how can you avoid spending your holiday queueing up at the local British Embassy? Simple. Make sure that you are #passportaware by taking a couple of minutes out of your day to watch the video below. It shows four typical ways that holidaymakers are relieved of their passports every day. Once you know how it happens, you’ll be able to be aware of how to stop it…
How to keep your passport safe this summer
- Be aware of your surroundings and strangers who take an unusual amount of interest in you
- A damaged passport cannot be used for travel, so value it and keep it safe
- Lock your passport in a safe
- Make two photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store an electronic copy securely
- Check the entry requirements of your destination before you go
- Ensure you fill in the emergency details before you go
Of course, if the worst came to the worst and you did lose your passport, then our travel insurance policies can compensate you up to £350 (on Superior policies) for the hassle it’ll cause you and the extra costs incurred. But better not to lose it in the first place and enjoy a happy holiday, no?