How To Proceed If You Require A Lost American Passport Replacement While Visiting A Foreign Country

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As much as we try to prevent inconvenient situations from arising while we travel, accidents, thefts and losses inevitably happen. The best way to deal with unexpected situations is to predict and plan for them.

Take all of the necessary steps to prepare for lost passport replacement before you embark on your journey. This will ensure that should an accident happen regarding your passport, you will not be stuck in a foreign country with no identification.

When preparing for a trip, people make reservations at hotels, pack their bags and set extra money aside for emergency situations. It is rare that people actually take the time to plan for situations such as a lost or stolen passport. Planning for a lost passport should be just as high on your list as budget planning, because it happens to people all of the time and it can be a complicated process.

The last thing you want to happen while traveling is to be left with no form of identification. If your wallet is stolen with all of your bank cards and your driver's license, you do not want to have to show up at the embassy with no way of proving who you are.

It will be difficult to get a replacement passport under a name that you have no way of proving belongs to you. In order to avoid this confusion, make Xerox copies of your passport and all ID cards before leaving.

Calculate your budget so that you have some extra money to pay for a replacement passport should you need one. Keep in mind that even if you have the money in your bank account, you may not be able to access it. It is a good idea to bring several forms of payment with you while traveling. In addition to cash, bring travelers checks, bank cards and credit cards.

The moment you realize your passport is nowhere to be found, you should call the police. Reporting your passport missing is an imperative step in getting a replacement. The sooner you report the theft or loss, the sooner you can begin applying for a new passport.

Once you have reported your passport missing, you should go to the American embassy (if you are American). At the embassy you will be asked to fill out a form called the DS-11. In addition you will have to show some sort of identification. This is when your photocopied documents will come in handy. If you have no form of identification, you can still get a replacement passport, but it will take longer.

The chances of your credit card getting stolen along with your passport are likely if you pack the two together. Talk with someone you trust from home who can wire you money if you need to pay for passport replacement fees but do not have a credit card. Make sure this person will be available during the time you are traveling.

Losing a passport can put a huge dent in your travel plans. Most countries will not even let you board a flight without your lost United States passport replacement in hand. Talk to the embassy about expediting your replacement passport. If you have a flight to catch, they may be able to give you an Emergency Pass Port. This document will only be temporary, so you will have to apply for a permanent passport once you arrive in the U.S.

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