28th May 2014

What to do if you lose your passport

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Rachel Tyler Jones

Find out how to deal with a lost or stolen passport now, so that if the worst should happen you aren’t trying to figure it out through the haze of panic.

Step to take today, right now, this second
Go and find your passport, take a photo or photocopy the page with your photo on it and email it to yourself and someone you trust, preferably a family member. You can also print a copy of the photo and store it somewhere quite separate to your passport. If you are overseas when your passport is lost or stolen then this photocopy could help you out of some sticky situations.

If you are in Australia
If your passport is lost or stolen while you are in Australia, you have two options. You can either report the incident online or call the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232. If you are going to report your passport lost or stolen online you will need to know your passport number. If you have a photograph or photocopy of your passport then this won’t be difficult. In either case you will be asked to confirm your identity and then discuss the circumstances of the loss.

Replacing your passport in Australia
If you wish to apply for a replacement passport you will need to complete a New Passport Application form, provide details of the lost or stolen passport, attend an interview, pay the application fee and pay the appropriate lost/stolen passport fee.

If you are overseas
If you are overseas when your passport is lost or stolen it is vital that you report it immediately. You can either report it online or at the nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission.  To replace your passport you will need to complete an Overseas Passport Application form, provide details of your old passport, attend an interview, pay the application fee and pay the appropriate lost-stolen passport fee. 

Report a found passport
If you find an Australian Passport, either in Australia or overseas, you should send it to the Passport Office in your Australian capital city, or return it to the nearest Australian diplomatic or consular mission.  



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Engy
28th May 2014
7:18pm
I would put photocopies in each piece of luggage, one in a safe place at home and others to people I can trust and rely on to do the right thing in an emergency.
mick
28th May 2014
7:58pm
Or send copies to your email address and file them there.
mick
28th May 2014
7:58pm
My daughter was in Turkey when hers was stolen from the bus during a stop where passengers were told that the bus would be locked and that it was safe. So the kid had no passport, no money and nowhere to stay or food to eat. To add insult to injury the money we wired her through Western Union was not able to be claimed as she had NO PASSPORT TO IDENTIFY HER.
A wonderful experience. NEVER LET YOUR PASSPORT OUT OF YOUR SIGHT. Better still wear it around your waist in a money belt.
trood
28th May 2014
9:23pm
Just a couple of extra notes>
If you find your current lost passport you cannot use it; as soon as you report it lost it becomes void.
If you find your lost passport within 3 months of its reported loss also send in a request for a refund of the lost/stolen fee with your passport.
If you are overseas you will also need to pay a priority processing fee (to get your new passport in 2 days) as most travellers will not want to wait for 10 workings days.
Radish
30th May 2014
1:13pm
Before I travel I scan all relevant informaton into my computer; i,e, passports, contacts for lost credit cards, Visa card , Mastercard, travel documents, itinerary, phone number and address of Aussie Embassy in the country/countries I will be visiting etc.

I then transfer all this information to one of those small USB sticks which I hang on a lanyard and it goes around my neck while travelling to my destination. Not in my luggage.

I also give a copy of all this information (a hard copy) to my sister in law who looks after my home.

Once I have transferred this information to my USB stick I delete from my desktop computer.

One other thing is I go to the Smart Traveller web site and give details of my overseas travel and a contact number.
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24th Oct 2014
3:43am
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25th Oct 2014
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