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4 tips on losing your passport or visa

 Despite all the precautions during travel, you may experience embarrassing situations such as lost passport. In these moments you will be confused and frustrated and don't know how you should behave. In fact, there are some simple and easy steps that travel experts recommend when you lose your passport or visa.

4 tips on losing your passport or visa

Tourist Story in Europe:

The Spanish website Viva Mundo presented the story of a tourist in Europe from whom his passport had been lost, and it was not known whether the passport had been inadvertently dropped or stolen, but it certainly was the worst moment of his journey.

According to the website, a person who loses his passport must first go looking for him at the train station's office of secretariats, because often such documents appear when workers clean the means of transport and find them and carry them to the secretariats. So this tourist who lost his passport on Friday, waited over the weekend until Monday to go search for the passport, but did not find him.

"Then the same day I went to my consulate to get help to solve the problem, so they asked me to report the police department about the missing document, photos to extract a new passport, and pay some fees through the bank for this service.

Fortunately, I kept all my passport data, such as the date of issuance, expiration date, full names of the mother and father, and ID number.

He then went to the police station to report that his passport had been lost, and as he was facing time pressure because the consulate's doors were open for specific hours, he asked a friend to go to the bank to transfer a sum of money to the consulate, while he finished writing a report at the police station.

When he finished, he retrieved the photos and returned to the consulate, and in less than half an hour was able to obtain a new passport.

The site says this event, which at first glance may seem tragic, but it is a simple problem that can be resolved quickly and smoothly. It may take longer, but consulates also have the power to issue a temporary travel document in emergencies, allowing you to return to your country if your flight is due soon.

As for visa re-issuance, this was more complicated. The tourist had applied for a Schengen visa to roam in Europe from the German Embassy. Because he obtained the visa number by e-mail in an official correspondence from the Embassy, he returned to his mailbox and retrieved the data he needed.

By relying on these data, he returned to the consulate and filled out a form, attaching a copy of the passport's lost record and personal photographs. He was able to obtain again a valid visa for the same period, and was able to continue his journey.

However, with the British consulate, it was not that easy, as they asked him to re-do all the procedures and apply for a visa from the outset, which was not possible without the necessary documentation.

4 travel tips to avoid losing your passport or visa :

    1-Make a rendering copy of your papers:

Before you travel, keep a photocopy of your passport and your visas, credit cards and all important documents, such as the insurance contract. Better if you have a digital copy of these documents in your mailbox or phone, you can view them and use them whenever needed.

    2-Hold your passport in one place:

Do not carry your passport at all times, you can leave it in the hotel safe and take a copy of it if you are asked. If you are in another country and want to apply for a visa, you must ensure that your passport stays with you and does not leave it with the embassy, since it is the only recognized personal document outside your country.

    3-Report lost papers to the police:

If you do not find your passport in the lost items box within a short period of time, you must file a complaint with the police and if they find it, they will contact you. Even if they do not find it, this procedure will enable you to protect yourself if someone else uses or falsifies your passport.

    4-Contacts with consulates and embassies:

If you have enough time, it is better to contact the consulates and embassies concerned to get back the visas that were in your passport. Try to communicate with them by phone or email to buy time and prepare the necessary documents before going to them. If time raids you, ask your country's embassy to help you travel on an emergency basis.


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