Why There Is No Need To Freak Out After Losing Your USA Passport

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If you are organizing an elaborate vacation with lots of traveling and moving around, don’t forget to take some important steps to prepare yourself in case some sort of accident occurs and you end up with a lost U.S. passport. Whether you lose your passport during the scuffle of packing or you get pick-pocketed while you are getting on and off of trains in Europe, you should be prepared by informing yourself ahead of time, about the process of getting a new passport.

If you have lost your U.S. passport documents while still in the United States, then you are one of the lucky ones. Dealing with any sort of passport mishap is always easier on U.S. soil. All you have to do is fill out a form and send it to the Department of State. This form can be found online at the official website of the U.S. Department of State.

Unfortunately, anyone who has ever traveled before knows that things get stolen and lost a lot easier when you are carrying around everything you own from country to country. If your passport gets stolen, you have to tell the local authorities so they can help you try to track it down. If you have simply misplaced or lost your passport, you will need to talk to somebody at the United States Embassy about getting a temporary passport for your return flight home (or the rest of your travels). Bring all of your planned itineraries with you to the Embassy so you can clearly explain why you need a temporary passport.

The Embassy will ask you to fill out a passport application, but due to new regulations, they cannot give you a real passport. When you arrive back in the U.S., you will have to re-apply for a permanent passport to replace your lost or stolen one.

However, if you get your bank cards and driver’s license stolen along with your passport, there is nothing the Embassy can do to replace those. That will prove to be an issue when you have no way of proving that you are who you say you are when you go to apply for a temporary passport. But don’t fret as you won’t be stuck in a foreign country forever. The embassy has ways of dealing with situations such as these but the process is just a lot slower. To ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, bring photocopies of everything you think could be important in the future, just to be safe.

Another smart idea is to keep a journal where you have all of your important identification numbers written down. If you are incredibly unlucky and lose not only your passport but your ID and your bank cards and all of the photocopies you made, hopefully you will still have a sheet of paper with your passport number written on it.

Have someone trustworthy from home agree to pay for passport fees in the event that something happens with your documents. You could have your money stolen as well. Think of these things ahead of time and make preparations.

If you end up with a lost U.S. passport, you won’t be trapped in a foreign country with no way out. However, the more you prepare ahead of time, the easier the process will be. Don’t panic if you lose your passport but make sure you act quickly to recover it.

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