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What To Do If Your Passport Is Lost or Stolen

There is no worse feeling than being in the middle of what was an otherwise enjoyable vacation in a foreign country, only to discover you've either lost your passport or it has been stolen.

Anyone who has traveled outside of the United States knows the importance of having a passport. Without one, you cannot gain re-entry into your country of citizenship.

What is a Passport?

A passport is a document which is issued by a national government as a means of identification for the person who holds it. It certifies the identity and nationality of the person listed on the document, which is important when traveling internationally.

In the United States, passports are issued through one of the State Department's 14 passport issuing centers. They also can be issued through clerks at federal and state courts, designated post offices and U.S. consular authorities in foreign countries for citizens who are living abroad.

Passports expire every 10 years for citizens over the age of 18 and every five years for those under 18. Upon expiration, passports must be replaced if the holder wishes to continue having one. Because people change in appearance with age, passports cannot simply be renewed, but must be completely replaced, including with an updated photo of the passport holder.

When Do I Need a Passport?

Passports have been required for entry into foreign countries, as well as re-entry into the United States from foreign countries, since Dec. 15, 1915, when an executive order was issued requiring all who traveled abroad to possess one. Prior to that, passports rarely were used for foreign travel or re-entry into the United States from a foreign country.

There are only a few exceptions to this rule, including closed-loop cruises, which leave and return to the same port. Land or sea travel into Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean also does not require a passport, but travelers on these kinds of trips still must possess an enhanced driver's license or a Nexus Card.

What Should I Do if I Lose my Passport?

If you are overseas when you discover that your passport is lost or stolen, the only way to deal with it is to visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Once there, you will need to speak with someone in the American Citizens Services unit. It is important to provide information about how soon you need to leave the country when you report the passport lost or stolen so the officials know how quickly they must act to help you replace it. You will be directed to the best place to have a new passport photo taken, and led through the steps necessary to replace the passport. You also will be required to provide proof of identity during the process.

If your passport has been stolen, you also will need to report it to the local authorities to help prevent identity theft.

Prior to leaving for any trip overseas, it is helpful to make photocopies of your passport and leaving the documentation with a trusted friend or family member. That information can be faxed upon request and used by the proper authorities to help replace a lost or stolen passport in a speedier manner.

If you are in the U.S. when you discover you no longer are in possession of your passport, you will need to report it lost or stolen to local authorities for the purposes of identity theft prevention. Then you can start the process of replacing it through the local passport-issuing agency. If you require a replacement in a short period of time, you can pay extra money to expedite the process.

Govt to issue e-passports from March 2018: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Wednesday that the Passports and Immigration Office will begin issuing e-passports from next year. The contract for the preparation of e-passports had earlier been signed by a representative of private French ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:14:00 GMT



E-passports to be issued from next year: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Wednesday that the Passports and Immigration Office will begin issuing e-passports from next year. The contract for the preparation of e-passports had earlier been signed by a representative of private ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:23:00 GMT



Pakistan to issue e-passports in 2018

LAHORE: Pakistan will start issuing e-passports from March 2018, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday. Earlier, Passports and Immigration Director General Usman Bajwa signed the contract with a representative of private French company Gemalto.

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:17:00 GMT



TV benefits fraudster who flaunted her jet-set lifestyle is JAILED: Mum-of-three in £240k scam used fake names and passports to rip off 22 councils and buy holidays and a £ ...

A benefits cheat who fiddled 22 councils out of more than £244,000 in bogus housing benefit claims has been jailed for four years. Mother-of-three Tania Amisi, who lived in Chelsea Harbour in London, used fake names and different passports to trick local ...

Published:  Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT



Brit tourists risk missing flights home under new scheme to replace lost passports that will see two-day wait for emergency documents

BRIT travellers who lose their passports could miss flights under a new scheme which will see a TWO DAY wait for an "emergency" replacement. The Foreign Office has introduced a new system in which applications for emergency documents will be processed ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:48:00 GMT



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