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What Happens If I lose My Passport on My Travels?

Written by:
Claire Dean

Published: 19-09-2022

Traveling is one the best life experiences, seeing new places, learning about new cultures, trying new foods and visiting unique sites…. what could be better? For many, traveling is their life and what they live for. While traveling, you will have many positive experiences but also some negatives. This is what to do, so you must do it if you lose your passport in Peru.


Passport Stamps


Unexpected things can happen anywhere you travel, and losing your travel documents can cause panic; how will you travel home? What to do now? If you happen to lose your passport, you first need to contact the tourist police, here with the help of your travel designer, and they will give you a police report. Next, you will need to get your Embassy or Consulate in Peru. Most of these are situated in Lima, the capital of Peru. Some consulates in Cusco will help you obtain an emergency travel document. With your police report, you can contact your insurance company to help with the costs of replacing your travel documents. It would be best if you travel with insurance for the unforeseen things that may happen while traveling to any country. It is important to remember to buy a policy that contains theft and medical insurance cover.


Peruvian Immigration


General Information


1. Make an official report for a lost passport

After you have looked everywhere and retraced your steps, find your nearest police station and file a report. This is obligatory for any travel insurance policy; your embassy or consulate will ask for this vital information.

2. Call your  Passport Office

This is so that you can officially register the passport as lost. Once you officially register your passport as lost or stolen, it is no longer valid. It cannot be used for travel.

3.  Find the nearest embassy or consulate

Now’s the time to locate your closest embassy or consulate, as they will help you apply for a new passport. Ring ahead and book an appointment, and inform the consular officer if you were the victim of theft. It’s also important to be clear about leaving the country.

4. Gather all the supporting documents

To replace your passport, you’ll need to submit some documents with the application when you arrive at the embassy.

You’ll need the following information:

A passport photo (some embassies will provide this, but it’s always better to come prepared and bring your own)
Identification document (driver’s license, expired passport etc.).
Proof of citizenship (birth certificate, driving license or a photocopy of your passport if possible).
Travel itinerary (airline/train tickets).
A police report

5. Wait for the replacement passport

You will be issued an emergency passport within 24 hours if you have immediate travel plans. Be aware that this emergency passport will only last you for the journey back home — you’ll have to get a new passport when you return home. Consulates and embassies can’t issue passports on weekends or public holidays. Unless it is a genuine emergency, travelers can contact an after-hours consular officer. It always helps to travel with an extra passport copy scanned on your phone, via email, or printed to prove your citizenship status.


Embassy Sign



 USA citizens

You will have to replace the passport before returning to the United States. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance. Contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates is also available on our country information pages. Ask to speak to the Consular Section to report your passport lost or stolen. If you have been the victim of a severe crime, tell a consular officer about it as soon as possible so we can provide appropriate assistance. If you are scheduled to leave the foreign country shortly, please provide our consular staff with your travel details. We will make every effort to assist you quickly. You will also be directed to where you can obtain a photo of your replacement passport.  In most cases, you must get a passport photo before arriving at the consular section. Suppose you are notified by a relative or friend traveling abroad theirs/her U.S. passport has been lost/stolen. In that case, you may wish to contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services, U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, at 1-888-407-4747. That office can help you put your friend or loved one in touch with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate. Your relative/friend must apply for a new passport at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

US Embassy in Peru
ADDRESS: Avenida La Encalada cdra. 17 s/n, Surco, Lima 33, Peru
Telephone: (51-1) 618-2000
EMAIL: lima_webmaster@state.gov
Website: https://pe.usembassy.gov/


US Passport

UK Citizens

If you’ve lost your passport in Peru, you should notify the UK embassy, consulate or high commission in your country. They can cancel it to prevent it from being used by anyone else (you can also do this online) and so you can acquire documents to get you home. You may need to make an appointment to apply for emergency travel documents, so call ahead first. It’s a good idea to note the nearest authority to your destination before you go. Emergency travel documents will help you get home without your passport. There’s a specific process for this, so you should ensure you take all the relevant paperwork with you to your appointment. This includes a completed form, a recent photo, a copy of the police report in the case of theft and details of your journey home. The process also incurs a fee that can usually be claimed back through your travel insurance. The UK Government also has a Passport Adviceline, which can be contacted at +44 (0)300 222 0000. It’s open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, and 9 am to 5.30 pm on Saturday, Sunday and UK bank holidays.

British Embassy in Peru
Torre Parque Mar (22nd Floor), Avenida José Larco 1301, Miraflores, Lima.
Embassy opening hours:
08:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:30 (Monday to Thursday)
08:00 - 13:00 (Friday)
Telephone: +51 1 617 3000
Website: https://www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document


British Passport


Australian Citizens

If your passport is lost or stolen, you have to tell us. The Australian Consulate in Peru is in Lima.
The Australian Passports Act 2005 has penalties for people who don’t report the loss or theft of their passports as soon as possible. It’s also a criminal offense to make false or misleading statements. There are penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine of 1000 penalty units or both. These legal provisions help protect you and others against identity theft. Make sure your passport is lost or stolen before you tell us. The moment you make a report, we’ll cancel your passport, and you won’t be able to use it again, even if you find it or recover it. You’ll have to get a new passport and pay the usual fee.

Australian Embassy in Peru
Av. La Paz 1049, Piso 10, Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú
Telephone: +51 1 630 0500
Website: https://peru.embassy.gov.au/lima/home.html


Australian  Passport