Lost Passport in the USA – should I panic???
A big call out to the seasoned STW travelling folk
Realized too late after an internal flight that my passport was still on the plane. By the time i got back to the airport, the plane was on the way to Dallas
Awaiting lost & found feedback in the morning
I’ve consulted the government website and have downloaded all relevant documents, will get a police report in morning and book a meeting with the British Consulate ASAP
However, can anyone offer any of their experiences in such a pickle?
How quickly to the consulate produce the emergency passport?
Hoping to travel back on Thursday evening
Any experiences would be welcome
Yes, and before you say it, i know that i’m a tit! 🙂
Many thanks!Posted 5 years agodroflufMember
Send us a postcard from Guantanamo 😀
Seriously, you’re not the first and you won’t be the last, the Consulate are fairly used to sorting new passports. I don’t know how long it takes but depending how long it takes to get an appointment travel on Thursday may be tight! Just a gut feel though
I assume you’ve seen this link? http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports/short-noticePosted 5 years agoBenHouldsworthMember
I once left my passport in a sex show in Amsterdam (pre 9/11); the consulate wrote me a letter to show passport control that literally read like a letter from my mum to the PE teacher at school, it had no photo on it just my name and I strolled through passport control at both ends.
Hope it turns up as I doubt Americans are as laid back.Posted 5 years agoiamsporticusMember
Well not yet anyway
My GF thought she’d lost our passports in France 2-3y ago
They actually turned up at the last minute but the story is as follows
After turning our Gite upside down over 2 days we gave up and phoned the Consulate
Our nearest office was at one of the ports not Paris BTW
Incredibly posh and pompous sounding bloke said if we really wanted to we could drive to him (approx 100miles) and he’d issue temporary paperwork to get us back in the UK, I cant remember if he wanted to see photo ID eg driving licence but he was a bit bored of the conversation and lead me to believe it wasnt a big deal
He went on to say it would be a decent wedge of cash, cant recall how much but poss £80 each for the 4 of us, and it was a long to his office way plus the UK and French authorities wouldnt be at all bothered by a car carrying a family turning up unannounced saying theyd lost their passports for the ferry
I was about to make the trip cos I didnt need the stress of a cavity search at either Dover or Calais when she realised where shed left them for safe keepingPosted 5 years ago
Which was niceBlazin-saddlesMember
a friend of mine lost his in Czech, well actually put in in another bag which he managed to send on to the UK ahead of him! He spent the morning waiting around the consulate in Czech and parted with around £100 but got a letter much described above to get back in to the UK.
I have however got back on the ferry from France with no paperwork at all, 5 of us in the car and 4 passports presented and checked. this was a few years ago now mind, not sure their so lax now.Posted 5 years agob rMember
If you do need to visit the ‘local’ consulate, I wonder where you’ll need to get to…, big place is the US if you can’t fly 😳
Does it help to have a photocopy with you?
Always carried a photocopy of passport and any visa’s plus spare photo’s – in my suit bag rather then carry-on – never needed them, but…Posted 5 years agoatlazMember
If you do need to visit the ‘local’ consulate, I wonder where you’ll need to get to…, big place is the US if you can’t fly
A lot of bigger cities will have a local British representative to help out. When I washed one passport I called him to ask what to do to avoid a 250 mile round trip (short by US measures) to the nearest consulatePosted 5 years ago
Different passport numbers ….. No visa for the country you just came from ……
I washed my passport – including washing visas clean out of it …
Decided i should fly back on my other one.
Got on the flight no bother as lax security at malabo airport.
Got through france no bother.
Hit the uk , aberdeen and got asked hundred and 1 questioms , taken aside to room and asked why id left on one passport and came back on another …. Produced my second passport in its crinkled form looking like the dog had eaten it …….Posted 5 years agoglobaltiMember
Couple of weeks ago at Schiphol I met a Dutch guy who had lost his passport; he had just come back from an office at the airport where the Dutch authorities had issued him with a temporary passport (pink!) in half an hour. I don’t think that would happen in Britain.Posted 5 years ago
I’m currently in Phoenix with a connecting flight out to Miami late tonight – apparently my photo ID will allow me onto the internal flight
There is a British Consulate in Miami which i’m about to book a appointment with
I’m meant to be travelling out to Whistler a week Friday on holiday, so will desperatly need another passport for that trip – and my passport can only be issued in the Isle of Man – so I need to get back there next week, and the UK home office say that i can’t get a premium passport after cancelling my current one – so this could be a major issue
Andy & Scud – cheers for the offers and potential piss taking
Coolhandluke – i look great in orange!!! 🙂Posted 5 years agob rMember
at least you’ll be more careful with the next one…
As a very seasoned traveller I always carry everything in the same place –
Passport in jacket l/h inside pocket, unless I’m actually in the airport and have checked in, then it is in my shirt pocket. Once I’ve shown my passport for the last time, it goes back to the inside pocket. Seat tab is then in my shirt pocket until landing. This applies to all items; phone, wallet etc.
It does mean that I always need an inside and shirt pocket though, my OCD problem 🙂Posted 5 years agoWhathaveisaidnowMember
Dallas, Pheonix, Miami, . .Whistler . . . what you need is a mule who can fetch carry and look after your valuables for you . . .
28k a year + expenses and i’m yours… a small price to pay for peace of mind when abroad. 😀
I’d also check you were posting in the correct sub forum for you too . .Posted 5 years ago
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