What to do if you lose your passport

Losing your passport is every holidaymaker’s worst nightmare. Imagine carefully working your way through your checklist and remembering every last item, only to discover the most important thing is missing! Well, fear not, if the worst happens we’ve put together a guide on what to do if you lose your passport. Hopefully, you’ll never need it – but if danger strikes, we’ve got your back!

Did you know almost 50,000 of us Brits lose their passport abroad every year? In fact, we fork out a whopping £5 million a year replacing our misplaced passports.

So what do I do if I lose my passport?

Step 1: report it

If it happens to you, don’t panic. First of all, report your passport as lost or stolen – you can do that on the website here.

Reporting the loss or theft is crucial, as it prevents someone from using your identity.

Step 2: apply for an emergency travel document

The next step after reporting a lost or stolen passport is to apply for an emergency travel document. In these circumstances, this document can ensure you get home safely. If you’re simply on holiday or a short business trip, this is all you need to make it back home.

However, an emergency travel document can only see you through five countries. So it’s important to remember that if you’re in the middle of a longer trip, on a gap year travelling through several countries or travelling through different countries before reaching your final destination, an emergency travel document can only get you so far.

When applying for an emergency travel document, make sure you have your exact travel dates to hand, as these are required. Once you’ve done this, you have a form of temporary passport to help you get home, or to your destination.

Applying for an emergency travel document costs £100 and can be done here. It takes two working days to be processed, so make sure you do this as soon as you realise you’ve lost your passport.

Step 3: replace it

If you have an urgent need for travel documentation, you should have taken step 2 to ensure your emergency travel document got you home, or to your destination.

Now, you need to apply to replace your original passport to make sure you don’t find yourself in any further trouble.

Replacing a lost or stolen passport costs £75.50 online and £85 if you complete a paper form. It can be done online here.

What can I do to avoid losing my passport?

Although no one sets out to lose their passports, there are a few ways you can try to avoid it or at least prepare for the worst.

Prepare for the worst

It’s always smart to have as much evidence as possible, for example, even photocopying your passport and including the copies within your travel folder can prove extremely useful if you do come to lose it abroad.

Keep it safe

Once you’re on holiday, make use of your hotel room’s safe to keep all of your passports and other important documents safe.

Use alternative ID

When you’re out and about, try to use alternative forms of identification, or photocopies of your passport, rather than taking your passport along with you on day trips or nights out as a form of ID.

Secure it

If you have no other options than to take your passport out with you on holiday as a form of ID, you can invest in an anti-theft bag like this one to prevent a loss or theft.

What do I do about my airport parking if I am stuck abroad?

We understand that there can always be delays and unforeseen obstacles either before you travel or while you are away holiday, which may mean you won’t be arriving or returning on the date you originally stated when you booked your airport parking with Help Me Park. That’s life, and we are always prepared for anything!

If the worst should happen, simply contact us 24/7 to let us know what’s happening, so we can plan and accommodate any change of plans accordingly.

You can contact our friendly customer service team by calling 01342 844576 or emailing