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Lost passports abroad cost Brits millions a year
« on: January 23, 2016, 11:38:24 AM »
Lost passports abroad cost Brits millions a year

Thousands of British nationals pay for emergency travel documents every month as last-minute passport replacements.

Using your passport as a beer mat, notebook or accidentally putting it in the laundry are just some of the reasons why British travellers are spending millions of pounds each year on Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) - issued when passports are lost, stolen or damaged whilst abroad.

In 2014/15 20,663 British passports were reported lost or stolen worldwide and British travellers received 37,890 ETDs: a 22% increase on the year before (Helping British Nationals Abroad 2014/15).

Take care of your passport


In 2015, lost and stolen passports in the South East Asia region accounted for 44 % of all ETDs issued.

The British Embassy in Bangkok issues the highest number of ETDs in South East Asia. On average that is 55 ETDs each month - nearly 700 per year. Over 70% are down to lost and stolen passports.

Key tips for keeping your passport safe abroad

Value your passport and look after it carefully
Your passport is not always safer on you – lock it in a safe if you have access to one
Make two photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store it online using a secure data storage site
Where possible, use this photocopy as alternative ID, for example when going out at night
Make sure your passport is valid

For certain countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go

Further information here: gov.uk/government
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