Lost your indian passport abroad? Here is what you need to do!

indian passport

Traveling abroad for business, tourism or honeymoon is often lots of fun and a great experience for many indians. Sometimes it can be a nightmare, if your bags are stolen and with that your passport is gone.

Indians have to be careful when traveling in Europe, in countries such as Spain, Italy etc. and keep an eye out for pick pockets and tourist scams.

If you lose your indian passport abroad in a foreign country, you are stuck there without your identification documents leading to lots of hassles, expenses, sleepless nights. Dont panic! Here is what you need to do. The procedure is the same if your passport is stolen.

1. Go to nearest police station

Go to the nearest police station where you are, file a police report (tell them where you lost your passport), they will give you a copy of police report in about 30 minutes. Dont be afraid to go to the police station. Police report is one of most important documents you must have in hand proving your the loss/theft of your passport along with other valuables.

2. Call the Indian embassy

Call the indian embassy at the emergency lines and let them know your about your passport loss, They are there to help you. Here is a complete list or google the embassy website.

Indian Missions / Posts Emergency Telephone Numbers for Consular Related Grievances

http://www.mea.gov.in/indian-missions-abroad.htm

Name of Country Missions Name

Telephone/Mobile  Number

Afghanistan Kabul Mob:  +93 705127830
Tel:    + 93 20 2200185
Herat 00-93-40-221145
Jalalabad 0093-782507287
Kandahar 00-873-0705509663

00-873-0700320746

Mazar-e-Sharif Mob: +93-702020268
Tel (Off.): +93-(50)-2047242
Algeria Algiers  00-213-661-483-374
Angola, Equatorial Guinea & Sao Tome & Principe Luanda 00-244-222371060
00-244-222371089
Argentina, Paraguay, Oriental Republic of Uruguay Buenos Aires Off.: 4328-9141 ; 4393-4001(fax)
Res.: 4328-1371
Mob: 15-3578-9655-Emergency number
Armenia, Georgia Yerevan Mob: 00-374-55009115
Tel (Res):00-374-10-566165Mob: 00-374-91382746Mob. No. 00-374-091308617
Austria Vienna
Montenegro
Tel (Off.): 0043 1 5850793 29
Tel (Res): 0043 1 7986745
Mob : 0043 6606366648Tel (Off.): 0043 1 5850793 46
Tel(Res): 0043 1 5441539
Mob : 0043 68860649043
Australia Canberra +61-432585493.
Melbourne +61-430020828
Sydney +612 9223 2702
+61420 277 261
Perth 0061-0412185517
Azerbaijan Baku +994 50 2300422 (Cell)

+994 50 2300424 (Cell)

Bahrain Bahrain 0097317714209 (office)
0097339415772 (Mob)0097317180529( Office)
0097334317898( Mob)
Belarus Minsk Tel (Off.): 00-375-17-2621546
Mob: 00-375-44-7712015
Bangladesh Dhaka Tel Off – 0088-02-9888789-91
Mob : 0088-1937400591
Chittagong 880-31-654148
Rajshahi 00-880-721-861213
Belgium, Luxembourg Brussels Off: 0032-2645-1865

Emergency:0032-2646-6872
(after office hours)
Mob :0032-0476-748- 575

Bhutan Thimphu 009752-322161
00975-17114209
Phuentsholing 00-975-5-252101
00-975-5-252101
Botswana Gaborone +267-71366117

+267-71328359

Brazil Brasilia Direct line : Chancery :5561- 32484006
Fax: 5561-32487849Mob: 5561-81572157-Mob: 5561-82542019
Sao Paulo +00-55-11-994518224
Brunei Darussalam +673-7193064
Bulgaria, Macedonia Sofia 00359-888990985.
Cambodia Phnom Penh +855-23-210912
+855-23-210913
Mob : +85512-811202
Canada Ottawa 00-1-613-744-3753
Toronto Mob : 647-241-5729
Vancouver Tel (Off.) :+1 604 681 0003

001 604 561 0874

Chile Santiago Tel (Off.): 00-56-2-22635817
Tel (Res.):00-56-2-27918027
Mob :00-56-9-81393990
China Beijing Tel (Off.) 0086-10-8531-2512
Mob: 0086-18612083607
Guangzhou Tel (Off.) :+86-20-85501509
Mob: +86-18588885692
Hong Kong +852 90771083
Shanghai 00-86-189-6477-6513
Colombia, Ecuador Bogota Mob: 00-57-313-4751638
Congo (Dem. Rep.), with Congo, Gabon & Central African Republic Kinshasa Tel : +243-971000493
+243-971000490/91/92
Mob: +243-817119904Tel  : +243-971000490/91/92
Mob: +243-817119908
Cote d’Ivore, Liberia, Guinea & Sierra Leone Abidjan. +225 04003397
Croatia Zagreb 00-385-1-4873239-41
Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti Havana + 53 52862736)
Cyprus Nicosia 00-357-99613791
Czech Republic Prague Mob : +420 733 640 703
Denmark Copenhagen Tel :+45 39 10 86 29
Mob: +45 61 59 88 16
Egypt Cairo +20 128 347 1112

+20 127 499 8894

Ethiopia, Djibouti Addis Ababa Tel. (Off)  :  +251-111260883
Mob: +251-929907271
Fiji, Tonga, Tuvalu & Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and Vanuatu Suva +679 – 9921474
Finland, Estonia Helsinki 358-9-22899115
358-442174032
France, Monaco Paris (During Office Hours)
014050508401405050880140505087(After Office Hours)
069828707101405051030140505104
Saint Denis +262 693 709097
Germany Berlin 015112561532

015114209386

01704515167

Frankfurt 0049-69-15300556
Hamburg 00-49-15116160030
Munich Office +49 89 21023950
Tel (Res.): +4989 45027973
Mob:+49 l71 2885973
Ghana, Burkino Faso, Togo Accra 00233 -(0)-263135416,
Greece Athens + 30 6936103443
Guatemala 00502 2368 2974
00502 2368 3230
Guyana, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis Georgetown +592 684 9088
+592 226 5337
Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina Budapest +36-30-4208989

+36-30-519-9944

+3630-8644595

Iceland Reykjavik 00354 5349955

00354 618 1455

00354 841 7870

Indonesia, Timor Leste, East Timor Jakarta 0062-21-5204150
Medan +62-61-4531308

+62-61-4556452

Bali Tel : (+62-361) 259 507
Mob: (+62) 811 386 7270Tel : (+62-361) 259 504
Mob: (+62) 811 386 7274
Iran Tehran Attended 24 hours for all purpose.
0098-21-88755103-5 -For Consular Affairs :
0098-21-88529313For Administrative Affairs
0098-21-88744571
Bandar Abbas 0098-7633661746

0098-7633661746

Zahidan  0098-54-33222337
0098-54-33221740
0098-9155439827
Iraq Baghdad 00964 770 4444899
Ireland Dublin 00-353-871478543
Israel Tel Aviv 00-972-3-5226748
Italy, San Marino
Italy
Rome 0039-3316142085
Milan 00393881612070
Jamaica, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands Kingston 1-876-2798003
Japan, Marshall Islands Tokyo, Marshall Islands 00 81-3-3262 2397
Osaka-Kobe 00 81-7 8855 8375

00 81-80 2524 1797

Jordan Amman 00962778333778

Mob: 00-962-776333412

Mob: 00-962-776333712

Kazakhstan Astana 7 701 2207607
Almaty 701 2207608
Kenya, Eritrea, Somalia Nairobi +254 710880745
Mombasa Tel: 00254 41 2311051
00254 41 2224433Mob: 00254 731684377
Korea (DPR) Pyongyang  +850-2-  381-7215 (IDD) – Office382-7526 (Local) – Office Cell: +850- 1912500376
Korea (Republic of) Seoul  00-82-10-9356-4188
Kuwait Safat 00965-22530600
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek +996 312?979258
Lao PDR Vientiane +856 21 352299
+856 20 55555902+856 21 315900
+856 20 55529177
Lebanon Beirut 961-76860128
Libya, Malta Tripoli 00216 75750248
00216 53045672
00218 21340928800216 75750248
00218 213409289
00218 94544032
Malta 00356 79798081
Madagascar, Comoros Antananarivo 0331513131
Malawi Lilongwe Tel (Off.) : +265 1750014
Mob : +265 994965965
Tel (Res.): +265 1759938Tel (Off.): +265 1755337
Mob: +265 995655445
Tel (Res.): +265 1750081
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur 0102550612
00-60-102550612
Maldives Male +960-3324-857
Mali Bamako Tel (Off):
(00 223) 20 23 54 20 /(00 223) 20 23 54 21
Mob. : 00 223 719 189 10 / 00 223 764 092 58
Mauritius Port Louis (00230) 58881266Mob: +230-52510582
Tel (Off.) +230-2111393
Tel (Res.):+230-4669617
Mexico Mexico 00 52 55 52034803(office)
00 52 55 52543841 (Res)
00 52 55 41401681 (Mob)
Morocco Rabat (+212) 6 61 18 31 95
Mongolia Ulaanbaatar Tel:  +976-11-453075
Mob: +976-99908547
Mozambique, Swaziland Maputo  + 258-823329538
Myanmar Yangon Tel: 0095-2-80355/81019
Fax: 0095 2 77890
Mob: 0095 9 2054490
Mandalay Mob-0095-9-2054490,
Tel-0095-2-80355/81019
Namibia Windhoek Mob:.00264 811225974
Tel:00264 61-258108/226036Mob: 00264 8111424257
Tel : 00264 61 243316
Nepal Kathmandu Tel : 00977-1-4423702
Mob : 00977-1-9851107021
Biratngar 00977-9852024958

00977-9852026267

Birgunj Tel: 00977-51-533714
Mob: 00977-9855022809
Netherlands The Hague +31-703106310
New Zealand, Samoa, Nauru, Kiribati Wellington  00-64-21539817
Niger Niamey Tel (Direct): +227-20370109
Tel (Chancery): +227-20370029/30
Mob :  +227-99759975
Nigeria, Benin, Chad, Cameroon Abuja +234 9021396918
Office of the High Commission of India, Lagos Tel: +23414480878
Mob: +2348128308751
Norway Oslo Office: +47-2411-5926
Residence:+47-2255-0519
Mobile:+47-9501-3915
Oman Muscat 00 -968 -2469 5981
00 -968 -8007 1234
Pakistan Islamabad Tel : 0092-51-2823363
Mob: 0092-3028514548
Fax:  0092-51-2823102
0092-51-2823386Tel: 0092-51-2828379
Mob: 0092-3028569733
Fax:  0092-51-2823102
0092-51-2823386
Palestine Ramallah +972-2-2903033
Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua Mob: 00 507 62120635

Mob: 00 507 62721640
Tel: 00 507 2691163

Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu & Solomon Islands Port Moresby Tel :00 675 321 4291
00 675 321 0528Mob: 00 675 71417448
Peru, Bolivia Lima  Off : +511 2616006 and +511 460 2289 (Landlines)
Mob : +51 98926 8080  /  +51 98928 6464   /  +51 98928 8899
Philippines, Palau, Micronesia Manila 63 – 9477836524
Poland, Lithuania Warsaw +48-606700105
Portugal Lisbon +351-916653752
Qatar Doha 00974 -44255725 / 44255711

Mob: 00974-33872462

00974-44255714 , Mob: 00974-33451607

Romania, Albania, Moldova Bucharest +40 21210 93 30

+40.21.210.93.29

Russian Federation Moscow +7 926 808 4929
St. Petersburg Tel : +7812 6407215
Mob :+79117776948Tel : +78126407216
Mob : +79111928458Tel : +7812 6407215
Mob :+79811359740
Vladivostok +74232413920

+79146750807
+79146750809

Saudi Arabia Riyadh 00-966-11-4884697 & 4881982
8002471234 (Toll Free No.for use within Saudi Arabia only)
Jeddah 00966-12-6648660

(for death related cases)
00966-556122301

Serbia Belgrade 0038-11-2666520
Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. Dakar 221- 775295091
Seychelles Victoria 00248-2815080
Singapore Singapore 0065 62382538.
Slovak Republic Bratislava 00421-2-52631374
00421-2-52962916
00421-915876226
Slovenia Republic Ljubljana 00-386-30412272.
South Africa, Lesotho Pretoria  079 528 2742
Cape Town 078 099 2020
Durban Mob : 0027 83 463 7100

Mob : 0027 83 776 7024

Mob: 0027 83 776 7023

Johannesburg 27 716764230
Spain, Andorra

http://www.embassyindia.es/

Madrid 0034-913503095
0034-648583243
Sri Lanka Colombo 00-94-11-2472684
Kandy Mob:0094 0715313088
Tel : 0094-81-2223777
Jaffna Mob :00 94 777902785
Tel (Off.) :00 94 21 2220501Mob : 00 94 777800201
Tel (Off.) :0094 21 2219672
Hambantota Mob : +94-756202431
Tel (Res): +94-47 2222608
00-94-47-2222500/503Mob: +94-0773868443
Tel (Res.): +94-47 2222601
Tel (Off.) : +94-2222500
Sudan Khartoum 00-249-922458098

249 1 8357 4001/2/3/4

Sudan (South) Juba +211 922000188
Suriname, Barbados, St.Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines Paramaribo 00 597 498 344 extension 105 (Office)
442 245 (Residence)
Mobile: 00 597 723 0004
Sweden, Latvia

https://www.indianembassy.se/

Stockholm 0046-768982760
Switzerland, Holy See and Liechtenstein

http://indembassybern.ch/

Berne +41-31-3680680
+41-796533356 (mob)
Geneva (0041-22-7311214 & 0041-789047945
Syria Damascus Mob: 00963-933-242506

Mob: 00963-930-188813

Tajikistan Dushanbe 992-37-2211186
992-935710263
992-372275631
Tanzania Dar es Salaam +255 783 344 840
+255 783 344 850
Zanzibar Mob:  + 255 774704900
Tel (Res.): + 255 24 2235259
Thailand Bangkok +66-618819218
Chiangmai Mob: +66-812876117
Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Dominica, Monteserrat Port of Spain +1-868-2913099
+1-868-6212461+1-868-6241874
Tunisia Tunis +216-71787819 / 71790968
Extention :  104Mob.: 00216-98313170
Turkey Ankara Tel (Off.): 0090-312-440 8259
Tel (Res.):0090-312-439 8056 (Res)
Mob: 0090-5303 142 203Tel (Off.): 0090-312-438 5371
Tel (Res.):0090-312-442 2619
Mob:0090-5303 142 205
Istanbul 90 212 2910942
Turkmenistan Ashgabat +993-63806622
Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda Kampala +256-414257368
+256-41-4344631
+256-41-4342994+256-759207102+256-759207100
U.A.E. Abu Dhabi +971 508120445
Dubai +971 50 734 7676 (For death related matters)

+971 50 455 9594 (four housemaid/shelter cases)

800 46342 (Toll free No. at Indian Workers Resource Centre, Dubai)

UK London 0044 207632 3035
Birmingham 0044 121 2123217
Edinburgh 00-44-131-2292144
0044-7980434240
Ukraine Kyiv 00380-44-4686219
00-380-933559957
U.S.A Washington 001202-9397000

https://www.indianembassy.org/

Chicago (+1) 312 595 0420
(+1) 312 753 8530
Houston +1-832-283-1568
New York 9176783071

+1-646-339-5258

+1-718-844-1715

San Francisco 001-415-802-5022
Atlanta 00-1-404-941-7528.
Uzbekistan Tashkent  +998-71-140-0983;
+998-71-140-0997;
+998-71-140-0992.
Venezuela, Aruba, Caracao, St. Maarten Caracas  0058-2122857887.
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Tel : 0084-8-38237050,
Extention -14
Mob : 0084-917180776
Hanoi 00 84 914991424

00 84 1296245328

Yemen Sana’a 0967 734 000 657
Zambia Lusaka Tel (Off.) :+260-211253066
Mob : +260-978777048
Zimbabwe Harare Tel: +263-4-795955
Mob: +263-772125327Tel: +263-4-795956
Mob: +263-772155162)

3. Apply for duplicate passport

The indian embassy/consulate will help you apply for duplicate passport, most likely you will need to apply in person. It should take about 7 days minimum to get your passport (sometimes more depends on the embassy), as the passports are printed in India and had to come back. Hand written passports are phased outs. Prepare your hotel bookings accordingly.

  • Passport application form duly filled in online (online not the downloadable one) at http://passport.gov.in/nri/OnlineRegistration.jsp?pocode=ESPM then saved, printed and completed in all respects, duly signed including affixing of photo as per specifications given in the link Guidelines for photographs and Sample Photographs,
  • Copy of Police Report regarding loss of passport
  • Copy of Lost Passport (front & back pages)
  • Copy of Visa & Air tickets
  • Personal application citing reasons for immediate issue of Duplicate Passport
  • Pay the passport fee
  • Collect the passport at the embassy.

4. Get your lost visas back

If you have had any previous visas  also lost with the passport, then you can get them back by contacting the respective embassy of the foreign country that issued your visa. For example, if you have had french visa, call the french consulate where you are and notify them. It will take a couple of days for them to issue you

They will probably require your scans of old visa, new passport and police report. They cannot affix visa without your new indian passport.  If you hold a residence permit, they will give you a statement which many airlines accept allowing your onward journey.

5. Claim your insurance

If you have travel insurance cover, you will be covered for loss of passport. Contact the insurance company

Loss of Passport Claim Procedure

The list of documents required to be attached with the claim are as follows:

  • Duly Signed Claim Form stating exact circumstances of loss
  • Copy of FIR (first information report)/Police Report.
  • Receipts related to expenses incurred to obtain a new passport
  • NEFT form and Pre Printed Cancelled cheque stating insured’s / Claimant Indian Bank account details
  • Passport and visa copy with Entry Stamp Overseas and exit Stamp from India if applicable

It is generally a good idea to keep scans of your passport, visas in your email or dropbox before you travel abroad. Providing copies of these will help to speed up the processing time for duplicate passport.

FAQs – Lost/Damaged Passports

What is the definition of damaged passport?
Damaged passport is classified further based on the extent of damage, i.e.:

  1. Damaged Passport – Passport number is readable, name is legible and photo is intact
  2. Damaged beyond recognition
What can I do if I have lost my passport and have to travel to India urgently due to an emergency like serious illness or death in the family?
If you have lost your passport during traveling, then you can come to India on the basis of “Emergency Certificate”. For the issuance of “Emergency Certificate”, you need to contact the respective mission/post of that country.
What are my responsibilities when applying for a passport, if my old passport has been lost or damaged?
Loss of passport should be immediately reported to the nearest Police Station and to the Passport Office (PO) or Indian Mission, if abroad. Also apply for “Re-issue” of passport at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) and submit the required documents along with your passport application form.
To check the list of documents, please click click on “Documents Required” link on Home page.
What is the procedure to apply for duplicate passport in case of lost or damaged passport?
To apply for duplicate passport in case of lost or damaged passport, you need to apply for “Re-issue” of passport.
I am an Indian living in Germany. I lost my Indian passport but I don’t have photocopy of the same. What should I do?
Photocopy of the old passport is not a mandatory document to be submitted in case of lost/damaged/stolen passport. It should be produced, if it is available. But you will be required to produce, the previous passport details like passport number, Date of issue, Date of expiry and place of issue, while filling the passport application form. If you do not have that information, then contact the respective mission/post of that country.
My passport booklet is damaged. I want to go abroad on urgent basis. What should I do?
In case your passport has not been damaged beyond recognition, i.e. passport number is legible, name is legible and photo is intact, then you can apply for re-issue of passport under the Tatkaal scheme. But, if passport has been damaged beyond recognition, then you cannot apply under the Tatkaal scheme. In that case, you need to visit Passport Officer at your nearest Passport Seva Kendra to get the passport on urgent basis.
I lost my passport in the U.S. and have been sent to India on Emergency Certificate. Can I be issued a new passport? If yes, what are the documents needed to get a passport?
In case of lost passport, you need to apply for re-issue of passport. Following documents must be submitted along with the application:

  1. Proof of Present Address
  2. Proof of Date of Birth
  3. Affidavit stating how and where the passport got lost/damaged (Annexure ‘F’)
  4. Police report in original
  5. Self-attested photocopy of first two and last two pages, including ECR/Non-ECR page of old passport, if available.

Source:  http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/faqLostDamagedPassports

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