Having a passport stolen when on holiday can ruin any trip.
However, holidaymakers can easily get home by requesting an Emergency Travel Document (ETD).
By contacting their embassy, anyone can then request a new one that is valid to get them home.
Yet many travellers are still unsure of just how far it can get you, causing confusion on a holiday.
The traveller’s countries and exact dates need to be listed on the document
An ETD can get travellers home through a maximum of five countries.
However, this doesn’t allow the same freedom as a passport; the traveller’s countries and exact dates need to be listed on the document.
The maximum five countries can be added to this list if the holiday goer is travelling through more than one by another method such as train, which means they can continue their trip without having to arrange for a new passport.
For example, if a UK traveller lost their passport in Italy, yet were planning to travel through Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France and Ireland to get back home, then they can still do so before heading back to the UK.
When adding any the list of dates or countries to the new document, holidaymakers also need to be aware that if they change, a whole new emergency travel document will need to be applied for, including the full cost again.
If the lost passport also had a visa within it, then travellers also need to check that with the embassies of each of the countries, as these also may need to be repurchased.
This can cause problems for any travellers heading through a number of countries that require one such as Asia as they may restrict travel if a new visa is not issued.
UK travellers in Europe don’t need to worry as a travel document will be enough proof to travel.
When holidaymakers return to the UK, they should remember that the ETD will be taken and that a new passport will need to be requested.
Travellers can still apply for a whole new passport abroad if they are staying in the same country for a longer amount of time.