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FCO video advice concerning lost passports

Last year, the FCO reported that lost passports abroad cost Brits £5 million a year.

Around 80 Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are issued to British nationals around the world every single day with 30,000 issued in the past year alone (from August 2013). Preventable cases have also increased significantly in 2012-13, with ETDs issued for expired or damaged passports increasing by over 300%.

The FCO have launched a video called ‘Enjoy Your Holiday’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9h3_VOPZfo&feature=youtu.be  and it highlights the financial and emotional implications of loosing your passport abroad and having to apply for an ETD.

The video shows real life case studies of Brits that are going through the process, and the inconvenience and time taken in applying for an ETD to ensure their safe return home.

The ‘Enjoy Your Holiday’ video is part of a wider campaign to raise awareness about the value of your passport and the importance of keeping it safe, we will be in touch in July with more information.
 
Some of the key campaign messages that we will be communicating over the next few months are:
 

  • Value your passport and look after it carefully. A damaged passport cannot be used for travel
  • Your passport is not always safer on you (e.g. lock your passport in a safe if there is access to one
  • 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
  • If you lose your passport on holiday, you will not be able to get a replacement. Instead you will have to get an ETD and then replace your passport once back in the UK
  • Obtaining an ETD can take several days depending on local circumstances. You may need to obtain a police report, get passport photos, and of course get to and from your nearest British Consulate or Embassy. You may also have to replace any visas you need for your journey
  • Check out the FCO’s latest travel advice and information at www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo

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