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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More on a lost passport

Another precautionary measure is to use the hotel room safe if provided and/or check with the front desk to see if they have a safety deposit box you can use.

Back to the lost passport issue here are some precautions to take. Before you depart make color copies of the inside of your passport-the one with the photo and issuance details. Also make a copy of a secondary government-issued photo ID something like your driver’s license. Write the phone number of the US embassy in the country you’re visiting on the back, and pack the copies in a separate place from the originals so if one gets lost or stolen, you’ll have backup ID.

If you should lose your passport the fix is to call the US embassy right away and report your passport stolen. It may be a few days before you can pick up a new one but by having copies you can expedite the replacement process.