What to do if your passport get lost or stolen?

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What to do if your passport get lost or stolen?

Postby long_way » Sat Aug 27, 2011 8:36 pm

It is strongly recommended that you keep your passport (and your money & other valuables) in the money belt, even when you sleep. Also it is very good idea to scan your passport, traveller checques' numbers, travel insurance policy and upload them to your e-mail account or any other place on the Internet so that you can print them out if original documents are not available.

Sometimes, however your passport may just disappear which will cause a lot of headache because often you won't be able to check into hotels/hostels without them, on trains you may be asked to show your passport, not to mention going through the customs/immigration procedures at the airport...

Today I came across a very nice description what happens when passports gets lost/stolen in China, the original post is here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/t ... ID=2098658

Aug 26, 2011 8:17 PM
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Passport stolen in China

Friday, around 10 am, at the Lijiang bus station.
I gaze at the empty floor. Can't believe what I see. I see nothing, but I should see my shoulder bag. It is not there anymore. I shout to my wife Hill sitting next to me: My bag is gone. My passport! I run outside, looking everywhere, into the adjacent fruit store, back into the waiting room, not a glimpse of my bag. Hill shouts: we must stop the busses. I run into the first bus that is on the point to leave. Looking under seats and the overhead compartments. Nothing. The driver is so kind to open the storage room under the bus. Many bags but not mine.

On that day juli this year we were in the bus station of Lijiang on our way to Shangri-La, Yunnan. Well we didn't get there because my shoulder back was stolen there. That was a hefty experience I can say. I wrote about it in my blog. That post is about what happened when my passport was stolen in a remote area of China. It describes how it happened and what ways I had to undertake to leave China to get back to Europe.
You find my story on http://wp.me/p1nLjb-64 or on http://rpdejavu.wordpress.com/2011/08/2 ... -in-china/

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