Report a lost passport
Remember, you must report a lost or stolen passport as soon as possible.
- Cancel a lost or stolen passport (GOV.UK website)
- Lost or stolen passport (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website)
How the embassy, commission or consulate can help
You can get help to:
- understand local police and legal procedures
- find an English-speaking lawyer or translator
- find medical treatment or an English-speaking doctor
- contact your relatives and friends to let them know something has happened to you
They won’t be able to:
- give you legal advice
- collect evidence or investigate crimes
- influence the outcome of any trial
- give you financial help, for example for travel costs to a trial abroad or to replace stolen property
- accept any lost or recovered stolen property, except for passports and driving licences
You may be able to claim compensation if you’re the victim of crime abroad.
- Compensation if you're a victim of crime abroad (GOV.UK website)
- Compensation for victims of terrorist attacks abroad (GOV.UK website)
Rape and sexual assault
You can also get specific help if you’ve been the victim of rape or sexual assault abroad.
It’s your choice to report a rape or sexual assault to the local police, but doing so quickly can help with any investigation or gathering evidence.
The British embassy, commission or consulate will support you and help you to:
- arrange for someone to accompany you to a local police station
- arrange a medical examination or find an English-speaking doctor
- get advice on sexually-transmitted infections, abortions and pregnancy, according to local laws and customs
- get advice, professional help or counselling - both abroad and in the UK
They will deal with your situation in a sensitive, confidential and non-judgemental way. You can ask to deal with a male or female member of staff, whichever you prefer, at any time.
European emergency number – 112
Anyone can call local emergency services anywhere in the European Union using the number 112.
In some EU countries 112 has become the main emergency number but in most countries it operates alongside other national emergency numbers.
Travelling on an Irish passport
If you are travelling on an Irish passport, you can find useful information on the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.