If you lose your passport abroad
- If your passport is lost, file a police report or notification of lost property at the local police station immediately. Several countries have special tourist police with whom you can file the report.
- Request your own copy of the report or investigation document. You will need it later when you apply for a new passport or file an insurance claim, or if your passport ends up in the wrong hands. The Finnish authorities do not file official reports of lost passports based on information provided over the phone.
- As a Finnish citizen, you can apply for a new passport at any Finish mission abroad that issues passports.
- If Finland does not have a diplomatic mission in the country where you are travelling, you can ask for assistance at a mission of another EU country to get an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) for your flight home.
What if my lost passport is found?
If your lost official documents are found later, the local authorities will generally deliver them to the Finnish mission.
Please note that once your passport has been reported to the Finnish authorities as lost or stolen, you can no longer use it.
However, the Finnish mission will send any found documents back to Finland, either to the issuing authority or to the police in the document holder’s municipality of residence.
If you lose your passport in the UK
Theft or loss of a valid passport must be reported to the police and a police report should be presented when applying for a new passport. The applicant must be able to prove their identity in another reliable way and provide a new passport photo.
Temporary passport can be issued to a person only in a valid emergency type situation e.g. if a passport has been lost or stolen, and if even the fast-track application procedures are not fast enough. The conditions for issuing a passport are always considered carefully and on a case-by-case basis. In general temporary passports are issued only accordingly with the necessary travel plan for instance returning back to the country of residence.
Please note that temporary passport is not a biometric passport and and not all countries would accept it for entry e.g. USA requires a visa for temporary passports.