Foreign & Commonwealth Office Reveals 27,000 Lost or Stolen UK Passports Reported Last Year

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Post Office Travel Insurance reminds holidaymakers of the importance of travel insurance cover in case of holiday mishaps

Recent research from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revealed that there were 27,000 instances of lost or stolen passports by UK tourists last year ,while a recent survey by the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) revealed that 83 per cent of people claim to store their passport in a safe place people need to be prepared should loss or theft occur while abroad.

Post Office Travel Insurance is advising UK travellers to ensure they have appropriate travel insurance in place to cover a lost or stolen passport. Post Office Travel Insurance makes a provision in its travel insurance cover for customers to claim up to £250 to help towards accommodation should a passport be lost or stolen and a customer find they are temporarily unable to return home due to a missing passport.

Post Office Travel Insurance reminds UK travellers to keep their passport in a safe place. If a passport is lost or stolen on holiday, UK travellers should notify the local police and nearest FCO UK embassy, who will be able to stop a passport being used illegally and also provide replacement travel documents for a return to the UK .

UK tourists are also advised to make two photocopies of their ID documents should they need to make a claim for a lost or stolen passport on their travel insurance policy.

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