If your passport is lost or stolen when you are in a foreign country, it’s very likely you will be denied entry to your home country. However, these three simple steps will minimize your stress level and have you a step ahead if this unfortunate situation happens.

1. Before your trip, make one photocopy of your passport’s identification page – the page with your photo, date of birth, passport number, etc.

2. Take the photocopy with you, but store it in a different place from your passport.

3. For added safety, take a photograph of your passport’s id page and then email it to yourself. You can then easily retrieve this important information from any computer.

With your passport information in several different places, you will have ready access this vital information to get a replacement. If your passport is lost or stolen, immediately contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Officials can provide you with the necessary steps to get you back home.

Safe travels!

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