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Lost or stolen passport and visa

What to do if your passport and/or visa is lost or stolen.

What to do if your passport and/or visa is lost or stolen.

If your passport and/or visa are lost or stolen, you must report this to the police as soon as possible. Make sure that you are given a police report and a crime reference number.

This applies if you are in the UK or travelling in another country.

Passport lost

If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need to report the loss to the police in the country where the loss or theft occurred and make an application for a replacement passport. Contact your country's Embassy or High Commission in the country where you are now for information on how to do this. You may need to wait some time before you have your new passport.

Visa lost

What you need to do if your visa is lost/stolen depends on what type of visa you have and what it looks like.

There are two options. You will either have:

  • an entry clearance sticker (vignette) in your passport
  • a card called a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)

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