What should I do if my passport is lost or stolen?

Losing or having your passport stolen can be a stressful experience, especially when you’re traveling. But don’t worry! In this blog post, we will guide you through the steps you need to take if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Whether your passport has gone missing or has been stolen, it’s crucial to know what to do next. So, let’s jump right in and learn how to report your lost or stolen passport and get back on track with your travels.

Lost Or Stolen Passport

Report it immediately: The first thing you should do is report the loss or theft of your passport to the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate, or to the Passport Program in Canada. You can call 1-800-567-6868 (TTY services: 1-866-255-7655) or visit their website, for more information. Reporting your passport will cancel it and prevent anyone from using it fraudulently.

Get a police report: If possible, you should also file a police report in the place where your passport was lost or stolen. This can help you prove your identity, support your claim, and avoid any legal issues. Keep a copy of the police report for your records and reference.

Apply for a replacement: To get a new passport, you will need to apply in person at the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate, or at a passport office in Canada.

You will need to fill out an application form, provide proof of citizenship and identity, submit two new photos, pay the fees, and include a declaration form explaining how your passport was lost or stolen.

You can find the application forms and instructions on the Passport Program website.


Make copies and keep receipts: It is a good idea to make copies of your passport and other important documents, such as your visa, driver’s license, or credit cards, and keep them in a separate place from your originals.

You can also take photos of them and store them in your phone or email. This way, you can have a backup in case you lose them or need to prove your identity.

You should also keep the receipts of any expenses related to the loss or theft of your passport, such as transportation, accommodation, or phone calls, as you may be able to claim them from your travel insurance or the Passport Program.

These are some tips on what to do if your passport is lost or stolen. By following them, you can reduce the risk of identity theft, fraud, or other problems, and get a new passport as quickly as possible. If you need more information or assistance, please let me know. 😊

Hi, I’m Dave Gunther, a 45-year-old Canadian backpacker with ADHD and autism. I love traveling the world and sharing my adventures, tips and insights. I want to inspire you to follow your dreams and live your best life. Join me on my journey. Feel free to contact me anytime. I’d love to hear from you. Happy trails!