Question: My son is going abroad for the first time. What would happen if he lost his passport while he was travelling?
Answer: If you are an Irish citizen currently living abroad, travelling or on holiday abroad and your Irish passport is lost, stolen or misplaced, you must contact your nearest Irish embassy or consulate immediately. You will be asked to confirm the loss in writing or, if you are applying for a new passport, to include the details in your passport application.
You must also get in touch with the local police and request a written statement that you have reported the loss of your passport. A member of the police authority in the country in which you are staying must witness this statement.
You will need this statement to get an Emergency Travel Certificate (valid for one journey) or an Emergency Passport (valid for a restricted amount of time) from an Irish embassy or consulate.
If you are travelling on a multi-stop journey, where you will pass through more than one jurisdiction, you will need a new Irish passport. Again, you must report the loss of your passport immediately to your nearest Irish embassy or consulate.
If there is no Irish embassy or consulate in the country where you are, contact an embassy of another EU member state that will get in touch with the nearest Irish embassy on your behalf. An embassy of another EU member state cannot issue you with a new Irish passport, but can issue an Emergency Travel Document.
It may be useful to carry a photocopy of the personal data page of your passport with you when travelling or scan an image of that page and email it to yourself.
Any passport reported as lost or stolen is no longer a valid travel document and you should not try to travel on a passport which has been reported as lost or stolen.
Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.
Killarney - 0761 07 7820 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tralee - 0761 07 7860 Email: email@example.com e
Caherciveen - 0761 07 7780 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Castleisland - 0761 07 7790 Email: email@example.com
Kenmare - 0761 07 7810 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Killorglin - 0761 07 7830 Email: email@example.com
Listowel - 0761 07 7840 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone Centre No: 0761 07 4000. Web Site: www.citizensinformation.ie