It is the traveler's worst nightmare: you can't find your passport. Is it lost, or was it stolen? Either way, you and your trip could be in a world of hurt. In order to help deal with this gut wrenching situation - especially if it were to happen while you are traveling overseas, every traveler should consider creating a "Emergency Passport Kit" before they take their next international trip. While the procedures for getting an emergency passport will differ depending on which country you're visiting, the following is a listing of what a traveler should put together in their Emergency Passport Kit before they leave on their trip:
"Emergency Passport Kit" Contents:
Three passport photos (some embassies only require two). These should be identical 2 inch x 2 inch photographs taken within the last six months, featuring a front view of your face on a white background,
Copy of your passport identification page,
Another form of and official government photo ID,
Proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a copy of your birth certificate, social security card or Certificate of Naturalization),
Airline ticket, booking confirmation or itinerary,
A police report, if possible,
An in-person passport application fee of $100, payable in U.S. dollars, the currency of your current destination or U.S. dollar bank draft,
A passport application form (you can get this at the embassy).
Trust us -- you'll thank your clever self for putting this together if your passport goes missing and you have to deal with the headaches of replacing it.
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