Many travelers to Thailand visit the country on a tourist visa with the intention of enjoying a relaxing holiday on one of the country’s famous beaches, and having to deal with an emergency is usually the last thing on their mind. However, as is the case when traveling to any destination, it is always best to be prepared for the unexpected.
While not an extreme emergency, losing your passport or having it stolen in Thailand can often be an annoying inconvenience, and is definitely a problem you will need to solve before traveling home. Luckily, the procedures for replacing a lost or stolen passport in Thailand are relatively simple, even if the process tends to differ a little depending on your nationality.
What Do You Do if You Have Lost Your Passport in Thailand?
In general, if you have lost your passport or have had it stolen, you should immediately file a report with local police, and then go to the Thai embassy or consulate of the country of your citizenship with the report. Filing a police report is easy and will only take around 10 minutes to complete.
However, the procedure of reporting a passport lost or stolen and obtaining a new travel document will vary depending on nationality.
For example, if you have lost a Philippines passport in Thailand, it is necessary to obtain a notarized affidavit of loss in addition to a police report, and provide a range of other supporting documentation in order to get a new travel document.
On the other hand, if you have lost an Australian passport in Thailand, the Australian government recommends first contacting the nearest embassy before filing a police report. It is then necessary to visit the Australian embassy to apply for a replacement passport.
Find below the full procedures for reporting lost or stolen US and UK passports in Thailand.
Replacing a Stolen or Lost US Passport in Thailand
If you are a US citizen and your passport has been lost or stolen in Thailand, you should:
- File a police report at the nearest police station
- Make an appointment at either the US Embassy in Bangkok or Consulate General in Chiang Mai
- Download, print and complete forms DS-11 and DS-64 from the US embassy in Thailand website
- Bring the completed forms to the appointment, alongside the original police report, a passport-sized photo, and a payment method to cover the replacement fee. You should also provide a copy of the lost or stolen passport, and a valid government-issued photo ID, if available.
The approved application for a new passport will then be forwarded to the United States, and can take up to 2 weeks to be processed before being mailed to the US Embassy in Bangkok.
At the embassy appointment it will also be necessary to purchase an envelope from the on-site Thai Postal kiosk with an individual tracking number. This envelope will be used to send the passport from the Embassy to your mailing address in Thailand. It will also contain a letter requesting that Thai immigration transfer your Thai visa/entry stamp to the new travel document.
What to Do if You Lose Your UK Passport in Thailand?
If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom and have had your passport stolen in Thailand, or it has been lost, damaged, or expired, then you are able to apply for an emergency travel document online if you can’t get a replacement passport in time for your return flight. If you are travelling in more than 3 weeks, you should be able to get a new or replacement passport from the UK embassy in time to travel.
To apply for a UK emergency travel document online, it is necessary to provide proof of your travel plans, such as booking confirmations or a written travel itinerary containing countries to be visited and dates. These travel plans will be printed on the emergency travel document. If your plans change before departure, it will be necessary to submit a new application.
The UK emergency travel document can be used to travel through a maximum of 5 countries on the way to your destination. Border staff at your final destination may keep your emergency travel document when you arrive.
Do you Need a New Visa if Your Passport Is Lost or Stolen in Thailand?
Thailand visa requirements state that all entry/exit stamps and currently-valid visas should be transferred to a new passport if the traveler has lost or had their previous passport stolen. A visa transfer can be completed at any Thai immigration Bureau office.
Once you receive the new passport, it is possible to present the attached authorization letter to immigration personnel and complete the visa transfer without paying a fee. In addition to the new passport and the visa transfer letter, it is necessary to present the immigration office with the cancelled passport (if possible).
If you are unable to obtain a new passport or travel document before your planned return journey or before your current visa for Thailand expires, then it may be necessary to obtain a Thai visa extension from a Thai immigration office. The process takes less than an hour to complete, and the fee is 1,900 baht regardless of the period of extension.