Do you keep your passport safe when travelling abroad?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging Britons abroad to be #PassportAware and keep their passport safe from thieves.
They want to raise awareness of passport hustling techniques as last year over 21,000 British passports were lost or stolen while people were abroad.
The Passport Hustle campaign offers tips on helping to prevent people becoming victims.
You can watch the compilation of the four 2016 Passport Hustle videos below featuring James Freedman, and helping British nationals be aware of the techniques thieves and pickpockets overseas could use to try and steal your passport:
How to keep your passport safe? FCO’s top tips for keeping it secure
- Be aware of your surroundings and be wary of strangers who take an unusual amount of interest in you
- A damaged passport cannot be used for travel, so value it and keep it safe
- Lock your passport in a safe if you have access to one, or if you are required to keep it with you, ensure its location is not visible
- Make 2 photocopies of your passport – leave one with friends or family and take the second with you, or store an electronic copy securely. Where permitted, use your photocopy as alternative ID, for example when going out at night
- For certain countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements before you go
- Ensure you fill in the emergency details / next of kin page before you go
James Freedman, stealth crime expert, said:
“With identity theft on the rise, the actual cost of losing your passport could be thousands of pounds. Criminals and con-men are always evolving the tricks they use to target tourists, but a few simple precautions will really help you to stay safe.”
“Only carry what you really need and keep cash and other valuables in a secure pocket or bag. Remember that if you put bags down, they should always be in your line of sight. If you don’t need your passport and other valuables when you’re out and about, leave them at the hotel. Above all, trust your instincts and be aware of anyone invading your personal space.”
Remember, if you lose your passport or an important document while overseas, you can get an emergency travel document.
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