Value your passport urges Foreign Office in UK

23rd Mar 2015
Value your passport urges Foreign Office in UK

The Easter holidays are fast approaching and, according to recent research by the travel association ABTA, millions of British nationals are planning to travel overseas this April.

In light of this, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have launched a social media campaign asking British travellers #WhereDoYouKeepYours to promote the value of the passport by asking Britons to keep it safe and be aware of where it is at all times.

Although most trips abroad are problem-free, tens of thousands of people still lost their passport or had it stolen last year and needed to be issued with an emergency travel document.

As a considerable amount of consular time is being taken up in handling cases of lost, stolen, damaged or invalid passports, the FCO have created six Vines which highlight some of the reasons that have led to people applying for an emergency travel document abroad.

The Vines include using your passport as a beer mat, putting your passport in the washing machine, and placing your passport in the microwave.


John Heppenstall, head of consular campaigns at the FCO said: “Passports are essential for travelling and it is important to take care of them.

“Although most holidaymakers do, a lot of consular time could be saved if more people treated their passport as something as valuable as their phone or wallet. 

“We also see people travelling who are not aware that certain countries require a UK passport holder to have six months of validity left on their passport from the date of entry, and even up to two blank pages in your passport.

“We strongly advise people to look after their passport, keep it safe and check its validity well in advance of travel.”

In 2014, 20,612 UK passports were reported as lost or stolen around the world last year and 39,053 emergency travel documents were also issued overseas.


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