Passport or identity card lost or stolen abroad

If your Dutch passport or identity card (ID card) is lost or stolen abroad, the steps you need to take depend on how soon you will be travelling.

Reporting the theft or loss

The Dutch government does not require you to report the theft or loss of your passport to the police. But you are advised to do so. Ask for written proof that you have filed a police report. This document may be required by your insurer or the local authorities.

I will not be travelling in the near future

If you are not travelling soon, you have time to apply for a new passport or ID card while you are abroad. On average applications take 3 weeks to process. Remember that you may have to wait several days or weeks to make an appointment to submit your application. The waiting time will vary depending on which country you are in.

Go to the page Applying for a Dutch passport or ID card if you live abroad to find out how to make an appointment and what you will need to bring.

I will be travelling in the near future

If you want to travel to the Netherlands or the country you live in in the near future, the steps you need to take depend on where you are.

I am in the EU/the Schengen area

If you are in a European Union (EU) member state or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and you will be travelling by plane, train or bus, contact the company you are travelling with. They will tell you whether you can travel without a valid passport or ID card. Sometimes travel companies will allow you to travel back, for example if you have:

  • written proof that you have filed a police report;
  • a photocopy or scan of your stolen or lost passport or ID card;
    and/or your Dutch driving licence.

The embassy or consulate cannot contact the travel company for you.

Please note: you cannot return to the Netherlands from Bulgaria or Romania without a valid passport or ID card. If you are travelling from one of these countries, you will need a replacement travel document. Go to the page Applying for an emergency travel document to find out how to apply and what you will need.

If the travel company decides that you cannot travel back with them, you will also need to apply for a replacement travel document. Go to the page Applying for an emergency travel document to find out how to apply and what you will need.

I am not in the EU/the Schengen area

If you are not in a European Union (EU) member state or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you will need to apply for a replacement travel document. Go to the page Applying for an emergency travel document to find out how to apply and what you will need.

Preventing misuse

If you want to prevent misuse of your missing or stolen passport or ID card, complete a declaration stating that the travel document is missing (C2 Form). Take the completed form to the embassy or consulate in the country you are in. From the moment your statement is processed, your passport or ID card will be registered internationally as missing and no one will be able to misuse it.

If you apply for a new passport or ID card, or an emergency travel document, you will also need to submit this form. This is part of the standard procedure.

What if I find my passport or ID card?

If you have reported your passport or ID card missing but then find it, you will no longer be able to use it as it will be internationally registered as missing. This registration cannot be reversed. It is a criminal offence to use a passport or ID card that has been reported missing.

If you find your passport or ID card after reporting it missing, you can hand it in to:

  • a Dutch embassy or consulate-general;
  • the Royal Military and Border Police (KMar);
  • a Dutch municipality.