What To Do If You Lose Your Malaysian Passport Overseas
Your passport is arguably your most important document when travelling abroad. You won’t be able to enter into the departure lounge of an airport without it, serving as a form of identity, security and discounts in airport duty-free shops!
That is why, losing your passport can be a total holiday-ruining accident. First things first, remain calm and check your bag, hotel room, and retrace your steps. If it’s truly lost, then follow these steps.
1.File a police report
This is an absolutely crucial step. Your passport holds a lot of information and can be used to steal your identity by unscrupulous people. Reporting it as soon as possible helps to protect you in the event illegal activities are tied to your identity. If you lose your passport due to negligence (i.e not stolen), you will have to pay a fine ranging from RM 200 to RM 1000 and will not be able to claim it under insurance. If it was stolen or lost from unavoidable incidence such as fire or flood, your case will be investigated and you will be able to claim your insurance.
2.Call your insurance agent
Your travel insurance agent will be able to advise you on where to go, what to do, and how to proceed. They will guide you to the embassy, and send over documents and details to assist you. This Most insurance companies have international 24/7 hotlines for emergencies.
Your insurance will cover all expenses incurred to obtain replacement travel documents up to RM 7500.This includes transportation from where you are to the nearest Malaysian embassy, reasonable accommodation costs, as well as communication costs like having to make international phone calls or pay for internet data. Just make sure to keep all receipts, as that will be crucial in claiming.
3.Go to the Malaysian embassy
The embassy is usually in the capital of the country. If the country you’re in doesn’t have an Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, it is possible to seek help from a neighbouring country's embassy like Thailand or Singapore.
The embassy will issue an emergency certificate that acts as a temporary passport. This document is a one way, one use pass that is valid for 12 months. To apply for the emergency certificate, you will need to bring the following:
- An alternate form of identification like your identity card or driver’s licence
- The police report
- Flight ticket stubs / confirmation
- 2 passport photos
Application for an emergency certificate may take 3 to 5 days working days to process. However, in case of emergency or urgent matters, there is usually an expediency fee you can pay to speed up the process.
4.Return home and apply for a new passport
Once you have your emergency certificate, you will not be able to fly anywhere else but home. If the rest of your vacation does not include any flights or border crossing, you may finish it and then return home.
You can then head over to the nearest Immigration office (Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia) to apply for a new passport. Take note that applying for a new passport under these circumstances may take a little longer so do this as soon as possible.
5.Compile your receipts and documents for insurance claiming
To claim your insurance, it is crucial to save all receipts for any meals, accommodation and transportation and submit it to your agent within 60 - 90 days of returning home. Depending on your policy, there will either be a per day limit or an overall policy limit. However, none of it will be claimable if you do not document it, so this is really important.
We wish you safe travels, and hope you never have to deal with missing passports overseas. However, if you ever do, now you know what to do!