Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
When are you travelling?

Don’t worry you can change your trip dates at a later stage

How many people are travelling?

No. of travellers

Does the traveller have any pre-existing medical condition?

If the traveller have a known illness, injury or health condition like heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc which will help us cover you

Please select the travellers who have a pre-existing medical condition

Great! One last step to get your travel insurance plans
We will send you the policy document on this number
Get updates on WhatsApp
  • 1Destinations
  • 2Trip Date
  • 3Travellers
  • 4Medical
  • 5Contact
Travel without any worries, plans starting
30 per day*
Plans include global Covid-19 coverage

Popular Destinations

Schengen Countries
You can select multiple destinations
Get updates on WhatsApp
By clicking on "" you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use

Now covers COVID-19

Just a minute!
Safety is not expensive, it's priceless!
Travel Insurance plans starting at just ₹30 per day*
  • No medical checkup required
  • Pre-existing coverage available
  • Instant Policy Issuance
  • Medical expenses, Trip cancellation/delay, Loss of baggage & Passport etc.
  • 24x7 claims support

*Price shown is for a 30 day trip to Thailand with 1 lakh dollar coverage for an adult of age 25 years

We are rated
2.43 crore Policies sold
2.43 crore
Policies Sold
Instant Policy
Instant Policy
In 2 Minutes
Visa- Compliant
Visa- Compliant
All policies

What to Do in Case of Lost/Damaged Indian Passport

A valid Indian passport is needed for Indians heading abroad for work, study, medical treatments or tourism. In case of passport loss or damage, all Indian passport holders must take necessary steps to avoid any inconvenience later. This guide will help you understand the necessary measures that should be taken in case of passport theft, passport loss or damaged passport.

Read more

Top Travel Insurance Plans

  • Individuals
  • Sr. Citizens
  • Students
Plans for an individual of 30 years age travelling to USA for 15 days

What Happens When Your Passport is Lost or Damaged?

Without a doubt, passports are among the most important travel documents for international trips. A passport is essential, from booking flight tickets to applying for a visa. Even afterwards, you must have a valid passport as it is an important identity document when abroad. So if there's any damage to your passport or if the passport is lost altogether, then it can cause you a lot of trouble.

What Happens When Your Passport is Lost or Damaged

In case of loss of an Indian passport while travelling abroad, you must immediately report it to the local police station in that country. Along with that, you must also contact the nearest Indian Mission in that country. You must contact the responsible Indian Post/Mission, where an EC (Emergency Certificate) will be issued to you. This EC will let you return to India after verification of your Indian nationality or particulars has been made.

Please note that duplicate Indian passports are not issued if your passport is lost or damaged. In case of passport damage, you must apply for a new passport via re-issue of the Indian passport facility. However, there are criteria for passport damage, and steps should be taken accordingly. For this, you must submit a passport application online or go to the nearest Passport Seva Kendra.

What is Considered a Damaged Indian Passport?

Damaged passports are classified as per the extent of damage and the condition theyre in. A passport is considered damaged in case of following situations:

  • Partial Damage: When the passport number is readable, the name is legible, and the passport photo is intact
  • Damaged beyond recognition: For damaged passports, you can apply for a new passport using the Re-issue of passport feature with the reason as damaged passport.

What to Do in Case of Lost or Damaged Passport?

In either case, you need a new passport. As there is no duplicate passport issued, Indians must apply for a new passport under the re-issue of passport segment. There can be two situations when your passport is lost or damaged, both require different actions.

  1. Passport Loss or Damage Abroad

    This is a common scenario for Indians who are staying or visiting abroad for various reasons. Passport damage or loss abroad can be a serious problem as it can affect your stay there. It can land you in trouble where your ID is required, as well as for your safe return to India.

    In case of theft or loss of passport, you must immediately report to the local police station and contact the Indian Embassy as soon as possible.

    At the concerned Indian mission, you must apply for a re-issue of your passport. This will also require a complete list of necessary documents along with the completed passport application form. Once your Indian nationality/particulars/origin has been verified, you will be issued an Emergency Certificate or EC. This EC will enable you to return to India.

    If you have an international travel insurance policy, you must also notify your insurance provider of the situation. Many travel insurance plans offer coverage for lost passports abroad so that you can get reimbursed for the expenses incurred for this loss.

  2. Passport Loss or Damage in India

    In case of passport loss in India, you must report to the nearest police station and file an FIR immediately. In case your passport has sustained damages, you can apply for a new one online or visit the nearest PSK. You can follow the given instructions in case of passport damage or loss in India:

    Step 1: As soon as you realise your passport has been stolen/lost or damaged, contact the local police station. You will need a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) to apply for a new passport later.

    Step 2: Prepare all the necessary documents. You must provide the required documents for a new passport application, including the FIR, ID proof, address proof and a copy of your previous passport. If this copy is unavailable, you will need to provide other identity documents, such as a birth certificate, certificates etc., which prove your nationality.

    Step 3: You can start a fresh application under the reissue of passport category. You can do so by either visiting the Passport Seva Portal website, through mPassport Seva mobile application or by visiting the nearest Passport Seva Kendra/ Post Office Passport Seva Kendra.

    Step 4: Complete your passport application, submit it and pay the passport application fee as per the service opted. You will also need to make an appointment at the PSK for your passport interview.

    Step 5: On the scheduled date, show up for the passport interview to verify your identity. Once everything is done, wait for the new passports issuance. You can track the status of your passport for any updates.

Fees Required for a Lost/Damaged Passport

In case of passport loss or damage, a fresh one can be applied for by paying a fee. The fee varies with the number of pages in the booklet, reason for re-issue, scheme opted and validity of the new passport. The following are the fees required if applying for a lost or damaged Indian passport:

Fees Required for a Lost/Damaged Passport

Age of Applicant Passport Expiry Pages in Booklet Fees
Under 15 years Expired 36 pages Normal: INR 1000
Tatkaal: INR 3000
Under 15 years Not Expired 36 pages Normal: INR 3000
Tatkaal: INR 5000
18 years & above Expired 36 pages Normal: INR 1500
Tatkaal: INR 3500
18 years & above Expired 60 pages Normal: INR 2000
Tatkaal: INR 4000
18 years & above Not Expired 36 pages Normal: INR 3500
Tatkaal: INR 5000
18 years & above Not Expired 60 pages Normal: INR 3500
Tatkaal: INR 5500

As you can see, the re-issue cost of a passport application is very high if it has been lost or damaged. It is best to take all precautions to keep your passport safe at all times and protect it from getting damaged. However, there is not much to be done for situations like theft or vandalism that are beyond anyones control. However, many travel insurance plans in India offer coverage for passport theft or loss abroad. You can check plans providing this facility to avoid any extra expenses while on your international trip.

How long does it take to Replace a Damaged Indian Passport?

The time taken for the re-issuance of a passport depends on whether a police verification for a passport is needed or not. If your application does not require police verification, then the passport may be re-issued within 7 working days. In case a police verification is required, it may take around 30 days to get a fresh passport.

The time taken to get a passport re-issued also depends on the scheme opted. You can get your passport faster under the tatkaal scheme. However, not everyone can opt for this scheme.

If the passport has not been damaged beyond recognition, i.e., the name, passport number and photo are clear and intact, then it is possible to apply for a re-issue of the Indian passport under the tatkaal scheme. Regardless, the final authority for this issuance lies with the passport office/authorities. In case of passports damaged beyond recognition, tatkaal facility cant be opted for.

Lost or Damaged Indian Passport: FAQs

  • Q: Is water damaged passport valid?

    Ans: The extent of damage will decide the validity of a passport. If the water damage has erased the passport number, name or important information, then the passport is invalid, and you must apply for a new one.
  • Q: How can I get a duplicate Indian passport abroad?

    Ans: There is no provision for a duplicate passport available. In case of theft, loss or damage of your passport, you must apply for a fresh one. If you are abroad, then you must report the passport theft or loss to the local police. You must then contact the Indian Embassy to get an Emergency Certificate (EC) to return to India.
  • Q: Is tatkaal re-issue possible for passports damaged beyond recognition?

    Ans: No, passports that have been damaged beyond recognition can’t be applied for re-issue under tatkaal scheme.

Travel insurance Articles

  • Recent Article
  • Popular Articles
05 Jul 2024

What is a Schengen Business Visa?

If you have ever considered a trip to Europe, you must have heard

Read more
25 Jun 2024

7 Schengen Countries Where Getting a Visa is the...

Are you planning a trip to Europe but worried about the visa

Read more
18 Jun 2024

Indonesia's Hidden Gems: Exploring the Country's...

Have you ever considered Indonesia beyond the common tourist

Read more
14 Jun 2024

Best Places to Visit in June from India

For Indians, June is a popular vacation time as schools are closed

Read more
27 May 2024

What is Turkey Famous For?

When we think of Turkey, anything from ancient Ephesus to hot air

Read more

Traveling Overseas? Credit Cards with Zero...

If you go abroad often, chances are that you prefer credit cards over carrying cash. However, using a domestic

Read more

Best Travel Insurance Policies in India

When finding the best travel insurance plan, you’ll get a long list of travel insurance policies online. Even if

Read more

Medicines to Carry While Travelling Abroad from...

Travelling abroad is an experience most people eagerly plan for. No matter how good a planner you are, there is

Read more

Visitor Insurance for the USA from India

Visitors' insurance from India is essential for anyone who is visiting friends or family in the USA. As the country

Read more

US Visa Fees for Indians

Indians who wish to travel to the US for studies or work need a valid visa for the US. The US offers several visas

Read more

STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY. For more details on risk factors, terms, and conditions, please read the sales brochure carefully before concluding a sale.

Policybazaar Insurance Brokers Private Limited, Registered Office - Plot No.119, Sector - 44, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122001 | CIN: U74999HR2014PTC053454 | Policybazaar is registered as a Composite Broker | Registration No. 742, Valid till 09/06/2024 | License category - Composite Broker | Contact Us | Legal and Admin Policies

*Price shown is for a 30 day trip to Thailand with 1 lakh dollar coverage for an adult of age 25 years

View Plans