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What to do if your passport is stolen

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Thief got your passport? World Nomads can guide you through what to do, from procuring an emergency passport to gathering documents for a claim.

1. Report the incident immediately

Go to the relevant authorities and get a report of the incident. These authorities may include:

  • The local police.
  • The US embassy, diplomatic or consular mission.

Note: It's important to report the theft of your passport immediately to avoid identity theft and any other illegal uses of your document. Your travel insurance claim may also be affected if you don't report the theft to us within 7 days. Contact our Emergency Assistance team if you have any questions.

2. Get an emergency passport

Go to the nearest US Embassy or Consulate abroad to apply for a replacement passport. You'll need a passport photo, an ID (such as a driver’s license), proof of citizenship (birth certificate, photocopy of your passport), your travel itinerary and your airline and train tickets, and a declaration of a stolen or damaged passport.

For more tips on getting a passport abroad, go to the US Department of State.

3. Reschedule or cancel any affected travel arrangements

Contact any accommodation, tour, transportation and other providers to rebook or cancel any arrangements you may have scheduled. Make sure you get a printed confirmation of any changes or cancellations, and itemization of any refunds or additional fees.

4. Keep your receipts

If you think you'll need to make a claim, you'll need to keep original receipts and official reports as proof. Supporting documents should be submitted within 90 days and could include your travel itineraries; booking and cancellation confirmations for transportation and accommodations; and receipts for any other expenses.

5. Make a claim

Read over your insurance policy to see what’s covered and to check if any terms, conditions or exclusions apply. With World Nomads, you can file your claim on our web site and send in any supporting documentation afterwards. But take note that timing is everything: You’ll need to inform us that you’re making a claim within 7 days of the theft and file the rest of your paperwork within 3 months.  

If you have questions about coverage or the claims process, just ask us.

As always, all benefits are subject to our confirmation of purchase of the plan, the written documentation we receive and the plan provisions.

Travel Insurance Benefits: how we can take care of you

Trip Protection

Protect your hard earned vacation from unexpected cancellation.

  • Explorer Plan: $10,000
  • Standard Plan: $2,500
Trip Protection
  • Unexpectedly hospitalised?
  • Travel buddy unfit to travel?
  • Close relative suddenly dies?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Medical Insurance

Take the pain out of medical or dental costs.

  • Explorer Plan: $100,000
  • Standard Plan: $100,000
Emergency Medical Insurance
  • Need meds quick?
  • Accidentally injured?
  • Suddenly sick?

We’ve got your back.

Emergency Evacuation

Emergency medical transportation: we’ll get you to hospital or home quickly.

  • Explorer Plan: $500,000
  • Standard Plan: $300,000
Emergency Evacuation
  • Banged up abroad?
  • Need a hospital urgently?
  • Medivac home?

Help starts here.

Protect your gear

Covers the loss, theft or damage of your bags, tech and gear.

  • Explorer Plan: $3,000
  • Standard Plan: $1,000
Protect your gear
  • Passport or tech stolen?
  • Airline lost your gear?
  • Bags delayed?

Help starts here.

  • Emergency Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
  • Repatriation of Remains
  • Trip Cancellation
  • Trip Interruption
  • Trip Delay
  • Baggage & Personal Effects
  • Baggage Delay (outward journey only)
  • Rental Car Damage – where permissible
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment
  • Generali Global Assistance 24-Hour Assistance Services
  • Generali Global Assistance Non-Medical Emergency Transportation Services
This is a general summary for US residents only. Restrictions, exclusions and limitations will apply. Benefit limits may vary depending on the plan chosen. Check the plan documents for full details.

24/7 emergency assistance

Whether you need medical or dental assistance or advice, emergency evacuation or travel assistance, our team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year before and during your trip.

Are you in need of emergency assistance right now?

For policies purchased on or after 1 January 2020:
Contact Generali Global Assistance:
Telephone: +1 954-334-8143 (Collect outside the US)
+1 877-289-0968 (Toll-free in the US and Canada)

For policies purchased before 1 January 2020:
Contact One Call Worldwide Travel Services Network
Telephone +1-855-878-9588 (toll free within the US and Canada)
or +1-603-328-1329 (toll free outside the US and Canada)

Contact the team
Wherever you are, we’re here 24/7 to help you in any emergency.
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Aurelie Menard,
Emergency Assistance, World Nomads

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World Nomads Travel Insurance was reviewed on Trust Pilot on 1st August 2017 and rated 4 stars

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