Losing your passport is a problem that can cause arguments, extra costs and worst of all—it takes up valuable holiday time getting a replacement. So the British Embassy in Madrid have issued a warning to British holiday makers travelling to Alicante airport this week, about the perils of losing your passport.
As part of the initiative, Alicante airport has agreed with the local British Consulate to display banners in the arrivals area. The notices warn tourists that losing their passports will cause frustration and inconvenience as they will have to spend time visiting the Consulate as well as paying for an emergency passport to get home.
According to the British Embassy in Madrid, more than two million British travellers, who make up 45% of all those who use the airport, will see the banners titled “Lose your passport, lose your holiday” as they head for passport control. They will again be reminded of the message when they get to the baggage reclaim area. Posters encouraging Britons to look after their valuables, especially their passports, will also be displayed in all the main tourist information offices across the Valencia region.
Every year the Consulate in Alicante issues around 1000 emergency passports at £95 each.
British consul spokesman Paul Rodwell, said: “We want to prevent British nationals from getting into trouble in the first place. Everyone arriving in Alicante is being reminded to think about where they’re going to keep their passport for the duration of their stay. My advice: lock it away somewhere safe and, if you have to take it with you, keep it in a zipped bag or pocket to ensure a hassle-free holiday.”
But the good news for Staysure customers is that if you have bought a Comprehensive policy, you’ll have access to our Personal Assistance Services, which covers the replacement of lost or stolen travel documents. So if you are unlucky enough to lose your passports—don’t panic! We’ll help you replace them, leaving you more time to enjoy your well-earned break.