If you lose your passport

Advice

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), personal customer contact is currently restricted. Anyone wishing to apply for a passport should make an appointment in good time with the nearest passport office (online, by telephone or e-mail).

If you lose your passport in Austria

If you lose your passport in Austria, you do not need to report it as lost. All you have to do is tell the passport authority that you have lost it when applying for a new passport.

Advice

Citizens of countries other than Austria should visit their home country's representation (→ BMEIA in order to request an emergency passport.

If you lose your passport abroad

If you are abroad, you must first report the loss to the local police. On the basis of this report, the Austrian representation (→ BMEIA) (embassy, consulate) will issue an emergency passport for your return journey.

When you have returned to Austria, you do not need to report your passport as lost. All you have to do is tell the passport authority that you have lost it when applying for a new passport.

Advice

It is not possible to travel to the USA with an Austrian emergency passport without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. It is only possible if a visa is obtained from the US representation. Bear in mind that you will need to book an appointment for an interview at the US representation, which costs around 105 Euro, and that it will take at least two working days to process your application.

Given the processing time for US visas, you may also want to consider applying for a 1-day express passport in Austria.

The aforementioned provisions also apply if the USA is not your final destination, but you are transiting through a US airport.

More detailed information can be found under the heading ’Stolen passport' at oesterreich.gv.at

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Legal basis

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 1 February 2021

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of the Interior