If your passport is stolen
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 your passport is stolen in Austria, you must report the theft without delay to the local police (→ LPD)German text. You can take the confirmation of the theft report and all other necessary documents to the passport authority in order to have your passport reissued.
If you are abroad, you must first report the theft 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 must take the foreign theft report to the police in Austria in order to report the theft again. You can take the confirmation of the theft report from the Austrian police and all other necessary documents to the passport authority in order to have your passport reissued.
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 144 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 lost passport at www.oesterreich.gv.at
- Information on the 1-day express passport (→ BMI)German text
- Foreign representations in Austria (→ BMEIA)
- Expired or lost passports (→ Your Europe)
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