What to do if you lose your wallet or purse abroad
Lost your wallet or purse with your cards, cash and crucials? Don’t panic.
Report the incident to the local police, itemising exactly what it contained, for insurance purposes as much as anything else.
Take a photo of any evidence. In case of theft, this could be a damaged bag.
Contact your nearest British Embassy or High Commission. They can give you a list of local lawyers, contact your relatives for you and also provide a cheque for up to £100 sterling to help keep you going.
In exceptional circumstances the British Embassy may also be able to give you a loan, but will retain your passport until you have repaid it.
Inform the issuers of any credit cards you may own.
Phone your insure’s emergency helpline: some policies demand this is done within 24 hours.
Ask a friend or relative to transfer money via a company like Western Union or Moneygram.
Retain receipts of expenses, such as taxis to the police station or British Embassy, so that you can claim on insurance later.
Pack a prepaid card, and keep it somewhere separate from the rest of your money.
© National Geographic Traveller UK Mar Apr 2011