The passport is the document that identifies you as a Colombian citizen and allows you to travel and carry out procedures in other countries. That way, several people have experienced situations of loss or theft of this identification while outside their country of origin and they fall into doubt about what to do when experiencing this.

The first thing the person should do is go to the nearest consulate and there they will easily resolve this problem.
Following the robbery of Gol Caracol journalists in Miami, Édgar Monroy, consul in charge of Colombia in said city in the United States, explained the following: “No phone or anything like that, go to the nearest consulate. That is the most important thing, it is resolved here. For example, in the case of Ricardo Orrego it could be resolved with an emergency passport that allows him to continue with his work and, when he arrives in Bogotá, to process a passport where the visa can be stamped.

What to do if your passport is lost or stolen abroad?

These are the steps you must follow to act quickly in a situation of loss or theft of your passport abroad:

1. Report lost or stolen passport to local police

Ask for a copy of the police report, which will serve as proof of what happened and as support to request a new passport.

2. Contact the nearest Colombian consulate

Report the loss or theft of your passport and Request an appointment to process a new document. You can find the contact information and location of the Colombian consulates in the United States on the Foreign Ministry website and meet the requirements to request a new identification:

  • Police report of the loss or theft of the passport.
  • A copy of your Colombian citizenship card, expanded to 150%.
  • Two recent photos, in color, from the front, with a white background, size 3×4 cm, without glasses or accessories.
  • The passport application form, duly completed and signed. You can download it on the Foreign Ministry website:
  • Proof of payment for the document, which you can do online or at the consulate. The cost of Ordinary passport is $207,000, the executive passport is $315,000 and the emergency passport is $192,000.
  • Attend the appointment at the consulate with all documents. There they will take your fingerprints and electronic signature, and they will give you the new passport within a period of 24 hours.
  • Keep your new passport in a safe place and avoid losing it again. Make a copy or photo of your passport and save it to your cell phone, email or cloud, so you can access it in case of emergency.

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You can also register your passport in the Foreign Ministry’s consular protection program, which provides assistance and guidance in the event of loss, theft, expiration or deterioration of your document. You can consult it on the website

If you are a person with a tourism plan, you can issue an exempt passport at the consulate for imminent return to the country, which costs 123 dollars, around 482,000 Colombian pesos.


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