I live in Slovakia and went to Spain for few months, where I lost my wallet with all the documents inside. I got here with RyanAir and would like to go back soon. I only have police report for losing ID and photo copies of my documents. I am absolutely broke, means that I really have only money for going back, also that only barely.. I am in Valencia and it would cost over 100 euro to go to Madrid embassy to get travel document. That is even more than flight back home. Can you please help me, what are my options or which are the best ones?
If you haven't called the Embassy of Slovakia in Madrid yet, call them for advice. Going to get an emergency travel document from them is still probably your best option. Avanzabus.com currently sells tickets from Valencia to Madrid for €30.
Sorry about your terrible situation.
I don't think you will be able to fly without getting to Madrid embassy to sort out travel documents.
It won't be a great journey, but have you considered the coach? I have found Eurolines connections from Valencia to Bratislava for €127.
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Ahoj! :) You have several options:
1) Get money from your family real quick. This can be done using Western Union, you get the money they send you immediatelly.
2) Get to Madrid by bus, blablacar or hitchhiking. Several years ago I was hitchiking in Spain with my ex-gf and it was really going well. Hitchhiking alone takes more time but works - and you get there free of charge.
3) To get to Slovakia, consider sharing a car - you can use http://www.spolujizda.cz/ or https://www.blablacar.cz/ . We once used JizdoMat car-sharing service (now bought by blablacar), and it was the cheapest way to get to Prague (from France), appart from hitchhiking. It took less than 24 hours (from Nimes).
4) As for the borders question, I crossed several times and there are absolutely no checks on the borders in question. All countries are part of Schengen. You almost don't even notice you are crossing a border. Not sure about Swiss, but you don't need to pass through it. So you won't need your documents there, but there might be occasional police checks on the road. Your police report would probably suffice there.
Find a bus to Madrid, first bus in the morning. The trains will ask you for an ID, don't know if photocopies suffice. And it's also more expensive.
Contact someone back home, ask them to buy you the bus ticket with a debit card
go to embassy and get travel docs
contact someone back home again. But now ask them to send you money through Western Union. It's automatic (like 5-10 min.)
Now, you have money and ID
Take last bus back if you have to. You can also ask people to buy your plane ticket.
make sure the embassy can help you right away. Call them, do not just check their web-page.
they could also send you money through Paypal