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My mom lost her purse today in Vienna (with her passport), and we lodged a police report and they gave us a copy of it. As it was a Saturday, I could not contact the embassy here and on Monday, I will be in Budapest.

Is it okay to travel within the Schengen area until then with just the police report? I will go to Indian embassy in Budapest on Monday to get a temporary passport or a new visa, whichever is applicable.

Thanks in advance everyone!

  • Apparently there are temporary border controls at AT/HU, but I do not know what that means in practice. – Tomas By Jul 28 '18 at 21:07
  • "Passengers are therefore advised to travel only with a valid passport or identity card." (web site) – Tomas By Jul 28 '18 at 21:12
  • But if you already have hotel bookings in Budapest then it seems worth it to try. How far is it from Vienna to the Hungarian border on the train? Twenty minutes? Ok, maybe an hour. – Tomas By Jul 28 '18 at 21:17
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So, I would like to share how I handled the situation, to help people in future.

First thing I should have done was to go to Indian Embassy in Vienna on the same day (Emergency services are open on weekends as well). But I didn't know that, so the bus drivers let us board the buses from Vienna-Bratislava and Bratislava-Budapest during the weekend, based on our police report, and I also told them that we have an appointment at the Budapest Embassy on Monday for issuing a temporary passport.

I arrived in Budapest and went to the Indian Embassy there on Monday, they asked us to fill a long form, and some passport sized pictures. They issued us the passport on Tuesday and we were ready to go to Italy on Wednesday. BUT. The old guy at the embassy was not very helpful, he kept telling us that we should just go back to India and the temporary passport is not for travelling within the Schengen.

I decided to take the risk because we had a long trip ahead of us, and also Schengen is a single region, we were technically not leaving our region mentioned on the Visa. I called up the Indian embassy in Italy to confirm, and they said that it's usually not a problem but they're not sure. It went smooth on the Italian border because no border control is there. Our next destination was France, which had a very strict border control, so I was preparing myself to send my Mom back to India because French officers won't approve of the Emergency Certificate(temporary passport). But the border control officer was so great, he didn't even utter a single word, he just nodded when we showed him the EC.

The rest of the trip was smooth, and my Mom went to India 20 days later as planned from Germany, and now she has her new passport in India.

Tips:

  1. Always leave your passports at the hotel and keep a copy of them and the Visa with you all the time.
  2. Contact the police, get a report, make a lot of copies, and then contact the Emergency service of the Embassy of that country.
  3. In my opinion, you can travel with the EC within Schengen. No embassy official will tell you that, because it's not clear to them, and honestly it depends on the border control officer.

Most important: Don't panic!

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    Thanks for coming back with an update. Glad it worked out. – Zach Lipton Oct 24 '18 at 8:22
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    Be aware that hotel rooms are not safe places for passports and that in some cases only the real passport is accepted by officials. – Willeke Oct 24 '18 at 10:17
  • Also be aware that many countries (including many Schengen ones) legally mandate carrying ID with you at all times. – CMaster Oct 24 '18 at 15:56
  • Does that include IDs from our home country? – Sukanya Kamboj Oct 25 '18 at 13:05
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Strictly speaking, you do need to have the passport to travel within Schengen.

In practice... Here is a citation from Quora (https://www.quora.com/What-should-you-do-if-you-lose-your-passport-while-abroad):

We lost my friend’s passport ...in Barcelona. ... we went straight away to a police station and filed a complaint. It was a long weekend and our Embassy (India) is closed. We booked two way tickets in flight and started to enquire flight authorities if they will allow him to board the flight without Passport. There was no confirmation from them for one day. So we decided to book him bus tickets from Barcelona. The bus travel agency told us that they will allow him to board the bus if he has a valid complaint copy. The moment he got into the bus, we got confirmation from flight authorities that he can travel from Barcelona to Brussels without a passport. Passports were mandatory checked during those days in Euro Zone.

My friend then came back home to Brussels in flight just with police complaint copy and applied for new passport in embassy of India explained what has happened. And finally got it in few days!

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