1. Apollypopping

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    Losing everything in another country

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Apollypopping, Apr 12, 2017.

    So I've been doing some googling and I cant seem to find much. All the articles I've read assume that you've lost nothing but a passport, but what would the procedure be if you lost everything? ID, passport, money and phone in a non English speaking country?
     
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    I think most countries have embassies you can go to in events like this, right?
     
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    Yup, they do, but I'm not sure what the procedure would be. If you lose your passport, you give them your ID and pay for a temporary one. My MC has no money and no ID, so she cant do either of these things.
     
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    Hmm, that does sound tricky. Maybe you could call one! Tell them you're writing a novel and ask if you could set up a phone interview to gain insight into their procedures. People love talking about what they do, haha.
     
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    Do you know what I never thought of that. Thank you :)
     
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    I'm in a few budget/long term travel groups on facebook, and I've seen people suggest commiting a minor crime to get deported if things are that bad.

    Very much a last option, though.
     
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    Oh wow, what an intriguing idea...
     
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    Depending on how friendly the country is I would simply go find the police. The police won't be able to do anything, but they should know would be able to help. I assume you'd have to eventually talk to someone at the american embassy. Of course, I wouldn't do that in a place like Russia.
     
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    No-no-no, that is not what you do when you're down and out in a foreign land.
    Find a Catholic Rescue Mission, have a hot meal, rest your weary bones for the night, and call home in the morning (I've been there). It's far more interesting than a police station, or an embassy.
     
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    It may depends on the MC's nationality and the country he/she is in. Needless to say, some countries - those in turmoil - may not even have embassies. And maybe even safer to travel without IDs. If I were caught by some radical terrorist group who hates country X, I really don't want my X passport with me.
    But I've always thought, even without IDs you could get issued with passports at embassies. I mean you have other, more permanent means of identification. Retina, fingerprint, you probably memorized your phone number, etc call someone to stand in as witness from home, etc.
     
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