How To Handle Crisis Situations While Traveling Abroad-Loss Of Passport,CreditCard,Baggage,Travel Insurance
5 Crisis Situations While Traveling Abroad
Holiday travel is looked forward to by all and preparing for the relaxing time ahead is less traumatic if you have a check list to go by. A truly relaxing and exciting holiday can go awry if you suddenly discover that you have lost your passport or your credit card is stolen. Well, these are the common crisis situations one can land up in and not know what to do. Especially when you are in a foreign country. So, how do I get back home safely is the first question that crops to mind.
I shall deal with 5 crisis situations in this hub and hopefully you never have to be in these situations, but atleast you are aware of what to do instead of having a panic attack.
- You Lost Your Passport : By far, the most common.
- Your Credit card / Travel card is stolen : Another common situation.
- You fall sick and cannot find your travel insurance
- Your flight is canceled or your baggage is lost
- You are stranded at the airport
Qutab Minar, New Delhi
Qutab Minar, New Delhi, India
Tips To Handle 5 Crisis Situations
1. What to do if you lose your passport
The first step is to contact your embassy or consulate in the country you are visiting. They will issue you a temporary passport. Remember to find out and carry the telephone number and address of the embassy before you embark on your journey. Or you can log on to their website for speedy access. Also make sure you have a copy of the passport scanned and stored in your e-mail in order to get the new one. It will also help if you carry passport-size photos and photocopies of the passport.
2. What to do if your credit / travel card is stolen or blocked
Before the trip, let your bank/credit card issuer know of your travel plans. This will help in 2 ways. You will be informed if there is a special transaction fee for using the card overseas and you will be given the local contact number of the country you are visiting. Storing this in your e-mail or phone will help in alerting the bank in case your card is stolen. The bank will immediately block the card and arrange for a replacement at the earliest from their local branch. Instant replacement is possible from banks with a worldwide network, so make sure you carry internationally accepted cards or ones from global banks.
If you lose a travel card, which is offered by leading banks, quick replacement is assured. All you need to do is call up their international helpline numbers. Again, storing these in your cell phone is handy.
For a fee, there are some companies that offer card protection facility services in such situations, where one call to their international helpline number will ensure that all your credit cards are blocked instantly if you lose them anywhere in the world.They will also facilitate payment of hotel bills and travel tickets.
3. What if you suddenly take ill while abroad and discover having misplaced your travel insurance
Log onto the insuring company's website or call the insurer's contact person in the foreign country. If you have the helpline numbers,call them and give your name, policy number or passport number and the company can e-mail your documents. With this, all you need to do is contact the local service provider and hospitalization can be arranged. It would be wise to carry the relevant toll-free numbers and photocopies of your insurance documents.
4 . What if you lose your baggage or your flight is cancelled
If you lose your baggage,contact the airline immediately. If the airline is not able to trace the baggage within 7 days, which is the typical designated period for most airlines, and your travel insurance covers loss of baggage, you can claim compensation.
Airlines usually offer 3 options when a flight is cancelled. Reroute via the next available flight, refund or a credit for future flights. Call up the airline or make an online contact to find out about the earliest flight. You can also opt for a refund and search online for available flights by other airlines. And claim the prescribed compensation if you have travel insurance. Always carry your airline number.
5. What if you are stranded due to a natural or man-made calamity
If it is a natural calamity, and nothing can be done about it, it is wise to just check into a hotel and stock up on food. Also make sure your insurance does not expire. If it is about to expire, call up the insurer or make online contact to have it extended.
If it is an internal unrest in the country of visit, call up your embassy and ask for help. Usually, a plane is arranged to transport you back.
So, the next time you plan to travel abroad, make sure you have the relevant phone numbers and website addresses and store copies of your important documents in your e-mail. Also make sure you have all the necessary valid insurances.
Have a carefree fulfilled holiday.
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