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Where You Can Get a Lost Passport in UAE

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To travel abroad or to foreign countries passport is the most important UAE travel document. For foreign nationals visiting the UAE or working in any of the companies, individual passports serve as the identification document. But it may happen that while your stay in UAE as a resident or visitor your passport is lost, stolen, or damaged. Without a passport, visitors cannot leave UAE or apply for a visa application. To obtain a lost passport in UAE, you have to re-apply for the passport again. 


Steps to get a lost passport in UAE

  • If foreign nationals in UAE lost their passport then they should report the incident to the nearest police station as soon as possible. If you lost your passport in Dubai then you can go to the Dubai police. For the incident related to the lost passport application, Dubai police work with GDRFA as well as the court. 
  • Take copies of all the documents for the lost passport application in the UAE to submit them to the police station.
  • Submit the lost passport report by the police authorities to the UAE court or Dubai court. The police report is authorized and stamped at the court. 
  • Then after collecting stamped reports from the court submit them to the prosecution department. You do not have to travel separately as prosecution departments are near to UAE court.
  • After this, you also have to go to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs office. They also acknowledge, Authorize and stamp the document. 
  • The next step is to return to the police station where you lodge the lost passport complaint. You will get the lost passport certificate at the police station.  The police application has to be stamped by the prosecution, GDRFA, and court to get the lost passport certificate.
  • After receiving a certificate, you can go to your national embassy to apply for a new passport.
  • After obtaining a new passport resident should also visit the GDRFA main office again for UAE residency visa stamping.
  • The validity of the residency visa that will be stamped on the new passport will be the same as before. If the residence visa expires, then you can renew it after obtaining a new passport.


Applying for a residence visa in UAE again

To renew the UAE residence visa some documents are required to be submitted for re-issuance. Like:

  • Signed residence visa application (sponsor signature)
  • Old passport and new passport copy
  • Photocopy of old residence visa
  • Photograph
  • Emirates ID photocopy
  • Lost application

Lost Passport Requirements In UAE

To file a complaint about a lost passport in UAE, certain documents are required:

  • Photograph- Take two latest colored passport-size photographs.
  • Lost passport copy- If you by chance have any copy of the lost passport.
  • Application- duly filled lost passport application. After getting the police application get it stamped by other authorities.
  • Minor- In case the applicant who has lost their passport is less than 18 years. Then their parents should be present for signing the report.
  • Employee- If any employee lost the passport under the sponsorship of the employer or company. The employee should apply in Arabic which must have a sponsor or company letterhead. A copy of the sponsored company trade license and company establishment content has to be submitted. The application for a lost passport must be submitted with all the documents to the police department of the Emirates where the residence visa was stamped.
  • Family visa- If the person who has lost the passport is on a family visa or under the parents' sponsorship in UAE. Then that person must submit the letter with the proper signature of the sponsor. A photocopy of the sponsor's passport is also required.



Losing a passport can affect your travel, visa renewal application, and UAE visa application process in the United Arab Emirates. As a passport proves a forgeign national identity, it must be re-issued from the embassy. A lost passport can be obtained again after complaining at the police station and visiting GDRFA. Visiting embassy to re-apply for lost passport in UAE.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In case your passport is lost in your native country. Then you should go through the passport policy and process it via your country's embassy. If you are in other foreign countries, then you can renew your passport by fulfilling the requirements of that country for a lost passport.

Yes, tourists who have lost their passports inside the United Arab Emirates. They have to follow the same procedure as UAE residents. Tourists should visit the nearby police station and submit the lost passport application. After getting a police application tourists must visit UAE court, then prosecution office, and GDRFA office for stamping. After that, they will get a certificate for a lost passport from the police station. Then tourists can re-apply for passports in UAE.

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