Help! Stolen passport in Bolivia one month till Argentina-NewZealand flight
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2013 3:00 PM Last Post By: TheTravellingBu...
Dec 5, 2012 7:09 AM
Help! Stolen passport in Bolivia one month till Argentina-NewZealand flightHey folks,
Bit of a problem, our passports (along with everything) were stolen in Bolivia Cochabamba. We came back to LA Paz to speak with our consulate for replacement passports, here's the problem.
They will only issue an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) valid for nine months (that's fine). However it's also only valid for five transit countries, and many countries don't seem to like it.
Basically on the 12th of January we fly from BA, Argentina - New Zealand for a year at least (workin holiday visa already applied for and accepted). So we go directly from Bolivia to Argentina.
But cheap flights means we fly:
Argentina-Brazil-Duba (11 hour layover)i-Hong Kong-Sydney-New Zealand.
Pretty epic and advice, in terms of what to do, if it it's even possible, been done before or any other experiences
would be very nice!
Things we know:
We have to put New Zealand as our final destination (spoke to nz immigration who said I should email after getting the ETD and explain the situation
British consulate in la paz say risky but possible (they're not very helpful at all... Not very British , they didn't even have a cup of tea!)
We have to get a visitor visa to enter Argentina (they don't like ETD's)
We know everything that's required for the ETD (police report, itinerary, £95, visa for nz)
Things we don't know:
Where to get the visitor visa for argentina? is it possible on the border? consulate hinted it was?
The countries that we are in transit, do they accept ETD's?
Anybody has experience with a working holiday visa with an ETD?
In sure well think of something later!
Thanks in advance!
(Our comp was stolen too so no more blog updates...)
Dec 5, 2012 8:53 AM
1There is some useful info in the box:
Can't help with the other transit countries but surely the British consulate should know?
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Edited by: vnrose
Dec 5, 2012 1:17 PM
2Imo, ETD isn't a good solution. As you said, some countries don't like it, and that's true.
I had my (Swedish) passport stolen in Colombia and applied for a new passport (a real one). Had to wait four weeks, but luckily I travelled only in Colombia.
I couldn't use ETD as US immigration wouldn't let me in. Or, I wouldn't be allowed to board the plane - my return flight was via Newark. They don't honour temporary passports.
Dec 5, 2012 1:37 PM
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Dec 5, 2012 3:52 PM
Dec 6, 2012 8:59 PM
7Thanks so much for the awesome replies guys, useful links and info! We've spent the last few days doing some seriously expensive national calls to try and get some confirmation with help from your input! Here's what we've found: (this will be long)
ETD is a necessity in this case as we don't have enough time even fast tracking .... :-(
However some good news!
Argentina accepts ETD's we just need a tourist visa which we apply for in the Argentinian embassy in la paz (5-10 days) after we have our ETD's (we've had food poisoning The last few days (proper hospital style food poisoning) so applying tomorrow (it doesn't rain it pours)
Brasil accepts ETD's outright!
UAE's ie Dubai accepts ETD's for "airside transit" this means we are not allowed outside the Dubai airport (different terminals allowed there's even a specific airside transit shuttle bus) but that's fine Dubai airport is awesome and emirates is only from terminal 3 (10 hours might be tricky)
Hong Kong accepts ETD's
Sydney is a weird one (still a little unsure but it looks like we should be fine) they accept ETD's for entry but you need a new one to leave..? Being in transit should be fine though!
New Zealand accepts ETD's even with nz as final destination (according to immigration) you just have to email them to update the situation passport numbers etc! Because we have a year long working holiday visa applying for a new passport in nz is no problem!
Anyway thank you so much for the replies it really helped! We'll update this post if/when we get to nz to confirm we made it!
(It seems like a lot of people in Bolivia have had a lot of stuff stolen we already know people in our hostel who've had bank accounts emptied, attempted kidnapping, tripped and subsequently pick pocketed, and another pick pocketed + us who had everything taken! It seems like Bolivia is really becoming a little less fun to be in... Hilariously whenever we broach the subject with any Bolivian every single one says its all those Peruvians??? We loved Peru never had a problem never heard of a problem..maybe all the Peruvian criminals came to Bolivia as the police don't actually exist. (One hostel 7 people who've had severe issues only in Bolivia having travelled trough most of SA, I'm sure it's coincidence.... Or the Peruvians :-)....) rant over. + I'm sure were certainly a little biased
Dec 7, 2012 1:52 AM
8Thank you for giving some feedback. I am glad it seems things will work out with Plan B. It is a great shame about the food poisoning, especially whilst travelling. I hope all is stress free and fun from now on.
In every country in SA people will tell you the thieves are from another country. The truth is, we each have enough of the home grown ones.
Dec 7, 2012 3:19 AM
9Oh, glad to hear you will be ok to travel onwards and thanks so much for posting back as so many people don't. Hugs from Australia x
Dec 7, 2012 4:14 AM
Dec 20, 2012 4:05 PM
11Just a quck update for anyone interested......
The Argentinian Visa can be bought in the embassy in Villazon ($50 US). Dont beleive the Argentinian Embassy in La Paz who say it takes up to a week we risked it and are incredibly glad to be finally in Salta ..
As long as you have photocopies of hotel booking, flight itinerary, passports, police report and bank statement you can get it on the day you arrive. The embassy/consulate is open from ten oclock.
We arrived at 10:30am and got the visa by 4pm.
Simialarly New Zealand imigration are fine with it, all emails sent etc (we will have to pay to change our visa to our new full passports when we have got them in new zealand... unspecified amount)
(we still hate Bolivia)
Dec 20, 2012 5:16 PM
12Great that you were able to get the visa and get to Salta. There has been some looting in places in Argentina today. Hard to tell if it is spontaneous, political or people stocking up for the end of the world. Whatever, stay aware and safe travels.
Mar 5, 2013 3:00 PM
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