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Old 6th December 2008, 11:53   #1
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Default Found one Dutch Passport on Street- What to do?

I called Netherlands Embassy in Delhi but it is closed till Monday. What should I do now?

Its a valid passport of a foreigner from Holland with valid Indian visa. I can feel his pain but there is no contact number.
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Old 6th December 2008, 12:01   #2
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Give it to your local police station. Rather, to the police station of the area where you found the passport. Most prolly the person who lost it would have filed a report.

Also, make sure you call up the embassy on monday and inform them which police station you have handed it over to.
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dont give it to the police station as yet.
inform emabassy first. see what they say


the tourists most probably may not know where they lost it.
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i feel sorry for that person. Was it only the passport that you found on the street?
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Better to hand it over to Netherlands embassy on monday.

The owner will contact the Netherlands embassy for sure.
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Like he mentioned, the embassy is in Delhi, he is in Jaipur. Can't expect him to go to Delhi to hand over the passport can we ?

Really surprising that the embassy is closed. Can't they have atleast a phone which is attended 24 x 7
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Post it to the embassy.giving it to the police station will yeild nothing.they will just throw it in the almirah containing documents since the past 50 years.
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I was able to talk to embassy at their emergency number. The call after changing several heads was finally given to a senior person and he told me not to hand over the passport at Police station (otherwise it will never reach them.. funny but true) but simply to inform them. Also they asked not to courier to them in envelop as then it might get lost again.. They have taken my phone number and asked me to keep it with me till Monday as they have not received any complaint yet, on Monday I'll send it to them by courier if no one contacts me.

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the tourists most probably may not know where they lost it.
Very valid point there. It was on a main street, so probably it fell while in an Auto rikhsa or something.

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Was it only the passport that you found on the street?
Yes it was only the passport.

Now I am thinking how can I only inform police and not hand them over the passport. If I go there they will ask me to leave it.

1 lesson: Put your contact numbers on your passport. If I could text that person.

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As per the rule you must submit it to nearest police station here try to meet psi or p.i or even dept.commisioner of police and hand over passport to them with a written letter with your contact details,get a duplicate copy signed by authorities and keep it with you.Rajasthan attracts many foreign tourists so the person whose passport you found must be in Jaipur right now staying in some hotel,you can read his/her name in passport and check with those bus operators who take foreigners to show different places(mostly volvo coaches),99% you will find the person.

Second choice though I don't reccomend it,
call any good hotel and try to find any dutch staying there,if you find any he or she can help you to solve this problem.

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Its better either you call the embassy and tell them about it or you just post it to the embassy. here are a few addresses.

Netherlands Embassy , India

6/50 F, Shantipath
110021
New Delhi
India
Phone:
+91-11-2688-4951
+91-11-2688-4954
Fax:
+91-11-2688-4956
+91-11-2688-2799
+91-11-2688-5880
Email:
nde@minbuza.nl
Website URL:
Holland in india



Netherlands Consulate , India

502 Mangalam-A, 24 Hemanta Basu Sarani
700001
Calcutta
India
Phone:
+91-33-22424979
+91-33-22435274
+91-33-22204273
+91-33-22208994
Fax:
+91-33-22425200
+91-33-22430165
Email:
wt.il.maa@smc.spritrpg.ems.vsnl.net.in



Netherlands Consulate , India

Forbes Building, Charanjit Rai Marg, Fort
400001
Mumbai
India
Phone:
+91-22-22016750
Fax:
+91-22-22069436
Email:
bom@minbuza.nl
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Brother last advise from me,do not bypass police in view of a current senario,now choice is yours.Don't listen what dutch ambassy says as they are foreigners,we must go as per the law in such cases.Good luck and all the best.
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I think it makes sense.. Handing over to a police station with duplicate application would be better than sending it by courier to Delhi, and there too with no one’s name in Attn: just directly to the counseling dept.

What say guys? Now I have three options:

1) To wait till Monday and send to embassy in courier or by Speed post.
2) To hand it over to police station of the area where I found it.
3) Go and keep it there where it was found..(No, I'll not do that but its an option)
4) Start search operation.. (I'd love to do that, but will see how much time I would be able to give)

Can I do anything with the address on it. There must be his local address on it.
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Handing it over to the police station with proper receipt/acknowledgement etc makes best sense for you. Since you have already informed the embassy and they have adviced you to do this, it makes all the more sense to follow their instruction. Since they have your number they will call you when the original holder shows up.
The police station probably already has a complaint from the original holder. In these days no police station can afford to sleep over a lost and found passport of a foreign tourist. So don't worry and go ahead.
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Sell it on ebay

But on a serious note, I agree with ECM. Dont bypass the police. The Dutch embassy is not going to come to your rescue if police come knocking on your door.
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1. According to the rule book, you have to submit it to the nearest police station.
2. Make a duplicate copy of all the paper work done at the station.
3. Inform the Holland/Netherland embassy about your action.
4. If possible, help out and do a search in the hotels by phone and ask them for their co-operation. They would be able to contact other hotels easily and find the owner.
5. Pray that we're not faced with a similar situation. It's really scary to be in a foreign country with no passport.
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