Lost your passport… What to do?
As I’ve mentioned before, there is a serious lack of online resources when it comes to official paperwork in Jordan. A couple of weeks ago, I lost my passport and when I started calling some departments everyone had another answer to the question: What should I do?
So here’s what I had to do:
1. Go to your local police station (makhfar). They’ll give you a paper where it says you lost your passport.
I went to the police station in Hashimi, as that’s where I live. It didn’t take much time, about 20 mins later I got the paper that states that I lost my passport. They told me that I had to go to the central Police station (in Abdali) and then to Residency and Borders (Iqama w al houdoud) in Tla Al Ali and then to Mokhabarat. And of course, I didn’t feel like going on this road trip.
2. Go to your embassy with the paper from the police station. They’ll let you apply for a new passport.
I took the paper from the police station and simply took it to my embassy and applied for a new passport. Make sure to have a copy of the paper from the police station as you’ll need it later on.
3. Once you’ve picked up your new passport, go to Residency and Borders in Tla Al Ali and ask at the Customer Care desk for an application form for an entry stamp. Then take a number. Go to the cashier and pay 1JD. Then go to the counters on the left side of the room. Give them the paper from the police station that states that you lost your passport. They’ll ask you when you entered Jordan and give you a stamp and send you to another window where they’ll write something down.
4. Tell them you need a personal number (raqm shahsy). It’s a number that you need for your driver’s license in Jordan. They’ll send you to the other side of the room and put a sticker with a bar-code and a number in your passport.
5. Now if you live in West Amman, you need to stay at the same location to renew your residency (iqama) as it needs to be linked to your new passport. If you live, just like me, in East Amman, you need to go to Marka. I won’t write much about this step, as it depends on your residency. I got mine through my marriage to a Jordanian citizen, so I just needed a copy of my marriage paper (Aked al zawaj), family book (daftar al a’ileh), copy of first pages and stamp in the passport and copy of my husband’s ID.
I hope this helps. At least you know now, what to do. Bureaucracy is a pain, so hopeful it made the whole procedure easier.