As part of Project IDEA, funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police, Interpol, together with EU Member States, launched the Don't Risk it! campaign. Started in December 2019, the campaign aims at raising awareness on:
Reporting a missing identity document is fundamental to prevent or reduce the possibility of misuse, identity theft and other illegal activities. Stolen and lost passports can be used by fugitives and terrorists to cross borders undetected, but they can be very valuable also for other criminal purposes such as opening a bank account as part of a money laundering process.
Under EU rules, all travellers need a valid ID card or passport to travel. However, if you have lost your passport or had it stolen, EU countries have systems to deal with such cases. See the current rules and further information on the Commission website.
Passports and ID cards are most often found with the citizens who have reported their disappearance! If you have reported a lost passport and you find it again, report it to the police and do not try to travel on it. If you have reported your passport as lost or stolen it will no longer be valid for travel.