British consulates in Las Palmas and Tenerife join forces with airport authorities to warn visitors of the consequences of losing a passport while on holiday
As part of a joint initiative with the British Consulate, all airports in the Canary Islands are now displaying digital banners advising passengers to keep their passports safe while on holiday.
Almost 600 British holidaymakers lost their passports in the Canary Islands last year* and, as a result, had to spend valuable holiday time and money at a British Consulate obtaining an emergency travel document (ETD) in order to get home.
British Consul for the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin said:
“We would like to thank the airport authorities for their support in tackling this issue. We all understand the importance of tourism to the islands and we want all four million British tourists to enjoy their time here.
“Losing a passport and having to replace it while on holiday can be expensive, time-consuming and stressful, and can spoil an otherwise enjoyable visit.”
The aim of the airport banners is to catch holidaymakers as they are arriving and encourage them to think about how to keep their passport safe while on holiday.
Ms Arbouin added:
“The safest place for a passport is usually locked away or, if you have to take it with you, in a zipped bag or pocket.”
The initiative, which is part of a global Foreign Office campaign urging Britons to be #PassportAware when travelling abroad, is spearheaded in the Canary Islands by the British Vice Consuls in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Esther Martin and Helen Keating, and their respective consular teams.
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