While doing research for a future trip I cams across some disturbing news. In the past if you lost your passport while away you went to the local embassy/high commission/consulate and obtained a new one. It appears that the government has set up British Passport Processing Centres abroad they mainly deal with issuing British passports for expats and such like but if you lose your passport you might have to apply to one for a replacement passport. Most embassies can still issue emergency travel documents if you need to get home quickly. The ones that affect most of us are in Paris http://ukinfrance.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports/ Madrid http://ukinspain.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports/ Dusseldorf http://ukingermany.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/passports/duesseldorf-welcome-page/ This link will help you find the country you want and then check on lost passports and that will give details of the processing centre you need. http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy/ I'm off to OZ after Christmas and if I need a replacement passport I will have to apply to Auckland in NZ. I scrambled my brain trying to give as much info as possible but if I've missed something or got something wrong please don't all shout at once. Safe travelling. Don.