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Stuck at Barcelona airport

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brokenbarca Fri 22-Nov-19 23:43:40

NC for this as this is outing and don't want linked to previous posts, also posting here for traffic.
Been in Barcelona for a short break, reach the airport this evening to fly home. Went for food and my passport accidentally got thrown out with the rubbish by the time we realised it had long gone.
Now I'm stuck at the airport, I was airside but due to strikes I managed to just walk out.
No hotel will take me without any photo I.D.
Have phoned the consulate and they say I have to apply for emergency travel docs which take 2 working days.
How on earth am I meant to stay at the airport until Tuesday until I can get a flight, any suggestions please

MyKingdomForBrie Fri 22-Nov-19 23:48:52

Ask the consulate to help you get a hotel room? They can't leave you on the street. What has happened to your travel companion? Can they not get a room and you just sneak in? Not ideal I know but desperate times!

MyKingdomForBrie Fri 22-Nov-19 23:49:38

Or book a last minute airbnb? Do they need passport?

0DimSumMum0 Fri 22-Nov-19 23:51:33

What an awful situation. Will they accept your driving license as a form of photo ID?

123rd Fri 22-Nov-19 23:55:48

Can you not withdraw cash from your bank account and pay for ( at least ) one nights hotel? Not trying to be goady... I'm sure a hotel will accept a walk up booking with cash and I know Barcelona isn't cheap but could you get the cash together ?

FrenchSchnoodle Fri 22-Nov-19 23:57:13


Just bumping in case there are any MN in Barcelona who can help you out in terms of suggesting where to stay.

brokenbarca Fri 22-Nov-19 23:58:51

Ok to list all the problems I currently have, no driving licence don't drive.
No physical debit card due to leaving it behind (using Apple Pay)Travel companion went home there's no point two of us staying here spending more money.
Currently charging phone and will be then phoning consulate to see what my options are.

Yambabe Sat 23-Nov-19 00:01:04

Could you not call or message the hotel you were staying at? They might still have a copy of your passport or at least the details from it on file.

brokenbarca Sat 23-Nov-19 00:02:23

@Yambabe that's what I plan on doing tomorrow, hotel reception isn't staffed overnight

brokenbarca Sat 23-Nov-19 00:02:59

But I don't know if that will be good enough as it's only a photocopy

johnlennonsglasses Sat 23-Nov-19 00:05:34

Bank worker here

We've had customers stranded in similar circumstances.
We have been able to send money directly to the hotel's account from the customer's account.
Or western union transfer

Are you with anyone?

Who do you bank with?

user1471457757 Sat 23-Nov-19 00:06:11

Could you book an air bnb online? You can filter them by ones that have a key left in box outside the door so wouldn't need anyone to meet you.

pinkstar01 Sat 23-Nov-19 00:06:19

You can book an Airbnb, they won't check for ID if you already have an account?

looondonn Sat 23-Nov-19 00:08:12

Gosh I feel for you sad
Hope you get sorted

Can anyone in airport check the trash for your passport ?

brokenbarca Sat 23-Nov-19 00:10:07

Thanks for the replies guys, air B and B might be an option, this is truly the cherry on top of an epically shit year.

Lockheart Sat 23-Nov-19 00:15:01

Have you called your travel insurers? They had have provision for lost or stolen passports and would be able to direct you on what to do next.

Lockheart Sat 23-Nov-19 00:15:21

*should have

melj1213 Sat 23-Nov-19 00:24:24

You need to report your passport as lost with the police (iirc there is a comiseria in the airport in Terminal 1) and they will give you a "Denuncia" (police report). Most hotels will accept a denuncia stating your passport has been lost as enough ID to book a room.

melj1213 Sat 23-Nov-19 00:31:12

Also, you will need the denuncia in order to get an emergency passport. You need to take the denuncia to the consulate as it is needed as part of the emergency passport application process.

brokenbarca Sat 23-Nov-19 00:36:50

@melj1213 thank you for that info, I'm at T1 now so will have a look round for the police.

brokenbarca Sat 23-Nov-19 00:37:42

@melj1213 I did report it lost to them at the time but other than taking me back to where it was lost they didn't seem that interested.

JeezyPeeps Sat 23-Nov-19 00:44:02

Worst case scenario, this gives advice

melj1213 Sat 23-Nov-19 00:57:11

No problem, I lived in Spain for a long time and thought my passport had been stolen once at BCN airport*. The police arent always the most helpful in the first instance, but if you go and tell them directly that you want to file a denuncia for a lost passport then they will take you through the process. I will warn you that it might take a while as they are never in a rush, especially in the early hours of the weekend, but once you have that denuncia then that is half the battle won as that is an official police report, and if you go to a hotel and explain that your passport is lost but hand over the denuncia then that is usually accepted as proof of ID as the police will obviously confirm your details as part of the process.

*it turned out I had left it at the check in desk as the agent put it on the top of the counter but there was some issue with the tag on my suitcase getting caught on the conveyor so I totally forgot to pick it up in the confusion and nobody noticed till I was long gone. They assumed I would come back (as I wouldnt get through security) when instead I went straight to the police to report it and then went back to the desk afterwards to find out how to "uncheck in" for my flight, as I couldn't fly without my passport, and they still had it. I then had a frantic 20 minutes of "unreporting" the passport as lost so that I could use it - as any passport reported as lost/stolen is flagged and I wouldnt have been able to fly using it - and then legging it to my gate to try and get to there before boarding closed. I made it by the skin of my teeth bt from then I always double check my passport when I check in/go through security

BritWifeinUSA Sat 23-Nov-19 00:59:14

I’d call the travel insurance company and ask for assistance.

PaperFlowers4 Sat 23-Nov-19 01:00:13

Do you have insurance?

I used to work for a travel insurance helpline. People lost their passports all the time and we would put them up in a hotel if necessary and help them procure an emergency passport

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