You need 3 essential things when you’re travelling the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap. A passport, money and a good mindset. I really want to emphasize that last bit. A good mindset is going to be just as essential as money, and a passport. Stuffs going to happen when you’re in a different country wondering if this will be the place you’re going to retire cheap. Some of these things will great and grand like discovering secret temples, or making new international friends. Others will be not so great, like getting diarrhea from dodgy street food, or being ripped off by cab drivers. One of the worst things that can happen will be losing your money or passport. 

The moment you know you’ve  lost your passport is one of those “I’m going to die, why am such an idiot” moments. Don’t panic. You can get through this! Here’s the process you’re going to go through and some quick tips. 

First you’re going to have to get all the stuff you have previously prepared. Being loyal and smart readers, I’m sure you’ve already prepped the emergency passport kit. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go read that article. (It’s in travel tips.)

The very first step you’ll have to make is ….

  1.  Go to the police station to file a report. You’ll need that report in your passport application.

Another tip, the consulate may be helpful but remember it’s a government office not your mommy. If the hours are 10am till 4pm. That means it closes at 4pm, not 4:06pm. I’ve seen a girl turned away because she missed it by 6 minutes. Just like that it’s another day onto your waiting period. 

There isn’t an emergency rush option for your new temporary passport. It’s a minimum of 3 business days after you submit all your documents. That’s a minimum. And remember those are business days. Losing your passport on a Thursday, means waiting till Wednesday. 

After the wait you’ll get a temporary passport, that allows you to continue your vacation until you get back to Canada. It costs 

  •  $110 temporary passport.. 
  • 10 year passport is $260 for applying for outside Canada. 
  • $45 lost passport fee. 
  •  3 % credit fee. You can avoid this if you have local cash.
  • Total about $400 (2400 HKD)


  • Call your credit cards immediately. Why? They’ll help you cancel those hotels you’ve previously booked.
  • Be aware some web info is old. The internet isn’t always up to date. This report was written September 5, 2016
  • Bring an original birth certificate when traveling. They don’t take copies or faxes.
  • Reach out to all your contacts immediately. You need two references as guarantors. Be aware of time differences. They’re going to call these guarantors so the more reliable the better.
  • Be aware they will take your phone when you go into the consulate. That’s right, write down all the stuff you need on paper 
  • If it’s your travel partner that has lost their passport, try to be as supportive as possible. 

Hopefully you never lose your passport, but if you follow these steps it’ll make your experience a little better. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!).