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There are many non-UK nationals that travel in and out of the UK each year using their passports. However, in certain circumstances, a valid passport from their native country may be unattainable. If so, travellers can apply to the Home Office for a UK Travel Document and if successful, use it as an alternative.

The application process to gain UK travel documents can often be complex and daunting. Different travel documents are available for people in various circumstances, and knowing which one to apply for can sometimes cause anxiety and stress.

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What is a UK Travel Document?

UK travel documents from the Home Office allow non-UK nationals to travel in and out of the UK without a valid passport providing certain criteria can be met. There are 4 different types of travel documents available and the applicant should apply for the one that best fits their circumstances.

Am I Eligible to Apply?

To be eligible to apply for a travel document from the Home Office, applicants must meet certain criteria. Firstly, applicants must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

  • They have been granted indefinite leave to remain (permanent residency).
  • They have been granted permission to stay in the UK as a refugee or stateless person.
  • They have been granted humanitarian protection or discretionary leave for a limited time following a failed asylum application.

In addition, applicants must be able to show that they have applied for a passport that has been unreasonably refused by their country’s national authorities. (Unless they have permission to be in the UK as a refugee or stateless person).

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Types of UK Travel Documents

There are 4 types of travel documents available for those in different circumstances.

Convention Document (Refugee)

This document is for refugees who are unable to obtain a passport from their own country. The convention travel document allows the holder to travel from the UK and re-enter without issue upon returning. However, it does not allow the applicant to travel back to their home country or any country in which they sought asylum from.

The document is usually valid for ten years if the applicant has settled status (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK, or 5 years if they have permission to stay (leave to remain) or are under 15 years of age.

It costs £75 to apply as an adult or £49 for children aged 15 and under. However, the fee is waived if the applicant was born before 1 September 1929.

Stateless Person Document

This document is for people who are classed as stateless by the UK authorities and therefore cannot obtain a passport. It allows holders to travel to most countries in the world and return to the UK without restriction.

The document is valid for up to ten years if the applicant is settled in the UK and has indefinite leave to remain or 5 years for those that have permission to stay or leave to remain or are under the age of 15.

The fee for this document is £75 for adults (over 15) and £49 for children (15 or under). However, applicants born on or before 1 September 1929 do not have to pay the fee at all.

One-way Document

One-way documents (or IS137) are for non-UK citizens that wish to leave the UK permanently. The document allows them the right to leave the UK but not return. Applicants do not need to have settled status in order to apply. However, there are certain criteria that must be met in order to be considered for this document.

For example, the applicant must not be a British citizen, they must not be able to obtain a passport from their native country, they must not be facing deportation or have any pending criminal proceedings against them in the UK and they must want to leave the UK for good.

The document is valid for 12 months from the date it is issued and cannot be used to return to the UK under any circumstances. The fee for adults or those over 15 is £75, for those 15 and under it is £49 or it is free to apply if the applicant was born on or before 1 September 1929.

Certificate of Travel Document

This document is for those that have been refused a passport by their own nation’s authorities. It allows the holder to leave and re-enter the UK in replace of a traditional passport. To apply one of the following must be true:

  • Has settled status or permission to stay in the UK and has been refused a passport by their native country’s authorities.
  • In the UK under humanitarian protection and it’s been officially accepted that they are in fear of their native country’s authorities.
  • In the UK on a family visa as a dependent of someone with humanitarian protection.
  • Born in the UK as a child of a refugee and has permission to stay in the UK but does not have refugee status.
  • Has an important reason to travel but the native country’s authorities are unable to process travel documents quickly enough.

If the applicant has an important reason to travel, this and the fact that their native country’s authorities are unable to help must be proven as part of the application. This document is valid for up to 5 years if the applicant has settled status or until the permission to stay in the UK ends. Applicants can travel to most countries using this document except any of those from which they claimed asylum.

The fee for adults is currently £210 for those over the age of 15 and £141 for children aged 15 and under.

Contact us today for assistance with obtaining a UK travel document.

Applying For a Home Office Travel Document

All applicants need to complete an online form on the UK government’s website and then send their supporting documentation to the Home Office through the post. However, if there are exceptional or compassionate circumstances involved, evidence can be sent for consideration via email.

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Applying for a travel document can be stressful and time-consuming. It can be difficult to be sure which type of document to apply for depending on your circumstances and mistakes do not get refunded by the Home Office.

Our team of immigration specialists at IAS can tell you your options quickly and accurately, help you fill in your application from start to finish, advising you on all aspects of being granted your travel documents as easily and quickly as possible.

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There are options available to those that may struggle to complete the online application form if, for example, they do not have internet access or do not feel comfortable whilst using a computer. Applicants are able to access ‘Assisted Digital’ support which can provide advice over the telephone or via face-to-face interviews.

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It is not possible to list dependents on a travel document like it is on a visa. Each travelling family member (including children) must have their own travel document to travel in and out of the UK. If the child was born in the UK, they may be able to become a British citizen and get a traditional passport.

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What is a Home Office Travel Document?

A Home Office travel document is a document that allows non-UK nationals to travel outside the UK if they cannot use or obtain a passport from their own country. A person can only apply for a Home Office travel document in certain special circumstances.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible to apply for a Home Office travel document, a person must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

(i) they have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person; (ii) they have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application; (iii) they have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application; or (iv) they have indefinite leave to remain.

What are the different types of travel documents?

There are four different types of travel documents that a person can apply for, depending on their circumstances and their status in the UK:

1) If a person is a refugee, they can apply for a convention travel document; 2) If a person is stateless, they can apply for a stateless person’s document; 3) If a person is a non-UK citizen that wants to leave the UK and not come back, they can apply for a one-way document (also known as an IS137); 4) If a person has been refused a passport by their own country’s national authorities, they can apply for a certificate of travel.

It is important to note that a person must show that they have formally applied for and been unreasonably refused a passport by authorities in their country. People who have permission to be in the UK as a refugee or stateless person are exempt from this condition.

Applying for a Travel Document:

A person can apply for a travel document online or by post. If a person chooses to apply by post, they must fill in form TD112 BRP and send it to the Home Office. The form states that certain documents must be submitted alongside the application. All submitted documents must be original documents, not photocopies. Failure to provide the original documents will delay the application and may result in its refusal.

The applicant will also need to apply for a biometric residence permit (BRP) if they don’t already have one that’s up to date, as it is part of the travel document application. This is not required if a person is applying for a one-way document. Additionally, all existing non-biometric travel documents can continue to be used until they expire.

It is important to note that some countries will not accept a travel document if a person has less than 6 months’ leave to remain in the UK on the date they travel. The applicant should check that they meet the requirements of the country they are travelling to.

If an applicant’s family is applying at the same time, all postal applications should be sent in one envelope so that they can be dealt with together. A separate application and payment must be made for each person, whether it is online or by post. A person can also apply for a new travel document using form TD112 BRP if their previous document has filled up or expired.

What are the costs?

All applicants are required to pay a non-refundable fee when they send their application to the home office. We have provided an overview of this below. Please note this is separate from the fee we will charge to assist with such an application. The fee an applicant must pay depends on the type of travel document they are applying for and whether they are an adult or child:

How can NA Law Solicitors help?

As specialists in individual immigration, we can help you apply for your desired travel document. If you have any questions about anything mentioned in this article or have specific queries about your immigration matter, please do not hesitate to contact us for a 15-minute telephone consultation .

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If you live in the UK but aren't a British citizen and can't get a passport from your home country, you might be able to get travel documents from the British Home Office if you need to travel outside the country. Generally, you're only eligible for travel documents if you're staying in the UK as a refugee or stateless person, or if you're settled in the UK permanently (what the Home Office calls "indefinite leave to remain"). You can apply for travel documents online through the Home Office, but you have to mail the completed application along with supporting documentation. If you don't have a biometric residence permit (BRP), you'll need to apply for one of those when you apply for your travel document. [1] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source

Choosing the Right Travel Document

Step 1 Apply for a 1951 UN Convention travel document if you are a refugee.

  • This travel document is typically valid for up to 10 years, depending on the validity of your biometric residence permit (BRP). You can travel to any country except your country of origin.

Step 2 Use a 1954 UN Convention travel document if you are

  • Stateless travel documents are usually valid for 10 years, although they might be issued with a shorter validity depending on your situation. You can typically travel to any and all countries.
  • You're only considered stateless if you are not recognized as a citizen of any country. Some refugees are stateless, but not all. If you're not sure if you've been officially recognized as stateless, you probably haven't. Fewer than 100 people in the UK have been recognized as stateless since the official determination procedure was started in 2014. [4] X Research source

Step 3 Try a Certificate of Travel (COT) if you aren't a refugee or stateless person.

  • To get this documentation, apply for a passport using your home country's usual process. When your application is denied, save the original letter you get back from your home country.
  • You also need to show why the denial was unreasonable. The Home Office considers a denial reasonable if, for example, you have a criminal record in your home country or did not provide enough evidence to confirm your identity.
  • If you are granted a COT, it will typically have 5 years of validity. You can travel to any country with this document except for your country of origin.

Step 4 Get a one-way travel document if you want to leave the UK permanently.

  • While you do need to provide documentation to confirm your identity, you don't need to apply for a BRP to use this type of travel document.
  • This document is issued to any non-British citizen in the UK who doesn't have a passport and wants to leave the country. It can only be used for one journey out of the country and is valid for a year, although it's generally intended to be used immediately. [7] X Research source
  • One-way travel documents are typically issued for travel to a specified country. If you have to travel through one country to get to your destination country, that country will also be listed on your document.

Filling out Your Application

Step 1 Visit the Visas and Immigration website to start your application.

  • After you provide your location, you'll be asked to select which type of travel document you want to apply for. If you're not sure, click on the question so see who qualifies for each type.

Tip: If you don't feel comfortable using a computer or do not have internet access, you can get help over the phone by calling 03333 445 675. This phone line is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Step 2 Enter your answers to the questions on the application.

  • If you're applying for a one-way travel document, your document will only be valid for travel to the country you specified. However, all other travel documents are typically valid for travel to any country, except your country of origin or the country from which you sought asylum.
  • If you're applying for a COT, you'll also need to discuss your process of applying for a passport from your country of origin and the reason your application for a passport was denied.

Tip: If members of your family are also applying for travel documents at the same time, you each have to apply online and pay your fees separately.

Step 3 Fill out the BRP portion of the application if you don't have a BRP.

  • The online application will ask you if you have a BRP. If you do, simply answer "yes." If you answer "no," the BRP application will come up for you to fill out.
  • You will have to provide a digital photo and digital fingerprints along with your signature for your BRP. You can get these done at any government service and support center or post office branch. As of January 2020, the fee is £19.20 for biometrics. [11] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source

Warning: If you already have a BRP but need to amend or replace it, you must do this before you apply for your travel document. You can't use the application included with the travel document application.

Step 4 Pay your application fees online to complete your application.

  • Refugee and stateless person's travel documents are £75 for adults, £49 for children under 15, and £0 if you were born before September 1, 1929.
  • One-way travel documents are £75 for all adults (regardless of age) and £49 for children under 15.
  • A COT is £280 for all adults (regardless of age) and £141 for children under 15.

Submitting Your Application

Step 1 Gather original documents to support your application.

  • If you're applying for a travel document as a refugee or stateless person, you'll need the British court order or certificate that shows you've been officially recognized as a refugee or stateless person, as well as your BRP.
  • If you're applying for a COT, you need documents that prove that you applied for a passport from your home country and that application was unreasonably denied. This might include a letter from your home country's immigration authority or a copy of your passport application. A COT typically requires the most documentation.

Tip: Make a photocopy of your BRP to send with your application — do not send your original BRP. All other documents must be originals.

Step 2 Get documents translated if they aren't in English.

  • There are many translation companies in the UK that offer professional translation services. You can find these companies with a quick internet search. You might also use the search engine provided by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, a professional association of translators. Go to https://www.iti.org.uk/component/itisearch/?view=translators to find a translator who is a member of the association.

Step 3 Print your application and sign the declaration in black ink.

  • Your signature will be scanned and digitally included on your travel documents.
  • After you've signed your declaration page, make a photocopy of your entire application so you have it for your records.

Step 4 Email or fax evidence to support a priority request.

  • Scan the document and email it to [email protected] or fax it to 020 8196 0109.
  • You still must include the paper originals of any documents you fax or email in your package that you send to the Home Office.

Step 5 Send your package using Royal Mail Signed For service.

  • Send your documents to: Travel Documents Section UK Visas and Immigration Lunar House 40 Wellesley Road Croydon CR9 2BY
  • After verifying the information in your application, the Home Office returns documents that don't need to be kept with your application. If you want these documents returned to you by Special Delivery, include a prepaid Special Delivery envelope with your package.
  • If you realize after you've sent your package that you left out a document, don't send it separately. Instead, wait to hear back from the Home Office. They will send you a letter to request any documents that are missing from your application package.

Step 6 Wait for your travel document to arrive.

  • It typically takes 3 to 4 months for the Home Office to process an application for a travel document. [19] X Research source

Step 7 Write to the home office if you've waited longer than 14 weeks.

  • If you're writing a physical letter, mail it to: Travel Documents Section UK Visas and Immigration Lunar House 40 Wellesley Road Croydon CR9 2BY
  • You can also send an email to [email protected].

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  • Before you travel, check with the embassy or consulate of the country you want to visit and make sure your travel documents will be accepted at the border. You also may need a visa. [21] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source Thanks Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0
  • The guidance notes, available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-home-office-travel-document-form-td112-brp , provide more information about the process of applying for travel documents. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Don't book travel until you've received your travel document in case there are any delays or issues with the approval of your application. [22] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Don't apply for a travel document if you have less than 6 months' leave to remain in the UK. Your travel document will only be valid to the extent of your leave to remain in the UK and most countries won't accept travel documents with less than 6 months' validity. [23] X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/apply-home-office-travel-document
  • ↑ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/752814/TD112_BRP_Guidance_Notes_11_2018.pdf
  • ↑ https://files.institutesi.org/ISI_statistics_analysis_2018.pdf
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/apply-home-office-travel-document/how-to-apply
  • ↑ https://www.gov.uk/biometric-residence-permits/personal-data
  • ↑ https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/travel-document
  • ↑ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/488177/Home_Office_travel_documents_guidance_v6.0EXT_clean.pdf

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A valid passport is usually required for international travel and serves as an important form of official identification that is recognised around the world. However, some people cannot obtain a passport whilst they are living in the United Kingdom for a variety of reasons, such as refugees and stateless people. These individuals may be eligible to apply for a Home Office Travel Document, allowing them to travel outside the UK.

In this guide, we explain what the UK travel document is, who is eligible, and how to apply. We’ll also answer some frequently asked questions from Home Office rravel document applicants.

What is a UK travel document?

A UK Travel Document, also known as a Home Office Travel Document, is an alternative form of identification that provides the ability to cross international borders for travel. Whilst it looks like a UK passport, it does not confer the same rights granted to British nationals. Rather, a UK Home Office Travel Document provides a mechanism to permit travel and serves as identification. Holders of UK Home Office Travel Documents must note that they cannot access visa-free international travel in the same way as British citizens and will be subject to the visa arrangements outlined for nationals of their country of origin.

Why is a UK travel document important?

UK Home Office Travel Documents are important as they provide the ability to travel to individuals currently in the United Kingdom who may otherwise incur difficulties obtaining a national passport. For some people, obtaining a national passport can be impossible due to factors such as war, civil unrest, or persecution in their country of nationality. Obtaining a UK Home Office Travel Document also provides a widely recognised form of identification that will be accepted within the United Kingdom for future immigration applications and in daily life.

Who needs a UK travel document?

You will need a UK Home Office Travel Document if you want to have a form of UK identification and seek to travel internationally. You can only apply for a UK Home Office Travel Document from within the United Kingdom. You cannot be a British citizen and you must not be able to obtain a passport from your country of nationality. One of the following must also be true:

  • You have Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the United Kingdom as a refugee
  • You have Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the United Kingdom as a stateless person
  • You have Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the United Kingdom as an individual with humanitarian protection status
  • You have Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the United Kingdom but cannot obtain a passport from your country of nationality

What are the different types of UK travel documents?

There are four different types of UK Home Office Travel Documents. You will need to apply for the correct type of UK Home Office Travel Document for your circumstances. These include the Refugee Travel Document, Stateless Person’s Travel Document, One-Way Travel Document, and Certificate of Travel.

Refugee Travel Document – This type of UK Home Office Travel Document is intended for people who have been granted refugee status in the United Kingdom as well as people who came to the United Kingdom via Family Reunion to join a family member who has refugee status. Refugees are eligible for UK Home Office Travel Documents as per the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. The Refugee Travel Document is valid for up to 5 years for individuals with Leave to Remain and expires in line with your immigration permission. If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain as a refugee, your Refugee Travel Document is valid for up to 10 years. If you are under the age of 15, your Refugee Travel Document is valid for up to 5 years. You can travel anywhere in the world on a Refugee Travel Document except for your country of nationality and/or any country you’ve sought asylum from. Please note that you will still be liable to apply for visa(s) before travelling internationally as you are not considered a UK national with this document. You will also need to be sure that the countries you travel to accept Refugee Travel Documents as a valid form of identification.

Stateless Person’s Travel Document

This type of UK Home Office Travel Document is intended for individuals who have been recognised by the UK Government as being stateless. Stateless persons are those who lack an officially recognised nationality from any country around the world and therefore are not eligible for the passport of any country. The Stateless Person’s Travel Document is valid for up to 5 years for individuals with Leave to Remain and expires in line with your immigration permission. If you have Indefinite Leave to Remain as a stateless person, your Stateless Person’s Travel Document is valid for up to 10 years. If you are under the age of 15, your Stateless Person’s Travel Document is valid for up to 5 years. You can generally travel anywhere in the world on a Stateless Person’s Travel Document issued by the UK Home Office. Please note that you will still be liable to apply for visa(s) before travelling internationally as you are not considered a UK national with this document. You will also need to be sure that the countries you travel to accept Stateless Person’s Travel Documents as a valid form of identification.

One-Way Travel Document

This type of UK Home Office Travel Document is intended for individuals who are not British, do not have a valid passport from their country of nationality, and seek to leave the United Kingdom permanently. It allows a one-way right of travel out of the United Kingdom to a country of destination. You will not be able to return to the United Kingdom on a One-Way Travel Document, so you will want to apply for a full passport once you leave the UK. The One-Way Travel Document is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Please note that you will still be liable to apply for visa(s) before travelling internationally as you are not considered a UK national with this document. You will also need to be sure that the countries you travel to accept One-Way Travel Documents as a valid form of identification.

Certificate of Travel

This type of UK Home Office Travel Document is intended for individuals who fall under one of the following situations:

  • If you have Leave to Remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain and have been refused a passport by your country of nationality
  • If you have humanitarian protection status in the United Kingdom with officially recognised fear of the authorities from your country of nationality
  • If you are on a Family Reunion visa in the United Kingdom after joining your family member who has humanitarian protection status in the United Kingdom
  • If you were born in the United Kingdom to an individual who has refugee status in the UK but you have not been granted refugee status in your own right
  • If you have a critical reason to travel and cannot receive a passport from your country of nationality quickly enough
  • If you fall under any of the above situations, you may be eligible for a Certificate of Travel. If you are applying for a Certificate of Travel due to a critical and imminent need to travel, you will need to provide details about why you need to travel soon.

What is the application process like for a UK travel document?

The application process for a UK Travel Document is not complex, but you must ensure that you meet the requirements and eligibility criteria before beginning the online application form. If you do not meet all requirements and eligibility criteria for a UK Home Office Travel Document, your application will be refused. You will need to submit a separate Travel Document application for every individual in your family, if you are applying as a family unit.

First, you will need to select the Travel Document application form on the UK Home Office website. You will need to identify if you are inside or outside the United Kingdom and then select the type of Travel Document for which you seek to apply – One-Way Travel Document, Certificate of Travel, Stateless Person’s Travel Document, or Refugee Travel Document. You will then need to provide an email address to the Home Office and click through the email verification link.

Next, you will provide all required personal details for your Travel Document application such as the following:

  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Your home address
  • Your sex and relationship status
  • Your country of nationality, date of birth, country of birth, and place of birth
  • Information about your current Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
  • Your National Insurance Number (NIN)

You will also need to provide details about any criminal convictions, driving penalties, arrests, charges, cautions warnings, reprimands or other out-of-court penalties, civil court judgments, or civil penalties under UK immigration law that have been issued in the United Kingdom or any other country. You must also provide details if you have ever been involved in war crimes, crimes against humanity, genoide, terrorist activities, terrorist organisations, held terrorist views, or any other activities that would indicate you are not a person of good character. You must truthfully provide this information or face rejection of your application.

You will then provide details about your immigration and travel history, such as the length of time you have lived in the United Kingdom, any Home Office reference numbers you have been issued, past immigration applications in the UK and abroad. You will also need to provide details about places you plan to travel once you receive your new UK Home Office Travel Document, if you have these details.

Finally, you will need to consent to provide supporting documents. You will be required to send two passport-sized photographs in the post with your name and date of birth written on the back of each photograph. You will also need to send any previous Travel Documents to the Home Office before they will issue your new Travel Document. You will then confirm all information on the Travel Document application and pay the relevant application fee. Once you have paid the application fee, your online application form is complete. You should download and print the Document Checklist to send with your supporting documents in the post.

After you have submitted the online Travel Document application form, you will need to collect all supporting documents. At minimum, you will be required to send two passport-sized photographs and your Document Checklist. If you are submitting an application on behalf of a minor, you will need to provide a consent letter declaring that you agree to apply for your child’s Travel Document. You may be asked to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as:

  • Your Leave to Remain grant letter
  • Any current or expired Home Office Travel Documents
  • Any current or expired national passports
  • Any current or expired foreign national identity cards

The Document Checklist will identify if you need to send original copies of these documents or if you can send copies of these documents. If any of these documents are not originally in English, Welsh, or Scottish Gaelic, you will need to include a certified translation alongside the original language.

Once you have collected all of your documents, you should send them with your Document Checklist within 15 working days to the Home Office at the below address:

Home Office Travel Documents Section Lunar House 40 Wellesley Road Croydon CR9 2BY

How much does it cost to apply for a UK travel document?

The cost of your new UK Home Office Travel Document will depend on the type of Travel Document you require and how old you are. Here are the associated costs for the four types of UK Home Office Travel Documents:

You will need to pay the full Travel Document fee at the end of the online application form. If you do not pay the associated fee for your Travel Document, your application will be considered null and void.

How long does it take to receive a decision on my UK travel document application?

Once you have submitted the online application form for a UK Home Office Travel Document and submitted your two passport-size photographs in the post, you will need to wait for your Travel Document to process. Typically, you could wait 3 months to receive your new Travel Document to arrive. However, due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Home Office advises that it could take up to 6 months for your new Travel Document to arrive. As such, the Home Office strongly advises that you should not plan or book any travel arrangements until you have received your new UK Travel Document.

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The Refugee Travel Document Normally is normally issued for up to 10 years for adults and for up to 5 years for children, or in line with limited leave. It also may be issued with a shorter validity if considered appropriate.

Travel documents are normally valid for all countries other than the country asylum is claimed from and/or the country of origin.

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Countries that do not allow entry with refugee travel document.

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Stateless person’s travel document

A stateless person may apply for a travel document under 1954 United Nations Convention relating to Stateless Persons. Information about applying for this travel document is available  on the UK government website . For more information on statelessness, see our  fact sheet on statelessness .

The travel document is normally valid for up to 5 years (children) or 10 years (adults) or in line with the leave granted. The stateless travel document is normally valid for all countries.

Certificate of Travel

Certificates of Travel may be issued to individuals who:

  • are permanently resident in the United Kingdom, or
  • have been granted Humanitarian Protection (HP) or Discretionary Leave (DL) to enter or remain in the UK for a limited period, following an unsuccessful asylum application  and  can provide documentary evidence that they have been formally and unreasonably refused a passport by their country of origin.

The certificate of travel is normally valid for up to 5 years or for the length of leave the individual has. The Home Office guidance states that the certificate of travel is normally valid for all countries but there were previously issues with the acceptance of the document in a number of countries, including many European ones. It is recommended that a particular country’s rules should be checked before applying for such a document and travelling to that country.

However, if an individual stay outside of the UK for a period of more than 2 years, that leave to remain (whether indefinite or limited) will lapse. The leave to remain will not lapse if someone comes back and left again during the two-year period – it must be continuous for the leave to lapse.

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Traveling is an exciting and enriching experience that allows us to explore new cultures, see breathtaking landscapes, and create lasting memories. However, for individuals residing in the United Kingdom (UK) who do not possess a valid passport, obtaining a travel document becomes a necessity. Whether you have lost your passport, it has been stolen, or it has expired, a travel document grants you the ability to travel internationally while waiting for a new passport to be issued.

A travel document, also known as a certificate of identity, is a government-issued document that serves as a temporary alternative to a passport. It allows individuals to travel to specific destinations, typically within Europe, when they are unable to obtain a passport from their home country. In the UK, the Home Office is responsible for issuing travel documents.

Obtaining a travel document in the UK may seem like a complex and daunting process, but with the right information and guidance, it can be done smoothly. In this article, we will take you through the step-by-step process of obtaining a travel document in the UK, ensuring that you are well-prepared and knowledgeable about the requirements and procedures involved.

Requirements for Obtaining a Travel Document

Before you begin the process of obtaining a travel document in the UK, it is important to understand the eligibility criteria and gather the necessary documents. Here are the key requirements:

  • Residence in the UK: To be eligible for a travel document, you must be a resident of the UK. This means that you must have a valid immigration status and be living in the country.
  • Reason for Travel: You must have a valid reason for needing a travel document. This can include urgent business travel, family emergencies, or other compelling circumstances.
  • Previous Passport or Travel Document: If you have previously held a passport or travel document, you will need to provide details of it, including the passport number, date of issue, and place of issue.
  • Proof of Identity: You will need to provide proof of your identity, such as a national identity card, driving license, or birth certificate.
  • Proof of Residence: You must provide documents that prove your residence in the UK, such as utility bills, tenancy agreement, or council tax statement.
  • Photographs: You will need to provide recent passport-sized photographs that meet the UK Home Office’s requirements, including specific dimensions and quality.
  • Supporting Documents: Depending on your circumstances, you may need to provide additional supporting documents. For example, if you are traveling for business purposes, you may need to provide evidence of your business activities or a letter from your employer.

It is important to note that the requirements for obtaining a travel document may vary depending on individual circumstances and the specific travel document being applied for. It is recommended to check the official guidance provided by the UK Home Office or consult with an immigration specialist to ensure that you have the correct information and documentation before proceeding with your application.

Step 1: Determine Eligibility for a Travel Document

Before you begin the application process for a travel document in the UK, it is crucial to determine whether you are eligible to apply for one. The eligibility criteria vary depending on your circumstances and the type of travel document you are seeking. Here are some common eligibility factors:

  • Residential Status: To be eligible for a travel document, you must be a resident of the UK with a valid immigration status. This includes individuals with visa, settlement status, or permanent residency.
  • Reason for Travel: You must have a legitimate reason for needing a travel document. This could be due to a lost or stolen passport, an expired passport, or if you are unable to obtain a passport from your home country for exceptional reasons.
  • Documentary Evidence: You will be required to provide supporting documents to prove your identity, immigration status, and the reason for travel. This may include previous passport details, proof of residence, and any additional documents specific to your situation.

It is important to note that each case is unique, and the eligibility requirements may differ based on individual circumstances. For specific eligibility criteria and guidance, it is recommended to consult the official resources provided by the UK Home Office or seek professional advice from an immigration specialist.

Once you have determined that you are eligible to apply for a travel document, you can proceed to gather the necessary documents and complete the application process. Keep in mind that the application process can be time-consuming, so it is advisable to start the process well in advance of your intended travel date.

Step 2: Gather Required Documents

Once you have determined your eligibility for a travel document in the UK, the next step is to gather all the necessary documents to support your application. The specific documents you will need may vary depending on your circumstances and the type of travel document you are applying for. However, here are some common documents that are typically required:

  • Proof of Identity: You will need to provide a document that proves your identity, such as a national identity card, driver’s license, or birth certificate. The document should be valid and contain your full name, date of birth, and a recognizable photograph.
  • Proof of Residence: You must provide documents that establish your residence in the UK. This can include utility bills, bank statements, council tax statements, or a tenancy agreement.
  • Previous Passport or Travel Document: If applicable, you will need to provide details of your previous passport or travel document. This includes the passport number, date of issue, and place of issue.
  • Photographs: You must provide recent, passport-sized photographs that meet the specific requirements set by the UK Home Office. The photographs should be in color, have a plain background, and meet the specified size and quality criteria.
  • Supporting Documents: Depending on your circumstances, you may need to provide additional supporting documents. For example, if you are traveling for business purposes, you may need to provide evidence of your business activities or a letter from your employer. It is essential to carefully review the specific requirements based on your situation.

It is important to note that all documents you submit should be in their original form or official certified copies. Make sure to double-check the document requirements provided by the UK Home Office or consult with an immigration specialist to ensure you have the correct documents before proceeding with the application process.

Once you have gathered all the required documents, you can move on to completing the application form, which will be discussed in the next step.

Step 3: Complete the Application Form

After gathering all the necessary documents, the next step in obtaining a travel document in the UK is to complete the application form. The application form is a crucial part of the process and requires accuracy and attention to detail. Here are the key steps to complete the application form:

  • Download the Application Form: Visit the official website of the UK Home Office or the relevant authority responsible for issuing travel documents and download the application form. Make sure to choose the correct form based on your circumstances.
  • Read the Instructions: Carefully read the instructions provided with the application form. Pay attention to any specific guidelines or requirements mentioned.
  • Fill in the Required Information: Fill in all the required information accurately and honestly. This includes personal details such as your full name, date of birth, contact information, and details of any previous passports or travel documents.
  • Provide Supporting Information: Answer all the questions and provide any additional information or documents required as per the instructions. Be sure to include all the supporting documents you have gathered.
  • Review and Double-Check: Before submitting the application form, carefully review all the information you have entered. Make sure there are no spelling errors, missing details, or discrepancies.
  • Submit the Form: Once you are satisfied with the accuracy of the information, sign and date the application form. Keep a copy of the completed form for your records.

It is important to note that any false or misleading information provided on the application form can result in your application being rejected or may even have legal consequences. If you have any doubts or questions regarding the application form, it is recommended to seek guidance from the UK Home Office or an immigration specialist before submitting your application.

In the next step, we will discuss the application fee and how to make the payment.

Step 4: Pay the Application Fee

Once you have completed the application form for a travel document in the UK, the next step is to pay the required application fee. The fee amount may vary depending on the type of travel document you are applying for and your specific circumstances. Here’s how to pay the application fee:

  • Check the Fee Amount: Visit the official website of the UK Home Office or the relevant authority responsible for issuing travel documents to determine the exact fee amount for your application. Make sure to double-check the current fees as they may occasionally change.
  • Choose the Payment Method: You will usually have a few options to pay the application fee, such as online payment, debit/credit card, or postal order. Check the available payment methods and choose the one that is most convenient for you.
  • Follow the Payment Instructions: If you are making an online payment, follow the instructions provided on the website to complete the transaction securely. Make sure to provide all the necessary details requested, such as your application reference number.
  • Keep the Payment Confirmation: Once the payment is successfully processed, make sure to keep a copy of the payment confirmation or receipt for your records. This will serve as proof of payment and may be required during the application process.

It is important to note that the application fee is non-refundable, even if your application is unsuccessful. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements and have all the necessary documents before proceeding with the payment.

In the next step, we will discuss how to submit your completed application form and supporting documents.

Step 5: Submit the Application

After completing the application form and paying the required fee, the next step in obtaining a travel document in the UK is to submit your application. Here’s what you need to do to ensure a smooth application submission process:

  • Compile Your Application Package: Gather all the necessary documents, including the completed application form, supporting documents, and proof of payment. Make sure all the documents are properly organized and secured.
  • Check the Submission Method: Visit the official website of the UK Home Office or the relevant authority responsible for issuing travel documents to find out the specific submission method for your application. It can typically be done either by mail or in-person at a designated application center.
  • Follow the Submission Instructions: Carefully read and follow the submission instructions provided on the website. This may include specific packaging requirements, address details, and any additional steps you need to take.
  • Keep Copies of Your Application: Before sending out your application package, make sure to keep copies of all the documents for your personal records. This will serve as a backup in case any issues arise during the processing of your application.
  • Send or Deliver Your Application: If you are submitting your application by mail, ensure that it is sent through a reliable and trackable service. If you are submitting in-person, make an appointment if required, and bring your application package to the designated application center during the specified hours.

It is essential to submit your application well before your intended travel date to allow for sufficient processing time. The processing time can vary, so it’s advisable to check the estimated processing times provided by the UK Home Office or the relevant authority.

In the next step, we will discuss attending the biometric appointment, which is a necessary part of the application process for a travel document in the UK.

Step 6: Attend the Biometric Appointment

As part of the application process for a travel document in the UK, you will be required to attend a biometric appointment. During this appointment, your biometric data, including fingerprints and a digital photograph, will be collected. Here’s what you need to know about attending the biometric appointment:

  • Receive the Appointment Letter: After submitting your application, you will receive an appointment letter indicating the date, time, and location of your biometric appointment. Make sure to carefully review the letter and note down any specific instructions provided.
  • Bring the Required Documents: On the day of your appointment, make sure to bring all the necessary documents, including your appointment letter, passport-sized photographs, and any additional documents as specified in the appointment letter.
  • Arrive on Time: It is essential to arrive at the biometric appointment location on time. Plan your journey accordingly and allow for any potential travel delays.
  • Follow the Instructions: Once at the appointment location, follow the instructions provided by the staff. They will guide you through the process of collecting your biometric data, which typically involves scanning your fingerprints and taking your photograph.
  • Keep the Biometric Confirmation: After your biometric data is collected, you will receive a confirmation receipt. Make sure to keep this receipt as evidence that you have attended the biometric appointment.

Attending the biometric appointment is a crucial step in the application process, and failure to attend may result in delays or even rejection of your application. If you are unable to attend the appointment on the given date, contact the relevant authority as soon as possible to reschedule or seek further guidance.

In the next step, we will discuss the waiting period for processing your application and receiving a decision on your travel document.

Step 7: Wait for Processing and Decision

After attending the biometric appointment and submitting your application for a travel document in the UK, the next step is to wait for the processing of your application and receive a decision. Here’s what you need to know about the waiting period and the decision-making process:

The processing time for your application can vary depending on various factors, including the type of travel document you applied for and the current workload of the UK Home Office or the relevant authority. It is advisable to check the estimated processing times provided on the official website or contact the relevant authority for an update.

During the processing period, it is important to refrain from making any unnecessary follow-up inquiries, as this may actually slow down the process. However, if your application is taking longer than the estimated processing time, you can contact the UK Home Office or the relevant authority to inquire about the status of your application.

Once your application has been reviewed and a decision has been made, you will be notified of the outcome. If your application is approved, you will receive instructions on how to collect your travel document. If your application is rejected, the notification will include the reasons for the rejection and any available options for appeal or reapplication.

It is important to keep in mind that the decision on your application is at the discretion of the UK Home Office or the relevant authority, and the processing time and outcome may vary from case to case. Patience and understanding during this waiting period are essential.

In the final step, we will discuss collecting your travel document once it is ready.

Step 8: Collect Your Travel Document

After receiving notification that your application for a travel document in the UK has been approved, the final step is to collect your travel document. Here’s what you need to know about collecting your travel document:

  • Follow the Instructions: Pay close attention to the instructions provided in the notification regarding the collection process. This may include the location and timings for collection, as well as any specific requirements.
  • Bring Required Identification: When collecting your travel document, make sure to bring the original identification documents that were submitted with your application. This is typically required to verify your identity.
  • Ensure Proper Packaging: If instructed, ensure that you have the necessary packaging or envelope to securely store your travel document. This will help protect it from damage or loss during transport.
  • Check for Errors: Before leaving the collection center, carefully review your travel document for any errors or discrepancies. If you notice any mistakes, bring them to the attention of the staff immediately for rectification.

It is essential to collect your travel document within the specified time frame mentioned in the notification. Failure to do so may result in additional delays or even forfeiture of the document, requiring you to go through the application process again.

Once you have collected your travel document, make sure to keep it in a safe and secure place. Remember to check its validity and any specific travel restrictions or requirements for the countries you plan to visit.

Congratulations! You have successfully navigated the process of obtaining a travel document in the UK. Your travel document will now enable you to embark on your international journeys while your new passport is being processed or additional travel arrangements are being made.

Safe travels and enjoy your adventures!

Obtaining a travel document in the UK can be a necessary step for individuals who are unable to obtain a passport from their home country or who have lost or expired passports. While the process may initially seem daunting, following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article can help make it more manageable. By determining your eligibility, gathering the required documents, completing the application form, paying the application fee, submitting your application, attending the biometric appointment, waiting for processing and decision, and finally collecting your travel document, you will be well-prepared for the journey ahead.

It is important to stay organized throughout the process and to verify the specific requirements and guidelines provided by the UK Home Office or the relevant authority. Remember to allow for sufficient processing time and to exercise patience during the waiting period. If you have any questions or concerns, consider seeking guidance from immigration specialists or consulting the official resources.

Having a travel document in your possession will provide you with the ability to embark on international travels while your passport is being processed or under exceptional circumstances. Take proper care of your travel document, follow all travel regulations, and enjoy the enriching experiences that await you on your adventures.

Happy travels and may your journey be filled with remarkable experiences and cherished memories!

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Home Office documents are travel documents issued by the UK Border Agency to UK residents who are unable to obtain a national passport. There are four types of documents: a Convention Travel Document, a Stateless Person's Document, a Certificate of Travel, and a One-way Travel Document. To apply for a Home Office travel document, applicants must meet certain criteria, such as having refugee status or being a stateless individual. The documents are typically valid for five years, although this may vary depending on the applicant's permission to stay in the UK.

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A Home Office travel document is a document that allows non-UK nationals to travel outside the UK if they cannot use or obtain a passport from their own country. A person can only apply for a Home Office travel document in certain special circumstances. To apply for a travel document, you must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

  • You have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person.
  • You have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application.
  • You have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application.
  • You have indefinite leave to remain.
  • You have less than 6 months' permission to stay in the UK (known as 'leave to remain'), in which case you need to extend it before you apply for a travel document.
  • You have a biometric residence permit (BRP), in which case you must ensure it has not expired and that all the details are correct before you apply for a travel document.

There are four different types of travel documents that a person can apply for, depending on their circumstances and their status in the UK:

  • If a person is a refugee, they can apply for a convention travel document.
  • If a person is stateless, they can apply for a stateless person's document.
  • If a person is a non-UK citizen that wants to leave the UK and not come back, they can apply for a one-way document (also known as an IS137).
  • If a person has been refused a passport by their own country's national authorities, they can apply for a certificate of travel.

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A Home Office travel document is a document that allows non-UK nationals to travel outside the UK if they cannot use or obtain a passport from their own country. A person can only apply for a Home Office travel document in certain special circumstances. To be eligible, a person must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

  • They have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person.
  • They have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application.
  • They have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application.
  • They have indefinite leave to remain.

There are four types of Home Office travel documents:

  • Convention Travel Document: Issued to refugees who are unable to obtain a passport from their own country. It allows the holder to travel from the UK and re-enter without issue upon returning. However, it does not allow travel to the applicant's home country or any country in which they sought asylum. It is usually valid for ten years if the applicant has settled status in the UK, or five years if they have permission to stay or are under 15 years of age.
  • Stateless Person's Document: Issued to people who are stateless and therefore cannot obtain a passport. It allows holders to travel to most countries and return to the UK without restriction. The document is valid for up to ten years if the applicant is settled in the UK and has indefinite leave to remain, or five years for those with permission to stay or who are under 15 years of age.
  • One-way Travel Document (IS137): This is for non-UK citizens who wish to leave the UK permanently and not return. Applicants do not need to have settled status, but they must meet certain criteria, such as not being a British citizen, not facing deportation, and not having any pending criminal proceedings in the UK. The document is valid for 12 months from the date it is issued and cannot be used to return to the UK.
  • Certificate of Travel: This is for those who have been refused a passport by their country's authorities. It allows the holder to leave and re-enter the UK instead of using a traditional passport. To be eligible, one of the following must be true:
  • The applicant has settled status or permission to stay in the UK and has been refused a passport by their country's authorities.
  • The applicant is in the UK under humanitarian protection, and it has been officially accepted that they fear their country's authorities.
  • The applicant is in the UK on a family visa as a dependent of someone with humanitarian protection.
  • The applicant was born in the UK as a child of a refugee and has permission to stay but does not have refugee status.
  • The applicant has an important reason to travel, and their country's authorities cannot process travel documents quickly enough.

The Certificate of Travel is usually valid for up to five years if the applicant has settled status or until the permission to stay in the UK ends. Applicants can travel to most countries using this document, except any countries from which they claimed asylum.

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A Home Office travel document is an international travel document issued by the UK Border Agency to an alien resident of the United Kingdom who is unable to obtain a national passport. The validity of a Home Office travel document depends on the type of document and the holder's status in the UK.

Refugee travel document

If you have refugee status in the UK or joined someone in the UK who has refugee status, you can apply for a refugee travel document. If you are settled in the UK (indefinite leave to remain), your refugee travel document will be valid for up to 10 years. If you are 15 or under and settled in the UK, it will be valid for up to 5 years. If you have permission to stay (leave to remain), your document will be valid until the end of your permission to stay in the UK.

Stateless Person's Document

A stateless person can apply for a Stateless Person's Document. The validity of this document is the same as the refugee travel document. If the holder is settled in the UK, the document is valid for up to 10 years. If the holder is 15 or under, the document is valid for up to 5 years. If the holder has permission to stay, the document is valid until the end of their permission to stay in the UK.

Certificate of Travel

A Certificate of Travel is issued to those who cannot obtain a travel document from their country of citizenship. This document is usually valid for up to 5 years if the holder is settled in the UK. If the holder only has temporary permission to stay in the UK, the validity will be identical to the length of stay permitted.

One-way Travel Document (IS137)

The One-way Travel Document is valid for one single journey out of the United Kingdom.

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A Home Office travel document is a document that allows non-British nationals to travel outside the UK if they cannot use or obtain a passport from their own country. This document can be applied for in certain special circumstances.

To be eligible to apply for a Home Office travel document, a person must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

If you have less than 6 months' permission to stay in the UK (known as 'leave to remain'), you need to extend it before you apply for a travel document. If you have a biometric residence permit (BRP), make sure it has not expired and that all the details are correct before you apply for a travel document. If your BRP has expired, apply for a replacement. If your details are not correct, contact the team that issued your BRP. The type of travel document you can apply for depends on what kind of permission to stay you have—for example, if you have refugee status or are recognised as stateless. You can find what kind of permission to stay you have on your BRP or your Home Office decision letter.

If you apply for the wrong type of travel document, your application will be refused, and you will not get a refund. You will have to submit a new application and pay the fee if you want to apply again.

To apply for a travel document, you need to complete the online form and send supporting documents by post. You can get help with completing the online form if you do not feel confident using a computer or mobile device or do not have internet access. You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

You will be told in the online application which documents to send. You will need to send original documents. Do not send your BRP—you will need to keep this as proof of identity. Do not send any documents you have not been told to send, as they will not be returned.

If you urgently need a travel document for compassionate reasons, you will need to send additional supporting evidence by email. Compassionate reasons for travelling include:

  • You are seriously ill.
  • A family member or friend is seriously ill or has died.
  • You—or someone you care for—need to travel abroad for medical treatment that is not available in the UK and cannot be delayed.

Attach a scan or photo of a letter confirming the reason for your travel. The letter must be from a doctor or hospital, be in English or accompanied by a certified translation, and include, where relevant, the name of the sick or deceased person and their relationship to you. You can send a death certificate, but it must be accompanied by the letter confirming the reason for your travel.

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A Home Office travel document is a document that allows non-UK nationals to travel outside the UK if they cannot use or obtain a passport from their own country. A person can only apply for a Home Office travel document in certain special circumstances.

  • Convention Travel Document: Issued to refugees.
  • Stateless Person's Document: Issued to people who are stateless.
  • Certificate of Travel: Issued to people who cannot obtain a travel document from their country of citizenship.
  • One-way Travel Document (IS137): Valid for one single journey out of the United Kingdom.

The type of travel document that can be applied for depends on the applicant's permission to stay in the UK. For example, if they have refugee status or are recognised as stateless.

The validity of a Home Office travel document is usually for five years. However, if the holder only has temporary permission to stay in the UK, the validity will be identical to the length of their permitted stay.

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  • Countries that require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention
  • Countries that DO NOT require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention
  • European countries that you can travel visa free with a travel document
  • European countries that require a visa to travel with a travel document
  • List of countries that DO NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention
  • List of countries that issue travel documents

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Please note that the information below changes regularly. For example, the UK leaving the EU may change the ability to travel visa-free to European countries. Therefore, you should always check the visa requirements of your country of destination before you travel.

This question comes up when you are considering travelling to one of the European or Schengen Countries or another country. Once you have obtained refugee status, you may wonder where you can travel without the need for a visa.

If you are a holder of a Refugee Travel Document issued by the United Kingdom under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees , you can travel visa-free to a lot of countries. Different countries have their own travel restrictions and require you to have a visa even for short term visits like tourism, even if you have a Refugee Travel Document.

When you are travelling, you will need to make sure that you carry your valid UK residence permit confirming your refugee status together with the Refugee Travel Document.

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For countries with official sources, there will be a hyperlink, which will be highlighted in orange and underlined. You can click on it to view more information.

Countries that require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina  
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica * (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • Kazakhstan  
  • Norway * (1951 Convention travel documents issued by Malta, Ireland, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland have visa-free access to Norway )
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia 
  • Thailand*  (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • Turkey   (unless for official visit)
  • United Kingdom

Countries that do not require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • Liechtenstein 
  • Netherlands* (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia * (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)
  • Vatican city

European countries that require a visa to travel with a travel document:

European countries that you can travel visa free with a travel document:.

  • Liechtenstein
  • Monaco* (To be confirmed after Brexit)
  • Netherlands* (Depending on your nationality)

List of countries that DO NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • UAE – Dubai
  • Qatar – Doha

List of countries that issue travel documents:

  • Netherlands *
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United States of America

All the above countries issue refugee travel documents in one form or another. They allow you to leave the country that issued them and return with the same documents. Some countries allow you to travel to other countries without the need for a visa. Whereas, you may need to obtain a visa for other countries. These arrangements are usually due to agreements between countries.

Please note that in some instances, you may lose your refugee status if you travel to the country from which you sought refuge. You will need to check with the country that issued your travel documents.

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A travel visa is an official document, usually stamped or affixed into the bearer’s passport, that grants the right to legally enter, remain within, or leave a foreign country. A  Schengen visa , for example, allows you to travel to any of the  Schengen countries  as well as other  non-Schengen countries  that allow travellers to enter their countries with a Schengen visa.

Travellers without a valid travel visa will be refused entry into a country. And, if the individual enters the country through illegal means and is later discovered, may be punished and deported.

Each country has their own processes for applying for a visa. Generally, you will need to fill in an application form and submit any requirements that the consulate or embassy asks for, and some even require you to appear for an interview .

There are many factors that could add to your visa being approved or rejected by the consulate, and many find the process of applying for a visa stressful for this reason. You can choose to do this on your own, or get a service like IaM to help you either make the application or check the application that you filled out yourself.

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Great article Very informative Just one suggestion in title if you can add UK

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Hello, Can I still travel to these countries visa free with a refugee travel document after brexit? Thanks

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We are in the process of updating this post. Check with the embassy first to know where you want to go.

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The French embassy has been ignoring my email enquiries and their visa centre as well. I am stuck and do not know if I can still travel to France visa free with my refugee blue travel documents with Brexit. Has anyone travelled during this year 2021? did you need to apply for a Schengen visa or did you travel visa free? That would help a lot if someone could share their experience. Many thanks

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i tried to go to france but they send me back

Yes, on our list it says France requires visa.

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Greece need a visa as the embassy confirmed

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Hi all, I am currently stck in Georgia that entered the UK red list and in need for a buffer place to spend the ten days before flying back to the UK. I would appreciate any suggestions for a visa free destination.

Hi. You can check the UK amber list ( https://immigrationandmigration.com/uk-travel-update-uks-amber-travel-list/ ) or green list ( https://immigrationandmigration.com/uk-travel-update-new-countries-on-the-green-list/ ).

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What type of visa do I need to visit a Switzerland for about 2 weeks to visit a friend. And can I travel to Switzerland from Sudan . I live in the uk and I have a refugee travel document. I’m traveling to Sudan in few days then if possible will travel to Switzerland.

You will need a Schengen visa to visit Switzerland to visit a friend. You can check the list above if you are required to apply for this visa.

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Hi , I have a Uganda travel document the Geneva Convention 1951 July 28 If I travel Europe I need visa or not

Read the blog post above.

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Can I still travel to Malta with a refugee travel document from the UK without a visa? I have contacted the relevant embassies but have not had any replies yet.

Hi. We have updated our list. You can check which countries you can travel to visa-free.

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Hi CHesca , thanks alot for this information so i have read that Malta does not require visa for Blue refuggee TravelDocument . just some one stuck in Istanbul and have to go to malta to do the 10 days there . thanks

You’re welcome. Glad to help.

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Hi , I have a Japanese travel document the Geneva Convention 1951 July 28 If I travel Europe I need visa or not

Check the list above or contact the embassy for more info.

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Hi , thank you for this helpful article but can you please confirm about Turkey and Tunisia as I can see them in countries DO NOT require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention. do you have any link to show this new update I checked Turkish official website and I think they still ask Refugee travel document holders to apply for visa. please let me know!

many thanks

You can check with the embassy to be sure if you will need a visa or not.

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I,m a refugee in Namibia. I have acceptance status and my traveling document. I would like to visit Canada or Austria. Please how will I get the Visa.

Hi. You can start your application with us here: For Austria: https://immigrationandmigration.com/schengen-visas/ For Canada: https://immigrationandmigration.com/canada-visas/

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Hi, I been in Portugal in June 21, could I still travel to Portugal with my travel document from UK? Thank you very much.

Check the article above.

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Hi I live in the UK having travel documents. Can I travel to paris without visa please let me know Thanks

You can check the list above for France.

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Hi Juan, can I check if your comment means you travelled to Portugal in June 2021 visa free? I have a flight to Portugal tomorrow and I was under the impression that I could travel without a visa with the same travel document mentioned in the article. Thanks

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I would also be interested in this question in regards Portugal.

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Has anyone with refugee travel document indeed travelled to USA WITHOUT a visa or do we actually need a visa to get in?

According to our list, USA requires a visa.

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My first inquiry: HI, my UK Refugee Travel Documents will expire in 14/11/2021 (that is bit less than 3 months from now). Can I still use it to travel to Europe (Greece or Lithuania)?

My second inquiry: about a week ago I contacted Lithuania (by email) asking if I could visit Lithuania using my Refugee Travel Document (above) visa-free. They confirmed that I COULD! However, in the list above Lithuania is under the “Countries that REQUIRE visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention”. Can you explain how this works please?

You need to make sure that your travel document is valid if you plan to travel. As we have put up in the notice, these restrictions can change at any time so we recommend you check with the embassy.

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I hold a UN Convention Refugee Travel Document issued in the UK, and I am preparing to visit a country that does not require visa from me. I wonder if I need to present my Biographic Residency Permit Card (BRP) at the custom alonsige the travel document?

Yes you will need that to enter the UK.

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I have refugee uganda refugee i need to visit canda how will i go there please help me.

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Hello, I have a blue passport (1951) issued by Belgium, I live with in Brussels, I would like to go to south Africa, I would like to know if I need or apply for a visa to go there some days of vacation?.. Thanks

You can check our list above and/or check with the embassy to be sure.

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Just been to the Portugal Consulate, Refugees now need a Visa to travel to Portugal.

Hi Baba, is this with the 1951 travel document??

Is this with travel document and valid biometric card?

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Hi I have Uk travel document (black) I want travel Eastern Europe do I need visa or just buy ticket and travel also if not which country accept it ?

Check the list above.

Do I Require visa with UK travel Document and biometric card for Portugal? I am Albanian citizen, but I reside in the UK.

Hi Eduart, Albanian citizens do not need a Schengen visa to travel to Portugal or any Schengen countries.

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You forgot to mention Canada in your list of countries that issue travel documents. Here’s the details about how to get a Canadian travel document: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/canadian-passports/travel-documents-non-canadians.html

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Hi, Anyone been able to travel to Italy recently? I tried to go from Birmingham to Milan with Ryanair and they denied me boarding even though I printed embassy website and consulate email confirming that visa is not required. Ryanair’s handling agent at Birmingham Airport, Swissport use IATA TravelCentre to check for visas

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Hi I am a Zimbabwean national who holds a UK refugee travel document and I just wanted to check if South Africa definitely does not require a visa as the last time a friend travelled there about ten years ago they did require one. At that time it did state that we needed one on their website but this is no longer stated so am guessing this has changed. Checked with the embassy but referred me to vfs global.

Regarding my earlier enquiry just got an email from VFS global South Africa desk and the agent stated that a visa would need to be applied for prior to travel if I hold a UK refugee travel document as a Zimbabwean national.

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Hi , I have a uk travel document the Convention of 28 july 1951 and i wanted to check if i need a visa to travel to belguim. Thanks

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Belgium is listed above in one of the countries that you need a visa. Check out how to apply for a Belgium visa .

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5 Items to Check Off Your To-Do List Before Traveling No matter the reason for travel or the length of a trip, the weeks leading up to vacation are usually stressful. This is bound to happen because there’s so much...

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No matter the reason for travel or the length of a trip, the weeks leading up to vacation are usually stressful. This is bound to happen because there’s so much to get done before your departure. Between packing, making an itinerary, and everything in between, traveling requires a lot of work — but it’s well worth it. By staying organized, being on-task, and planning ahead, you can have a stress-free vacation.

A to-do list can be handy when going on a trip. Here are five items to put on your to-do list (and check off) before traveling.

1. Pack Your Bags

Packing is an important item to check off your to-do list prior to traveling. Planning ahead and staying organized is key here. If you procrastinate, you’ll feel stressed, and you run the risk of forgetting something important. This can ruin a trip and make it less enjoyable, which is not something you want.

Plan ahead as early as you possibly can. Start thinking about the clothing you’ll need for the weather and other miscellaneous items. Then, when you have a good idea of what you’ll need to pack, start making a list. Writing everything down will make the packing process seamless and stress-free. You’ll know exactly what you need, and you can mark things off when you put them in your bag.

To take things a step further, put your to-do on the calendar . This helps you prioritize to-do list items and create a schedule to ensure you finish everything. As you pack, create calendar events for various categories of items that need to go in your bag. For example, devote one entire day to putting together outfits and packing clothes. Dedicate another day to packing toiletries.

2. Gather Travel Documents

It’s imperative that you have your travel documents ready to go in advance whenever you’re planning to travel. Without the proper, up-to-date documents, you may not get very far. Ensure you have all necessary identification and that none of it’s expired or inaccurate. Remember, a passport is often essential if traveling outside the country.

If you need a passport, make sure you apply early. It’s tough to predict how long it will take before you have your physical passport, and you don’t want to cut it too close. Ideally, plan to apply several months in advance, 6-9 months out.

Depending on your destination, you may also need to think about other documents. Consider the need for driving permits, vaccination certificates, and financial documents. You may also need to exchange currency if you are traveling outside of the country. Sometimes, doing things ahead of time can save you some money.

Calendar software can help you stay organized and plan when acquiring travel documents. For example, using software like Calendar, Microsoft Calendar, or Google Calendar can be helpful when getting your passport. Schedule an event over six months before your trip to apply for a passport. Schedule a different event to go to a facility and get your picture taken. You can even add notes with important reminders, addresses, etc.

3. Make a Trip Itinerary

Before your trip, make sure that you research your destination, make accommodations, and book excursions. While you’re busy getting through all the pre-travel checklist to-do’s, don’t forget about the vacation itself. Arriving at your destination should feel great — all your worries should melt away. But without dedicating some time to planning, it won’t feel so stress-free.

First things first, think about where you’ll be staying. Accommodations are essential since you obviously need a place to stay during your visit. After you’ve booked your stay, think about what you’ll do for fun. No matter what your interests are, most destinations have something for everyone. You can book an excursion to sightsee, learn, and enjoy the outdoors. You can also spend your day trying new restaurants and experiencing different cuisines. You can even opt for a relaxing day by a pool or beach.

Since you’ll be out of routine, your calendar can be a great tool when building and following a travel itinerary. Find software that works for you to use as your travel calendar for your next trip; you won’t regret it. Enhance the calendar by adding details to each event, using naming conventions, and making it color-coded.

4. Do Pre-Travel House Chores

Before traveling and taking a break from reality, ensure things are handled at home. Think about what needs to be done while you’re gone. Tell family or friends about your travel plans. Then, ask those free to hold your mail, water your plants, watch your pets, etc. Leaving your house for any period of time might require asking for some help, and that’s perfectly OK! Just make sure you plan ahead for these scenarios. Sharing your calendar can be highly beneficial in these instances because it keeps everyone on the same page.

In addition to making arrangements for your home and pets while you’re away, also make sure to clean. No one likes to come home to a messy house after a long trip. Doing chores before leaving is your best bet if you want to return and return to a routine. It might sound exhausting on top of everything you must do, but your future self will thank you.

Pre-travel house chores include doing dishes, washing and folding laundry, and tidying up in common areas. Just make sure things are in order. Leaving the house in good shape will give you peace of mind for your trip, and coming back from a trip will feel that much better.

5. Book Self-Care Appointments

When you go on vacation, you want to feel your best. This means quite a few self-care activities need to take place prior to leaving. Self-care appointments aren’t just to make you feel good (though it’s a great added benefit). Most self-care activities are likely routine appointments that should happen regularly anyway. Booking them all a week or so before your trip will ensure you’re looking and feeling your best.

Routine self-care activities might include hair appointments, a mani/pedi, or waxing/hair removal. If you really want to treat yourself, enjoy a little self-care while you’re also on vacation. Many resorts have luxurious spas where you can unwind with massages, facials, and more.

Considering a facial or skin treatment before your trip? Make sure to speak with your esthetician or dermatologist about your travel plans. Depending on your plans and the weather you’ll be in, they may advise against specific treatments. If you are in the sun, they’ll probably also recommend that you wear sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher that’s water-resistant

Get Ready to Enjoy an Unforgettable Trip

When you make a to-do list and stick to it before traveling, you’ll have a fun trip filled with memories. It’s easy to get excited for vacation and daydream about all the fun you’ll have, but don’t forget to prepare. Pre-vacation preparation is just as important as the vacation itself. So, make sure to create a to-do list and start checking off the items. If you do, you’ll feel accomplished and excited about your trip.

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This guidance tells HM Passport Office staff how to deal with emergency passports and travel documents issued by UK officials that we receive as part of a passport application.

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This guidance has been updated to explain how to return Home Office travel documents when dealing with an application on DAP.

Home Office travel documents

This page is about Home Office travel documents issued by staff in the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI).

The United Kingdom Visas & Immigration Service (UKVI) issues Home Office travel documents to commonwealth citizens and foreign nationals who are unable to get a passport from their own countries.

A Home Office travel document:

  • does not give British nationality to the holder
  • is not an identity document
  • is used for foreign travel

Dealing with a Home Office travel document

If HM Passport Office issues a customer a British passport, and the customer has sent us a Home Office travel document, we must cancel any Home Office travel document they are named on and return it to the Home Office. This includes when:

  • more than 1 person is named on the travel document (for example, when children are named on their parents’ travel documents) so UKVI can update their records
  • the travel document has been cancelled but not yet returned to the Home Office

If a Home Office travel document is sent to us as part of supporting evidence, (for example if a parent sends us their travel document to support their child’s application), and we do not issue a British passport to anyone included in the document, then you, the examiner must return the travel document to the customer un-cancelled. You must use secure delivery to return the Home Office travel document to the customer.

UN Travel Documents and travel documents issued by other foreign authorities are not UKVI issued travel documents. You must return any foreign travel document un-cancelled to the customer, using the postal method they have selected.

AMS: how to cancel a Home Office travel document

If you need to cancel a Home Office travel document and return it to UKVI, you must:

1. Put a case note on the customer’s application confirming you have cancelled and returned the Home Office travel document to UKVI (you must include the travel document number).

2. Write to the customer, telling them you have returned the travel document to the Home Office (system letter code 04).

3. Authorise the issue of a British passport.

4. Cut the top right-hand corners from the front and back covers of the travel document.

5. Put the Home Office travel document in an unsealed secure delivery envelope with the following address, written clearly on the front:

TDS (HMPO-BC) United Kingdom Visas & Immigration Post/Fee Section Travel Documents 10th Floor Lunar House 40 Wellesley Road Croydon CR9 2BY

6. Take the secure delivery envelope to your local Post room (or ask the team support clerk to take it).

DAP: how to cancel a Home Office travel document

If you need to cancel a Home Office travel document and return it to UKVI, you must check if the Home Office travel document is being handled by a Document Management Service (DMS) or Document Handling Unit (DHU) site.

If the document is being handled by a DMS site, you must transfer the application to AMS.

If the document is being handled by a DHU site, you must:

1. Put a case note on the customer’s application confirming you have cancelled and returned the Home Office travel document to UKVI (you must include the personal details and travel document number).

2. Write to the customer, telling them you have returned the travel document to the Home Office (using letter code 004).

3. Update Application Receive Domain (ARD) to show the travel document must be cancelled and returned to:

TDS – HMPO-BC, UKVI Post/Fees Section, Travel Documents 10th Floor, Lunar House 40 Wellesley Road Croydon CR9 2BY

When the application processing is complete, the Document Handling Unit (DHU) will then cancel the Home Office travel document and send it back to UKVI.

How the Post room must deal with a Home Office travel document

To send a Home Office travel document to UKVI, Post room staff will then:

1. Create a consignment on Final Mile for Internal Secure Transfer to UKVI.

2. Send an e-mail to UKVI showing the: - Final Mile consignment reference number - date the Home Office travel document was sent to UKVI - travel document number (this is shown in the same place as a UK passport number on a UK passport)

3. Seal the envelope with the travel document inside and send it to UKVI using Internal Secure Transfer.

Emergency Travel Documents

This page tells examiners about Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs), what they look like and when and how they are issued.

We have issued Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs), since 2009. ETDs:

  • have ‘Emergency Passport’ written on the front cover

have 8 pages, including a personal details page with a digital photo of the customer

have a machine readable zone but no biometric chip

  • are A6 in size
  • have a blue cover
  • can be valid for single, multiple or return journeys, including up to 5 specified countries the customer may travel through, to arrive at their final destination (we will note the validity and travel details on the observations page)
  • have security features that are difficult to change

Immigration officers will take ETD from customers at the UK border and return them to HM Passport Office.

Who issues ETDs

ETDs are issued:

  • overseas by Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) consular assistance staff using the British Identity Document Generation Equipment (BRIDGE) system
  • by HM Passport Office, in the UK, if our standard passport issuing system stops working

HM Passport Office staff cannot confirm if the FCDO will be able to issue an ETD. If a customer asks you how to get an ETD, you must direct them to GOV.UK or to the nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate.

Dealing with an ETD

You must not accept HM Passport Office or FCDO issued ETDs, as confirmation of a customer’s nationality, entitlement or identity.

You can continue with a renewal or replacement of a customer’s old passport, if both of the following apply:

the customer has previously held a fully valid British passport

you can check the customer’s details in our records (see Lost, stolen recovered guidance)

The customer will need to provide full documentation to confirm their claim to British nationality, if:

they are applying for a first time passport

you cannot trace their previous British passport on the system

The customer may also need an identity interview (see Interviews: overview of the interview process).

Cancelling an ETD

ETDs are valid for single, multiple or return journeys. If the ETD is valid for a single journey or the customer receives their new passport in time for their return journey, you must:

1. Case note the details of the ETD on the live application.

2. Follow the guidance in Recording the travel document on Main Index before continuing with the application.

3. Cancel and destroy the ETD.

If the ETD is valid for a return journey and the customer will not receive their new passport in time to travel, you must:

2. Tell the customer we are putting their application on hold until they return the ETD or confirm it has been surrendered.

3. Return the ETD to the customer.

4. Process the application in line with current guidance, depending on where the customer lives and if they need to pay additional fees.

You must post the ETD to the Peterborough Search Team if it’s not part of a live passport application.

Temporary Passports

This page tells HM Passport Office staff about Temporary Passports issued by The Foreign and Commonwealth & Development Office.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) issued Temporary Passports until the end of 2010, when they were replaced by the Emergency Travel Document (ETD). Temporary Passports (TPs) were valid for 1 year.

How to recognise a Temporary Passport

You can recognise TPs issued by The FCDO by:

  • the words ‘Temporary Passport’ written on the front cover
  • a numbering sequence between 730000001 and 730999999
  • being valid only for a limited period, usually enough to cover the customer’s journey time and up to a maximum of 1 year

See examples in the Knowledge base.

Dealing with a Temporary Passport

You (the examiner) can accept a TP as evidence of identity and nationality, if the customer submits it as part of a passport application. TP’s were issued in line with FCDO guidance and are considered the same as a fully valid passport.

You must deal with the replacement of a lost or stolen TP using the Lost, stolen recovered guidance.

We will not normally ask for additional documents, if the customer’s personal details remain the same and can be clearly identified from our passport records (see Confirming identity). If the customer lives overseas, you must tell them to send in additional documents, in line with international customer guidance on GOV.UK .

You, the Operational Team Leader (OTL) or Enhanced Application Checking (EAC) enabled examiner must only request the previous application file for a TP if you have fraud or safeguarding concerns.

Cancelling a Temporary Passport

You must cancel TPs, in line with the cancelling British passports guidance. If the customer asks, you must return the TP, and:

1. Case note the details of the TP on the live application.

If the customer does not have a live passport application in progress, you must post the TP to the Peterborough Search team .

Emergency Passports

This page tells HM Passport Office staff about Emergency Passports (EPs) who issues them and what they look like.

Emergency Passports (EPs) are travel documents issued by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) consular staff overseas and are valid for 1 journey, including travel through multiple countries.

As with Emergency Travel Documents, FCDO issues EPs under strict guidance and only when:

the FCDO issuing system is not available

there is a mass evacuation and using the system would be impractical

What an EP looks like

EPs are manually produced on a single A4 page and:

  • may be handwritten or typed
  • may include a photo of the customer
  • may include an embossed FCDO stamp over the photo
  • will always be signed and stamped by FCDO consular staff

Examples of EPs are available in the Knowledge base.

Dealing with an EP

HM Passport Office will not accept EPs as confirmation of nationality, entitlement or identity.

If a passport application is supported by an Emergency Passport, you (the examiner) must use the Emergency Travel Documents guidance .

How to cancel an EP

Immigration officers will take a customer’s UK Emergency Passport when they enter the UK. The Border Force will then send the EP to the Peterborough Search team (PST) so they can cancel it.

You must not return EPs to the customer under any circumstance. If the customer sends one as part of their passport application, the examiner must:

1. Case note the passport application, confirming the details of the EP (for example, name, date of issue, reason for issue)

You must post the EP to the PST, if it’s not part of a live passport application.

British overseas territory temporary travel documents

This page tells HM Passport Office staff about temporary travel documents, issued in the British overseas territories.

HM Passport Office processes applications and prints passports for customers who live in British overseas territories (BOT).

BOT passport offices only issues temporary passports to British overseas territory citizens eligible to receive them.

What a BOT Temporary Passport looks like

BOT Temporary Passports (TPs) will:

have a green cover

have ‘Temporary Passport’ written on the front cover

have the name of the territory (for example, Anguilla) on the front cover and page 1 of the passport

have a salutation (greeting) on the inside of the front cover in the name of the current lieutenant-governor or governor, instead of the reigning monarch

are 125mm x 88mm in size

can be valid for up to 12 months for single, multiple or return journeys, including up to 5 specified countries the customer may travel through to arrive at their final destination (the BOT Passport Office will note the validity and travel details on the observations page)

have individual security laminates protecting pages 2 and 3

contain watermarks which are identical to the current Emergency Travel Document

show the relevant BOT ‘Issuing Authority’ on the personal details page

Dealing with a BOT Temporary Passport

You must not accept TPs issued by the BOT’s Passport Office as confirmation of a customer’s nationality, entitlement or identity.

The customer may also need an identity interview (see NIMS).

Cancelling a BOT Temporary Passport

BOT TPs are valid for single, multiple or return journeys. If the TP is valid for a single journey or the customer receives their new passport in time for their return journey, you must:

3. Cancel and destroy the TP.

If the BOT TP is valid for a return journey and the customer will not receive their new passport in time to travel, you must:

2. Tell the customer we are putting their application on hold until they return the TP or confirm it has been surrendered.

3. Return the TP to the customer.

You must post the BOT TP to the Peterborough Search Team if it’s not part of a live passport application.

Temporary travel documents issued by BOT Immigration Departments

BOT Immigration Departments can issue travel permits and Certificates of Identity to customers living in the territories. These documents help the customer to travel but we cannot accept them for nationality or identity purposes.

Recording the travel document on Main Index

This page tells HM Passport Office staff how you must record Emergency Travel Documents (ETD), Temporary Passports (TP) and Emergency Passports (EP), on Main Index (MI) and how you must destroy them.

If you receive an Emergency Passport (EP), Emergency Travel Document (ETD) or a Temporary Passport (TP), you, the examiner, must make a note on the customer’s passport record.

You, or a Peterborough Search team (PST) member, must:

1. Find the customer’s passport on MI valid immediately before we issued the EP, ETD or TP.

2. Make a passport note on MI of the:

document type

document number

reason why it was issued (if known)

date it was destroyed or if it was returned to the customer (see TP , British overseas territories (BOT) TP’s and ETD )

3. Cancel and destroy the document (if it’s not returned to the customer).

If you cannot find the customer’s old passport on MI, you must make a passport note on the customer’s new passport.

If you cannot find a record on MI and no live application is in progress, PST must cancel and destroy the document, there is no need to further record the document.

Posting documents to the Peterborough Search team

This page explains how and when HM Passport Office staff must send Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs), Temporary Passports (TPs) and Emergency Passports (EPs) to the Peterborough Search team (PST).

The examiner must send Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs), Temporary Passports (TPs) and Emergency Passports (EPs) to the Peterborough Search team (PST), if they are not part of a live passport application.

You, the examiner, must:

1. Fill in the document’s details on a PST referral form, with a brief explanation of how we received it.

2. Put the document and the PST referral form in an internal (grid) envelop and address it to:

HM Passport Office Peterborough Search Team Aragon Court Northminster Road Peterborough PE1 1QG

The PST will process the document and update HM Passport Office records.

Instructions for the Peterborough Search team

This page explains the actions taken by the Peterborough Search team (PST) to record and process Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs), Emergency Passports (EPs) and Temporary Passports (TPs).

The Peterborough Search team (PST) will receive Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs), Emergency Passports (EPs) and Temporary Passports (TPs) from:

  • examiners in HM Passport Office
  • UK immigration border staff
  • other government departments

The PST must make a passport note about the travel document on the customer’s Main Index (MI) record.

PST ETDs guidance

If the PST gets an ETD that is valid for a return journey:

1. They must check passport records to confirm if we have issued a new passport to the customer.

2. They must check the system for a live passport application.

3. If there is a live application, they must contact the examiner to check if the customer needs an ETD for their return journey.

The PST must cancel the ETD , if:

it’s not needed for the customer’s return journey

we have issued the customer a British passport

there is no live passport application

PST TP guidance

If the PST receives a TP , they must check passport records to confirm if we:

issued the customer a new passport

must return the TP to the customer or cancel and destroy it

The PST must update MI records and cancel the TP.

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  1. Apply for a Home Office travel document: Overview

    Overview. You can apply for a document to travel outside the UK if: you are not British. you cannot use or get a passport from your country's national authorities. your country's national ...

  2. Travel documents: Home Office travel documents (accessible)

    Home Office travel document fees and refund policy. This page explains the cost of applying for a Home Office travel document (HOTD), ways to pay, and the travel documents section's (TDS) refund ...

  3. Home Office travel document

    The Home Office travel document is an international travel document issued by the UK Border Agency to an alien resident of United Kingdom who is unable to obtain a national passport.It is usually valid for five years, or if the holder only has temporary permission to stay in the United Kingdom, the validity will be identical to the length of stay permitted.

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  5. UK Travel Documents

    Applying For a Home Office Travel Document. All applicants need to complete an online form on the UK government's website and then send their supporting documentation to the Home Office through the post. However, if there are exceptional or compassionate circumstances involved, evidence can be sent for consideration via email.

  6. How to obtain a travel document

    Applying for a Travel Document: A person can apply for a travel document online or by post. If a person chooses to apply by post, they must fill in form TD112 BRP and send it to the Home Office. The form states that certain documents must be submitted alongside the application. All submitted documents must be original documents, not photocopies.

  7. British Certificate of Travel

    The British Certificate of Travel is an international travel document and a type of Home Office travel document issued by the UK Home Office to non-citizen residents of United Kingdom who are unable to obtain a national passport or other conventional travel documents. Until 17 March 2008, the Certificate of Travel was called a Certificate of Identity. It is usually valid for five years, or if ...

  8. How to Apply for Travel Documents in the UK: 15 Steps

    If your application is successful, the Home Office will send your travel document to you using Royal Mail Signed For service. You'll have to sign to accept this package. It typically takes 3 to 4 months for the Home Office to process an application for a travel document. 7. Write to the home office if you've waited longer than 14 weeks. ...

  9. How to Apply for a UK Travel Documents

    UK Home Office Travel Documents are important as they provide the ability to travel to individuals currently in the United Kingdom who may otherwise incur difficulties obtaining a national passport. For some people, obtaining a national passport can be impossible due to factors such as war, civil unrest, or persecution in their country of ...

  10. Home Office travel documents and visa free countries

    Awais Javed View author's profile | More posts from author. +44 (0) 7529 499692. [email protected]. Awais has an extensive experience of advising high net-worth individuals on all types of immigration matters, ranging from investor and entrepreneur visa applications to appeals and judicial reviews in the Immigration Tribunal and the High ...

  11. Refugee Travel Documents

    Refugee Travel Documents: You can apply for a Home Office travel document if you have Refugee status and would like to travel outside of the UK. An Adult Travel Document costs £75 and a child Travel Document costs £49. Some countries do not accept Refugee Travel Documents or require you to meet certain visa requirements before travel.

  12. How to Obtain a Travel Document in the UK

    Step 2: Gather Required Documents. Once you have determined your eligibility for a travel document in the UK, the next step is to gather all the necessary documents to support your application. The specific documents you will need may vary depending on your circumstances and the type of travel document you are applying for.

  13. ECB08: what are acceptable travel documents for entry clearance

    13.10 ECB8.13.10 How to deal with the loss of Home Office travel documents Persons who claim to have lost their Home Office issued Travel Document should be treated as applicants for visas to be ...

  14. Home Office Documents: What You Need

    A Home Office travel document is an international travel document issued by the UK Border Agency to an alien resident of the United Kingdom who is unable to obtain a national passport. The validity of a Home Office travel document depends on the type of document and the holder's status in the UK.

  15. For Travelers

    For Travelers. Apply for a U.S. passport, check wait times, information on crossing U.S. borders, file a travel complaint (DHS TRIP), find overseas travel alerts, join frequent traveler programs, learn what you can bring on a plane, locate a port of entry (air, land, or sea), travel overseas, and visit the United States.

  16. Countries that allow visa-free travel with Refugee Travel Documents

    If you are a holder of a Refugee Travel Document issued by the United Kingdom under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, you can travel visa-free to a lot of countries. Different countries have their own travel restrictions and require you to have a visa even for short term visits like tourism, even if you have ...

  17. Visa-free countries with a UK Refugee travel document

    Before you travel. Check which documents you'll need before you book your travel. Ask the authorities of the country you're visiting or travelling through if: the country accepts refugee travel documents; you need a visa to enter the country; Post-Brexit, any visa-free travel agreements that may have existed with individual EU countries for ...

  18. 5 Items to Check Off Your To-Do List Before Traveling

    2. Gather Travel Documents. It's imperative that you have your travel documents ready to go in advance whenever you're planning to travel. Without the proper, up-to-date documents, you may not ...

  19. PDF Home Office travel documents

    convention travel document (CTD) stateless person's document (SPD) certificate of travel (COT) one-way document (IS137). All HOTDs must be applied for individually. Children cannot be included in parents' applications or documents. All applications for a HOTD are considered by the travel documents section (TDS).

  20. DHS Trusted Traveler Programs

    See the Official Trusted Traveler Program Website for more information on the differences between the five Trusted Travel Programs.. FAQs for Trusted Traveler Programs. Top Five FAQs. 1. I am a current Global Entry member. How do I update my passport information? All Global Entry members can update their passport information through their TTP account.

  21. Elektrostal Map

    Elektrostal is a city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 58 kilometers east of Moscow. Elektrostal has about 158,000 residents. Mapcarta, the open map.

  22. Travel documents issued by UK government authorities (accessible)

    1. Put a case note on the customer's application confirming you have cancelled and returned the Home Office travel document to UKVI (you must include the personal details and travel document ...

  23. Elektrostal, Moscow Oblast, Russia

    Elektrostal Geography. Geographic Information regarding City of Elektrostal. Elektrostal Geographical coordinates. Latitude: 55.8, Longitude: 38.45. 55° 48′ 0″ North, 38° 27′ 0″ East. Elektrostal Area. 4,951 hectares. 49.51 km² (19.12 sq mi) Elektrostal Altitude.

  24. Elektrostal

    Elektrostal is linked by Elektrichka suburban electric trains to Moscow's Kursky Rail Terminal with a travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Long distance buses link Elektrostal to Noginsk, Moscow and other nearby towns. Local public transport includes buses. ... Home arena hockey team Kristall Elektrostal - Ledovyi Dvorets Sporta «Kristall ...

  25. Elektrostal' , Russia Moscow Oblast

    What time is it in Elektrostal'? Russia (Moscow Oblast): Current local time in & Next time change in Elektrostal', Time Zone Europe/Moscow (UTC+3). Population: 144,387 People