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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 30 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
Applying For Uk Travel Documents

UK residents who do not have a passport – or who cannot use their passport for travel – may apply for UK travel documents to enable them to pass through international borders. There are a number of different UK travel documents – to be eligible for most of them UK residents will have to have permission to be in the UK for at least six months.

Different Types of Travel Documents

There are four different types of UK travel documents for which UK residents may apply:
  • Convention travel document – for use by refugees;
  • Stateless person’s document;
  • A one-way document – the IS 137;
  • A certificate of travel.

Applying for UK Travel Documents

Applications are made to the UK Border Agency using form TD 112. The UK Border Agency states that it is its aim to process 70% of applications within four weeks. However, applications could take much longer than this and applicants are told not to contact the Agency to enquire about an application unless 14 weeks have passed since the application was sent in. Applications for replacement travel documents can take a long time because the UK Border Agency may have to make extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the application.

Applications for children must be made on a separate form. Children under the age of 16 may apply for a children’s travel document which attracts a lower application fee.

A fee must be paid for all applications. The adult fee for a certificate of travel is £210 and the child fee is £130. For the three other travel documents the adult fee is £72 and the child fee is £46. In most cases the same fee will have to be paid in order to replace a lost or stolen travel document.

Convention Travel Document

This document is for use by UK residents who have official refugee status in accordance with the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. A UK resident who can show that they are in the UK with permission and have refugee status will almost certainly be provided with a Convention travel document unless to do so would pose a threat to national security in the UK.

Convention travel documents are valid for 10 years in the case of permanent residents and up to five years for temporary residents depending on the length of time they are permitted to stay in the UK.

Stateless Person’s Document

This document is for use by people who are officially recognised as stateless under the terms of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. Applicants in this category will have to support their application with evidence confirming that they are stateless. A stateless person is someone who is recognised as not having the rights and obligations of a national of any country.

Stateless person’s documents are valid for 10 years when provided to permanent residents and up to five years in the case of temporary residents.

One-way Document

As its name suggests this document is only for use by people permanently leaving the UK and is only valid for one journey.

Certificate of Travel

The certificate of travel is the new name for the document previously known as a certificate of identity. This document is for use by UK residents who are neither refugees nor stateless but whose own countries have officially, and unreasonably, refused to provide them with a passport. Not all countries recognise certificates of travel and they cannot be used for travel to the holder’s own country.

Certificates of travel are usually valid for five years for permanent residents. For temporary residents the validity of the certificate of travel will match the length of time for which they have permission to remain in the UK.

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I wanted to know if I can get a fast track refugees travel documents am looking to travel in 2weeks time
Debs - 30-Nov-17 @ 9:06 AM
I am a refuges I apply for trevel dacument since three mounths and two weekmore 70 day work days but stil wsiting to get it now I am on emargance I need it how to do to get son as posrble myvyteval dacuments
Burhani - 14-Nov-17 @ 7:01 PM
Hi I apply for trevel document since more then three mounths I am stile waiting but my Wafe on bad cantion in Pakistan how can I get son dcuments
Burhani - 14-Nov-17 @ 6:54 PM
Hi everyone, I have got a uk certificate of travel black one valid for one year only, and I was wondering what countries accept it, has anyone on here travelled with it in eourope.
Sa - 2-Nov-17 @ 9:18 PM
Hi I have just applied for a U.K travel documents as I can't get a renewal or new passport of my own country, the money has just came out of my account I am a bit worried about certain questions which I don't quite understand as I applied online. I received my NTL biometric on the 8th of October. But however I can't use that for travel alone unless I use it with a valid passport that I haven't got.
J D - 27-Oct-17 @ 3:50 AM
I am apply to extended travel document on 19/09/2016 i have a ref number as well i can not contact to home office always busy more than 1 year left could you please help me what can i do. i would like to know what is hapened my apply travel docunent. Kindregards
Tekinlondon - 5-Oct-17 @ 3:22 PM
Hi I have indefinite leave to remain in uk , And I applied for travel document on 19/06/2017 Now 14 weeks has past and heard nothing since, How long more do i have to wait ? Or there any number to cantact them ? Thanks
Miran - 26-Sep-17 @ 1:01 AM
I recently applied for travel document. I sent my biometric ID enclosed with that form. Home office took 72 pound already 16th August. Butdidn't recived any confirmation letter and my biometric ID. So I'm so wondering about this.
Titi - 22-Sep-17 @ 12:48 PM
I applied for travel document in April .28 May I received one letter from home office with my BRP card back.now I'm still waiting for my travel document and I don't know what happened and were should I call for information. Thank you
Abdul - 15-Sep-17 @ 9:30 PM
Hi. Actually I have BRP in the UK and applied for travel document last month but they didn't pick the money up from my account and I don't know why. How can I make sure if any wrong details or any problems my papersmayhave?
Hami - 17-Aug-17 @ 8:09 PM
there is no visa needed to Spain within three weeks I think, just buy your tickets and go. If you still not sure give the embassy a ring in case they changed
Jason - 16-Aug-17 @ 11:30 PM
Hi so basically I have a blue uk travel document and I'm travelling to Spain in almost 2 weeks, I was just wondering whether I required a visa with the travel document? Please would you be able to provide some information on what I need to do.. I tried to research on it but it's pretty difficult to understand all these immigration issues
Yasin - 14-Aug-17 @ 7:27 PM
hi I'm needingto go to Romania in 10 days I'm south African living in the UK,been here since I was 7. However my passport stiching has come undone what can I do is there anyway I can get a emergencydocumentas obviouslybe informed south African I can't get a emergencypassport,is there any way to getround this at all . thank you
b - 19-Jul-17 @ 10:43 PM
Please can anyone advice me, I need to know who can sign td112 travel documents Thank you
Issy - 19-Jul-17 @ 11:58 AM
Hey I applied online on 27 may2017 and send it by post on1st of June 2017 But still they didn't confirm that did they received it or now I m just worried about it and don't know how to find out
Zarar - 3-Jul-17 @ 10:37 PM
Hi. I have a residents permit to live in UK. I gave birth to my son here in the UK. We want to travel and would like to know which type of document to use as he can't have a British passport yet. I wrote to the immigration office, l was told to get in touch with visa office. I have tried to no avail. Please, l need help as the date is drawing close and l don't want to have problems when we are returning back into the country. Thanks.
Abi - 22-Jun-17 @ 1:27 PM
Hey there, I have a UK refugee travel document (1951). My travel document expires on January 2018, I planing to travel to Germany( which does not require visa) but I was wondering that how long my travel document should be valid for? as I'm traveling in September. I've heard it needs 3 months validity so I just wanted to know for sure before I arrange any travel. Thanks
abdul - 28-May-17 @ 4:40 PM
I have applied for travel document for over 7 months now.I got a letter from Home Office that there was an error 2 months ago which I corrected and resent the application. I have not received my Biometric Card since I applied 7 months ago.Am very worried.There's no other way to contact Home Office, please how can I know what has happed to my Biometric Card.I need it back please. Thanks you for your help. Omar Suleman.
Omar - 1-May-17 @ 8:37 PM
Hi I just wanted to ask that I have sent my document for indefinite because my privious indefinite was expired. I just want to ask that I want to go to Germany because it's urgent and I don't have my indefinite and travel document as I sent my ID so when I receive them I can apply for travel documents. So is there any other way I can travel to Germany. Please I am waiting for your reply.
Fari - 30-Apr-17 @ 5:33 PM
Hi anyone, My partner has a convention travel document/titre de voyage valid for 10years. We are due to be travelling to Guadeloupe (French Caribbean overseas) this coming Monday 1rst May 2017 and he is a bit worried that he gets refused short stay when he arrives in Guadeloupe. I've explained to him that Guadeloupe is a French overseas department and it is part of the European Union so he will be okey just with his convention travel document. We've been to Paris last November without a problem but he is still worried. Could anyone confirm ? Thank you very much.
Marina.123 - 25-Apr-17 @ 11:23 AM
Please I have 5 yearsleaveto remain in the uk refugee status. My church want to deligate me to go Togo for a program. Since I am from Ghana, I just want to know if I will be allow to go because of my status. Also do i have to apply for a travel document. thanks.
Solace - 8-Apr-17 @ 1:20 PM
Hi i have indefinately leave to remain with my certificate of travel can i travel with that certificate to paris or Belgium?
Nd - 3-Apr-17 @ 8:32 PM
My husband has ilr n now he got certificate of travel.I would like to know in which countries he can travel without a visa. Or does he need to apply visa for every country.
Megs - 3-Apr-17 @ 5:10 PM
I got visa 5 years EEA family member . I applied for certificate of travel which is black passport and this was on 15.01.2017 At same date they take the money from my account. After 2 weeks they send me a letter say go to the post office to take my fingerprint and my foto.I did that. At 30.03.2017 they send me all my docements and a letter say I got refuse. I am from Syria I can't got Syrian passport from my country. And I have been here for more than 3 years.I can't travel outside of the UK. Please any one can help me about this problem or any way to got travel document. Thank you
Bahaa - 30-Mar-17 @ 11:01 PM
What is the immigration status of a child born in the UK after their parents obtained refugee status? Both parents have limited leave to remain in the UK as a refugee and the child was born after the grant of refugee status. Can the parents make a travel document application to their child? Or should there be an application for leave to remain first? if so, which form should they need to use? Yours faithfully,
Rana - 30-Mar-17 @ 2:22 PM
I applied for convintion travel document online, paid online which I got a confirmation email and sent all supporting docs by special delivery which is delivered on 21 of Feb. but I didn't heard from UKVI since then, no letters or references. Could you please advice me how to communicate travel document office?
Yas - 29-Mar-17 @ 4:25 PM
I had discretionaryleave to remain and it expired in 2007and I submittedfor an application for an extension leave to remain it has been refusedin 2015 nowmy case is with in emigrationjudge to decidecan I be able to travel to any country
Abdi - 12-Mar-17 @ 8:29 PM
I have my indefinite leave to remain in my old passport and apply for my new passport which when I am travelling I use both passport . Would with the new law coming in I maybe would have to get my biometric card to travel or its ok for me to still travel with my two passport thank you .
Chin - 11-Mar-17 @ 10:04 PM
Uk travel documents need the visa for EU
Ana - 11-Mar-17 @ 9:37 PM
hi i have indefinate leave to remain (refugee) i want to travel with my travel documents but i checked with so many embassy website .its not clear whether they accept it or not i am so confused because i traveled to uae but they refused my visa or entry
saima - 5-Mar-17 @ 12:12 PM
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