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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 24 Sep 2020 | 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 have applied for my travel documentson 2th June like more than 14 weeks and I’m still waiting what should I do now . Many thanks
Rekar - 24-Sep-20 @ 1:37 PM
I’ve see an holiday in Cyprus on 28/09/2020 haven’t got a certificate to travel required haven’t even applied so would I be silly to pay a deposit or pay for it.looking at applications previous. ????
Dave - 13-Sep-20 @ 1:52 AM
Hello I want To apply for my travel document can you guys help me pls thankyou
Junior - 19-Aug-20 @ 4:18 PM
Dear, currently,I am living and inside the UK as well, I am holding a Certificate of travel which has been expired on 16/06/2020. I need to apply to renew my certificate of travel, so please could you tell me which form should I use, or can you send me alink of the website that can be used to do that. your help highly appreciated. Kind Regards Alan Kurdy
Kurdy - 26-Jul-20 @ 11:29 PM
Hi I have been waiting for my travel documents since March I want to go on holiday
Afghan - 21-Jul-20 @ 9:23 PM
I have applied for the travel document since January 2020 and still waiting and no response. Would someone tell me what to do? And how to got my travel document?? Should I apply again or what??
Medo - 8-Jul-20 @ 1:46 AM
HelloI have a ready applied travel document Since February of 2020. Before Coronavirus I didn't received yet
Saud - 25-Jun-20 @ 8:53 AM
I applied for my travel document on 2th December and Im still waiting anyone can help me?
Sama - 7-Jun-20 @ 6:19 PM
I have applied for conventional travel document (after ILR) on December 2019 and I still didn't get any response. Is this normal ? It is over 6 months now. Does anyone have a phone number to contact them as they dont answer emails.
db - 1-Jun-20 @ 11:41 PM
I have apply travel docoment 6 month ago Still waiting
Mahdia - 1-Jun-20 @ 3:22 PM
I did apply travel docoment 6 month ago Still waiting I don't know what can I do I need proof me go back to school
Mahdia - 1-Jun-20 @ 3:19 PM
Hello i apply for travel document feim Januaryad dont have information from home office..when i receive travel document how long does take?
Krisz - 27-May-20 @ 11:26 PM
I got leave to remain in February. And I’m still living in a hostel. Would it be ok to apply for a travel document?
Ak - 23-May-20 @ 5:26 PM
Hello I have indefinite leave to remain and I want to apply for travel document as I can’t afford to do British citizen right now. Would I be eligible to apply?
Miss Itela - 12-May-20 @ 9:06 AM
Hello I have applied for my travel document since January 2020 and we’re now in May I have not heard anything from the home office should I be worried as I’m meant to travel in June? I don’t know how to contact travel document department someone help please I have my indefinite leave to remain and my first travel document didn’t take this long
Nickytosh - 4-May-20 @ 3:33 AM
Hello I have applied for my travel document since January 2020 and we’re now in May I have not heard anything from the home office should I be worried as I’m meant to travel in June? I don’t know how to contact travel document department someone help please
Nickytosh - 4-May-20 @ 3:31 AM
I apply for travel document last evening and they refused in the morning anyone can help me please
Rizwana - 11-Feb-20 @ 10:14 AM
Hi I have indefinite leave to remain My travel documents was expired on 2013I want to renew it and how much it’s cost . Thank you
AR - 10-Feb-20 @ 10:08 PM
I have indefintate leave to remain and I applay my refugee travel documentin 09/12/2019 I want to travel to france end of these month what should I do I hear hi take only 70 working dyas please give me a advice
Ali - 10-Feb-20 @ 10:47 AM
Hi. I'm trying to book Esol test exams but I'm having this problem my travel document it been expired since 2013 what should I do because I really want to do my British passport right now but I have an expired travel document.. I need help please tell me what should I do.. I done my life in the UK test already what can I do.. Thank you very much
Sammy - 10-Feb-20 @ 5:02 AM
Hi I have indefinite leave to remain My travel documents was expired on 01/05/13 I want to renew it and how much it’s cost . Thank you
Ahmed - 4-Feb-20 @ 1:50 PM
I have indefintate leave to remain. I applied for my second travel document in November and its now end of January and still no response. My first travel document only took 2 weeks. Any advice how to contact them?
KM - 28-Jan-20 @ 4:27 PM
I applied a travel document on November I have got yet I need yo travel 15th January because my sister wedding day . Can tell me anyone What Can I do
John - 2-Jan-20 @ 9:05 PM
I have to register for travel documents for refugees about 70 days. Unfortunately no news about that could someone help about that please.
Serafe - 31-Dec-19 @ 3:29 AM
Meet tooI apply twice but still I am waiting my travel document more 6 month
Achu - 28-Dec-19 @ 1:41 AM
Hello my name is manzar. I am Italian refugee. I have Italian forever resident card. My wife from uk and she is British citizen. I want to come to UK to stay with my wife. What I do please reply me . Reallytoo much depress and disappoint
Khan - 20-Dec-19 @ 1:25 AM
I have infinite leave to remain and my travel documents was expired 14 January 2016.and iam not traveled any where.how much cost to renewal my travel documents.
N/l - 14-Dec-19 @ 10:27 AM
Does anybody know where you can travel without a visa with certified of travel?( black travel document )
Siro - 14-Nov-19 @ 8:28 PM
Hello sir ma. I apply for my twins travel document. Will want to travel my December am but ticket. What can I do na please. Thanks.
Cynthia - 12-Nov-19 @ 10:36 AM
I applied for my travel documenton the 19th of February 2019.I haven’tgot my travel document yet.Now I need to know how to contact to get my travel document .Thank you
None - 31-Oct-19 @ 6:33 PM
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