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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 14 Sep 2018 | 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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Hi my name is Ronak,I have refugee visa,and I want to travel to Thailand,can I travel with my Indian passport???pls advise my,much appreciate.
Ronak - 14-Sep-18 @ 9:44 PM
I have applid to renew my travel document passport since 22nd of Jun 2018 and the home office send me letter that they have been received the application and received the fees as well but untill now 12th of September 2018 I did not receive my travel document. Any help ? Best regards
Mj - 12-Sep-18 @ 12:58 AM
I applied for indefinite leave to remain over one and half years ago but the home office have still not given their decision. I lost a family member so had to travel outside the UK urgently. Ineed to travel back but the home office has still not given their decision. Will the home office cancel my application if l phone from outside the UK asking about progress on my application?
Rose - 9-Sep-18 @ 12:47 AM
@Linda-rose - You will need to apply for an Emergency Travel Document from the Zimbabwean Embassy.
TJ. - 3-Sep-18 @ 1:16 PM
Hello, my name is Linda and I am in need of advice. I cam to the uk 2002 when I was 12 and I now hold a settled visa. The problem I now have is, I need to travel abroad for a friends wedding. My old Zimbabwean passport expired and I do not have enough money or time to apply for a citizenship/British passport. The Zimbabwean uk embassy cannot grant me a renewal passport as I will need to go back to Zimbabwe to apply for a Zimbabwean i.d which I should have applied for when I was 16. But since I had moved here there was no need. I am unable to travel to Zimbabwe because all my families are living abroad now. Will I be able to be granted a travel document here in the uk instead under these conditions?
Linda-rose - 3-Sep-18 @ 9:52 AM
I wanted to apply for my travel document but I've recently been arrested for driving a car without an insurance would that affect my application.
RB - 3-Sep-18 @ 4:20 AM
@Pasang Lhamao - unless you have claimed asylum successfully in the UK you cannot apply for a UK travel document
TJ. - 23-Aug-18 @ 8:51 PM
I am tibetan,lived in Italy since 1998. I travel with Italiantravel document,which expires in September. I am living in uk since August 2016. Now my questionis, can I apply for uk travel document?Thank you.
Pasang Lhamo - 23-Aug-18 @ 12:07 PM
Hello my name is Natalia Mora my travel document was expired I send 3 months ago and I still waiting I did not receive not letter I don't know what's going on please can you help me
No - 14-Aug-18 @ 1:32 PM
I have my owen country passport can I apply for travel document in UK?
Rovi - 11-Aug-18 @ 11:15 PM
I think some applications are taking less than 3 months. And that's why some of us wonder WHY our applications are taking longer than 5 months. you can take look at some applicants timelines in the immigration boards forum called "Convention Travel Documents application time experience".
AriaNoor22 - 10-Aug-18 @ 1:26 PM
Travel document applications take up to 6 months or more to process
TJ. - 9-Aug-18 @ 6:17 PM
I applied for the home office travel document [TD] (black passport) and they send me an acknowledgment letter stating that they aim to process it within 70 working days (which is around 4 months) and I still did not get TD.I've been following the immigration boards forum where many people share their processing time experiences (you can share yours as well), and it seems that most people received their travel document 3-5 months from the date of the application.
Anna1988 - 9-Aug-18 @ 4:30 PM
I applied for travel document about 5 months ago but still haven’t received nothing yet 9/8/18. But I have been to prison just wondering if that will effect the application? Any1 know anythin. Thanks
K.kapital - 9-Aug-18 @ 2:19 PM
@Skinna - Applications for travel documents usually take 6 months or more to process.
TJ. - 8-Aug-18 @ 3:17 PM
Hi guys been waiting for my travel document and i jave not heard anything. Money has been yaken out of my account. I have no confirmation letter or anythingfrom them . Doee someone here have their contact number.
Skinna - 7-Aug-18 @ 1:34 PM
I did online application for travel document ,just still home office latte didn’t come to me what can i do ? Thanks
Kamo - 30-Jul-18 @ 6:34 PM
Hi everyone, I’m just wondering did anyone applied for priority travel document and how long do you have to wait my dad is very ill and I need to go and see him I send with all the supporting documents including proof of my dads medical letter on the 06/06/2018 I did the biometric on the 05/07/2018 still waiting and my dad is really ill and he has none to look after him.what can I do now??
Honey - 24-Jul-18 @ 10:37 AM
Did anyone recieved the travel documents here please tell me how long did it take I didn't receive any acknowledgement letter at all please how long have been waiting
Sanexvin11 - 14-Jul-18 @ 5:01 PM
Hi, I sent my application for the travel document on April 26th same day delivery. my account was debited the following day. On June 14th, I received an acknowledgment letter from the home office as well as my BRP card. The letter said it would take up to 70 working days. So frustrated as I planned a trip with the children . Just ruined our summer holiday??
saltyno - 9-Jul-18 @ 11:26 AM
I have applied for my travel document on the 22 of march 2018 and it's been 14 weeks and over what should I do?
None - 29-Jun-18 @ 11:18 PM
Hey if anyone can tell me about passport I resved my later to go postcode to borical on 22 after that now on mouth I didn’t get my passport how long will take most after post office later to send passport ?thanks
Moh - 29-Jun-18 @ 2:16 PM
Hi, I've applied for my convention travel document. Its almost 4 weeks but yet not got any acknowledgment or got back my BRP and other original documents. I've tried to call homeoffice on different numbers but everyone said its not relevent number. Can someone give me any contact number of "travel document section lunar house croydon" so I could know about my documents. I am really worried.
Afsheen - 28-Jun-18 @ 9:19 PM
Hello, I’m send my biometric card with my other document to apply for naturalisation , and I still got my travel document .I was wondering would I be able to travel in EU with my travel document ?
Woody - 25-Jun-18 @ 7:21 PM
You aren’t supposed to send your BRP to apply for travel document. A copy is enough and other original documents.
Nat - 22-Jun-18 @ 3:33 PM
Hello there! I Submitted online application for my convention travel document on 26th April 2018. And sent all supporting documents along with printed application form by 1 may 2018. I haven’t received any acknowledgment letter or any other letter from the department yet. I was wondering do they even send acknowledgment letter or do they normally take this long to send out one. Also how long it usually takes for travel document application to process. Thanks in advance
A a k - 8-Jun-18 @ 3:46 AM
Hi need to trival out of country
Moon - 7-Jun-18 @ 3:07 AM
I applied my travel document 07/02/18 Home office charged my application fees on my debit 09/02/18,I received my BRP card and acknowledgement letter 10 th of March ,18 weeks already gone still I didn’t get my travel document what can I do now.??
Raj - 26-May-18 @ 8:37 AM
hi, i recieved my indefinate leave to remain in uk (refugee settlement) on 7th march, 2018. i applied conventional travel document (1951 conventional blue) on 23rd of march, 2018. money deducted from account on 27th march, 2018. recieved acknowlegment 3rd may, 2018. still no response. do any one know, how much time home office will take to finalize my application. i didnt recieved my original brp card. please reply iam worried.
rana ahmad - 14-May-18 @ 10:56 AM
hello i just want to ask how long take to recive back you traval docucement .
tresor - 1-May-18 @ 10:33 AM
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