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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 19 Apr 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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Actually I applied for travel document December 2017.i sent my Biometric visa for home office .i need to apply for job but they said you have to bring your original Visa card but the home office didn't send me back any thing I don't know what i have to do ????
M.bzm - 19-Apr-18 @ 8:36 AM
I apply for travel document dec 2017 till now I don’t get any answer can anyone know how long ganna take plz
Bitu - 10-Apr-18 @ 4:13 PM
Hi, When applying for a travel document, does the biometric visa need to be sent as supporting documentation? I have the letters from home office confirming the visa but unsure weather to send the actual card. thanks
AB - 4-Apr-18 @ 12:33 PM
Hi can anyone help me my friend lives in Norway he has a Italy travel document for 5 years can he travel to the uk thanks
Sam - 2-Apr-18 @ 4:06 PM
@sonny - application may take up to six months or more
TJ. - 27-Mar-18 @ 7:51 PM
i have applied for a travelling document since last year November and i stil haven't heard anything from the home office. i only received the Acknowledge Receipt letter on the 28th of November. after that i haven't heard anything at all. received my BRP back but my passport never came back. Any advice????? Because am starting to be very worried :/
sonny - 27-Mar-18 @ 4:24 PM
Hi, I would like to ask if i have black certificate of trevel with limited leave to remain inuk untill 18/08/2019 which shengen country’s I can trevel to or any countryaccepts them? Many thanks want dream holiday first time for kids..
ZK - 22-Mar-18 @ 12:58 PM
would like to no how long it take to receive travel documents received letter of acknowledgement on the 22dec.
jacky - 19-Mar-18 @ 10:15 PM
hi there i applied for the certificate of travel ( black )and they issued meone only valid for 1 year instead of 5 years because i have 5 years HP leave to remain till 2023 . can i challenge them and ask for a review ? i wanted 5 years not 1 year i think this is not right cause my friend got same back passport and same HP Leave but he got 5 years passport validation . tanx
joseph - 19-Mar-18 @ 12:57 PM
@Ahmad - You can travel visa free to the Netherlands but you must also carry your ILR residence permit and expect to answer many questions.
TJ. - 16-Mar-18 @ 7:06 AM
I have indefinite leave to remian in uk.. (refugee settlement). I have a certificate of travel (black).. i want to travel netherlands. Can i travel visa free or 8 need t9 apply visa...? Please humble request any one has a knowledge.. please reply
Ahmad - 15-Mar-18 @ 9:45 PM
I apply for travel document from 16 off November 2027 till now I don’t get any answer can anyone know how long ganna take plz ?:)
Haval - 12-Mar-18 @ 11:33 PM
Hi guys, I applied for a certificate travel documents on October 27th 2017, I received an acknowledgment letter on November 13 2017. And today the 28-2-18 I have received a black certificate travel documents for 12 month along with my expired national passport and letter from home office. My Question is which European countries accept this without a visa. And also on a HO letter it’s say that they have enabled me to travel travel to my country . If I want to renew my National passport can I travel there with the 1year certificate travel documents??
Jd1 - 28-Feb-18 @ 10:44 AM
Hi friends I applied for travel certificate on 17th of November2017.since 17th of November till now it’s almost 70 days passed. I just want to know how long will it take, or anyone have any idea to let me know about fast track service plzz.
Cherry - 23-Feb-18 @ 10:09 PM
Hi friends I applied for travel certificate on 17th of November2017.since 17th of November till now it’s almost 70 days passed. I just want to know how long will it take, or anyone have any idea to let me know about fast track service plzz.
Cherry - 23-Feb-18 @ 10:07 PM
Hi dear how long it does take more about waiting for my travel documents because now it’s taken been ing a ages and I don’t know if anything someone knows about that plz I need information for it
Nk - 20-Feb-18 @ 7:39 AM
I wanted to know if I can get a fast track or how long it takes maximum for travel ducoment application. I have Indefinite Leave to remainto travel in 5 weeks
Muwahib - 19-Feb-18 @ 12:10 AM
I want to travel in 3weeks time to go to Switzerland and I have a BRP and I lost my passport
Misskalala - 18-Feb-18 @ 6:57 AM
I have applied for travel documents since october 2017 I have not got it yet how long does it normally take to be due.
WANFAID - 13-Feb-18 @ 1:38 PM
Hi there I have applied travel docoment on 15 dec 2017 I sent my expired travel document and approval letter from home office beceuse i recieve my Indefinete leave to remain in Oct 2017 I recived acknowlegement letter on End of Jan they didnt returned my expired travel document letter said we process your case in 70 working days what i am wodering is is there any fingerprint ? beceuse i had finger print in Agoust 2017 on my Four times ? I would also like to know when will they return my old travel document will they send same time or deffirent time? Thank you
Booy - 12-Feb-18 @ 9:32 PM
Hi everyone I have applied travel document on 01/01/2018 and I don't gat anynews from the HO. Is anybody know how long does it take normaly. Thanks
Ozli - 7-Feb-18 @ 2:00 AM
Hi there actually ive apply for travel documents I sent my expired passport to home office on 20 October 2017 I've received recently letters saying acknowledgment on 15 November now is 4 February 2018... I'm actually quite worry and also I'm have depression as well..
Khantiger123 - 4-Feb-18 @ 6:06 AM
hi I have applied for my travel document I have indefinate leave to remind .uk.I have posted my form with original documentbut i havntheardanything back yet.anyone know what it's that ?
sss - 21-Jan-18 @ 3:54 PM
I made an application for certificate travel documents on October 27th 2017 I received an acknowledgment letter with my biometric card on the 13th of November. And it’s say a will take 70 working days for my application process. We are now 18th January 2018 still haven’t heard nothing. Can someone tell me how long more.
J D - 18-Jan-18 @ 2:03 AM
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
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