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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 11 Mar 2021 | 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 got my ILR (Asylum refugee)after 5 years. Then I have applied for uk refugee convention travel document on 15/11/2020. I also posted my old travel document with consent letter. Now it’s been more then 14 weeks. I have not heard anything from home office yet. Please tell me if there any email or number, where I can contact with them. Many thanks
Prince - 11-Mar-21 @ 2:57 AM
I got my ILR (Asylum refugee)after 5 years. Then I have applied for uk refugee convention travel document on 15/11/2020. I also postedmy old travel document with consent letter. Now it’s been more then 14 weeks. I have not heard anything from home office yet. Please tell me if there any email or number, where I can contact with them. Many thanks
Prince - 11-Mar-21 @ 2:56 AM
I have applied for travel decoment about 3 manoth I havnt get anything what should I do many thanks
unknow - 23-Jan-21 @ 5:52 PM
I have applied to renew my uk travel document since 25th 2020 i have not heard from uk passport yet can anyone tell me whats going on?
Fari - 15-Dec-20 @ 2:26 PM
Hi there I have already applied for renew travel document since 25 /7/ 2020 I send the application by post office in 28/7/2020 I tracked was received next day I don't get any further information about my renew travel document who I must contact if you have any telephone nm please thank you
Raf - 24-Nov-20 @ 11:57 AM
Hello, i have 5 year live to remain section 67 permission, I received my certificate of travel document before one year but now it’s expired because it was only for one year, I don’t know why. My live to remain expire date is 26-11-2023 My certificate of travel should have been the same expire date. What should I do now?
N/A - 15-Nov-20 @ 5:55 PM
I have applied my travel document since April till now didn't received yet, can someone tell me what's going on please
Henry - 6-Nov-20 @ 12:12 PM
Hi there I have re applied for a travel document during the covid phase ((September)due to the travel document being reported lost/stolen , when would you think is suitable for the travel document to arrive in my post ,thank you
First - 2-Nov-20 @ 6:31 PM
Hi there I have already applied for travel document since 23 of July till now didn’t receive yet , can someone tell me what is going on?
Mohamad - 21-Oct-20 @ 1:41 AM
Can anyone tell me if you got your travel document recently and after how long . I’m waiting for my one since last 4 month
J - 9-Oct-20 @ 6:32 PM
I have applied for my travel documents on 08 June its almost 14 weeks and I’m still waiting what should I do now . Many thanks
Moha - 1-Oct-20 @ 2:41 AM
I have applied for my travel documentson 1st of June and I’m still waiting what should I do now
Ahmed - 27-Sep-20 @ 1:06 AM
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
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