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Applying for UK Travel Documents

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 14 Jul 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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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
Hi, I have applied my travel documents on 14th of March 2018 but I didn’t receive any confirmation and even I didn’t receive my brp card yet.any advice???
Ramay - 30-Apr-18 @ 11:05 AM
i have applied for a travelling document since last year December and i stil haven't heard anything from the home office. i only received the Acknowledge Receipt letter on the 20.1.2018 after that i haven't heard anything at all.Any advice????? Because am starting to be very worried
Solomon - 23-Apr-18 @ 11:57 AM
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
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