If you are a non-British national in the UK and do not hold a passport from your country of origin, you can, in certain circumstances, apply for a travel document to be issued by the Home Office.

Check below the types of travel documents issued by the Home Office.

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Travel Document issued under the 1951 UN Convention (Blue cover):

This travel document is only issued by the Home Office to those who have already been recognised as refugees under the 1951 convention and granted leave under this category. Family members can also apply for leave under this category if they have been granted the leave as a refugee or their dependent. This travel document is usually valid for ten years or in line with your leave.

Which countries can I travel to if I have been issued with a travel document under the 1951 Convention?

You will only be permitted to travel to any country except for the country where you sought asylum from. However, it is important that you check with the country’s Embassy whether that country will admit you before travelling.

Travel Document issued under the 1954 UN Convention (Red Cover):

This travel document is issued to those individuals considered stateless under the requirements of the 1954 UN Convention. This travel document is usually valid for ten years or in line with your leave.

Certificate of Travel (Black Cover):

This is usually issued to those individuals who do not hold refugee status or are not considered stateless. This document is valid for up to 5 years or in line with your leave in the UK. Importantly, this document is issued at the discretion of the Secretary of State, if you meet the following criteria:

– You have ILR or Permanent residence status in the UK; or

– You have been granted Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave to Remain in the UK, following a refusal of your asylum claim and

– You will be expected to provide evidence that your asylum claim was refused and that you are unable to obtain a passport from your country of origin.

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