1. Overview

You can apply for a document to travel outside the UK if you’re not British and can’t use or get a passport from your country.


You must be living in the UK for one of the following reasons:

  • you have permission to stay as a refugee or stateless person
  • you have humanitarian protection for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you have discretionary leave for a limited time after a failed asylum application
  • you’re settled here permanently (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’)

You must show that you’ve formally applied for and been unreasonably refused a passport by authorities in your country, unless you have permission to be in the UK as a refugee or stateless person.

You’ll need to provide evidence that supports your application - use original documents, not photocopies.

Types of travel documents

There are 4 different types you can apply for, depending on your status.

Your status Type of travel document Adult fee Child (15 or under) fee
Refugee Convention travel document £72 £46
Stateless Stateless person’s document £72 £46
You want to leave and not come back One-way document (also known as an IS137) £72 £46
Refused a passport by your own national authorities Certificate of travel £382 £244