Apply for a Home Office travel document

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

At the moment, you must not apply unless you need a document urgently for compassionate reasons or you are a key worker and need it for ID. This is because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Before you travel, check that the country you want to visit will accept a travel document and if you need a visa.

Home Office travel documents and coronavirus

Only apply if you urgently need the document for compassionate reasons or as a coronavirus key worker - for example, a doctor, nurse or school teacher.

Examples of compassionate reasons include:

  • you are seriously ill
  • a family member or friend is seriously ill or has died
  • you need to travel abroad for medical treatment that cannot be delayed, or you are the carer of someone who does

 If you have already applied

There may be delays to your application because of coronavirus.

Do not leave your home to do anything for your application, such as getting photographs. Follow government advice on staying at home. Your application will be held until you can supply supporting documents safely.

Home Office cannot return supporting documents at the moment, but they will be returned later.


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 also need an up-to-date Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (unless you’re applying for a one-way document).

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.

Type of travel document Adult fee Child (15 or under) fee Fee if born before 1 September 1929
Refugee status Convention travel document £75 £49 £0
Stateless Stateless person’s document £75 £49 £0
You want to leave and not come back One-way document (also known as an IS137) £75 £49 £75
Refused a passport by your own national authorities Certificate of travel £280 £141 £280

You will not get a refund if you withdraw your application or if it is refused.