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.
Before you travel, check that the country you want to visit will accept a travel document and if you need a visa.
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||Fee if born before 1 September 1929|
|Refugee||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.