July 29, 2020 1,836
A refugee (ie somebody who has successfully claimed asylum) is entitled to apply for a Convention Travel Document. The countries which are parties to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees – including the UK – are obliged to issue Convention Travel Documents to refugees lawfully resident in their territory. It enables the holder to travel abroad but, for obvious reasons, not to the country from which they sought protection.
Almost all countries in the world will accept a Convention Travel Document as a valid document for travel, but only certain countries will admit the holder visa-free. In many cases they require the holder to also have a visa for travel.
There is no strong pattern to this. Many European countries allow visa-free travel but some of them do not and the majority of countries outside Europe do not either. But, in any case, the rules about this change quite frequently, so it is not possible to compile a useful list of countries that do and countries that do not and there is no official list.
So if you hold a Convention Travel Document and you want to travel to a particular country you need to make enquiries with that country’s embassy to find out whether a visa is required.
At Get UK Visa we have a lot of experience of travel document applications and issues and if you have issues or problems we may be able to help you.
Nov 04, 2020
As we all know, European free movement will finish on 31 December 2020, and after that date EEA nationals will be treated the same as everybody else. The points-based system will carry on but its nomenclature will be changed somewhat. The Tier 2 scheme will be renamed the “Skilled Workers” scheme and the Tier 4 […]
Oct 16, 2020
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a charge that has to be paid by many visa applicants in addition to the visa application fee, but those in some categories (eg visitors, refugees, EEA nationals, settlement applicants) do not have to pay it. The money goes towards the National Health Service, and is justified by the […]
Oct 05, 2020
As everybody knows, EU free movement will end on 31 December 2020, after which EEA nationals will be treated the same as everybody else. There will be a new points-based system, which will cover both working routes and study routes. The Home Office has now provided details about the new study route, which opened on […]
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