A certificate of travel can be applied if the individual has not been granted refugee status in the UK and has not been acknowledged as a stateless person and this certificate of travel also grants the individual access or permission to travel outside the UK and also to return to the country. As a national of a particular country, the individual must provide proof that he or she has been officially and unreasonably been refused a passport by authorities of that country.
NOTE: Once an individual has been acknowledged as a UK refugee, he or she cannot apply for a certificate of travel.
With an exception to certain circumstances, a Home Office certificate of travel cannot be used by an individual to travel to his or her country of origin or to the country from which they sought asylum.
The individual should make enquiries from the authorities of the country they wish to visit before they apply because some countries do not accept certificates of travel as valid travel documents and these countries are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Germany, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
The applicant must a valid leave in the UK for a period of at least six months before the application date.Certificates of Identity Before the 17th of March, 2008, the certificate of travel document was colored brown and it was called the ‘certificate of identity’ but the process for issuing the documents are the same. Therefore, if any individual holds a brown certificate of identity, he or she can use it until its expiry date.