A travel document is an official document which assists qualifying non Irish nationals who are resident in Ireland to travel.
The following persons are eligible to apply for a travel document:
- A non-EU national who has been granted full refugee status by the Minister for Justice and Equality is entitled to apply for a travel document to enable him/her to travel outside the State. The issuing of such a document (normally referred to as a Convention Document) is governed by the Refugee Act 1996 which incorporates the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees.
- Programme Refugees who are placed on the Register of Programme Refugees maintained by the Department of Foreign Affairs are also entitled to 1951 Convention travel documents.
- Persons who have been granted Subsidiary Protection Status and appropriate family members.
- In very exceptional circumstances, the Minister may, at his/her absolute discretion, issue a temporary travel document to a person who has been granted leave to remain in the State and does not have a national passport.
Applications are processed within approximately four to six weeks and the following documents should be provided with a completed application form:
- A fee of €12 which is non-refundable even if the application is refunded or withdrawn;
- Two passport size photographs;
- Copy of the applicant’s current Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) registration card.