Travelling Abroad with Refugee Travel Document: Visa Requirements and Restrictions

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The holders of the Refugee Travel Document issued under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees can travel visa free to many countries all over the world. However, many counties changed their internal policies and now require the Refugee Travel Document holders to obtain visas even for short-term tourist visits.

The travellers should always check the visa requirement of the country of their destination prior to the trip. Also, a valid UK residence permit confirming their refugee status in the UK must be taken for the overseas trips with the Travel Document.

The following countries require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Brazil
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea (Republic of Korea)
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • USA

The following countries DO NOT require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago (only for nationals of countries entitled to visa free entry) *
  • Vatican

List of Countries that DO NOT ALLOW ENTRANCE for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

  • UAE – Dubai
  • Qatar – Doha

This list is subject to changes so please check information on the visa requirements before your travel arrangements.