A travel document is a document which assists qualifying non Irish nationals who are resident in the State to travel. The type of Travel Document issued will depend on the specific personal circumstances of the applicant, usually for the purpose of seeking urgent medical treatment, humanitarian reasons, procuring a national passport, etc.
The form is available to download from the INIS website here.
A temporary travel document may issue in some very exceptional cases to a person who has been granted leave to remain in the State and does not have a passport depending on the reason. In such cases the person concerned has to explain that they have made reasonable and formal efforts to obtain a national passport and that it has been formally and unreasonably refused.
Examples of the evidence that you should provide with your form includes:
- Details of the efforts you made to obtain a passport – letters/faxes/phone calls or emails to Embassy or relevant agencies seeking a passport;
- Evidence that the country you have requested the passport from will not issue you with a passport unless you present in person at an Embassy or at a passport office in your country of nationality – letters/faxes/emails from the Embassy addressed to you requiring you to travel to apply for a passport;
- Details of the efforts you made to obtain a temporary travel document or laissez-passer from your country of nationality and evidence that this request has been refused.
If you have been issued with permission to remain in the State on the condition that it will only be renewed once you can provide an up to date passport, we strongly recommend that you begin the process of applying for your passport as soon as possible as many E.U. countries require you to have a GNIB card validity of 6 months or over to transit through their countries.
It may take a number of months for you to gather the relevant evidence and the application process for the travel document may also take several weeks. If you are issued with a temporary travel document, you may require a re-entry visa from the Irish authorities.
If you are issued with a temporary travel document and you fail to use it for the stated purpose, this will impact negatively on your ability to obtain another travel document in the future unless you can provide good reasons for failing to do so.
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