Countries that allow visa-free travel with Refugee Travel Documents

Countries that allow visa-free travel with Refugee Travel Documents

The information below changes regularly. For example, the UK leaving the EU may change the ability to travel visa-free to European countries. Therefore, you should always check the visa requirements of your country of destination before you travel.

This question comes up when you are considering travelling to one of the European or Schengen Countries or another country. Once you have obtained refugee status, you may wonder where you can travel without the need for a visa.

If you are a holder of a Refugee Travel Document issued by the United Kingdom under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, you can travel visa-free to a lot of countries. Different countries have their own travel restrictions and require you to have a visa even, for short term, like tourism, even if you have a Refugee Travel Document.

When you are travelling, you will need to make sure that you carry your valid UK residence permit confirming your refugee status together with the Refugee Travel Document.

Countries that require visas for visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

Albania

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

Belarus

Brazil

Canada

China

Cuba

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

Egypt

Estonia

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica (depending on the country of origin of the traveller)

Kazakhstan

Korea (Republic of Korea)

Latvia

Macedonia

Malaysia

Mexico

Morocco

Philippines 

Russia

San Marino

Saudi Arabia

Serbia

Slovakia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Tunisia

Turkey

Ukraine

USA

These countries DO NOT require visas for the visitors with the Refugee Travel Document (blue) issued under the 1951 UN Convention:

Andorra

Belgium

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Croatia

Denmark

Finland

France

Germany

Georgia

Greece

Iceland

Kosovo

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovenia

Switzerland

Thailand (except for nationals of certain countries)

Trinidad and Tobago (only for nationals of countries entitled to visa free entry) *

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

  • UAE – Dubai
  • Qatar – Doha

This list is subject to changes so we recommend to double-check information on the current visa requirements before your travel arrangements.


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