What is a Refugee Travel Document / Geneva Passport?

A Refugee Travel Document (also called a 1951 Convention travel document or Geneva passport) is a  travel document issued to a  refugee by the state in which she or he normally resides allowing him or her to travel outside that state and to return there. Refugees are unlikely to be able to obtain   passports from their state of nationality (from which they have sought asylum) and therefore need travel document so that they might engage in international travel. The 145 states which are parties to the 1951  Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees are obliged to issue travel documents to refugees lawfully resident in their territory. Refugee travel documents are blue passport-like booklets. Their cover bears the words “Travel Document” in  English, Spanish and   French (and often in the language of the issuing state), as well as the date of the convention: 28 July 1951. The documents were originally grey, though some countries now issue them in other colors with two diagonal lines in the upper left corner of the front cover.

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