Travel documents

Cyprus

Country Report: Travel documents Last updated: 16/04/21

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Convention Travel Documents are issued to persons granted refugee status with a three-year validity.[1] The only limitation to the areas of travel is the country of origin of the refugee. Up to 2020, the Convention Travel Documents issued did not meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and, although is was not in most cases an obstacle for refugees to travel to the Schengen Area, which is the most common destination, there were often complaints of being stopped by various airport immigration authorities, at times for hours, due to the travel document. In 2020 new travel documents were issued which comply with the requirements.

Up to 2020, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection were issued with one-page travel documents valid for a one-journey trip (laissez passer), which are very problematic as the vast majority of countries did not accept these, including the Schengen Area. The Civil Registry and Migration Department had stated since early 2016 that they were carrying out procurement procedures in order to issue Convention Travel Documents as well as Alien travel documents for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. In mid-2020, the Department announced the issuance of the travel documents which led to high demand by Syrian nationals holders of subsidiary protection as the vast majority of Syrian nationals receive subsidiary protection and had been waiting for many years for the travel document in order to visit relatives mainly in the EU. Due to an influx of requests, the Department announced that travel documents will only be issued for SP holders who do not have access to a national passport and a preliminary examination will be carried out to examine this prior to issuing travel documents. To date no travel documents have been issued by the CRMD for beneficiaries of subsidiary protection but are expected to be issued in 2021.

[1]           Article 22 Refugee Law.

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