Travel documents


Country Report: Travel documents Last updated: 11/05/23


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Geographical limitations are applied to these travel documents. Refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection are not allowed to travel to countries where personal fears have been identified.[1] Failure to respect these limitations may lead to the Cessation of the protection grant, as confirmed by a 2017 ruling of the CNDA.[2]

Travel documents are issued by Prefecture. In practice, no specific problem has been reported, except the fact that prefectures can be very slow in delivering the document. This procedure was recently digitalised through the ANEF portal, meaning BIPs must file applications to receive travel documents online: rather than helping, these seems to have worsened the situation, with very long delays.[3]




[1] Articles L. 561-9 and L. 561-10 Ceseda.

[2] CNDA, M. Q., Decision No 16032301, 6 July 2017.

[3] Practice-informed observation by Forum Réfugiés, January 2023.

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