Duration of detention


Country Report: Duration of detention Last updated: 12/05/23


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An asylum seeker, either at the airport or land border, ‘who does not meet the legal requirements for entering national territory’ can be detained for up to 7 days for an admissibility procedure.[1] If SEF takes a positive admissibility decision or if no decision has been taken within 7 working days, the applicant is released. If the claim is deemed inadmissible or unfounded in an accelerated procedure, the asylum seeker can challenge the rejection before the administrative courts with suspensive effect and remains detained for up to 60 days during the appeal proceedings. After 60 days, even if no decision has yet been taken on the appeal, SEF must release the individual from detention and provide access to the territory. The maximum detention period of 60 days is equally applicable in instances where the application is made from detention at a CIT due to a removal procedure.[2]

CPR is not aware of instances where the maximum detention duration was exceeded in the case of asylum seekers.




[1] Article 26 and 35-A(3)(a) Asylum Act. 

[2] Article 35-B(1) Asylum Act.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation