Refugee travel document
You may get a refugee travel document if you have been granted refugee status in Finland and your status has not been suspended or cancelled.
Submit your application in person at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service
Submit your application for a refugee travel document in person at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service. Every applicant must submit an application of his/her own, regardless of his/her age. You cannot fill in the application form beforehand. Instead, an employee at the Finnish Immigration Service will print out a form for you, which you will then have to sign.
Bring with you:
- Passport photo complying with the photo guidelines issued by the police or a photograph retrieval code you received from a photo shop
- a certificate of identity
You have to pay a processing fee when you submit your application. If you have been issued a refugee travel document before, please attach it to your application, if possible. You must return your old refugee travel document to the Finnish Immigration Service before you can get your new refugee travel document.
An applicant under the age of 18 must have the consent of his or her guardians or legal representative.
Apply for a new travel document three months before the old one expires
Remember to apply for a new refugee travel document while your current one is still valid. Apply for a new refugee travel document approximately three months before the expiration date of your current travel document.
You have to book an appointment at a service point of the Finnish Immigration Service to submit your application. Some of the service points are very busy, and you may only be able to book an appointment for a much later date. That is why it is important to book an appointment well in advance.
If possible, attach your previous refugee travel document to your application. You have to return your old refugee travel document to the Finnish Immigration Service before you can get a new travel document.
A refugee travel document is valid for a maximum of five years.
Service of the decision (notification)
The Finnish Immigration Service will post your decision to the address you have given. We will send it as a registered letter or use an advice of delivery. If the decision is positive, you will receive your refugee travel document at the same time. The appeal period begins when you have been notified of the decision. Collect the delivery as soon as you get a notice of arrival from the post office. Read the notice of arrival to see where you can collect the delivery and when is the last possible day to claim the delivery. See an example of a notice of arrival (pdf).
You will need to verify your identity at the post office. A list of identity documents accepted by post offices can be found on Posti’s website.
If you do not have an identity document accepted by post offices, you can give a written authorisation to a person who has an accepted identity document.
More information on written authorisations can be found on Posti’s website, where you can also fill in an authorisation.