About the Convention Travel Document (CTD) (also known as Refugee Passport)
Nigeria Immigration Service issued the first set of Convention Travel Document (CTD) (also known as Refugee Passport) and handed them over to the National Commission for Refugee Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) on the 15th May, 2019 for onward delivery to Refugees under “Protection” in Nigeria.
States that are parties to the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the status of Refugees are obliged to issue the Travel Documents to Refugees who lawfully reside in their territories and Nigeria being a signatory to the Convention has now joined the list of countries that issue Convention Travel Document.
Highlights of the Convention Travel Document (CTD)
- It is issued at no cost to Refugees as the production cost is borne by United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
- It is a biometric Travel Document.
- It is ICAO Compliant.
- It is also known as 1951 Convention Travel Document, Geneva Passport or Refugee Passport.
- It is a bonafide Travel Document valid for International travels.
- The holder of the Travel Document is allowed to return to Nigeria, if (s)he travels out of the country during the period of the validity of the document.
- It is an internationally recognized Travel Document issued to Refugees in accordance with the 1951 United Nation Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
- It is a 32-page, blue coloured Travel Document.