Travel Document

  1. definition
  2. examples and/or illustrations
  3. other useful sources
  4. bibliography


  1. a passport or visa that you must have to be able to travel between countries

MacMillan Dictionary, http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/travel-document (accessed on May 1st, 2012).

  1. An identity document issued by a government or international treaty organization to facilitate the movement of individuals or small groups of persons across international boundaries, such as a passport.
  2. An identity document similar to a passport, but which does not confer proof of citizenship from the issuing country.

Wordnik, http://www.wordnik.com/words/travel%20document (accessed on May 1st, 2012).

French translation: Documents de voyage


Examples and/or Illustrations

Used in a sentence:

“Asylum-seekers are often arrested and legal proceedings are initiated against them for arriving in Hungary with false or forged travel documents.”

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Hungary as a country of asylum. Observations on the situation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Hungary, 24 April 2012

“On 7 April, a dozen South Sudanese government officials arrived in Khartoum to start issuing emergency travel documents, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). South Sudan’s embassy in Khartoum also plans to issue national certificates and passports, OCHA said.”

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), Sudan-South Sudan: South Sudanese in Khartoum increasingly fearful, 23 April 2012


Other Useful Sources

Europa.eu, Documents you will need, http://europa.eu/travel/doc/index_en.htm (accessed on May 1st, 2012).

International Civil Aviation Organization, Machine Readable Travel Documents – Part 3 : Machine Readable Official Travel Documents / Volume 2 : Specifications for Electronically Enabled MRtds with Biometric Identification Capability, Third edition, 2008, available from: http://www.icao.int/publications/Documents/9303_p3_v2_cons_en.pdf (accessed on May 1st, 2012).

Passport Canada, Types of Travel Documents, http://www.ppt.gc.ca/pptc/documents.aspx?lang=eng (accessed May 1st, 2012).



Source Wikipedia Book Llc, International Travel Documents: Nansen Passport, Schengen Agreement, Schengen Area, Identity Document, Biometric Passport, General Books LLC, 2010.

Robertson, Craig, The Passport in America: The History of a Document, Oxford University Press, 2010

Council of Europe, Committee of Ministers, Identity and Travel Documents and the Fight Against Terrorism: Recommendation Rec(2005)7, Council of Europe, 2005