To travel abroad, you must have official travel documents. An identity card is sufficient for some countries or regions, but others require a passport, with or without a visa, as well as a vaccination certificate.
Travel pass (Blue passport)
Recognised refugees or stateless persons residing in Belgium may apply for a travel pass which replaces the national passport they are unable to obtain.
A refugee travel pass is a type of passport typically in blue color with two stripes at the left top corner issued to individuals, who are recognized as refugees, for travel purposes usually issued from the countries where refugees are seeking asylum from.
Every member of your family who is a recognised refugee in Belgium must carry their own 'blue passport'. Children under 12 years must have an identity certificate for foreign children.
How to get a travel pass?: You must contact your municipal administrative service to obtain a travel pass. You must personally go there with your ID card (A, B, C, D, F(+) ) (resident permit) and a photo that conforms to standards. That should be a recent (less than 6 months old) and very similar photo of good quality that meets the standards of the photo matrix. They will directly register your application for a travel pass. It will cost about 77 €. You will receive in 1 – 2 weeks your travel pass in your requested language in Dutch or French. You must go to the municipality to collect your travel pass. It will be valid for two years.
Which countries accept refugee travel documents?: If you are a refugee under the Geneva Convention, your travel pass is accepted by every country that signed the agreement. However, this does not mean that you can travel visa-free to every country- you have to use your travel document to apply for a visitor visa.
Which countries can you travel without a visa?: With Belgian blue passport, you may travel to ‘’Schengen states” European countries without visa listed opposite: Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungry, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and also, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania.
Which countries do not accept refugee travel document?: Not every country will accept your travel pass. You should check with the office that issued your document before you travel whether you can apply for a visa or not. For countries such as the UAE, Myanmar, and Qatar won't be allowed blue passport-holders to enter the country.