I hold refugee status in Germany and I have a refugee travel document under the 1951 convention but my national passport was returned to me back by the foreign office and it's still valid for 5 more years.

I want to visit Kenya. If I use the passport of my country of origin, I don't need a visa but with the blue passport (refugee document), I need to apply for a visa. However, in my blue passport, it states that I also hold a national passport.

Can I travel with both, or should I just destroy the national passport and use only the refugee travel document (blue passport)?

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    purposely destroying your passport, especially if you cannot go to your passport country to obtain a new one, is one of the stupidest things in life you can do! Oct 3 '17 at 15:25
  • @HankyPanky That's what OP wonders
    – Crazydre
    Oct 3 '17 at 15:53
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    Using your national passport may be seen as availing yourself of the protection of your country of origin, which would increase the risk that you would be forcibly returned there. Don't do it without asking a lawyer who specializes in refugee law.
    – phoog
    Oct 3 '17 at 15:54
  • @phoog How will the Germans know, however, what document OP used in Kenya?
    – Crazydre
    Oct 3 '17 at 15:55
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    @Crazydre not necessarily. If there's a question about whether you'll be accepted there, you'll be sent to your country of citizenship (for example, someone with a single-entry visa who's refused entry after leaving the visa-issuing country would not be returned to the point of origin). In this case, it seems likely that a traveler refused entry to Kenya would be returned to Germany after showing the refugee document, but there's no guarantee, and the probability of being sent home depend on Kenyan law and administrative practice, and possibly on the specific facts of the traveler's case.
    – phoog
    Oct 3 '17 at 16:36