3

Here's my friend situation, he's a refugee with a 10 year residency in France (with a residency card valid for another 5 more years) and have a refugee travel document that expired last year. We're planning to go to Croatia for some holidays later this month (1 week long).

We know he doesn't need a visa and that French citizens don't need a passport to enter Croatia.

All third-country nationals who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for Croatia.

Citizens of France may enter Croatia with personal ID.

http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/france,74.html#p

But we assume he still needs a valid travel document and because Croatia isn't in Schengen then the residency card isn't considered as one. He asked to renew his travel document but it is unlikely that he'll get it prior our holiday.

Are we right about our assumption that a new refugee travel document is mandatory ?

What would happened if we "weren't aware that he needed one" and tried to board the plane ? (either getting stopped by the airline personnel, the French passport control police or Croatian passport control police, on either flights (France->Croatia and Croatia->France))

  • You could get a French passport expedited, but your friend doesn't have that, so all bets are off. – George M May 10 at 22:09
2

Are we right about our assumption that a new refugee travel document is mandatory?

Yes. For crossing the Schengen external border a valid passport or other travel document is required. For EU/EEA citizens, a national ID card documenting that citizenship is also accepted, but that is the only exception. Residence cards will not do.

What would happened if we "weren't aware that he needed one" and tried to board the plane?

He probably would not be allowed to check in at the airport for an out-of-Schengen flight without a valid travel document. If he checks in online, he might be able to bypass that, but then he would be stopped when he tries to pass through outbound border control without a valid travel document.

  • Timatic doesn't list just the residence permit as a valid passport exemption for entering Croatia. The convention travel document is needed and accepted. So, yes, he would be denied boarding without it. – Michael Hampton May 10 at 18:03

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.