Emergency travel document

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The emergency travel document is a German passport substitute for foreigners . On January 1, 2005, it partially replaced the previous travel document as a passport replacement , which has since been issued only to German citizens.

Its name is intended to emphasize the makeshift character of the emergency travel document. The fact that the travel document issued to Germans as a passport replacement is designated differently than the functionally similar emergency travel document issued to foreigners is intended to make the German passport replacement system more transparent for foreign countries.

The emergency travel document may be issued to a foreigner "in order to avoid undue hardship " or "if there is a public interest", who proves his identity and

  • Is a Union citizen , EEA citizen, Swiss citizen or a citizen of a country whose citizens do not need a visa for short stays in the Schengen area , or
  • is otherwise entitled to stay in the Federal Republic of Germany , another member state of the EU , the EEA or Switzerland or to return there.

The issuance can be carried out - at their own discretion - by the Federal Police and other authorities entrusted with the control of cross-border traffic ( customs and Hamburg water protection police ) if the foreigner does not have a valid passport or passport substitute with him at the border. With the consent of the immigration authorities, an existing authorization to return to Germany can be certified. The immigration authorities can also issue emergency travel documents if the procurement of another passport or a passport substitute is not an option in individual cases.

A fee is charged for the exhibition .

See also

Web links

Commons : Emergency travel documents  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Bundesrats-Drucksache 731/04 (official justification of the residence ordinance)  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 62.8 MB), p. 149.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.bundesrat.de  
  2. Section 13, Paragraph 1 of the Residence Ordinance (AufenthV).
  3. Responsibility arises from Section 14 subsection 2, Section 71 subsection 3 No. 2 of the Residence Act (AufenthG) and Section 13 subsection 2 AufenthV.
  4. Section 13, Paragraph 4 of the Residence Ordinance.
  5. Section 13, Paragraph 3 of the Residence Ordinance.