Blue Passport

What is a "Blue Passport"?

 Blue passport for refugees

If you are recognised as a refugee or asylum seeker in Germany, you will be issued a so-called travel document for refugees ("Reiseausweis für Flüchtlinge"). The travel document is a replacement for the passport from your home country or the country you've fled to come to Germany. The travel document for refugees is also known as "Convention Pass" ("Konventionspass ") or "Blue Pass" ("Blauer Pass ").

Please note: As an individual entitled to asylum or recognised as a refugee, you cannot apply for a passport from your home country. If you do so or visit the embassy of your home country, in principle, you will lose your entitlement to asylum/refugee status and thus your right of residence in Germany.

IMPORTANT: Due to the corona pandemic, entry restrictions, quarantine obligations and/or travel warnings apply to many countries. In our chapter "Coronavirus, Public Life & Mobility" you can find out more about the current regulations.

What do I need to know?

Who is entitled to a Blue Passport?

Which countries can I travel to with my Blue Passport?

Which countries can I travel to visa-free?

How long can I travel?

Where and how can I get a Blue Passport?

What is an e-Pass (“eReiseausweis”)?

How long is my Blue Passport valid for?

I have lost my passport

I have changed my place of residence- what should I do?

Is the Blue Passport the same as „Blaue Karte EU“?


After your right to asylum or refugee status has been recognized by BAMF, you will receive a "Blue Passport". After that, you are not permitted to obtain a passport from your country's embassy or travel to your homeland; otherwise, you will lose your protection status and residence rights in Germany.