Invalid Travel Documents
Definition: invalid travel documents
- The expiry date shown on bio-data page has passed;
- It has been cancelled (e.g. because a replacement has been issued or applied for, it has been reported lost/stolen, it was obtained fraudulently);
- The holder loses Australian citizenship;
- It is sufficiently damaged so as to render it unusable for its intended purpose (i.e. international travel), see ‘ Damaged Travel Documents ’;
- The document holder dies - as confirmed by:
- A listing on the RBDM Fact of Death (FOD) file;
- A consular official overseas;
- An original death certificate presented to a Passport Office;
- An original letter from a Public Trustees Office accompanied by a certified copy of the original death certificate;
- On advice of a relative and/or return of the passport with the original or a certified copy of the original death certificate.
- A Passport Office or overseas mission has confirmed that it is missing in the mail or is missing in transit, see ‘ Lost/Stolen Travel Documents ’;
- The holder of a Certificate of Identity enters his/her own country of nationality and is able to obtain a valid document from that country;
- One way travel document after the bearer has used the document to enter the intended country of destination.
Recovery of invalid travel documents to remove from circulation
Invalid travel documents are to be recovered (by demanding the surrender of the travel document) and cancelled wherever possible. It is a key policy objective to remove invalid documents from circulation so that they cannot be used for illegal activities.
This also improves the integrity of Australian passports and enhances national and international security.