Voluntary repatriation is one of the durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers offered by UNHCR. Asylum seekers and recognized refugees willing to return to their country of origin or place of habitual residence can contact the closest NGO/UNHCR Implementing Partner and apply for repatriation by filling out Voluntary Repatriation Form (list of NGOs/UNHCR Implementing Partners can also be found here). The process of voluntary repatriation can be initiated only after the Form has been completed and submitted to UNHCR. When UNHCR receives the completed Form, you will be contacted on the phone number that has been indicated on the Form, and will receive further instructions regarding your repatriation request.

Putting your signature on the Form does not oblige you to return to your country of origin. You can withdraw your repatriation request should you decide to do so after consultation with UNHCR or for other reasons. No person will be repatriated against their will.

UNHCR provides the following types of assistance in regard to voluntary repatriation:

• Provides information regarding the situation in a specific country of origin/particular region so that an informed decision can be made about the repatriation;

• Makes arrangements for a safe and dignified return to the country of origin;

• Liaises with the relevant Embassy regarding obtaining travel documents, visas or entry permits, as necessary,

• Provides small voluntary repatriation grants;

• Facilitates other aspects related to the repatriation.

UNHCR reserves the right to decline voluntary repatriation requests if the situation in the country of origin or particular location, where the applicant intends to return, is assessed as highly dangerous. UNHCR will decline your repatriation requests if the applicant intends to return to her/his country of origin only for a short visit, and not for permanent repatriation. 

UNHCR provides assistance in voluntary repatriation to persons who fall within the following categories:

• asylum seekers and their family members, registered with NGO/UNHCR implementing partner/s, who are eligible for UNHCR assistance according to the assessment conducted by UNHCR implementing partner/s,

• recognized refugees and their family members.