You need to bring as much identification along with you as possible. You passport is the most essential form of photo ID which you will need for a variety of purposes (e.g. claiming benefits, securing accommodation). See our factsheet for details of how to apply for a passport. If you cannot obtain a full passport, ask consular staff to issue you with a certified copy of your Emergency Travel Document (ETD). 

The following are useful documents to bring along with you: driving licence, birth certificate, National Insurance number (if you have one). If you do not already have access to these documents then ask a friend or relatives to obtain these for you in preparation for your return. 

If you have a medical (physical or mental) conditions which requires ongoing treatment or medication, it will be very useful for you to bring back documents relating to your condition which have been issues by a doctor, counsellor or psychologist. Evidence of previous diagnosis and treatment will mean you will be able to obtain the treatment you need more quickly. Remember to try and bring a supply of medication you need with you so you have enough to cover the period before you manage to arrange to see a doctor. 

It is also important to bring any information relating to your offence or sentence served (including deportation papers), as some official bodies will require evidence that you have served a sentence overseas and that you were deported to the UK rather than coming here of your own accord. 

If you are coming back to the UK with a child who has been born whilst you have been incarcerated please ensure that you return with the birth papers, as this is very important for benefits, housing and medical needs.