The governments signatory hereto, being members of the Council of Europe,
Desirous of facilitating travel for refugees residing in their territory,
Have agreed as follows:
For the purposes of the present Agreement the "territory" of a Contracting Party shall have the meaning assigned to it by this Party in a declaration addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
To the extent that one or more Contracting Parties deem necessary, the frontier shall be crossed only at authorised points.
Refugees who have entered the territory of a Contracting Party by virtue of the present Agreement shall be re-admitted at any time to the territory of the Contracting Party by whose authorities the travel document was issued, at the simple request of the first-mentioned Party, except where this Party has authorised the persons concerned to settle on its territory.
This Agreement shall not prejudice the provisions of any municipal law or bilateral or multilateral treaties, conventions or agreements now in force or which may hereafter enter into force, whereby more favourable terms are applied to refugees lawfully residing in the territory of a Contracting Party in respect of the crossing of frontiers.
This Agreement shall be open to the signature of members of the Council of Europe, who may become Parties thereto either by:
Instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
After this Agreement has entered into force the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe may, by unanimous vote, invite any government not a member of the Council, which is party either to the Convention on the Status of Refugees of 28th July 1951 or to the Agreement relating to the issue of a travel document to refugees of 15th October 1946, to accede to this Agreement. Such accession shall take effect one month after the date of deposit of the instrument of accession with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify member States of the Council and States acceding to this Agreement:
Any Contracting Party may terminate its own application of the Agreement by giving three months' notice to that effect to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Agreement.
Done at Strasbourg, this 20th day of April 1959, in English and French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General shall transmit certified copies to the signatory governments.