Ever find yourself counting up the little squares on a calendar or trying to compute dates in your head to figure out what day your visa runs out? I have, it’s irritating and easy to screw up. In one big blunder I miscalculated the days I was in Mexico one year and ended up overstaying [...]
Ever find yourself counting up the little squares on a calendar or trying to compute dates in your head to figure out what day your visa runs out?
I have, it’s irritating and easy to screw up. In one big blunder I miscalculated the days I was in Mexico one year and ended up overstaying my 180 day visa. It wasn’t a problem, but if I did this in Schengen Europe I could have found myself banned from reentering the region for three to five years. In point, it’s essential to precisely know when your travel visas expire and when you need to get out of a country.
It’s a good thing that I’ve found a simple tool to help calculate dates. It’s the Date Calculator on Time and Date.com. All you need to do is insert a date into a form field, then input how many days you want to add or subtract from it, and it outputs the date you’re looking for.
So if I were to enter Mexico today, I would punch October, 25, 2012 into the calculator, then add 180 to it, and the tool would output the date of April, 23, 2013, the day I would need to exit the country.
When needing to convert the number of days a visa is valid for into an actual date, tools like this date calculator are essential.
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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. VBJ has written 3679 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.
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October 25, 2012, 3:20 pm
Interesting thing about a 3 mth Visa is that its not really 3 months but 90 days. But I refuse to be conned by any Govt. on this issue so I never ask for a 90 day visa but always ask for a 3 mth Visa and state as an example entering country on the 7th Oct and departing country on the 7th Jan and put those dates on my online application and every time I check in my passport and its the exact dates I requested and this has more to do with public servants worldwide just rubber stamping everything in their Govt job. I have often but not always left on the last day of my visa and its never been a problem because its there in my passport in black and white.
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