What Should You Do if You Overstay Your Tourist Visa?

| April 1, 2012 | 874 Comments

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What should you do if you’re in a country on an overstayed tourist visa? Should you apply to the authorities for visa renewal or keep your head down and hope for the best? These are questions that have confronted many travelers over the years and the answers to them will largely depend on individual choice as well as the country in question.

overstayed tourist visa -vietnam

Visas come in all sorts of sizes and formats, but the most typical is a passport page size paper with the travel permit. To enter Vietnam you have to have your visa ready prior to arrival, or requested and waiting for you.

You might think that the European Union has a single policy on passports and visa requirement s but this is unfortunately not the case.  Twenty six members of the EU have signed the Schengen Agreement which allows free movement without passport controls or the requirement for a visa within what is called the Schengen Area  Update 2013 : Croatia just became a new member. Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only EU countries outside the Schengen Area, which also includes four countries outside the European Union—Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (Ireland and the UK have their own common travel area).

So what happens if you find yourself in a Schengen Area or EU country saying “I overstayed my tourist visa!” And more importantly, what should you do to avoid problems now and in the future?

The answers will vary from individual to individual and from country to country. It can also depend on how long you have overstayed your tourist visa. Many travelers from North America and the European Union inadvertently find themselves in countries on an overstayed tourist visa simply because there is no requirement to obtain a visa before you enter.  It can therefore be very easy to overstay without even realizing that you are doing so.

In other cases, you may not notice that you’re living in a country on an overstayed tourist visa for quite some time. It is normally only when leave and try to reenter a country that problems arise, usually at passport control. Turning up at passport control when you’ve overstayed on tourist visa can lead to either a refusal of entry or having to pay a large penalty fee depending on the country you’re visiting. It can also lead to further problems if you try to visit that country (USA) or another in the EU/Schengen Area in the future.

overstay tourist visa schengen

Many US travelers end up on an overstayed tourist visas because they don’t realize you that you can only be in the Schengen area for 90 days out of each 180 before you need to apply for visa renewal. Even if you’ve previously remained in a country on an overstayed you may still be allowed reentry if you’ve got a return ticket, a valid reason for entry and the period you overstayed on your last visit wasn’t more than a few weeks. Having said that, it is obviously still better if you don’t overstay in the first place and if you do overstay apply for visa renewal as soon as you realize that you need to.

Outside of the European Union, the procedures for dealing with travelers with overstayed tourist visas vary considerably. Many North American travelers think that they can overstay a tourist visa in South or Central America without it leading to any real problems.  While you may only have to pay a small fine – for example, fifty pesos ($12) in Argentina – it can still lead to problems with reentry in the future and it is far better to apply for visa renewal when you still have the opportunity to do so. Similarly in Southeast Asia, the cost of overstaying a visa may be initially just a fine of a few dollars but could be an issue  if you want to return to the country in the future.

Passport stamps overstayed visa

Passport stamps are not visas, but they are the only proof you’ll have the you have entered the country legally. Make sure you request the officer to stamp your passport if he appears to forget doing so.

It is only if you’ve overstayed a tourist visa in the past and then have to apply for a pre-entry visa – for example if you want to travel to a country to work or study rather than as a tourist – that you are likely to experience more than routine problems obtaining authorization.

If you do remain in a country on an overstayed tourist visa, you may however still be denied reentry depending on the discretion of the passport control officer. Thus smile, be polite, and patient. You may also be denied visa renewal or a pre-entry visa from the country’s embassy in your own country on the same grounds. At passport control, this can be a matter of small things including how closely your passport is inspected, the time of day you arrive, the person in front of you and what you look like.

So to reiterate, the best advice is simple: check how long your tourist visa allows you to stay in a country (or, if you are visiting the European Union outside the UK and Ireland, in the Schengen Area) and stick to it. If you’re overstaying for a few days only, you’ll probably be OK. If you know you won’t be returning to the country, you might want to take your chances. But  if you want to stay longer than you had intended in the country you are visiting, it is always much better to apply for a visa renewal than to remain on an overstayed tourist visa. That’s the only way to ensure that you won’t be denied entry or encounter other problems on your travels round the world in the future.

Useful links for immigration related questions

After receiving many inquiries from readers I have decided to share the following  links to some of the countries’  immigration websites who’s policies many of you are asking about. Remember that these are official statements from official websites but the information in them might not have been updated in a while and your best bet it to actually call them.

United Kingdom Border Agency

Immigration in Spain

Immigration in France

Schengen fact sheet by the US Department of State

Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia

Vietnam Visa on Arrival  I actually got the Vietnam Visa (the image you see in this post) through the company I’ve linked at the beginning of the sentence. As you probably know a visa on arrival is a visa usually issued to tourists when they enter the visiting country for holidays. Everything was very easy but make sure you have the exact money in USD to pick up at customs  because they won’t have change.

Have you  overstayed a tourist visa? What did you do or are you going to do? What happened to you? Share your story with us in the comments section below, ask any question you might have, and please share this post if you liked it!

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874 responses to “What Should You Do if You Overstay Your Tourist Visa?”

  1. […] you can spend in the country you’re visiting no matter what passport you’re using and be aware of consequences if you overstay your tourist visa and tricks to get by without penalties (if […]

  2. josh says:

    Hi! I am an American citizen, and I’ve overstayed my tourist visa in the Philippines by about 3 days now. Im really far from any immigration offices and wont be able to get to one for about 6 days. I really dont want to pay the penalty, mainly because the reason it had slipped my mind was due to the passing of my Filipino grandfather here, and I was very absorbed in the ceremonies to follow. Would the immigration office grant a grievance waiver, or something similar to extend my visa without penalty?

    What would you do in my shoes?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Josh!
      The Philippines are very strict when it comes to immigration, so I’d deal with this asap. Not sure what visa you just overstayed but extensions are available according to the official website http://www.immigration.gov.ph/faqs/extensionofstay , however the process is supposed to be started a week before it being overdue. Get in touch with them and appeal to grievance… it’s what I’d do. And make sure you let them know you have an outbound ticket and due when…Hope this helps!

  3. Cristi says:

    Hi Maitravelsite,
    Few months ago (August 2,2016), we talked about my issue regarding of my overstay in Netherlands. Im here again to ask for your opinion with the same concern. Beforehand, I am delighted to tell you that we got married already and yeah, we did it here in my country. Now I am in the process of acquiring a visa, still in Holland but as a Spouse already of my European husband. Now I am thinking if is it better to apply for the visa with a new passport with married name or is it okay to still use my old passport? I dont know if they will be very keen to check each and every page of my old passport if I had overstay issue before, by comparing my visa validity and exit stamps I had in any schengen state member, eventhough I was not penalized nor tagged for overstaying, as what was advised to me. You think using my current passport to apply for visa on the same country I had overstayed with will be a conflict or better to get a new passport first with my married name? Thank you in advance!

    • maitravelsite says:

      As Brian says, congratulations on the wedding! I don’t think using your old passport will be an issue and you can very well put it to good use. They already know what your status is within the country and now that you are married you have legal rights that will not be affected by the passport no matter what. But if you’d feel happier using a new one you may just as well. Have a great 2017!

  4. Wiasel says:

    Hi, i’m from Canada i have overstayed my 90 days tourist ‘visa’ by a week, thinkkng i had 180 days in Portugal, what should I do?

    Am I allowed to fly within Portugal? lisbon to porto? without trouble?


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Wiasel! You are able to fly within Portugal, but there’s a chance they might see you have overstayed and could flag the situation…

  5. McKenzie says:


    I am from US staying in Germany with my girlfriend(German citizen), my visa waiver ends 25.11.2016. Admittedly this is earlier than I thought, it appears I have counted wrong. Do I have any option to extend/renew as a US citizen? I have been advised to seek a Fiktionsbescheinigun from relevant autorities, but am unclear if this is applicable to me. What are some other options? I would hope to stay only and additional two weeks, but can not risked getting banned. Would begrudgingly pay a fine. Could potentially depart from a country with less stringent boarder controls, however I am seeking a legal alternative through visa extention/renewal.

    Please advise. Thanks.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Gosh, sorry for spotting this message so late; it was somehow filtered as spam. By now the visa is overdue and you’ve probably done something about it. I would have started by asking for an extension, 2 weeks isn’t much…

  6. Steven says:

    My girlfriend is Vietnamese. In 2012 she visited Malaysia and overstayed for almost 2 years. She paid the fine and has since lived in Vietnam. Since then she has a new passport, and made a couple of trips to Thailand, all legally well within the time allowed. She is now considering applying for an Australian tourist visa. There is a question asking if you have overstayed a visa anywhere at any time before? If she answers yes we would be worried about the visa getting declined, we are not sure if it is generally easy or not for Vietnamese to get tourist visa in Australia. We also would have concerns about answering no and saying she never has had any overstay problems anywhere. Do you have any thoughts on this? thanks.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Steven! Australian’s are super picky when it comes to immigration so I’d be upfront and say the truth. As you say she has traveled since legally and has not had any problems, so that’s good. From what I know from my Vietnamese friends in Australia it’s not hard for them to get a visa. I’d go ahead with the truth in this case and hope for the best!

  7. Sharad says:

    Hello All,

    I need advice related a situation that has arisen as part of the travel that I concluded for Germany. I hold a multi entry schengen visa which expired on 16/10/2016 with a duration of stay of 15 days. assumption was that the duration of stay indicated a 15 day limit per entry. However when I was travelling back to India from Munich, the immigration officers stated otherwise and have told me that I have overstayed 5 days and have been asked to sign two documents prior to boarding the flight ( Police Questioning and Appointment of Authorised recipient). I was told i will be informed on next steps, but have not heard back. i need to travel again and need to understand what do I do to understand the current status

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Sharad. It only happened a few days ago so perhaps they haven’t had the time yet…or simply nothing will happen. If you really need to travel call immigration in Germany and explain what happened, see what they say. Truth is that 5 days is not much so most probably you’re fine…

  8. Dev says:

    Hi… I hope I can find some help from u
    I am in Malaysia right now came with tourist visa for 1 month entry. But now my visa entry is expired for 1 month ago. So how should I return to my home country India
    What should I do now and which is the best way to go back. So that in future I should not suffer any problem in applying tourist visa for Schengen visa.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Dev. In theory overstaying in one country does not affect your options to visit another one, but it could be used as an excuse to limit your stay. There really is no definite answer and I have the feeling that you will be fined when leaving Malaysia for overstaying- but I don’t know how much. You’re best bet is probably to call immigration so you know what to expect and get your tickets accordingly. As for Schengen…it really does depend on the mood of the customs agent you deal with, unfortunately. Sorry I can’t be of more help,but do call immigration and perhaps even the India consulate, though I hear that they don’t help much…

  9. noha says:

    let me please explain my situation very briefly and thanks again for this helpful post.. it’s the most informative one i found so far!
    im egyptian citizen booked my flight from cairo arriving Norway on the 17th with a layover on the 16th in Copenhagen didn’t know that it will count as the first check in so i counted mistakenly and my flight back from rome will be on the 16th10 which means 31st days.. from your experience shall i better change my booking or shall i go ahead and go for it? and how much you think fine will be
    thanks so much again

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Noha,

      Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. One day certainly isn’t much time, and you should be fine. However if you get a customs agent who for some reason is in a bad mood you could potentially get fine. I read that changing the flight is very expensive (usually it costs no more than 150-200 USD). If this is not possible you might want to speak with the Norwegian consulate and see what they suggest (without giving too much info about you). Hope this helps!

  10. esmarelda says:

    hi my name is Esmarelda. I went to Sweden 10 May 2016 till the 08 Aug 2016 and my passport say I can stay for 81 days but I did not know at the time I overstayed by 6 days. will I get a fine and can I apply for a new visa to go back to Sweden. they check my passport and they said I overstayed but he did not write in my passport. are I still safe to go back

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Esmeralda. 6 days is not much and if they didn’t write anything you’re probably safe to go back. I wouldn’t worry much. Enjoy Sweden!

    • noha says:

      hi there .. i really appreciate your sharing useful infos.. i mistakenly didn’t count correctly and booked my return ticket a day later than my actual days i should stay.. im from the middle east .. egypt .
      the thing is to change booking i’ll have to pay around the same amount of ticket so what do you think shall i be fine with a one day?

    • noha says:

      esmarelda would you please let me know how much was the fine?

      • Esmarelda says:

        Good morning I did not get a fine yet still waiting if I did otherwise I think I’m fine. Because they stamp my passport with the right stamp and theirs nothing in writing in my passport.

  11. Christi says:

    I am desperatey need your expert opinion. I got overstayed in netherlands for 5 months, I was with my boyfriend and we hope to get married there but couldnt happen as I am only carrying a tourist visa. Unfortunately, the police checked me and had interviews, i told them I didnt realized my schengen visa has expired as i thought its expiration is August (08-04-2016 as written on my visa), instead it was April and also I have Uk visa that will expires august 03, and I applied both visa at the same time that why I thought the validity is the same, and the date format in the schengen visa is quite confusing that I overlook 08-04 should be read as April 08 and not August 04. They told me I have to leave netherlands within 28 days. They interviewed me and my boyfriend telling them we have intention to get married and we proved to them that we are really a true couple. They didnt give me a fine or get ban decision and advised me since my bf is eu citizen I shall reapply for new visa that will allow me to stay with eu citizen partner. They said they will give me a chance and no alert or bad mark will be put in my record either they wont put a deportation stamp at all in my passport but only a normal exit stamp. They give me several letters, letter i will show at airport upon picking up of my passport, police report that indicates I can return in netherlands or does not indicate that I cannot return to netherlands, and a letter that says I shall report to them every monday within the 28 days. But of course if i left the country already then it will not applies anymore. So me and my fiance are worried that when I reapply for visa i will be denied due to overstay even i wasnt penalized or deported but they just allowed me to leave the country, and they advised me to apply in Dutch embassy “only” when I reapply for schengen but that I should apply for a visa to stay with eu citizen so that it will allow us to get married there, its like a temporary residence visa since my bf is eu citizen but living and working in netherlands. I am really worried about getting denied when I reapply for a new visa and got so much into depression thinking I wont be able to be with my fiance again. We think of all other option. 1. To leave before my uk visa expires but authorities want me to leave only out of netherlands and even if i told them that its much better maybe I rather leave from Uk so my passport will remain good but they wont leave me by bus going UK (coz no border control if by land so i wont get exit stamp out of NL that will show my passport that I got overstayed in a schengen), but instead i will still need to leave by plane going to uk and it wont make sense coz i will still get an exit stamp in NL that will still show i am overstayed when I apply for new visa. Option 2. Since they will not put any anything in my record either in my passport, i can leave out of NL before the date I mistakenly thought its expiration and so that even they put exit stamp I can just explain to dutch embassy that I mistakenly overlook the date and also by the way the police told me to never mention about the police incident upon applying for new visa. Option 3. To declare I lost my passport and get a new one when I reapply for visa, though I dont know if they could still track my travel record if they wont see the stamps as I declared my passport as lost and also I will be applying for Dutch embassy which is the same country I was caught so I dont know if the report will show there on their record even if the police said it wont as it is only for police data and will not show into any foreign affairs record or system, unless I violate the 28 days period to leave. Option 4. Days after the incident, my fiance found out he doesnt need a visa going to my country and so its much better we’ll just marry in my country, update my status even I can request for new passport with married name, then apply for new visa as a spouse. I wonder if would it still affect my visa application as a legal spouse of eu citizen even i had history of overstaying but not banned or deported or even get fined? I am really desperate of finding a solution on how I can be with my fiance again and stay with him together coz we really dont want to be far away from each other for long. I am not sure if getting married will help with my visa application and make sure they wont deny it because of what happen. I hope you could help me understand this kind of situation coz I really dont wanna lose the only person that matters to me. Thank you

    • Brian says:

      Hi – I am not sure what Federico would say but I had a similar experience in France – no overstay issues but getting a carte de sejour for my wife. I found the best way was to get the advice of an immigration consultant. He cost me 50 euros an hour but in two hours I had all that I needed. I could even pay him to represent me when I went to apply.
      Nevertheless, under EU rules, the spouse of an EU citizen is entitled to be with that EU citizen. Each country in the EU applies this slightly differently – they will want to be sure that it is a real marriage for example. So you have a joint bank account, things like that. But my advice is go talk to a consultant who specialises in the Dutch system. – you can find them on the internet. By the way – there is a risk that if the UK Border people see that you have overstayed your Schengen visa they might cancel your UK visa – it has happened.

      • Christi says:

        Hi Brian,
        Thanks for your response. Have u got overstayed also but wasnt sanctioned or whatsoever? They told me to get a new visa,not the tourisy one,so i can be with my fiance in NL again and get married but I really have to leave and they wont harm my record. My fiance think the best option is just to get married instead in my country and apply for family reunification visa in dutch embassy but my big worry is that they might use my overstay issue against me as it will reflect on exit stamps on my passport anyway even they didnt tagged me for overstay. I am not sure if declaring my passport as lost will helps when i reapply for the visa after we get married. I appreciate your response.

        • Brian says:

          It was my wife and daughter who overstayed by quite a few months. We had no problem coming and going. But we also had no problem with the police too. It may depend on your nationality, for example, some nationalities are given a Schengen visa automatically on arrival. Again I recommend that you find someone who specialises in these things in the Netherlands. They will provide you with the best advice because they will know how the EU rules are applied there. Also have a look at http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/non-eu-family/index_en.htm you may find this has some useful info.

          • Christi says:

            Hi Brian,
            I have checked the site and its very informative, atleast its give me an idea on how I shall start the process. It is very informative. Thank u for sharing it to me. I will appreciate more advise, pls. Specially with those who had the similar situation. Best of luck to everyone!

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hi Christi, hi and thanks Brian for stepping in and helping Christi out.

            After carefully reading the conversation I would recommend 2 of the four options you mention, either number 2 or number 4. Immigration already gave you a solution to the problem, and while anything can happen at customs no matter what you’re told, you already have important paperwork with you that will help your interests. However, if you can get married overseas, it seems like a fairly legit solution too. Please note that having overstayed does not directly mean denial to another visa, specially if authorities believe you and provided handy documentation.

            For what it’s worth, my wife is not from the EU (although she now has an EU passport) but during the early days I was told by an airport agent that when entering the EU she could and should come with me and join the line of the EU nationals. We weren’t even married then but, as a couple, were traveling together and should do the same at immigration points.

            Oh and as far as declaring a passport a lost could help or not, there is no one answer. I’m quite sure that the immigration agent will see in his screen that the passport is a replacement for a lost passport, and if he decides to check past records he might see you overstayed once. If, on the other hand, he feels lazy (or there’s a long line and is stressed) he might skip checking it.

            Let us know which way you decide to go!

            PS I’m quite confident you’ll be fine no matter what you decide to do.

          • Cristi says:

            Hi Maitravelsite,
            Few months ago, we talked about my issue regarding of my overstay in Netherlands. Im here again to ask for your opinion with the same concern. Beforehand, I am delighted to tell you that we got married already and yeah, we did it here in my country. Now I am in the process of acquiring a visa, still in Holland but as a Spouse already of my European husband. Now I am thinking if is it better to apply for the visa with a new passport with married name or is it okay to still use my old passport? I dont know if they will be very keen to check each and every page of my old passport if I had overstay issue before, by comparing my visa validity and exit stamps I had in any schengen state member, eventhough I was not penalized nor tagged for overstaying, as what was advised to me. You think using my current passport to apply for visa on the same country I had overstayed with will be a conflict or better to get a new passport first with my married name? Thank you in advance!

          • Brian says:

            Congratulations on getting married!

  12. Sibi says:

    HI Maitravelsite,

    I just want to ask something I hope you can help me.
    I overstayed my schengen tourist visa for 11 months and told them that I lost my passport and I traveled back home using a travel document issued by the Philippines embassy in Netherlands, and now I am here in the Philippines and I have a schedule interview in the USA embassy here for tourist visa application next month with my new passport.. Do you think that the US embassy will know about my overstaying history in the Schengen Country and if that can affect my us tourist visa application? thank you.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sibi! They could know it but I feel it is highly unlikely because it’s a new passport that I suppose has no stamps. It is also for another continent so it shouldn’t affect your visa request. Best of lucks and I hope this helps! 🙂

  13. Luca says:

    Hello! I would really appreciate some advice! Im on a tourist visa in Ireland, from Canada, and it ends July 18. I have a job offer for 2 weeks from August 9 to August 23. This will make me 35 days late overstaying my visa, but will pay for my flight to Australia. Are there repercussions if I want to visit other EU countries (or any other countries) afterwords?? There’s no immigration check when leaving Ireland I’ve read and been told…. I’m okay to not come back to Ireland (no offence!) but other EU countries would be very detrimental…I would appreciate any advice I can get, thank you kindly.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Luca! Overstaying one month is quite a bit, but you do have a “good passport” . There is no way of knowing if there will be any consequences, and mind you your passport can be checked. I can’t tell you what to do, but odd’s are probably on your favor…

  14. Brian says:

    Hi, I am an EU citizen holidaying in Senegal with an entry date of 7/4/2016 in my UK passport. I have had to delay my departure for a few days and will now leave on 9/7/2016 which by my reckoning will put me 3/4 days over the 90 day limit. I have visited the country many times and always been within the visa limits … this will be my first time to overstay. I’m planning to just turn up at the airport … are you aware of any sanctions that may apply? Thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Brian, I’m pretty sure that there’s some kind of sanction that can be applied, but I was not able to figure out how much. Odds are though that any problem of the sort can be solved with money (if you know what I mean)…

      • Brian says:

        Thanks for your reply – I ended up making a short trip to The Gambia so got my passport stamped again on reentry to Senegal – got to see another country – albeit a small one! Cheers Brian

        • maitravelsite says:

          Good news Brian! Gambia is a sweet little country, been there myself. And you got another stamp! Thanks for the update and dropping by 🙂

  15. Ankur says:


    I traveled to France on a multiple entry tourist visa From November to February this year. I had to overstay by a few days because there was a mishap with my flights and the agency I booked through did not tell me I needed a transit visa to cross through London on my way back to India (home country) and because of this I had to book another set of flights back (also considering the cost)

    I had no trouble coming back to India as it was a couple of days and well within the total limit date of my visa (I overstayed the number of days allowed but not the visa expiry date)

    I am planning on going back France, should I mention in my cover letter that I had to overstay because of this mishap or just apply without letting the embassy know?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Ankur. Tell you what, I wouldn’t have thought that you needed a transient visa for the UK either if you weren’t leaving the airport! all things said you should be fine. It was only a few days, nobody said anything on the way out so I would apply as normal, but again that’s what I would do. Hope this helps and bon voyage!

      • Flor says:

        Hi!I entered india through Etv june 14, 2016 and it will expire july 13, 2016.My ticket going back to Malaysia is july 15 because i booked it earlier than when i received my Etv.Will it be possible india immigration give 2 days extension?pls help.thanks

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Flor. India customs agents are known to be a pain the b&** . If you’re planning on staying those two extra days make sure you get some kind of official paper that permits this, otherwise you may encounter more trouble than you want to. Or change the flight…

  16. DONNA says:


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Donna,

      Odds are that a penalty will happen, but the amount will depend on the mood of the immigration agents. I recommend you walk up to the embassy and make sure you find someone, you might be able to get an extension that would cover the extra time but who knows. Other than having to pay some money (which you might not even have to) I don’t think there’s anything else to worry about. Hope this helps!

  17. Josephine Hernandez says:

    Hi. I’m a Filipino,married to british husband.we have house in Bulgaria where my son and I just recently visit. We flew out to Hanoi embassy,get and granted a visit visavisa which covers 60 days. We entered Bulgaria last Dec.31 2015,. We got no any problem entering BG. But on our date of leaving bg to Phil. We were stopped by immigration. And unknowingly my 4 !month old baby and I overstayed for few days. I was interviewed in a really nice way though. I honestly didn’t know we overstayed as. The no. Of days staying in BG on my visa is 53 days. I assumed its all OK as it also states our date of departure in our visa. I assumed nothing was wrong, and all OK as we left on the exact date stated on my date of exit in my visa which is march 3 2016. Upon realising and counting again. Yes we overstayed. They interviewed me though in a real nice way. Didn’t give me fine or being banned. He just us go. Though he knows I have definite plan of coming back. He just said next time be careful on counting days.
    So I’m now confused, do I have to worry? Or will it bring much trouble on my next visit to Bulgaria? And another question is what kind of stamped they’re doing when you overstayed? I only got exit stamp from BG immigration though. I hope somebody will help or enlighten me on this kind of issue as I’m worrying a lot now for me and my baby.. Many thanks jho

    • Josephine Hernandez says:

      Sorry just to clarify. It was march 6,2016 when we left Bulgaria. Not march 3. Sorry for typo errors.. Many thanks.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Josephine, it seems that you were allowed to continue to travel with no problems. From what you’re saying you’re fine and should be able to return without any trouble. At the end of the day most of the problems have to do with the attitude of the customs agent. They probably saw you hadn’t realized, were traveling with family, and so no need to make a big deal as it was only a few days. Good for you! 🙂

  18. Jasmin says:

    Hi Federico.

    Thanks for your quick reply. Do you mean that i still have to purchase the tourist visa for 30 days regardless my passport is visa exempted for 30 days of my first entry to Cambodia?

    • maitravelsite says:

      From what you said if you travel into the country because you are visa exempt you will have to leave it within 30 days. Being visa exempt means that you are “given” at no cost a tourist visa for 30 days. However if you have this “ordinary” visa you can stay in the country for as long as you like if you extend it from within. This would avoid you having to leave…

      Please see question 13 here http://www.embassyofcambodia.org/faq.html 🙂

  19. Jasmin says:

    Hi Federico!

    You are very informative. I have a few enquiries. I am Malaysian and will be travelling to Cambodia very soon. As Malaysian is exempted from visa in Cambodia and only allowed to stay for a period of 30 days, is there a way I can extend my stay there? If I can’t, will i have to travel back to my country and stamp my passport there and how long before I can enter Cambodia again? Or can i just go to any Cambodia border to get it stamp i.e Thailand or Vietnam then re-enter again and how long will it take before i can re-enter. Thank you.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Jasmin! You should be able to extend your stay by asking for a visa extension, or can simply get an “ordinary” visa instead of a tourist visa which costs around 35 USD.

      The difference between the ordinary visa and the tourist visa is that the ordinary one can be extended indefinitely. Be aware that although the “ordinary” visa is often called a “business visa,” it does not allow the right to work in Cambodia. In order to be legally employed, you will need a Cambodia work permit.

      Once you have your first 30-day ordinary visa for Cambodia, you can extend it from inside the country for 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. It’s advisable to extend it for 6 or 12 months, as these visa types are multiple-entry. The 1- and 3-month ordinary visas are single-entry only, meaning that if you leave for a weekend trip to Vietnam, you’ll need to get a new Cambodian visa when you return.

      You can get more info here http://www.tourismcambodia.com/tripplanner/essential-information/visa-passport.htm

      Hope this helps Jasmin!

  20. In Need says:

    May I please email you privately? I really desperately need help in regards to this issue.

  21. Kassie says:

    Hi! Thanks for this article! I’m hoping you can give some advice. I am currently staying in the Schengen zone (greece). I need to get back to the UK from the middle of April – End of May where I have my flight back to Canada (home country and where passport is from). When I was planning my trip, I was planning my schengen on the old rules, ie. first day of entry is the first day of my 180 days. Did not spend more than 90 of those 180 days in the Schengen zone (spend about half the time in the UK, Canada, and Croatia) and then after the 180 days I re-entered. However I’ve just realised that the rules have changed so that the 180 days are ‘floating’. Putting this new rule into account I’ve overstayed my visa for almost one month. My flight is booked back to Canada May 25. I have no problem changing plans to immediately leave greece but not sure which is the best way to do it. Should I fly directly to the UK where they are strict on border control and hope for the best? Or should I try to go to another country like Albania or Croatia where they may not be as strict, and then enter the UK again from there. Or is there another option I am missing since this was an honest mistake not sure if there is anything I can do!

    Thanks so much


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Kassie,

      Truth is that nothing you do guarantees you can get back to Canada without being penalized; in fact you are just as likely to go through the UK and find not trouble at all. Why? It all depends on the customs agents you find along the way and the mood they’re in. Because of this there’s no fail proof to anything. Unless you already have plans to travel to these other destinations I would suggest you just travel as planned and be honest about what the problem is. You have a “good” passport, so you shouldn’t have much of a problem IMO. Then again, remember that this is an opinion based on experience but if you encounter a moody agent you might have some minor trouble (penalty fee). Hope this helps!

      • kassie says:

        Thank you so much for your response! I appreciate it so much! I ended up getting back in to the UK no problems. The airline looked closer at my passport than either passport control leaving schengen or entering UK so I was lucky! I’m hoping you can advise me on one more thing! So I have overstayed but didn’t get caught. I am supposed to be re-entering the Schengen in May for a bachelorette party. If I’ve calculated correctly, the entry in May won’t be in violation of the rules. If I count back 180 days from the day in May I plan to enter, I have stayed less than 90 days. However, it will only be 6 weeks since I last left and overstayed. Is there a chance of getting caught/deported/penalised as I re-enter the shcengen (and then re-enter the UK again for my flight home). Can it be retro-active at all? Thanks!

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Kassie! Good to know all went well, thanks for updating! Regarding your question, once you leave you are fine and should not be penalized for re-entering if you’re in good terms. However you may get a picky customs agent, who could see you overstayed before, and then get you into some kind of trouble again based on a previous violation. You’ll have to decide if it’s worth it…

  22. Sarah says:

    Hello, I have a question about overstaying in Peru. I am very confused…I have dual nationality USA/Perú I used my American passport last time I entered Peru, that is 4 years ago, I assumed that since I have all my paperwork up to date like my IDs and I vote in both countries, that I could stay in both countries as long as I wanted. Now I am worried that I will have to pay a fine, I have just came a cross a person who had a problem like that, but was an American but did not have dual citizenship like I do. Am I worrying for nothing? I really hope so, because I would not be able to pay a 4 year fine, and I have a ticket to go back to America. I do have to get a new passport because I lost it, but I am sure they will have a record of me entering the country 4 years ago. Please help me. Thanks in advance.
    I tried calling on the phone to the embassy but they will only talk to emergency cases,and they do not consider this an emergency.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sarah, I would not worry about it as I have done the same, only that my passports are from the US and Spain. This said I have never been four years within Spain without leaving it, but I have been more time than what the tourist visa would allow and left without problems. I’ve also done this more than once. In other words not worries because you are a citizen of the country 🙂

  23. Eslam says:

    Good morning,
    I’m a citizen of Egypt, currently staying in Northern Cyprus on a 15 days tourist visa (stamp). What options do I have if I want to stay for a longer period, and what are the possible consequences of overstaying those 15 days ?
    Thanks in advance. Regards

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Eslam. Overstaying can result on anything from nothing (if very lucky), a fee (which can be large), being banned from re-entering or being thrown into jail (worse case scenario, not common at all). You many want to ask immigration if you can apply for a tourist visa extension or some different visa altogether. Sorry for not getting back to you earlier…

  24. Gabby says:


    I need help here urgently. I’m a Malaysian and 9 years ago I overstayed in the UK for 2 months and was sent back (holding a visa student at that time). Now, I’m working for a multinational company and we selected for corporate bonus trip. We are entering Germany as incentive trip, so, would I have problem entering Germany since no visa is required?

    Please advise.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Gabby, so sorry for taking so long to get back to you, I was away. If you were not banned from re-entering you should be fine, and the UK is not a Schengen country anyhow… hope this helps!

  25. Ana Paula says:

    Hi, your site was the only one giving some good in site on boarder control… im freaking out… Im Brazilian and was a student in Italy and my student visa was valid until 30 of December 2015
    I left Italy on the 3 of December, and went to UK were stayed for 12 days. After that I came to Dublin and Brazilians are aloud 90 days in ireland. So I didn’t even checked my stamp. So today I was checking my passport and realised they gave me a weird stamp of 22 days… that expired in 7 of January. Witch is way early than the 90 days agreement… So I’m freaking out and don’t know how to proceed. It was a honest mistake… Have my ticket flying back to Brazil in 12 days. Have no idea what to do. Any advice?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Oi Ana Paula!

      Is your flight to BR from Ireland? Your visa expired 15 days ago, and 12 days more will mean a month. You have three four options:

      1) Risk everything and just leave when you have your flight, though this could mean a penalty fee and a ban from re-entering Ireland or even EU
      2) Call immigration and tell them about your problem, see what they can do without changing the flight
      3) Change your departure date ASAP so that consequences will be minimal.
      4) You could fly to the UK and back to Ireland (assuming your flight to Brazil is from Ireland). Passports from the UK are not checked as thoroughly and you can return with a longer visa, but I’m not sure it’s worth it for 12 days?

      My suggestion is you start with 2 (without giving too many details) and then decide. Hope this helps? Let us know what you do!

  26. Ada says:

    Hello! We are travelling to Philippines and we just realised that the our visas expire 3 days before our return. We thought we could stay 30 days but apparently we can stay 21 days. D you thing that we will have a problem if we stay 3 days more? and if yes, what kind of problem? do we have to pay penalty?and if yes, any idea of how much more or less? Many thanks for your help!

    • jose says:

      hi have u found out cuz i bought a ticket for 1 day extra and idk what to do

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hello Jose,

        Please check the comment I left in response to Ada, it might help you too 🙂

      • Melissa says:

        I’m in United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) and I’m from United States and I only have a passport.. my question is what may happen if I stay past my 6 months period by staying 8 months in United Kingdom? Will border control or immigration hunt me down and deport me or ban me from the country? Please respond asap thank you.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hey Melissa,

          Nobody will hunt you down, but when the time to leave comes you might be fined, not sure how much though and it’s difficult to tell as it really depends on the person you’re dealing with. You might even get away with it! I don’t think you’ll be banned from re-entering the country as yours is a “good” passport to have. In theory it can happen, but if you’re reasons are compelling enough being banned should not be an issue. You may want to call immigration and ask home much the fine can be… hope this helps!

          • Melissa says:

            Thank you for your reply. I have another question. If I was to go to Ireland for 30 days just before my 6 months is up and return back to United Kingdom after the 30 days how can I inform border control that I’ve left United Kingdom so that they may not fine me. I can’t afford to be fined. But I also need to stay around here longer than 6 months. I will be going home to my country but I also need to be safe.

          • maitravelsite says:

            No problem! Ask them to stamp your passport whenever you leave a country/ enter one. This can show that you’ve been there, if it’s what you want… Note too that the allocated time is per year. This means that if you leave for some weeks and return, your amount of days does not go back to zero. In other words, you can be in the UK 180 out of every 360. Does this help?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Ada! Well, turns out that you’re in a similar situation I found myself in when I reached the Philippines. I arrived to the country on a one way flight, not knowing how long I wanted to stay knowing that 3 weeks was the limit. Customs would not let me into the country unless I showed proof of purchase of an outbound flight. So I kind of lied to get myself into the country as I did not want to allocate three weeks if for some reason I did not like it, and just showed them an itinerary of a flight saying that I had bought it. All this to say that they are quite picky and you might find yourself in trouble, ranging from a penalty to simply being banned.

      Yet rules have changed and the 21 day limit has been extended to 30 for a large number of countries. In this link of the official Immigration website of the you’ll find a list of the countries who’s visas have been extended from 21 to 20 days. If you want to extend the visa anyhow (which is also possible) this link will tell what forms are needed and how to extend a visa for the Philippines.

      Hope this helps!

      PS Sorry for taking three days to answer!

      • Ada says:

        Thanks for your reply!!!
        Yes, 30 days is now the limit! Great! So, I have nothing to worry about.
        We will fly to Vietnam (Hanoi) from Manila and I just realised that we need to pay £52! for the visa (greek passport)… I think it is the most expensive visa that I have seen!!! And we just need to spend 15-20 days there…and after Cambodia…any ideas if i applied the e visa? is it secure? thanks again!!!

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Ada!

          Good to hear that things are on the smooth side again. Yup, the visa is quite expensive. I used the e-visa option when I went and had no problem. If I’m not mistaken I paid 25 USD (pick up on arrival) but then this was years ago…

    • Faye says:

      Hi Ada,

      I’m a Filipino citizen, it’s so EASY..you just have to ask an extension of stay in the nearest immigration office wherever you are and pay for 3000 pesos.
      This site can help you; http://www.living-in-the-philippines.com/visa-extension-philippines.shtml

  27. Beli says:

    Hi Federico,I really need your help right now! I am Canadian,I got a 6 months tourist visa to India just after I graduated in my BFA from China.
    I’m here for 148 days now,my ticket to leave India is just 2 days before the visa ends.
    But just yesterday,I tried checking in a hotel and failed because they told me there’s a small line written below: “EACH STAY NOT TO EXCEED 90 DAYS”,which I had no idea about,the only thing I know is that my visa is suppose to be valid for 6 months of stay.
    I have my plane tickets on 13th of Jan to U.S.,and 27th of Jan to Canada.My mom is waiting for me in U.S.,we planned to visit for 2 weeks then head back to Canada. There is no refound for canceling the tickets..And I don’t know what’ll happen or what to do right now. Is there gonna be a problem for me to enter U.S.? Are they gonna allow me on the plane? I can’t afford losing a lot of money as I’m already left with pennys after this trip.And my mom is gonna be so angry at me..> <please help me..

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Beli,

      Sorry I didn’t see this until today. You won’t have a problem entering the US, but there might be an issue leaving India (from what I hear they are quite picky). You may be fined when leaving, but I don’t know how much- fortunately the currency exchange is favorable as you have CAD. You may want to call India immigration directly after calling the Canadian consulate to give them a heads up- and you may get from them what can happen. You sent this message 3 days ago..let me know how you are and what’s going in.


      • Beli says:

        Great News!!! Everything went well,I’m in U.S. right now,thanks for guiding me! I’ll share the story to you all:
        So after your suggestion I tried to call Canadian Consulate,they didn’t pick up their calls,even with the 24/7 number.. Well luckily I’ve found an emergancy e-mail contact which is: sos@international.gc.ca ,they replied the next day,saying:
        As permission to exit/ enter a country is the sole prerogative of the host country, your will need to contact the nearest Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) to your present residence in India to enquire about visa extension or issuance of an exit visa. The FRO is usually situated at the office of the local Commissioner of Police or District Superintendent of Police. Alternately, you may contact the Ministry of Home Affairs of India (www.mha.nic.in).contacted.Thank You.

        And so I contacted the Delhi(where I stayed)FRO,they told me to go to their office on Monday. That was a Friday I called around 16:30(Their opening time is 9:30-18:00 but they don’t pick up new applications after 15:00. )
        So I asked him to hold on,I have a few questions:Is there anything I can prepare for these 2 days to make the process faster? Caues my flight is leaving in 4 days.
        He said:just come to the office on Monday,ok,byebye..
        I was in India for 5 months..So these behaviors are nothing new to me..I explained again that it’s an emergancy so I need to know what all I need to carry that day,I don’t have extra days to prepare for those.
        Than he said: Ok,carry a copy of your passport and visa,and a photo.
        I tried to make sure asked if that’s all,He said: Yes,that’s all,come on monday.
        So I prepared that,and on Monday before going I called them again to make sure of my appointment before leaving,he seemed to remember me when I answered them about my nationality.
        Cause straightly he said: Don’t come today,fill up an online form for exit permit and you’ll get a date to visit my office..
        I was just going to burst when I heard that..I simpliy shouted why didn’t you tell me that on Friday! I told you that my flight is leaving tomorrow I can’t miss it!
        My Indian friends were beside me and worried..telling me don’t be angry with these pple..
        He was like a robot! Repeating the same thing. After hanging up I was super nurves about what might happen,cause these pple seem to not care about others at all!
        So by filling this form,you’ll need your Photo,Indian Visa Copy(PDF),Passport Copy(PDF),And you’ll need your Proof Of Residence in PDF.Last page of that form,details would be mentioned.
        In my case,I lived at my friend’s rented appartment,so I’ll need A Copy Of Electric Bill From With The Same Address,And I Need The Landlord To Write A Letter About Me Staying At His Place,Signed,And One Of His Identity Proof With The Same Address On It.
        Here’s the website:http://indianfrro.gov.in/frro/menufrro.jsp
        After completing the application form,you can choose a date to visit the FRO which is writen in the last page,so I chose the earlist date which luckily was just the next day.
        You’ll need to print it out carry it to the visa office with a photo,passport print,visa print,proof of residence print.
        Do go early in the morning cause these gov workers really know how to take their time..
        So before going,my Indian friends gave me some really great suggestions of dealing with them..
        They said: Indians are very emotional,if you act like a little girl who doesn’t know anything and if necessary cry a bit,they’ll just let you go,and always let them know that you’re a student.
        So that’s what I did,I told them that I’m a student,just graduted,this is my first time traveling,and the visa officers didn’t tell me anything about the 90 days rule,I always thought I can stay for 6 months..
        First they all said it’s imposible for you to leave today no matter what situation you have..
        I tried crying a little than the old grandpas finally got soften a bit,gave me a chance to speak,and I showed him that I was just using the scholarship money saved for this trip,stayed free at my friend’s place,can’t afford losing my flight,or I can’t go back anymore..So he tried to help me and at last they all agreed. They were really nice everyone stayed late at the end,I left past 18:00,and they charged me 1800rs only.
        But NEVER NEVER try it over a lady officer,Indian ladies always try to be very strict with people when they have to power to.
        So at last it was finished at my last day,there were no problem at all at the airport.
        Thanks again for you help!

        • maitravelsite says:


          Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Many other readers will benefit from this. I’m also very happy to learn that everything went well and you managed to leave on the due date. It was also very smart of you to call often and repeatedly asking the same questions to make sure they provided the answers, otherwise you wouldn’t have been as successful. A good tip for everyone! I’m not sure the crying part will work for males or people over 25 though 😉 Good for you and have a great year!

  28. elmer says:

    gud day sir! i had question,, can i visit again uganda, last year 2013 i was stayed 9 months, and when i leave the country my special past was expire 20 days, now i hold my new pasport.. can i visit again in uganda without problem,,,thank you..

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Elmer, happy 2016! Did you get any kind of warning when you left, or was it all smooth? If you were not told anything my best guess is that you are already to travel to Uganda again. If you want to make sure I would call a consulate just in case. Remember too that this is an opinion based on experience, but they may have taken notes somewhere and pushed something without you knowing. I recommend you check with immigration (just make up some story with a questions about a new passport).

  29. AmazingManilaGirl8888 says:

    Hello there! I have just passed my second application for a Visit Visa in the UK. I was first issued a Multiple Entry, 6 month visa last 2013. Now, I am quite worried if I will be able to get another approval because of what happened during my first travel. On 2013, I stayed in the UK for almost 5 months. (seems okay…) BUT, the intended travel period that I stated in my first VISA application was just 30 days. I don’t know if I really have to be worried because my visa states that I am allowed to stay in the UK for a maximum of 180 days. Is this a case of overstaying? Will this affect my second application?

    Please advise

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Riri! From what you say you did not overstay your visa (still had a month to go)so you should be fine. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      My question is that I’m visiting the UK using only my passport. My visit is just only for 3 weeks but my fiance is very sick. I was wondering if I could stay past my passport stamp done by border control. If so will I be allowed to enter again on my next visit. I wouldn’t be staying but maybe 2 or 3 weeks past my stamp and I’m visiting in Northern Ireland. Please help

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi Melissa,

        Overstaying by three weeks (and in fact even just one day) can get you banned. It all depends on the mood of the people you’d be dealing with. If you can I suggest you visit for the allocated time, but if you know you’re going to overstay you have to be ready to deal with the consequences. One or two days are easier to get away with, but two or three weeks is longer. Can’t you get a multiple entry visa, or leave and return to get a new stamp?

  30. Anatoly says:

    Hello, I am Indian national and came to Maldives on 90days tourist visa. Now, I have overstayed about a week here in Maldives. Now,they are telling to pay penalty for overstaying and deportation from the country. If I pay for the overstaying, can I get visa extention? Or in any case I will be deported, even if I pay the penalty?


    • maitravelsite says:

      I have the feeling you will be deported, but really all these things depend on how you are able to relate with the people. Paying the penalty though will probably allow you to return, where as if you don’t it could get more complicated for you…besides denying you entry ever again until you pay (and even if). A week though is not much, you should be able to make it work out for you. Good luck and I hope this helps!

  31. liza says:

    hi i am a Bangladeshi citizen , i became overstay in malaysia for 6 months, during this time i was trying to do working visa, after that i cleared my overstay through an agent, in my passport i got final chop for special pass for 21 days, i came back from the KL august 21, my question is if i try to go back to the KL with student visa is there will be any problem in immigration to enter in malaysia?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Liza! Well, there is no real guarantee about anything as it is a very subjective matter. The good thing is that you were able to fix the initial issue, but they could use it as an excuse to create some sort of trouble when you try to go again. This said I think it is unlikely this will happen because you are going with a a visa already, but do expect questions from the immigration officer. You have the correct paperwork and that should be enough. Hope this helps!

  32. Danielle says:

    Hi, I overstayed in Singapore for around 1 day due to mixed up in dates. I was still 19 years old at that time and I only found out I overstayed when I went to the immigration office to apply for renewal of my student visa. The person told me I overstayed but since it’s my first offence, just don’t do it again. She asked me to write on a blank A4 paper the reason why I apply late (handwritten) and passed it to her. Then she let me go without need to pay fine or any official letter stating that I have overstayed. I received my student pass without having any problem and am able to travel in and out of the country smoothly up until now. I looked up in the internet, those people overstayed in Singapore before, they need to pay fine and had received official letter. My question is, so was I considered overstayed in Singapore?

    I am applying for Australian tourist visa and one of the question is have I ever overstayed in any country before. I am not sure how to answer this. Can you please help me with this? Thank you!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Danielle! From what you’re saying the Singaporean officer let you go without further implications, and I understand that your name is not in that new list with people who have overstayed, right? If this is the case and there it no observation in your passport I would say that you have not overstayed. Worst comes to worst, if Australia points this out sometime down the line you explain all this letting them know that you believed Singapore had not considered your case to be an overstay. Remember though that this is what I would do, and it does not guarantee anything. But I think you should be fine. Hope this helps!

      • Danielle says:

        Hi, I am not aware with any list of people who have overstayed though. May I know where to find it?

        Nevertheless, thank you so much for your prompt reply! 🙂

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hey Danielle! I thought that this is what you were referring to when you were talking about the other people who have stayed. I found it weird, but hey. I suppose it exists but is only official. In any case, if you have not been notified any further I think you should be fine…

          • Danielle says:


            Oh, what I meant by ‘those people’ are those people who shared their experience for overstaying in Singapore in various Internet website and forums. Sorry for the confusion!

            And thank you so much, it’s really helpful 🙂

          • maitravelsite says:

            Glad I could help! 🙂

          • Praphasri Taothong says:

            I get overstay in Korea 4months and get spam like46-1 I went to USA 2years ago if I wanna go there next year is alright?

          • maitravelsite says:

            Not sure I understand what you mean by “spam 46-1”?

  33. ALEXANDER says:

    Hi am alex
    I have overstay in France for 5days with my 90 days tourist stamp and i want to travel back to my country,i want to ask please will there be any problem if i want to com back to France in the later future? please kindly reply as soon as you can.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Alex! Five days is not much so I think you should be fine on your way out and it shouldn’t affect any return in the future. If things do go the wrong way (penalty) it would be a case of bad luck. But it’s not enough of a reason to forbid future returns assuming there are no other things to add. Hope this helps!

  34. sonia velez says:

    I have a situation of my fiancé that is currently in Malaysia.. He is a United State Citizen and have been in the country for Chevron business project and completion of job with the collection of his payment. His visa has been blacklisted and having a difficulty to come back to the state since his visa expired on Aug 16,2015 which is a violation of overstay now… I need to find a way to get fee or how I can get the blacklist remove. They have exhausted all mean and have no more business in the country other than exiting back to the United States. I need some advise or direction on this matter.. We are being advise to remove the blacklist will cost $3000.00 each person which it two individual that were contracted for the project. The have paid all taxes in Malaysia and United States, but require the DP10 visa to be able to cash the check they received from Chevron in the country or need a clearance to bring check home to states to cash the check for job perform. Can some give me advise or a direction? They face arrest, but the have no other business with Malaysia no more. How can we proceed forward in this matter?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Sonia,

      So sorry to hear you are having this major problem. To tell you the truth I have no expertise in this area and cannot give any solid technical advice, but before paying anything I would check on guarantees. I suppose you have spoken with HR people in Chevron …have you insisted? Have you also spoken with the US consulate in KL? What I find odd is that the visa expired before you got the money from Chevron…it doesn’t make sense. I strongly suggest you speak in detail with somebody from the consulate, and if they don’t answer locally call via Skype or what not to embassies in the US, or the department of foreign affairs to see if they can guide you. Hope this helps, I would really like to know the outcome of this.


      • In my search for answers in Malaysia since my fiancé is now label for over stay in the country. He was there to collect his check and meeting with business team members. The check issue is not small by far, and willing to work with both country Malaysia and United States to settle all debt of clearance of check… Since check only has 10 days validation, every time they get new check the have to go to court for documentation of company check… There requesting 3000.00 usd or better yet myr to be paid to be removed from the blacklist. The check that was paid for service of work with Chevron we have paid Malaysia taxes and United States taxes. They have been work with Bank of America in malaysia to open an account in Malaysia to deposit check, now we face another problem. The passport is good, but since Visa expired they will not validate they can not open a bank account to settle the check in the bank, till immigration money is cleared. It a circle of events from chevron, bank and immigration clearance. I have contact US embassy… This country is know for scammers and fraud behavior there just treating this situation with no interest in my opinion and referring all communication based with scammers, stop talking to them, and really not answering none of my questions….. We have faced all kinds of fee with immigration wanting 3000.00 to be stamped with DP10 visa. This all crazy sounding to me… What do I know about Malaysia and there processes… I really need so guidance anything will help… Thankful not arrested but if caught they will be there for 3 months and deported… Please give me advise and direction to my question.

        Is there any way around the immigration fee?
        How to advise me with Bank account if possible?

        Or just be honest and upfront is these true issue? I am beyond confused, worry, and don’t know how to resolve….

        • The problem is the check was issue, but in order for them to bring the check in the United States. The court need to show that check would be process in States, but needed to pay all taxes first which is $2200.00 and $1500.00 court in USD to convert myr to pay taxes and court. I really think we are being taking advantage since they are American Citizen and just trying all possible to get out of country…Since tax rate changes daily if you don’t pay all taxes at once it will continue to increase until it settled.. It just a big headache.. so frustrated and not sure what to do on this matter for my love and simplify resolution…

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Sonia,

          What a mess. It really is very complicated, and you’re not getting much help. I don’t think there’s a way around immigration fees, but the amount you mention (3000 usd) is way too high.
          I am not quite sure as how to help, I have gone online and in this link you can contact Chevron HR Headquarters: http://www.chevron.com/contact/humanresources/ . In particular this is the number for payments by the company :
          Payroll Forms
          W-2 Inquiries
          1099 Inquiries
          Chevron Stations Inc. employees should contact the HR/Payroll Department at 1.877.814.4274.

          I suggest you call here having all your documentation ready and see what they say. You should also ask them to extend the 10 day validation to whatever you know you need, and show the proof.

          The only other idea that comes to mind may be contacting a lawyer. Perhaps someone you know knows a reliable one? Sorry I can’t be of more help…

  35. Miyuki says:

    I know a family who is Japanese but the children also have french nationality. So, the children are able to travel the Schengen area no problem. However, their father who does not own a EU passport is with them. He has now overstayed and will like to stay longer. What paperwork should he fill to make this possible? And, what kind of punishments will he receive for overstaying? Is it easy to get a visa when you have direct family who are from the EU?
    Thank you

    • maitravelsite says:

      It depends on what country will issue the visa. I do recommend though that if the children have French nationality their father not only tries to obtain a visa but tries to obtain a French passport as well (based n family reunification). Not sure if Japanese nationals are allowed to have a dual citizenship? Overstaying penalties can vary in amount and may even incur deportation, so I suggest he initially calls the closest Japanese consulate first to get up to date information as these things can change often. Hope this helps!

  36. Angela says:

    Hi Sir, my sister has left for Italy last year as tourist but did not return. I am planning a trip to Italy, its my 2nd visit. I am worried if it will affect my application for the visa. Please help.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Angela! I understand that your sister has stayed there illegally, and you’re concerned about any implications with your trip. You should be fine, as your sister could have left Italy overland to another country without the Italian customs knowing. In any case the police should not (I type this instead of “cannot” because sometimes it’s a personal thing agents have) be able to penalize you for something someone else has done. Hope this helps!

  37. Gonzalo says:

    HI! last year I overstay 7 days in malaysia KL,I didnt had any problem when I get out of the country just some questions from the inmigration people and then they write something in my passport ,the question is if I can enter again to the country ,if it would be all okay

  38. Veena says:

    I am indian and overstayed in malaysia for 2 years. I was cheated by an agent, he even taken my passport and fee for getting ready work permit and then changed his residence. I came to Malaysia by tourist visa.In india before coming itself i paid money to an agent for the visa but he also cheated me.
    Now am going back to india by applying an emergency certificate(passport)from Indian Embassy.
    I got a job opportunity in Australia now but I should get a police clearance from Malaysia Now.Is it Possible to get One? If I get also will it affect my migration process leagally?
    PLS Answer me….

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Veena! SO sorry to hear you were cheated, unfortunately this happens very often. My question is, why would you need police clearance from Malaysia to work in Australia? They are different countries. In any case once you get your emergency document and you can leave Malaysia you should know what your status is, if you are banned for a certain time or not (you probably will) and any fees you may have to pay. Unfortunately I can’t say exactly whay will happen, but if you’re not going back to Malaysia for a while, can’t you just leave that to a side (and pay any fee that comes your way?).

  39. Raiz says:

    Hello sir. I overstayed in uk 3 years it was tourist visa 6 months and now I back home one year ago I didnt have any problems with immigration there and didnt get exist stamp in airport I heard that they check by e-boreder now I have new passport. Is that possible to go back again? Or I banned to enter uk and schengen.. Thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Raiz! If you were never told anything and didn’t get an email or notification it probably means that you were very lucky and got away with it! I would think that you can indeed go back, but you may want to call the UK consulate in your country to make sure that everything is all right. Just tell them that upon arrival there was an issue with the scanning of your passport and you want to make sure all is OK with the new one. Hope this helps!

      • Raiz says:

        Thanks alot for your help and there is one more i want to know if they keeping records for all departure by e-border instead of exit stamp may be they know my date of departure. Thanks

        • maitravelsite says:

          They may be keeping track of that, yes, but if it doesn´t raise a flag at the moment or shortly after it probably means it went unnoticed…

  40. sayed says:

    Ok so heres the thing i came to US with a tourist visa den i overstayed it now its been a year and now i want to continue my education but i cant get admission to any college due to my legal status. Is there any thing i can do about it now ??

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Sayed. Usually when you request enrollment in a school you get a permission that allows you to stay in the country and then get a student Visa. Because of how the world is today the school might think it’s risky to allow admission to somebody who’s in the country illegally and simply wants to enroll just to spend more time in the country for some dubious reason, which 99.999999% of the times will not be true and they know it. I’m afraid you might not have many options other than leaving and re-applying from overseas. Perhaps you may want to call an immigration office without identifying yourself?

  41. Angie Ng says:

    I have a UK friend who came to Malaysia to vie for contract tender but due to some financial difficulties the tender award did not take off. He was left stranded now over-stayed for a few months here in Malaysia with no money & air-ticket to return home to UK. Will the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur extend him some kind of financial aid so that he can go back to be with his ailing mother.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Angie I’m not sure bit it is possible. The only way of knowing is be getting in touch with them…
      I do seem to recall that one person had a similar problem and he did get the help needed…let is know how it goes and good luck!

  42. blend says:

    My boyfriend had a problem. He is an EU citizen.he had 90 days permitted to enter the country but the problem is he overstayed for 2 days. .so he went to travel in thailand via bus to exit. .but when he reached the malaysian boarder. The immigration officer tell him that you overstay for 2 days and then my boyfriend told that he will pay for the 2 days overstay. .but the immigration officer dont want that he will pay. . Instead he let him exit with the normal stamp on hiss passport and there is written with a pen back to slovenia via thailand below the stamp.he went to visit the island of thailand like kho li pe when he was in thailand where there is also immigration office there he consult to one of the officer about his situationif he can still back to malaysia while there written in his passport back to slovenia then the officer ask about his passport to see if whats in his passport when he saw the passport he said dont worry you can come back to malaysia 100 % via ferry going to langkawi where this is a boarder of malaysia entry point so when my boyfriend went there the immigration officer check his passport the officer told that he cant enter mean while because he needs to follow the rules which is written in the passport . .he ask the immigration officer if he will go back to slovenia can he will come again in malaysia. . The immigration officer answered him in the way yes you can come back. . What does it mean that he can comeback without problems? Just he need ti follow the rules then comeback?is he banned?because the immigration officer they didnt say to him that he is ban? he needs to change his passport so that when he come bck from slovenia the passport is clean? Please help. . Thanks. .

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Blend,

      This situation is quite peculiar as I’ve never heard of a customs officer writing something on a passport that would require the person to travel to the country of origin (the country of the passport). As far as I know they don’t have the authority. They can deny entry, but that’s about it. From what I know since he overstayed less than one week he has to spend 2 days outside the country before coming back, but the information is not 100% reliable. My suggestion is you call/visit the closest Malaysian consulate near you and see what they say. Hope this helps!

      • blend says:

        Hi. . .
        We are also wondering why the officer written it to his passport. . Actually he denied to re enter in langkawi boarder in malaysia last may 8 and it happens last may 2. .because of that written. .i read also about that rules. . But we are really confused if how many days or months he needs to be away in the country and how many days he can comeback again. . He is in thailand now he will travel back to slovenia this coming friday. . Thanks

  43. Ramnik says:


    I recently went to Uzbekistan and overstayed my visa as i missed my flight due to sheer carelessness.the visa expired on that day and the authorities made me pay a fine and allowed me to exit the country with a stamp with says “was turned out of f the country due to breach of stay regulations.

    I want to apply for UK tourist visa so will this have any affect on my UK visa application.

    thanks in advance for your response

  44. Prateek says:

    Respected sir,please guide me for latter of clearance for overstayed in Malaysia for student visa of European countries. I was overstayed in Malaysia for one year, because my agent hold my passport. i don’t have my passport at that time. When i got my passport back i went to the malaysian immigration office in kuala lumpur.I was banned in Malaysia for 5 years.now I want to study in Europe.I have shared my query with the university, they suggest me to attech all immigration’s documents with my visa application & a letter

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Prateek, unfortunately I don’t write these letters, it is out of the scope of this website. Just write one that is not too long (not more than half a page with font size 12) explaining what you want it for and making sure you include all necessary documentation (letter of acceptance from Uni, for example).But in any case you should be fine…

  45. Nanny J says:

    Hi my friend met a filipino guy and had a baby to him,when the baby was 4 months old she became really sick and has spent weeks in hospital,she is home but has a nasogastric tube and has to be fed via a pump and will do for however long it takes for her to start eating solids or she grows out of her condition..well the thing is Dad has to go back to the philippines in Sept his( is it? ) visa expires then,he is a huge support to my friend and father to his little girl,the question is how does he apply to stay in NZ and are there enough grounds to stay in NZ with having a sick child(who is a Nz citizen) ..i remember reading a similar story be never heard the outcome.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Janet,

      This case is very specific and sensitive. I strongly recommend you/he calls immigration asap to see if he can do something about it. There might be, but it also depends on how cooperative the people you deal with will be… Ideally it would be best if he speaks with a woman because she will understand motherhood better. Hope this helps!

  46. miwizy says:

    If someone was deported from Aisa country. Can he/she applies for a shengen visa To Europe

  47. Isaac says:

    I overstay in maldives Asia content For almost 3months and some weeks. Due to the process of falling into a wrong agent hands. I sent my passport to him for a for a shengen visa. Andrew my passport spent almost 3months on his hands. So he’s planning to send it back to me now witwithout any visa after collecting money from me. Now he’s sending its back and amenities planning to go back to my country Nigeria. So Pls tell me what panty am I going to face on my way back home. Or if am deported will I be able to apply for Europe visa (shegen visa)

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Isaac, sorry to hear about your experience. I do not know what the penalty for overstaying in the Maldives is, but even if you are fined and/or deported, you can still apply for a schengen visa and should not affect the results. However, they could use this fact as a reason to deny it, on the presumption that you may overstay again. If you have the money though I would give it a try… hope this helps!

      • Isaac says:

        Thank the very much. I appreciate ur cosign. But it won’t affect trying to apply for Europe visa. But am I going to be jaile if I don’t have to the specific amount they will demand. Or if I don’t have to the amount dey fine me?

        • maitravelsite says:

          You mean if you can be fined or put in jail for not having the amount of money required for the visa? No, of course not! The way things work is that you call the consulate or embassy of the country in the EU you want to enter through, and ask how much the visa is for that country, and then mention you want a Schengen visa too. And that’s it. You are just gathering information, no problem. You can even call a few different ones to see which one is cheapest, or take a look at the official immigration websites. I have the links to several in my post, you start there… From what I found online the visa for less than 90 days is 60 Euros and 99 Euros for more more than that time. Payment is non refundable. Hope this helps!

          • Isaac says:

            Yes. Thanks. But the same thing happened to my friend and he is about applying for north American visa. Is there going to be a problem when applying for north American visa. Cos he was deported too from Asia country??

          • maitravelsite says:

            What do you mean by “the same thing happened to my friend”? He cannot be fined for not having the money for the visa when inquiring, that’s impossible. And the same thing would happen with the US; he can be denied the visa because of suspicion of overstaying based on past experiences, but that is a completely subjective decision that will depend on the person. There is no real way of know what will happen, but again, if I were you and losing the money did not mean a lot to me, I would inquire and try to get one before departure.

          • Issac says:

            Yeah. Thanks. But how many days of weeks or months will some stay in their custody before Derporting he /she to his country. Will the immigration responsible for the transportation (flight)?

          • maitravelsite says:

            Usually immigration covers the cost of the flight.

  48. Wale says:

    Wale is my name i’m a Nigerian citizen and passport holder.I came to Vietnam early Jan.5th 2013 on a one month tourist visa,while trying to extend my visa things got complicated and my visa expired.I have being in Vietnam for over a year now.Presently i intend travelling to meet my Philippine fiancee,on approaching Philippine embassy i was asked to bring either my residence permit or work permit before i could be granted a visa and this i don’t have.I called the Vietnam embassy in Hanoi and they told me i must provide any means of legal residence in Vietnam before i could be granted a visa.I told them i don’t have this,the man i spoke with told me the only solution is if i have someone in Philippine who can apply for visa on my behalf then i can be granted visa without asking for residence or work permit.Please tell me is this possible,i really want to meet my fiancee this April/May.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Wale,

      Sorry for the late response. How come you can’t enter the Philippines with a tourist visa? It’s 3 weeks, but at least it gets you in. You will also need to show proof of purchase of outbound flight ( when there I just showed an itinerary, I hadn’t purchased it yet). Your case is very specific and if that is what the consulates and embassies are saying there’s not much more I can suggest, except the tourist visa thing…

      • W says:

        Thanks for the reply,i guess its not that too late,as the saying its better to be late than be the late(smiles).I want to really know if i can get a tourist visa to travel to Philippine when i neither have residence or work permit here in Vietnam,given the country passport i’m carrying.Also if its possible what else would i need to present at the point of exit and the point of entry to Philippine?I need your clear explanations please,thanks.


        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Wale,

          FYI when I got the tourist visa for the Philippines I had no residence or work permit, it was just a 3 week tourist visa which I go on arrival. I was required to show proof of departure from the country, which I did not have, so I asked for a computer with internet and printed an itinerary as if it was my departure flight and got away with it. The reason I didn’t buy it was because I didn’t know if I would like the country or not, and one week would be enough or I would stay all three. A few days later I realized I would stay all three so I purchased the flight with the itinerary I had shown. This with US passport. With yours it should be more or less the same (please check this link I found for you https://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&VISA=&page=visa&NA=NG&AR=00&PASSTYPES=PASS&DE=PH&user=KLMB2C&subuser=KLMB2C). Here is a link to the Filipino embassy in Abuja where you can call to get all the info you need, or navigate the site for more details http://abujape.dfa.gov.ph/. Hope this helps!

  49. Carole says:

    Hi Federico! Great advice and something that is quite often overlooked as travelers! When we traveled through Asia with my boyfriend, we always looked beforehand if we needed a visa, how much time we were allowed to stay, how much a visa would cost and whether there were entry fees/departure tax etc. Thank you for providing this very useful information! If you’re interested in quality photos, videos and storytelling on top of traditional travel tips: http://www.ooaworld.com

    • maitravelsite says:

      Thanks for dropping by and your comments Carole, glad the post is useful! I see you loved Luang Prabang as much as I did, what a lovely city 🙂

  50. Jeff says:

    Hi. Pls I overstay my visa in Asia country maldives. Almost 2month due to the process of sending my passport back to my country for uptaining a shengen visa. Now dey have issues me the shegen visa. And they are sending it back to me. What am I supposed to do no? And secondly if dey deport me to my country with a deporting stamp on my passport. Will I be able to travel to Europe. With my passport? Pls I need urgent answer. Thank you

  51. Peter says:

    I overstayed in UK for 31 days on my student visa on 2011 and returned to my country with my own expenses. I have never stopped by anyone and never filled any form on my return. Now I am going to get married to EU citizen next month.
    The reason for overstaying is, I undergone a surgery on NHS,I have got only the Certificate on attendance stating the date the time and the signature of the attended doctor, but this all happened on my overstaying period.
    Visa expired on Jan 31 2011 and the certificate I have got is 22 Feb 2011 and returned to home country on 3 March 2011.

    My question is,Does it create a problem on appying visa? Do I get visa? I am bit worried. Please advise.

    Thanks in Advance.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Peter,

      If you have never received and letter or notification you should be fine. You also have those papers that show you overstayed because of health reasons, and worse comes to worse you can always contact the hospital. In my opinion you should be fine and I would apply to the visa as if nothing happened. Should you run into trouble because of it get the hospital to help you out…
      Hope this helps?!

      • Peter says:

        Thank you so much for your reply.

        Initially, I had a thought, while applying for visa planning to give explanation by showing the certificate before they find out the overstay period. Will that work?

        • maitravelsite says:

          Who knows. I guess submitting it might help from the beginning, but it can also make things worse because it will raise eyebrows. Sorry for taking so long to reply

  52. rray says:

    Hi there, I’m a Malaysian with a UK visitor visa for 6 months which ends on 28th of April. I’ve planned to travel a few EU countries and return to UK on 23rd. I’ve also bought my flight ticket back to M’sia BUT it’s the wrong date, which is 2 days later from the end of my visitor visa valid date. I can’t change my date of flight coz it’s fully booked on the 28th.

    So will there be a problem for me to return to UK from my EU trip at the borders?
    And if I managed to re-enter UK, overstay 2 days and leave exactly on the 30th, will I face a lot of questioning while leaving UK?


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Ray,

      2 days is not much time, so I don’t think you would run into trouble leaving after such a short overstay. If you have important stuff to do I wouldn’t worry too much knowing where you’re at. However, if you don’t have anything really important to do, why not try to leave on the 27th for example? Contact the airline and explain your situation…they should be able to help. This way you are sure to not have any problems. Hope this helps!

  53. Chickpea says:

    Hi, I came to Hungary on a student visa, got my residence permit and studied for two years without any problems. Unfortunately due to my parents sudden financial problems I had to drop out. I had nine months left on my permit so I did a few odd jobs to either save up enough to go back to uni or buy a ticket home (I’m Nigerian) but I couldn’t make enough for either. It’s been 4 months since my permit expired and I don’t really know what to do next. I guess I could turn myself in but I don’t know if I’ll get deported (which would be a better option) or arrested and made to pay a huge fine (which I definitely won’t be able to). I want to keep working to save for uni but I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to renew my permit. But I also don’t know what will happen if I buy a ticket instead and try to leave voluntarily. Long story I know, sorry.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi there, sorry to here about the trouble you’re going through. Truth is I don’t know what would happen either. When in Hungary I was once fined on the spot for not validating my metro ticket ( I bought it, but didn’t know it had to be validated in a machine) so this tells me that they’re quite strict. It was obvious the police was targeting foreigners only too. I doubt you’ll be arrested but a fine plus deportation is a strong possibility. Perhaps your best bet is to call Hungary immigration and see what they have to say?

  54. Jaiye says:

    Hello, i have a torist and visting visa to South africa, and i have over stayed the entery with 2 month and over stayed my visa with 1 month because i have a 3 month visa, i would like to know if i wont have any problem when going back to my country Nigeria , because i heard i would be banned, also i like to know if i wont get arrested at the airport when going back, and like to know if i wont have any problem with other country when i try to apply or travel to other countries, also if there would be a banned stamp on my passport… Thanks i love to hear from you.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Jaiye,
      As you have overstayed the chances of having trouble exist, you know this as well as I do. This said 1 month is not much so I can understand a fin, but I don’t think you would be banned, however as this is all very subjective if you run into an annoying customs agent this can happen too. As for the banned stamp it again depends on the agent, but this should not affect too much when you travel to other countries. Something that can also happen is “losing” your passport once in Nigeria and the new one you get will not have the stamp…

  55. riverside says:

    please i am 2 year and 3 months overstay in vietnam. can i extend it or will they give me a stamp visa to go back to my country philippines, how much will i pay

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi there. 2 years and three months is a lot of time, so I think you will most probably be deported- it’s one of those countries where it’s not good to overstay. You could be banned from re-entering for a number of years. As for the fine, it is usually about 200,000 dong per day….

  56. vikas says:


    Recently I had been to Germany on behalf of my company (ITC InfoTech ) to attend business meetings and discussion. I was in Germany from 11th Feb 2015 till 21st Feb 2015. At the time of exit on 21st Feb 2015, I was stopped by the immigration officer stating that I had overstayed in the country. I had been granted a Schengen Visa German consulate india , which had a validity from 11th Jan2015 till 24th Feb2015 with duration of stay allowed for 30 days.

    The office at the port of Exit in the airport highlighted to me that I had over stayed by 12 days and hence it is a Criminal offence to overstay. I did the mistake in reading the Schengen visa at my end as I thought that the expiry date of the visa to be the last day of visa and over looked stay period allowed in visa . Hence planned the return tickets accordingly.

    FYI i have a normal visa stamping on exit-on same page as the entry.

    The immigration officer advised to sign a couple of documents.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Vikas. What is your question? 🙂

      • vikas says:

        Hi my questions are

        What will be the action taken by the German Embassy for overstay by 12 days?

        can i ever re enter Germany again? If so in how many days can I apply for visa without being refused.

        Will I ever be able to apply for work permit?

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Vikas,

          In your original comment you say you arrived on February 11th, but I now suppose you meant January 11th? Otherwise you have not overstayed. With what you say, I think you’re fine. DO you remember what you signed? If you have not been given any warning and your exit stamp is the usual one I think that you can travel as usual and are definitely not banned. If you had been fined you would have been given some sort of notification upon leaving. As for the visa, I don’t know and it’s really up to the consulate… Hope this helps!

          • Vikas says:

            Hi ,

            I did overstay sorry the arrival date is 11Jan2015,

            I was charged with German Residence act section95 No1.2 Residence in germany without Permit is a criminal offence it seems.

            I am scared as to what will happen next they have provided a contact person to whom I will be getting the details of the Penalty or whatever the next step but I wanna know will I be allowed to work in Germany with the presence of this record ?

          • vikas says:

            How can I send or attach attachments here ? There a couple of documents you could have a look at for precise understanding.

            btw the police officer was very polite and even said its a very minor issue since its your first visit and even wished me a good flight journey !

            They asked me how much cash I had at that moment I dont know for what reason but I had 50 euros I dont know why they asked cash any idea on this >?.

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hi Vikas, I replied via email. Feel free to send the attachments in an email, I’d be happy to have a look 🙂

    • Mona says:

      Hi. I am very curious to know what happened to vikas (convesation dated
      February 26, 2015 at 2:34 am) who mistakingly overstayed his/her visa in Germany. My sister had a similar situation except she overstayed less than a day. She gave the embassy the exact dates of travel and was given 10 days. She didn’t realize that her dates would be more than 10 days (by a half a day) until the immigration officer pointed it out to her. She is a very rule-following person and would never intentionally break the law. She is so concerned what the letter (the same one given to vikas) would mean. It suggests that she committed a criminal offense. Can you please let us know what she can expect? We are all freaking out because of this unexpected turn of event.

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi Mona! I understand that she would only overstay about half a day, which frankly is very little. Those letters are meant to scare, but I doubt anything serious might happen. I wouldn’t worry much, thinking that things can go wrong if you get agent who’s in a bad mood. Might want to speak with immigration and see what they say, but don’t worry… oh and as for Vikas, I never found out what the final outcome was…

  57. sameer says:

    My question is that
    i am pakistani and i overstayed in new zealand and came back to pakistan and now i m applying for usa business visa ( will i get problem )?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sameer,

      In theory you should be fine as one country is not related to the other or has any kind of border infringement agreements, but it is possible that the US uses the NZ case as a precedent to not allow entry. In any case I would try it, making sure you have a good reason for overstaying in NZ. Hope this helps!

  58. doris says:

    I live in italy via us military. we have been here 7 years. My mom is widowed and the las titme she visited she overstayed her visa by a long time. When she left she went through Germany. They pulled her aside asked her why she overstayed she said she was here with her daughter. They stamped her passport as normal and let her go on with her flight. I would like her to return just for the 90 day toursit. With a direct flight in and out of Italy. Should I just not do this. Should we assume she is in some database already barring her from Schnegen states?

  59. Pedro Schwartz says:

    In the case of Israel, I accidentaly stayed 4 months more then my Visa allowed. After much deliberation, I called the Ministry of Interior, and explained my situation, and turns out, I just had to get an appointment on the next week, pay 180 sheckels,and I got a temporary visa untill the end of my stay.
    Sometimes its better to contact the authorities and be honest; no tricks or anything 🙂

    • maitravelsite says:

      Yup. It usually makes things easier Pedro, just like you say. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Lucy says:

        Iam chinese, with a 180days tourist visa in UK, may I know how many days can I stay here? 90days or 180days? After 180days, I want yo study here, so now I planned to apply a visa in UK university to get a student visa to stay here longer, is that possible? Or they not allowed me to get a student visa or marriage visa with a tourist visa here?
        Thank you for helping.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Lucy. You can spend 90 out of every 180 days, so in a year you can spend 180 but not continuously- you’d have to leave and re-enter the country. If you are planning on studying there apply for the student visa asap. That would over rule the tourist visa. Make sure though that you can get it while there, in some countries you have to apply from abroad. There are a few links at the bottom of the article, I recommend you call immigration in the UK to get up to date details.

          • Lucy says:

            May I know what is meaning 180days but not continually ? Means I must leave the country after 90days and come back again? Sorry my english is poor, that’s also why I want to study here, to live here longer.
            And do they allow me to marry someone I love from here in this 180days? If I stay here 180days continually not leave the country, will I have to pay a lot fine?( How much that will be?) will they send me to jail in China or in UK jail? I do not want to go to jail.:(

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hi Lucy, it means that you cannot spend those 180 days straight. You can stay 90, leave for 90, and return (starting the count all over again) or you can spend a few, then leave, then return again and so on making sure that again you don’t spend more than 90 during those 180. As for getting married you can of course get married whenever you want! The fine you are asking about depends on the country where you’re at, you will not be sent to jail in China and it’s unlikely in Europe too. It is very possible though that you get fined and deported, and are banned from re-entering EU again in a while. But, as I say, it is very possible , which means that there’s a chance nothing happens too. It’s a small one though. If you can apply for a student visa that would be much better too. 🙂

  60. Earl says:

    Hi, i have question i’m a filipino and im here in qatar for visit visa, and at the same time looking for a job.. And my visa will expire this month, my problem is my passport is in my pocket while in the laundry. What should i do? Please help me

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Earl. I have a friend who had the same problem in Israel and didn’t do anything. On the day of his departure he was stopped and asked to get a new one in the consulate, so you may want to do the same before heading there, or ask them if it’s good enough as it is. Hope this helps! You’ll be alright though.

  61. Relative says:

    My relative is currently on the deportation list in the philipines for overstaying her tourist visa and working without permit for 1 year. Her passport was taken off her by immigration 4 months ago and is still waiting for it back. She wants to come back home as soon as possible. What are her options? What is the quickest way to get her back home? Thank you.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sarah,

      What country is her passport from? Traveling without a passport is impossible, so I recommend you and your relative contact his/her consulate asap and explain the situation. Don’t know if it will help but at least your relative’s country will know about the situation officially. Hope this helps and good luck!

  62. Gelena Orange says:

    Hi. Your advice is very helpful. Please enlighten me, I’m now planning to study in Canada but I am not sure if I will be eligible because, last 2009 I went to Sweden to visit my relatives and after one week I decided to go to Italy until my 30 days visa expired. And I was given a chance to get an amnesty after 1 year to work, and I worked there legally for 4 years. I would like to know what are the chances that I will be denied to have student visas because I am not sure if it will appears in the Police Certificate that once I was illegal worker in Italy. Is it possible not to declare my travel history in Europe. Please help me.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Gelena,

      I don’t think you will be denied the visa as Italy has nothing to do with Canada.Does it state somewhere that you were caught working illegally?

  63. leanne says:

    Hey, Can anyone help..,?! What Is the fines/penalties for overstaying in Colombia on a student visa for about an extra 30-40 days? I’ve heard Venezuela is too dangerous to travel to so I’m not sure I can renew my visa now ! Gracias

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Leanne. I entered Venezuela couple of years ago, traveling around the country did turn to be a pain indeed and I left earlier than intended to, but the border crossing was easy. This said, you already overstayed and I found this online…”The law provides for a fine to be imposed on you between 1/2 and 7 times the minimum monthly salary. So for 2013 the fine will be between 294,750 and 4.126,500 COP.” Rules and laws constantly change in Colombia though, and from what I’ve also reach people overstay constantly, go to migracion and pay some money that allows them to make their way out without much of a hassle (bribe..). Hope this helps!

  64. Mike says:

    I overstayed my Visa in Italy not on purpose but through sheer ignorance: Although duration of my stay was indicated as 15 days, I took advantage of the fact my Visa’s validity was for a month until November 22 2014 to enjoy visting some more. It wasn’t until I got to the airport to leave on November 17th and the passport control lady brought up the extra days did I realise this is considered an overstay (or is it?). She stamped a random page of my passport with the usual exit stamp. Now I fear my plans to visit two schengen countries and revisit Italy for 3 months in the next are in jeopardy. Can you advice?

    • Mike says:

      I should mention that the extra days add up to about 10 days. And the stamp on the passport appears to be a normal exit stamp but at the back of the passport instead of next to the entry stamp.

      • maitravelsite says:

        Custom agents tend to do this in order to not have to look for the page that has available space and be quicker…

    • maitravelsite says:

      If she stamped it with the usual exit stamp you’re good to travel and should not have any problems. Enjoy your trip!

  65. sunny maan says:

    This year i deported from cyprus EUROPE…for overstay .my question is..can i go canada or uk and australia ..there are no facing any problem at canadian immigration …record

    Thanx sir

    • maitravelsite says:

      You should be able to enter without problems. The countries are unrelated, though you could be asked some questions and may be allowed less time than what you’d expect. Hope this helps!

  66. Daniela says:

    Hi Federico!
    I am Canadian and just came back from Spain and overstayed the 90 day limit by about a week but they didn’t say anything. Now Im going back there but my flight passes through Frankfurt and from what I understand I’ll have to go through immigration there. I am afraid that they wont let me in because Ive already reached the limit so I was wondering if I get a new passport, will they not be able to tell? Or does the computer go through your travel history when it scans your passport? Thank you!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Daniela! Currently writing this reply from Spain 🙂 As for your question, getting a new passport does not guarantee you can get through. It may help, but if your info has been stored your new passport will have been updated too, unless you get there before they get the info (and I’m not sure how fast they can be). You would be in Spain illegally though (you say you already reached the limit), is it worth it ?

  67. samir says:

    Am niger citizen I have a little problem,inside 2011 am in china caused I studied there ,there was a time went my school given us x visa extensions you have to taken your passport to embersy for your visa..so went I submitted it I just left it there almost six month caused I knw our school are giving us a semester visa that 6 month I don’t know d visa this time isn’t reached d six month so I over stayed for almost ten days at the ended I was fined 5thousands yen n a visa permitted to leaved China in ten days.. So now am planning of getting back inside this month…so can i still get visa and can they allow me in when I get d visa thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Do you have school? They should help…in theory if you were not told anything you haven’t been denied entry…

      • samir says:

        I don’t told am denied or anything… Am just wanna get back so am looking for visa now …so how will I know that am not banned Or I can still get the visa

      • samir says:

        I don’t told am denied or anything… Am just wanna get back so am looking for visa now …so how will I know that am not banned Or I can still get the visa ..but their was an agent that I gave my new and old passport today he called me and told me the visa request have rejected… But I don’t know whether is true or not caused I know I don’t have any problems apart from this over stayed issue

  68. Caitan Martins says:

    Hi I am a consultant hired by a firm in the usa, I have been visting their subsidiary office here in Portugal for the past few years. This last entry I have exceeded my stay of 90 days by over 10 days. In addition I was not aware of the 90/180 days rule which I now realize I have violated, as within the last 6 months I have stayed for almost 5.5 months. What are my best options, Should I contact the immigration office and ask for assistance or leave and hope for the best. I cannot afford being banned entry…

    • maitravelsite says:

      I would contact immigration and also the company. If you’re working for them and spend so much time there they should be able to get you some kind of working visa that would allow you to say as needed…

  69. Y says:

    hi there. im an israeli citizen (we get automatic 90 days visa to the schengen area same as in USA)/ last winter i stayed in austria without knowing i can stay only 90 days i overstayed my visa. i realized that only after i was 94 days in the shcengen area. when i did i went to the ministry on intiria offices in the nearest town and told them about it. they called the police. i had to pay 400 EU fine and i was told by the police to leave the country asap. (i recieved a piece of paper that summs what happened and tell that i was oredered to leave the schengen area). i asked the cops if i will be banned and they say they dont thing so but they cannot be sure. they also told me to go back to the austrian embassy in tel aviv when i arive home’ sign them on a paper that proofes that i left the countrey and send it back to them. 2 days after i left austria. had no problems on the airport, but i do thing there was something in the computer because the officer looked at the computer screen for like 10 seconds before he gave me my passport back. when i arrived hom i went to the enbassy and sended the signed paper to the police station with verafiyng that they recieved it. few weeks later i received a letter from the austrian police but it was in german so i asked a friend of mine to translate, she said it bassicle summs up the all story and that there is nothing written about any rentry bann or anything like that, it just says that it could be worst if i overstayed more time. i plan on going back to europe 2 times this winter. my first trip is for 1 week and i shoul land in zurich and the second one is for 2 month and i should land in munich. i have 2 ways ticked for both of them. am i facing a possibility of rentry?
    i know its a lot to read, hope to get an answer. thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey there. If you were not notified you are banned from entering, you should be all right. They fined you, and 4 days is not much, so you should be OK. Plus you paid the tickets already so I would definitely give it a shot. Hope this helps!

  70. Lana says:

    Hi All,

    I am a South African citizen, my daughter who is not, stayed there for a longer period (the tourist visa is valid for three months) when she left the South Africa she was issued with a fine of SAR 1000 and was told to pay this fine at her local embassy in the country where she resides. This was given to her in 2010, she of course did not pay the fine and would like to return to S.A. to visit the family for two weeks. Will she get arrested at the airport upon her arrival? If anyone can shed some light on this it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • maitravelsite says:

      It’s difficult to know. Most probably she will be notified either at the airport once leaving that the fine is due or when she lands in SA. I know of someone who was in a similar situation in the USA (ticket was a speeding ticket) and when pulled over for something small the 3 year old speeding ticket was still in the DB and was arrested until he paid.

  71. Efe says:

    I am a Nigerian came in from Serbia to Hungary can i go back home with my passport?

  72. Amira says:

    Hi i am a philippines citizen ! My working visa is expired 2 months ago . I was giving birth last month to a baby boy . I have an american bf( the father of my son ) who willing to marry me . But i dont want to marry him because i dont want someday that he can take my baby away from me and i dont want to go to america living with him . My problem is what will happen to me and my baby if i go to immiigration to tell them that my visa expired , yes sounds crazy but i dont want to be with my bf anymore ! I know i go to jail but its just a temporary and they wiill send me to phil. My quetion is how about my baby ? Wht will happen to him ? They willl take my baby ? Or they gonna allow us to go to phils . Together ? Pls answer me . I need some help and advice .

    • maitravelsite says:

      Are you in the USA? Where are you? You are not married so there is no legal obligation for him to keep the baby ( assuming you have all the documents to prove motherhood), but he could lawyer up an try to keep him/her. From what you say he is interested in you, so if you don’t want to be with him and let him know after disbelief and anger he may not be interested in you either. But who knows. I don’t think you will go to jail though, most probably you will be deported. It is a tricky situation, you may want to contact immigration over the phone to ask. Unfortunately I can’t pinpoint exactly what you should so as a lot of it has to do with emotions.

  73. khalid says:

    I am a student of Linclon university of Malaysia.and I am Bangladesi .now we don’t have any class.my class will be start from January .so is I need any clearance from my university to go back Bangladesh.??

  74. Geminiexpat says:

    I have a friend who is a US citizen she went to visit Italy and ended up stayed for over a year. What will happen when she is ready to head back to the states ? If she is banned how long will the ban stay in effect ? If she marries in Italy does she risk the same consequences ?

    • Geminiexpat says:

      Please HELP!! … I have a friend who is a US citizen she went to visit Italy without a VISA and ended up stayed for over a year. What will happen when she is ready to head back to the States ? If she is banned how long will the ban stay in effect ? If she marries in Italy does she risk the same consequences ?

      • maitravelsite says:

        Well she has overstayed for 6 months so she can be banned and fined, the time an amount can vary and will depend on who she deals with. She may be VERY lucky and get by without her passport being checked though… If she gets married there things could be very different, but you will have to contact immigration to obtain the details for that. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  75. Harry says:

    Hey buddy, I will like your advise on this. I have a 2 yrs b2 US visa and i visited the US for 5 months and exit the states, but I was approved to stay 6 months at a go, do you think I can travel back to the States within a month interval that i left the states.
    I’m asking this because some people said the CBP might think I’m trying to reside in the US. do you think 5 months is too much to stay on visitor’s visa out of 6 months on my I-94 and do you think a month is too early to return back to the US.
    please advise.

  76. Gmaat says:

    I was granted a tourist visa by Spain.I went to Europe(via Spain) for 33 days. The visa was valid only for 30 days, which I later found out while exiting Germany that I overstayed by 3 days. I was made to sign a paper that it was a criminal Offence. The officer told that they would send the verdict by post.
    Its been more than a month exiting Europe and I have not received the post yet.

    Will I be denied re-entry to Schengen area. What should I do now.

    • maitravelsite says:

      One month is not much time, but then again 3 days is not much of an overstay either. When do you plan on re-entering? Allow some time and if not contact Spanish immigration, they should be able to confirm.

  77. Roberta says:

    Hi, I am a Canadian Citizen who over stayed in Germany in 2009 by about 10 days. I then travelled to the England where I was denied entry since I had a return ticket to Germany in 7 days. They also said I was “working in Germany” which I admitted to as is was considered unpaid work (I didn’t know at the time there was such a thing.) They allowed me enter England for 7 days, after one week in England I had to go back to Canada, but they still put an “X” through my passport and made me sign documents stating I was “denied entry”. It has been six years and I want to go to Ireland and Scotland but I am not sure if I need to apply for a tourist visa? I will only be going for two weeks to visit a friend (Irish National) and I will have a return ticket, will this be enough? They did not advise me how long until I could return to Europe or the UK.

    Any advice would be helpful, thank you!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Roberta! What a weird thing, I’m surprised England got involved but then I guess it’s part of their duties as a Schengen country too. It has been 5 years already going on 6, I would think you’re fine as no deadline was given. I don’t think you need a visa either as you would get one on arrival right? You may want to call the Irish consulate closest to you and see what they say, but again I would think you’re fine. Hope this helps!

  78. LimSan says:

    Hi there, thanks so much for doing what you do and your website. It’s immensely helpful. I appreciate it! I’ve a question. My boyfriend is an American. He has overstayed his visa in Indonesia and his current passport is within 6 months of expiry. The visa agent can only extend his visa when he gets a new passport, but apparently he has to get his current passport sent back to the U.S in order to renew it. He is worried that the U.S authorities will make him fly home because he is overstaying in a foreign country with a passport that is within 6 months of expiry.

    Do you think it’s possible that he can get his passport renewed with no issues? Have you heard of similar situations before?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Limsan. It is possible that the passport gets renewed because, at the end of the day, it is not their problem. However, in the interest of diplomatic relationships he could be instructed to fly back home. Make sure that when you send the passport you state the the visa agent can extend the visa but needs a valid passport for it, this should help. If the agent can include some kind of letter all the better. Unfortunately gone are the days when new passports could be obtained in embassies… hope this helps, and thank you for dropping by!

  79. Favor says:

    I am a citizen of South Africa, I have a friend that claims he is from Greece, can I go down to any Greece embassy with a copy of his passport and confirm if his passport is legit or not?

    • maitravelsite says:

      For starters, if you don’t trust him/her being from where he says I don’t think this person is much of a friend. In any case,you could do this, but if it is not legit you will get this person into a lot of trouble, consider if it’s worth it…

  80. Favor says:

    I want to know if it is possible for someone else to take your passport to any of your country embassy and do confirmation if it is valid or authentic

  81. Kevin says:

    Hi im a filipino and im here in thailand, and my problem is my visa is expired for 1month already, so an it be that i just surrender to immigration and tell them i lost my passport? Van thy know or trace that my visa is expired or not?

    • maitravelsite says:

      They can probably trace to the date you entered Thailand (it says on the visa which should have been stamped when you entered). I strongly recommend you contact your consulate first because Thai immigration is very strict…

  82. Skinnymalink says:

    Hello there,

    I wonder if you have any thoughts about this – my partner is applying for a family visit visa to visit myself and our baby son in the U.K for Christmas and the New Year – in addition to the usual difficulties in acquiring this type of visa he also stupidly got a stamp in his passport whilst leaving Greece recently fining him 1500 euro for being in the country illegally – he wasn’t illegal per se – he’d been given leave to remain but for some reason the border guards stamped his visa – he doesn’t really understand why – he’s Albanian and apparently they get a hard time on the Greek/Albanian border.

    So, will this mean he will be refused a visit to the U.K? We are translating the stamp ad the fine and also the paperwork he had from the Interior Ministry by way of explanation to the ECO that some mistake may have taken place – I haven’t seen him for a year – our son is 2 soon and we really want to see him – is it a lost cause do you think?

    Thanks c

    • maitravelsite says:

      I wouldn’t say it’s a lost cause, but that stamp should have been fought back from the beginning especially considering your situation as a family. If the documentation is valid and the stamp has been determined to be a mistake it should be all right, but some sort of official stamp declaring it void would be handy. You don’t mention he has been banned from re-entering, so in theory he should be fine, but I am aware of the issue in that border so depending on who’s around he may find trouble or not. I would recommend contacting Greek immigration first and asking for the official situation on his case, and for some official papers too if possible.

  83. Alex says:


    I’m a Romanian citizen, living in Romania. I invited my girlfriend to come visit my country and she got 15 days approved, like most Filipinos get. Sadly i can’t marry her here because Romania has not yet legalized gay marriage, but i also don’t want her to go back to the Philippines. Is there anything i could legally do for her not to become illegal but be able to stay in the country? Anything u could suggest me to do? Any help will be highly appreciated.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Have you asked for a visa extension? Can you support her financially? Perhaps as a dependent individual? One thing that can work is requesting student visa. If she can afford to apply for a school offering some kind of course she’s interested in you can always request a student visa once she’s been approved. You may want to read the information on the official Romanian immigration website http://ori.mai.gov.ro/detalii/pagina/en/Rezidenta-permanenta/79. Hope this helps!

      • Alex says:

        She is 32 so i’m not sure she can still apply for college.Se is a bachelor in Hotel and Restaurant Management anyway. I can support her financially here since i have a good stable job in my country. Just don’t know what steps to take to be able to show i can support her for the long term so she can stay here….or which first steps i should take once she;s inside the country to get her a legal status, beside being a tourist 🙁 help is appreciated, but even more is needed please!

      • Alex says:

        i am able to sponsor her and be responsible for her. She’s a restaurant and hotel manager, bachelor earned some years ago. Sadly she’s never traveled or worked outside Philippines/ If once i get her in as a visitor, what could i do to keep her legally by my side? My salary is big enough and i own property here in my country. Thanks for all the help guys!

  84. Yumi says:

    Hello.I’m currently staying in Japan on a tourist visa and my visa is about to expire.My boyfriend is Japanese but since he won’t marry me,I can’t live in Japan.I didn’t go to college so it’s basically impossible for me to get a job here.And also,studying is way to expensive for me,I’d never be able to afford that. Anyway,the problem is,even if I traveled to China and then re-entered Japan I wouldn’t have the money to buy my return ticket (I’m from Europe by the way).I’d have it maybe in December but not at that moment (of re-entering Japan).So my question is,is there anything I can do?I really don’t wanna go back to my country and I’m tired of staying here for such a short time.This is my 4th time coming here.And in case I went back to my country,what should I do ?Should I buy my ticket to Japan (a ticket to stay here for about 5 months) and buy a ticket to China? Like for example,traveling to Japan in February and then after 3 months travel to china,re-enter Japan and after 3 months return to my country? I’m sorry if this is a bit confusing but I’m running out of time and I would be extremely happy if you could help me.Thank you very much for reading,

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Yumi,

      Couple of things: have you considered teaching English in Japan? There are many such jobs and pay quite well. Second, instead of flying to China, why don’t you go overland to Fukuoka down South and grab the ferry to Pusan in South Korea? You can stay in S Korea for up to three months with a tourist visa (depends on the country but EU nationals usually get 3 months) and then head back to Japan if you want. I am sure you can hitch hike from Tokyo to Fukuoka safely, or you can also consider car sharing (browse online for sites like http://www.carpoolworld.com/carpool_JAPAN_favorites.html). What do you think of this?

      • Yumi says:

        Thank you so much for replying 🙂
        I didn’t want to get into trouble so I ended up going back to my country.
        Well Fukuoka is very far from where I live (Saitama)so I don’t think it would make much of a difference.But I’m actually going back to Japan in February and I’m planning to stay for three months and then fly to China and then fly back to Japan.So my question is,how much time should I wait before re-entering Japan again? Should I re-enter the country after 1 day? 3 days? 5 days? 1 week? I would like to hear your thoughts on this. Again,thank you so much 🙂

  85. Emily says:


    I’m an Australian and recently overstayed my tourist visa in Germany by two months. When I left the immigration officer didn’t say anything about it and stamped it as normal and let me through to go home. I was just wondering if I might have any trouble with entering Europe at a later date? Could he have marked my record with out me knowing?


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Emily! The officer could have, but some kind of warning should have been sent to you. I would assume all is good…

  86. Marie says:

    Hello, I’m a student living in Japan! I know this is a bit different since I am not on a tourist visa, but I really hope you can help! I have been here for a long time living on a university student visa. My visa is about to expire, and even though I am trying everything I can to get an extension or change visas, I don’t have much hope. The problem is, the visa deadline is coming up…and I do not have the money for a flight home.

    I am terrified about overstaying. Do you know what I can do? Both my university and immigration have made it very clear that they will be very harsh if I do not have enough money. The embassy seems the same way (I’m an American).

    My situation is complicated, but the short of it is: I am here supporting myself. I do not have family who can pay for my flight or even take care of me when I go home. (In fact, there is a good chance I will be homeless if I do get sent back.) I have one more semester in school until graduation, but I do not have the money to pay for it (which is why my student visa has not been extended). It is a horrible catch-22, but if you have any advice/ideas, I would be so grateful. Thank you!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Marie,

      My first recommendation would be that you try to get a position in a school or college as an English teacher. These are very well paid and I know that there are many opportunities in Japan! Once you find a vacant position try your best to get a job offer, which would allow you to regulate your visa situation, maybe par for school and/or save money to get back home.

      You may also want to try getting a job in your field as you’re just a semester short from graduating, have you tried this? Worse comes to worst you can always travel elsewhere without overstaying and then return. You may want to attempt to travel south to Fukuoka to catch the ferry to Pusan in South Korea (much cheaper than flying and cheaper to live too) and as a tourist you can be there for 90 days.

      Does this help? Let me know… and sorry for the delayed response.

  87. Emelia says:

    Hi, I forgot to mention that there was no ” deported ” stamp on our passports, they only put the arrival date on it. My husband plans to use the same passport as it will expire on Dec 2015. Do you think it better to get a passport instead? I’m praying that you could answer my questions as we are really really worried to waste the money on processing his documents if his working visa application in Australia will be denied. Thank you so much and have a lovely day 🙂

    • maitravelsite says:

      If there is no indication on the passport that you were deported I wouldn’t change it. What we don’t know is if this was registered elsewhere, which probably was… Hope this helps and thanks for dropping by!

  88. Emelia says:

    Hi, me and my husband had overstayed our tourist visa in the UK for 8 and a half years. We applied in the Home Office for Long Residency and was given a Temporary Admission while waiting for the result of our Visa application. Eventually, our application was refused and we were deported to the Philippines on May 2014. My question is, how will it affect my husband getting a working visa in Australia as he has a job offer to work there as a chef. I’m hoping for your help in this matter. Thank you so much!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Emelia! Sorry for the delay in the response. In theory it should not affect as the overstay was in another country, however it is also a member of the Commonwealth so they could use it as some sort of excuse to deny entry, even though there is no. This said, he has a job offer already so make sure you show this when applying. The business could also act act as a liaison and overlook this procedure, is this something you have tried?

  89. Marco says:


    I am Brazilian, and also an Italian citizen, currently studying (MBA – 2 years) in Spain. I have already sorted out all my residency documentation for this period. However, my wife is Brazilian, and we are not in fact married, we have a “common law marriage”.

    We were told by Spanish consulate in Brazil that she should come over as a tourist (no visa required) and request a “Tarjeta de Residencia” – residency card, as a EU citizen’s non-EU family member, within 3 months of arrival. Due to all the bureaucracy and documentation necessary, we were only able to do so towards the end of the 3 months period, and as it turned out, the permit was denied after the 3 month period had already ended. We were denied because in the case of common law marriage, it must be registered in Europe, and ours was only in Brazil. Regarding the residency, we know what we have to do, go back to Brazil, get married, and come back with a marriage certificate.

    What we are worried about is that she has overstayed her 3 months (by 2 weeks now – we received the denial letter 2 days ago). Will she have problems to leave the country, or to come back after the 3 months have wore off?

    She does have the application form for the residency card stamped by the local Police office, as well as the denial letter, which also states she has 30 days to file an appeal to the decision (but since we do not have the required documentation, ie. marriage certificate, it makes no sense to do so). So it is not like she intended to overstay, we really thought we would be able to get her the residency card, but now that it was denied, she is leaving as soon as possible.

    However, I dont know if the immigration officers will care about that or see it that way. If she goes back and has no problem on exit, is it safe to assume that there shouldnt be any future problems? Or she might still have trouble when re-entering? Any thoughts on what we should do?

    Sorry for the long question. Thank you!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Oi Marco, bom dia.

      Your wife should be fine when leaving the country as luckily Spain is not very picky when checking passports for the people leaving the country. Once you leave you can take care of all the paper work and go what has to be done properly. This said, don’t overstay much, the sooner you leave the easier it will be to avoid any complications (which may come if you’re unlucky enough to find a customs agent who does check everything in detail and is in a bad mood. If this happens show what you have and explain the situation making sure you point out that you’re leaving to get the papers like they should be. Lesson learned too: bureaucracy is never fast, don’t delay things. Hope this helps!

  90. Omar says:

    Hi, I am in Denmark right now and I have overstayed my tourist visa by about a month without realizing.. Is this going to be a huge problem for me? I am a bit concerned, do I need to prepare a case of some sort for why I overstayed?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Well, it depends on the mood of the agents. From nothing to being banned to re-visit for some time anything can happen. If I were you I’d find out what the penalty fee is and have a good story just in case. You may even want to give a heads up to your embassy/consulate…

  91. My son has overstayed in Cambodia for one year. I want to bring him home but have no idea what I have to do.

    • Sorry, I should have said that he is a British citizen. I’d be very grateful for advice on how to get my son home. He’s destitute over there and has been for some time. I’m getting worried about his mental health.

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi there! The best thing to do is, first of all, contact the UK embassy or consulate there and give them a heads up so they can help if necessary. On another note, it seems that if you overstay in Cambodia there is a 5 or 6 USD/day overstayed fee , so multiply this by the number of days he overstayed to get an idea. Purchasing the extended visa is also sometimes given as an option, and in his case it would be better as it costs around 300 USD. Sometimes local travel agents can take care of this for a negotiable fee. Hope this helps…

  92. Sherry says:

    Hi! I found your your website very helpful! I need your help. Im in germany right now with an overstayed tourist visa for 6months and i am planning to look for an employer in canada. If i find an employer can i process my visa here in germany going to canada even with an overstayed visa stamp on my passport? Im from the philippines. Thanks. I hope youll read my comment. Thnx!

  93. Emal says:

    I’m a citizen of Afghanistan,I came by Student Visa to India on July 2009,and beside of my studying I was playing soccer for a football club,the owner of my club promised me to get me an Indian passport, because he has a lot of Influence I trusted him,and I didn’t care about my Visa Extension which I did a big mistake,because he didn’t fulfil his promise,my Visa was expired on July 2012,Now I have completed my studying and I want to go back home,I am so worried, I have no idea what I have to do!what would you suggest me to do.How much will cost for all of it and how can I leave India with out any trouble(Jail…)?
    plz help me

    Federico please reply me.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Emal, sorry to hear this major problem you’re in. You have overstayed for more than two years and that’s quite some time, so you’re going to have to prepare your case well. I don’t know how much it will be, but it should be quite a bit…in fact being deported is probably your best bet. Make sure you have documents that prove you have been studying when there for starters, and next, contact you consulate and explain them your situation. If the local consulate doesn’t help, then call the embassy too. There’s not much I can do, unfortunately, but your consulate should be able to point you in the right direction. You may also want to call Indian immigration anonymously (make up a name) and explain your situation, see what they say. And your school should be notified too. Hope this helps Emal…

  94. Faith says:

    Hi I have a very stron concern.
    I am A F1 student who’s Student visa is still valin until August 2015, However my concerns are I had a year long permit in which I was working here in the US, It was expired on June 2014,that same day was my last working. My concerns are am I considered over staying my staus and what procedures are there to take I just concern if I leave If ill be able to come back to the US on a visitors visa, Bare in mind my student visa is nto expired but my work poermit is. CAn get get some suggestions please. Appreciate it. Thanks.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Faith. You have a student visa so you can be in the country until August 2015, though you can no loner work because your working visa expired. Perhaps you can request to change the student visa to a working student visa?

  95. Emal says:

    I’m a citizen of Afghanistan,I came by Student Visa to India on July 2009,and beside of my studying I was playing soccer for a football club,the owner of my club promised me to get me an Indian passport, because he has a lot of Influence I trusted him,and I didn’t care about my Visa Extension which I did a big mistake,because he didn’t fulfil his promise,my Visa was expired on July 2012,Now I have completed my studying and I want to go back home,I am so worried, I have no idea what I have to do!what would you suggest me to do.How much will cost for all of it and how can I leave India with out any trouble(Jail…)?
    plz help me

  96. Clare says:


    I will be in Paris for an internship from 25 Oct to 31 Jan 2015. I’m going there as tourist status as my internship is not remuerated and I’ve obtained the internship contract (convention de stage). However it looks like I will be overstaying my 90 days visa free period, am I in danger of being fined or banned from France?
    I’m really worried, please advuse. Thanks so much!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Clare. In theory, if you overstay, you are in danger of being fined or banned, though the second is rather unlikely. It also depends on how long you will overstay… but then since you still have time you might want to request a visa extension? As the work is not remunerated the company should be able to help too..

  97. Mahek says:

    Hi I’m a British citizen my husband is pakistani he is overstayed know we got married 2years back I have applied for his visa but the home office is taking so long could you tell me If my husband will get a visa from here

    • maitravelsite says:

      If he hasn’t received the papers he is indeed in danger of having some sort of problem should he want to travel. This said you are married, and that definitely helps. How long ago did you apply for it? There should also be some sort of permanent residency permit while the visa situation is taken care of. I recommend you contact UK Immigration and ask about this, you have the link to the official UK immigration website in the article. Hope this helps!

    • WhiteAngel says:

      I suggest you get a very good solicitor cos there is a high chance he will be denied. Ideally, he should have left the UK and applied from outside and he would have had 100% chance of getting the spousal visa. But chin up – you just might be lucky. If you want a recommendation for a very good immigration lawyer, just let me know

  98. Kalie says:

    Hello! I’m an American, and back in 2010 I overstayed my tourist visa while travelling around Europe by about 5 months. As I was leaving the EU to travel back to the States, I was confronted at passport control in Zurich, Switzerland and had to pay a fine before leaving the country. They told me that my overstay may effect my travelling in the future for about 2-3 years in Europe. I have not tried to leave the States since, but now I am about to go to Australia and New Zealand for 1 month and I am nervous my previous history will effect my entry into those countries. It has now been 4 years and everyone keeps telling me I should be fine, but I just want to know FOR SURE that I’ll be ok travelling once again. Please share any sort of information you have on a situation like this!! Cheers!

    • Kalie says:

      I guess i’m so confused because I was never given a definite “yes” or “no” about being able to travel. All they told me was “it may” effect my travel in Europe for the next 2-3 years… Would that effect me travelling to Australia and NZ anyways?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Kalie. The EU overstay should not affect your AU and NZ travels in any way. It’s been a long time since it happened and they are completely different countries. Don’t worry! This said you could hypothetically run into an annoying customs agent who may want to mess with you, but if that’s the case ask to speak with a supervisor and you should be fine. To wrap it up: you’re good. Hope this helps!

      • Kalie says:

        Ahhhh!! Thank you!! I know I’m probably just be paranoid, but this is a huge trip for me and I kept having nightmares of getting to the airport and then being told I couldn’t travel so, I just wanted to make absolutely sure! Thank you so much for the swift response, I will sleep easy tonight at last 🙂

  99. ayman says:

    Hello iam a doctor and i have applied for a long stay research visa to france. The passport came back with no visas or stamps. nothing at all as if it was not sent there. also i got a small paper with the fees paid at TLS contact center. what does this mean ???

    Thanks a lot

    • maitravelsite says:

      There was a problem there Ayman. Call the consulate and ask right away. Either they have forgotten to stamp the visa or it was not granted, in which case they should not charge you.

      • Ayman says:

        Thanks a lot for reply appreciate that. Actually i called the consulate and after about 30 calls i got an answer and it was if you have nothing in your passport this means that itcwas rejected and you should have an accompanying letter explainig the cause but i told her that i had only the paper with fees . She said no you should find this paper and did nor believe. Finally said i dont know check with TLS and they know nothing ar all and said call the consulate. Today they erased my account frim Tls contact web site and i dont know what to do …. Should i apply again.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Once more bureaucrats are not doing their job, it’s the same thing everywhere. I suggest you now call Immigration in France directly, you can purchase a call card to save money. See what they say there…and I suggest you don’t pay them again before you get some sort of answer. Did you get a letter of invitation from the company you’d be doing the research with? This is very important, and they should be able to help out…

          • Ayman says:

            Yes sir i have an invitation letter from the French Center. I sent an en query to the consulate one weak ago and i got only that your question has been forwarded to the person in charge. iam still waiting dont know for how long but it seems that no one is caring.

          • maitravelsite says:

            It’s the problem with bureaucracy. Call every week, make sure they know you’re on it. As WhiteAngel says you may need the help of a lawyer, but that is money… in any case keep asking, and your partner should be able to help from France too. Maybe she can get a letter of invitation or something like that? Ask her to go to immigration and see what they say…

  100. Shelly. says:


    I am a British girl and I have been living in Sharm El Sheikh Egypt for the past 11 months.

    I came to Egypt on the 22nd of november 2013 and got a tourist visa from the airport for 30 days.
    Unfortunately I have over stayed my tourist visa until now and would need to get it renewed.
    I will be getting it for 1 year but apparently I have to have it from date of arrival which means I will pay to have my visa for 1 year starting from 22nd of november 2013 until 22nd of november 2014 which if you do the math means I will only be legal for 1 month (as now is the middle of october) and again I will have to renew it for another year at the end of november again… this is very confusing I know but can you tell me if this is correct?
    also, when I renew my visa for 1 year at the end of november will I have to leave the country and come back??

    Please help.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Shelly,

      Most probably you will be fined for overstaying and could even be deported, be aware of this as it is something you will have to take care of first. Once this is done, if you are allowed to stay in and get the one year visa you should not need to leave. Even if over the phone you’re told all is good I wouldn’t count on victory until you have all the papers…

      If they do allow you to purchase the visa and apply it from the day you landed you are being treated very generously as I’m sure the fine is much worse. If you have to apply again for a visa after that I would still be very happy with what you’re getting!

      Hope this helps 🙂

  101. Sopheap says:


    I am Cambodian citizen, living in Cambodia. I come to Korea for Youth Program. I just landed in South Korea and when I look at my visa they gave me just for 10days, I need 11 days in fact. I got the return flight and it will be 1 day over stay in Korea. I am trying to change my flight but there is no seat available at the moment. Only upgrade can but it is very costly.

    Any advice about this situation.

    • maitravelsite says:

      They only gave you 10 days? Call or even visit the South Korea immigration office that is closest to you. Explain that you need 11 days, what for, and they should be able to modify this for you or give you some sort of 24 hour extension. Make sure you go with the Youth Program official documents you have and all the papers you may need to get it fixed on the spot. It’s only 1 more day. Don’t waste time and let me know how it goes!

  102. Amoke says:

    I am a Nigerian with a Nigerian passport. I have overstayed my schengen tourist visa of 90days of 30 free days by 8days and I want to get married to my fiance who is currently living in Germany and he is a German citizen. We intend having our wedding in Denmark in a couple of days. Do you think we would be able to get married in Denmark considering the fact that I have overstayed the free 30days on my visa by 8 days?

    • maitravelsite says:

      If you’re getting married in two day I think the risk of doing is better than not. Would you be going overland? If you fly there might be an issue when they check passports, but overland you’ll probably just get the wave of a hand. Taking things by the letter in theory you are not able to, but with some luck you could make it happen. Unfortunately there is no real definitive answer. Good luck, let me know what happens if you can!

  103. Anna says:

    I have dual nationality (Brazil and UK). I entered the US with my Brazilian passport, which allows me to stay for 6 months. It expires in 20 days. Can I leave for a week and then re-enter with my British passport? I would like to stay for 2 more months and fear that if I try to re-enter with my Brazilian passport they will not allow me, since I have just spent 6 months here.
    Thank you,

    • maitravelsite says:

      Good question. I’m not 100% sure but I believe you should be able to. I have done that myself and never had problems as you’d entering as a citizen from another country.

  104. junior says:


    I had a working holiday visa for 2 years in Canada and then had a holiday visa after that. after this i ended up overstaying for 11 months.I am a citizen of Ireland and would like to return to Canada. When i left i was not stamped at the border but im wondering if i will be able to return.Will
    reject my application for a student visa? Also is marriage a possibility. My girlfriend is still there. Could i get a visa thaat way??

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Junior, if you were able to leave the country without your passport being stamped and nothing negative was said (being banned, penalization fees, etc) then you should be able to go right back in, specially if some time has passed since those 11 months ended. Hope this helps!

  105. karim mousa says:

    hi please i need to ask u . i been living in greece illegale and i get deport in 2012 and i want to know if i can apply for usa tourist visa to visite my friend . thx

    • maitravelsite says:

      You can apply, but not sure if you’ll be allowed in. How much time were you banned for? You should have been told. Call the Greek embassy first, or enter Europe through another country and travel overland.

  106. Oudvin says:

    I came here with a student visa but was mislead by alot of people about fixing my visa. Anyway long story short my schhol told me i needed to find a job but at that time jobs were hard to find and the opt that was handed to me was good for only a year. At was during those times that the economy dropped and no one would hire me . with the fear that if i go back to Homeland security they would automatically deport me and also the school didn’t really assists me when i asked for help. so it is now 2014 I’m still struggling I don’t know what to do

    • maitravelsite says:

      Oudvin, what country are you in? Do you still have a student visa? Has it expired? What are your options?

      • Oudvin says:

        I am currently in the US My F1 student visa has expired. I tried to ask for help from my school but was mislead by them didn’t get much help from it.I didn’t really understand the process of the immigration process. I would go home but no money getting job are difficult, i tried getting help from it but its been useless.

  107. Miriam says:

    Hi there,
    I have a question, my friend overstayed in the Philippines for 5 years, she is Belgian citizen. Now the Belgium Embassy in the Philippines is charging her to pay Php 125,000 fine for overstaying in the Philippines. She have no money to pay for this and she really wanted to go back home to her family. She bought her ticket but the Belgium Embassy is holding her not to leave unless she pay this penalty. My friend is getting depressed about this and don’t know what to do. What will happen if she cannot afford to pay the penalty? Isn’t it that your Embassy should help their citizen in time of need. How come, in my friend situation, they are the one punishing her instead of helping her. she have no job and not feeling well..and all she wants is to go back home and be with the family. Can you suggest where she can seek help in her situation right now in the Philippines. Does she need to contact the Belgium Embassy in her own country rather than seeking help in Belgium Embassy in the Philippines??? I will highly appreciate any advise you can give with this proble. Thanks and God bless!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Miriam,

      I’m surprised that the Belgium embassy is charging here that money, because it is not them who has to. It is the Philippines who can fine, so I’m not sure what’s going on there but it doesn’t sound right. Are they acting as intermediaries with Filipino immigration? She should ask this. I also suggest she contacts an embassy in Belgium and explains the situation, see what they say. I don’t remember how strictly the Philippines checks passports for outgoing passengers, they could be thorough searching for expats who overstay, but if not she could be lucky. She should also call Filipino Immigration, ask as if it was for someone else and see what they say, if it is the same thing as the Belgian one does. Hope this helps, let us know what kind of feedback she gets.

  108. gurmeet says:

    hello sir,
    my name is gurmeet i am 6 months overstay in uk .i renew my passport now i want to go to New Zealand on spouse visa my wife gonna be the main applicant . is this possible that they can check my immigration history and denies my file . what should i do? reply as soon as possible .

    • maitravelsite says:

      Does your spouse have a UK passport? NZ? As a spouse of a Commonwealth citizen there should be something that can help you out. In fact if your spouse is a UK citizen I’m surprised you’re not a legal resident. What is her situation?

  109. Hannah says:

    Am a British citizen. My husband overstayed is visa in uk and I want to move to sweden with him, I want to know if he can move with me to sweden on EU free movement

    • maitravelsite says:

      UK is not a Schengen area country so he is free to apply for a visa in this area , unless he’s from Sweden in which case he of course won’t need anything!

      • isabel says:

        My friend entered uk with a new passport and overstayed for 3 yrs.he has a b1b2 us visa in his old passport which is not expired yet.now he is planming to go back home to the phil after 3 yrs overstaying in uk.will his uk overstay record affect his b1b2 us visa? Thank you

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Isabel, this is a very specific question that only British Immigration can answer correctly. Get the contact info from one of the links in the post.

          • isabel says:

            Thanks for your reply., what I mean is if you are han in uk are you still aloud to enter the usa with the 10 years multiple entry tourist visa?

          • maitravelsite says:

            He should, as the overstay was not in the country he wants to go to. You’re welcome!

  110. Harpal singh P says:

    I am Harry from india , i was deported from germany on tourist visa 7 days overstay there, the german police caught me at my room and send me next day to india on their expenditure in December 2004, so please tell me now what should i do for german visa, i want to go again german on tourist visa to meet my brother, can i apply now or not, i was also applied again visa in 2010 but embassy refused my visa.please send me solution as soon as possible please dear sir

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Harpal,

      While I cannot send you a solution all you can do is try again. How long was the ban for? It’s been 4 years since 2010, might be enough for them to grant it again. But then it may not… and there’s not more you can do.

  111. Clement says:

    I am citizen of Macedonia and I am with my Polish wife here in Germany. In the past i was coming many times in Schengen zone but never overstayed, but yesterday i was accidently checking for how to calculate how many days i can stay more in Schengen (i can stay up to 90 days in 180 without visa) and it appeared that i am overstaying for 6 days so far. I wanted to apply for joining my wife here but we were waiting so much time for all the documents, insurance, job contract etc. and now it appeared that when i finally have everything i am overstaying. I was today in Auslanderbehorde(foreign authoruty) and they say that because i entered in germany on 17 of july i can stay till 17 of october but im not sure about that because i was in april and may in schengen as well for like 1 month. So in order to start the procedure i need to wait for 1-2 more weeks for the proper lady to finish her holidays and finally come back to work, but then if i will wait for her i will be overstaying for 3 weeks already, and I am afraid if i come back to Macedonia now police will check that i overstayed for 5-6 days and will give me ban. Can you advice me what to do??

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Clement,

      It does sound a bit confusing. In my opinion if you were there in April for 1 month you should have only been there until mid September more or less, because that first month plus the 2 months of now would add three, making it the 90 days of 180. Who is this lady you are waiting feedback from? If she is consulate related I would suggest you get in touch with them, explain the situation and if you have to wait have them write and stamp a document explaining this that you can present in customs. Hope this helps!

  112. Lola says:

    Hi, I’m Brazilian, and right now I have a student visa for Germany, which ends at the end of September. I was planning to travel around Europe for the month of October. Does anybody knows if its posible to go outside the EU and come back in a few days with a tourist visa, or for a student visa applies the same 90 days rule of the Schengen Visa? Thanks!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Lola. Once your student visa is over you have to leave the zone but then can re-enter as a tourist with the 90/180 rule, unless you need a tourist visa which will determine how much time you can stay.

  113. Hakan says:

    I am dual citizen in Canada and Turkey, my wife also has a Turkish passport. However our baby son has a Canadian passport only. We are currently here in Turkey and due to my work did not plan on leaving until around October 14th. The problem is that our baby’s Turkish Visa expires within a few days. We were planning on taking a day trip to a Greek Island but I do not want to risk him being refused re-entry into Turkey because of the whole 90/180 ordeal, as he has filled his 90 limit. Any advice in this situation?

    • maitravelsite says:

      As it is a baby my only advice is to contact immigration and ask them exactly what to do…you don’t want to run into trouble here.

  114. Era says:

    I am a student in Vienna and I have overstayed my 90 days by 5 days already. I am going to apply for a residence permit tomorrow, but I am too scared as to maybe they won’t give it to me because i have overstayed. The permit takes about 10 days to arrive and it would be 15 days of overstay. Do you have any advice of what I should do? I am also going to back home in Albania in december for the winter holidays. What should i expect?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Era,

      Havng overstayed certainly doesn’t help, it might be too late. I wouldn’t expect much just in case, and there is not much you can do. Just hope for the best!

  115. john says:

    hello, I am in the process of filing for a K-1 visa for my Slovakian fiancé.
    I came to Europe on a visitor visa issued by Poland. the visa was valid for all schengan states. during my travels I met my fiancé and fell in love with her about 2 to 3 weeks before my visa was expired and I ended up not returning home and have lived with her ever since. this was about a year ago :/ now we want to go back to the USA together and live with my family. I was not working here illegally and all my money was transferred to my account via payment from my job in the states, as I work at this time from my computer. I am concerned about applying for the K-1 visa because of my illegal status living in Slovakia even though all my documents say I am living at my US address. my fiancé has never been married or ever had any issues with police and so on so I am not concerned about her side of getting the visa. but will my status here affect her gaining entrance to the USA? we would like to return home together after she is approved for the K-1.. I really need help as I have not found any information regarding my situation… thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi John, your situation should not affect hers, but can it? If the customs agent is in a bad mood for some reason and wants to be a pain in the b%$$ he can be pushy in this sense, but I doubt it. Did you not get any passport stamps when you entered Slovakia? Did you fly in or got there overland? If you don’t have a stamp you can always say you got in overland from another country and might be able to get away with it…hope this helps.

      • john says:

        no I did not get any stamps from Slovakia in my passport. I only have my stamp saying I entered Europe into Germany and a few pages inside I have my expired visa.

  116. Depressed says:

    My beloved overstayed her UK visa and was refused leave to fly back home. She reapplied for a new visa and submitted her passport. It has taken an incredibly long time for the Home Office to process everything so she can leave!!! What we thought would only take weeks has taken years.


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello, I’m sorry to hear this and it actually has surprised me a lot as it makes no sense. Have you spoken with her consulate? If not, it is something I recommend you do right away.

  117. MARY says:

    My friend is UK citizen and he is in a very delicate situation and i need your best advice i can get. I have a couple of questions In hope that you can answer them for me…
    He is in MALAYSIA WITH OVER STAY AND WITH EXPIRE PASSPORT AND NO VISA.He was cheated with a customs there and took the money for extended visa and over stay but all was fake and he end up now with no money and no visa , and no money to pay over stay for 2 years..what would you suggest is the best to do.How much will cost for all of it and how can he leave Malaysia with out anything .should he surrendered or what he should do..if he do that do they put him in jail or send him back to UK…what he should do ? If he can pay visa and over stay do you think they let him go without jail time or any problem.who he could ask for help and advise for ..do you have any idea how much all will cost? please advise ..
    thank you so much

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Mary, he has no choice. He will need a passport so his best bet is to to call his country’s consulate and explain the situation. According the Malaysia’s immigration website jail time can only happen if a person overstays more than 5 years, and the fine will ne at least RM 10,000. Check this link for more info: http://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/enforcement/overstayed Hope this helps!

      • Mary says:

        Thank you so much for your answer , and I really appreciate. My friend passport must be extended at his UK embassy is it ? its expire long time time and visa he must get from Malaysian Immigration is it ??? Also I like to know that 10.000 RM is it fine charges plus he must pay for over stay and visa extra of that fine charges.
        Thank you ,

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Mary,

          Yes of course, he should extend it in the UK consulate, and the visa must indeed be obtained from Malaysian immigration. Regarding payments, all I can tell you is what the link I attached says, as only they know what the fee is. Best of lucks, let us know how it goes!

  118. Anita says:

    I’m Swiss and right now I’m in Egypt. I arrived here around 36 days ago. I read everywhere online that the tourist visa only lasts 30 days, but I asked information about the renewal at the border in the airport upon my arrival. The answer was that the tourist visa lasts 45 days. However if it is indeed valid for 30 days only I would have been here on an expired visa for the past few days.
    During my stay here I haven’t had the chance to go to extend the Visa due to the working hours of my fiancé whom I’m visiting, and as at the border I was told that I could stay for 45 days I didn’t worry too much about it.
    My departure day was supposed to be yesterday, but unfortunately I missed the flight due to misunderstandings with the airline and the cairo international airport.
    Now I’m very worried about the visa as I wouldn’t want to miss the second flight I booked for Friday!
    Should I go to renew the visa? I only have tomorrow, would they be able to issue the extension in one day?
    If I don’t renew the visa, is there a chance that they will not allow me to get on my plane? Or can I just pay a fine and return to Switzerland safe and sound???

    Thank you very much for your answer!!!!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Anita, sorry I couldn’t get back to you till today… 🙁 I suppose you wil be fine though and if anything will be asked to pay a fine, which will probably not happen either. Hope all went well!

  119. Noelle says:

    Hi there. Thanks for your story, and help in advance (if you can).

    I’m an American citizen, overstayed in the Schengen area by about 2 months. I foolishly believed others when they said you could exit at 90 days and return, therefore resetting the 90 days.

    Obviously, this isn’t the case, and I was denied entry back into Hungary just recently. I have two questions, mostly.

    1. Upon finding the overstay, the officer cited me as only being denied entry for already staying 90 days in 180. No fine was given, and I have not been banned or even entered into the system. I will wait out my time before returning (hopefully with a work permit for Hungary).

    My question is, can I receive any retroactive fees or banishment from another country? I need to return to the states first, and most flights enter the Schengen area through Germany. I understand Germany to have some of the strictest immigration policies. Is it possible for them to fine me for the overstay in the past? (I know I run the risk of being denied entry, but I hope to have a work permit by then)

    2. The officer who discovered my overstay counted it out and found I had stayed 157 days. I have two entry stamps, one in March and one in May. He told me I need to wait the 157 days, but the consulate told me I only have to wait 90 days.

    There seems to be some confusion. I mostly believe I will be fine after 90 days, but I’m not certain. Do you have any insight on how long to wait?

    Thank you for your help.
    I am

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Noelle! Fines cannot be retroactive so if you’re out of the zone for the next 90 days and return again you will be OK. Other countries may use this as an excuse to keep you out, but this seldom happens and the passport you have is not a particularly conflictive one ( readSyria, Iraq, Afghanistan). As for how long to wait, I also agree with the 90 days. If you were banned and not fined, you will have to wait for the original 180 days to go by. Once those are gone, you should be able to enter. This said, it’s unfortunately open to interpretation and a customs agent who doesn’t have it completely wired could cause a problem. Perhaps you could enter via Spain or the UK to make it easier?

  120. Roger Gavin says:

    Hi, (indian Citizan) I want to apply for austria visa (Schenegan), how ever 10 year back I got schenegan visa from french embassy from Auckland when i was in NZ. but i was over stay in NZ for 1 year and deported. if I apply austria for schenegan now after 10 years would they be able to get the data from French ambasssy of my records. but i never travelled to any EU country.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Roger! It’s been 10 years, how long were you banned for? After such a long time I think you will be fine. Don’t overstay again though…

      • Roger Gavin says:

        Thanks for Quick help, i was banned for 7 years for NZ only (2003 -2010), only concern is when I would apply for VISA there is Question have you ever been deported from any country? I am feel risky to say YES. i need your help in 2 concern

        1. would Austria or sweden will came to know that i have applied ever for visa in french embassy
        2. if yes would they check with NZ for my overstay. (because i applied in NZ , Aukland)

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Roger,

          At this point I would not try to hide it. If you say no and they do find out, you will most probably be banned from entering right away. It’s been a long time, so show proof of your intended reasons for visiting and don’t overstay again… There is no reason why Austria or Sweden would know that, and ss for checking with NZ it could happen, but it’s impossible to know as it will be an on-the-spot decision by the customs agents.

    • Roger Gavin says:

      Hi, I more support is required on this issue is I never had any Deported stamp on my passport from NZ Govt, however I never got any Post mail, E mail from NZ govt on my residence for over stay or banned by entry in NZ. but they paid my Travel ticket. would this be marked as deported in there data base. since then I have not travelled any wehere on my Passport but this is third passport in row issued by indian Govt due to changes in address and expiry dates. so all passport nos are also changed. with all this how safe this is to apply for SCH visa. kindly help.

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi Roger, can you please remind me how long ago you were deported? The logical thing would be for them to have registered this overstay in the DB, but there is no guarantee. You may want to call the NZ embassy asking them about how you should apply because you have a new passport and for them to check all is good (giving them the old number) and see what they say.

  121. Jake C. says:


    I´ve got a question, If im staying from the 7th of September til the 24th ( 18 days) in France, and im spending 4 days in the UK, and they fly again to Europe, this time to Rome, does my 90 day clock resumes at 19 days when I arrive at Rome?


    • Noelle says:

      Hi Jake. From what I understand, yes, your 90 days will continue when you enter in Rome. So you will have 78 days remaining before you must leave.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Stays in Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, the UK and Ireland will be counted separately from stays in the Schengen area, since these countries are either not members of the Schengen-area or only partially apply Schengen-rules. So it would be day 19.

  122. Maryam says:

    Hi am Tanzania but I came in Sweden to visit my boyfriend his swidish citizen, my visa end on September 13th but we planing to have wedding on September 12th, so will I suporse to go back in Tanzania after getting married? Or what am I suppose to do?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Maryam, sorry for taking so long to answer. Your visa does expire the day after, but once you get married to a EU national you have new rights which will probably void this if you regulate your stay (change in immigrant status). I would contact Sweden immigration for instructions on what to do. Hope this helps!

  123. Juan Pablo T says:


    I´m overstaying my stay in Europe for 3 days, Im staying 93 days instead of the legal 90. Will I get any problem at the airport? What could happen? Im a Mexican citizen.


    • maitravelsite says:

      Juan Pablo, 3 days is not much and you should be fine. I think I replied to your question already? If you have the time though why not change the flight to avoid any possible problems?

  124. Tarangani says:

    Hi ,

    I. Have big question. I have been to United Kingdom on student visa in 2008 and returned in 2011 December (supposed to leave the country in October 17th 2011 but returned on 12th December 2011)

    Later I have received my master certificates from university . Based on my masters I have applied to post study work visa . But visa was rejected and given chance to Appel . I have submitted all the supporting documents showing the proofs why I’m overstayed . Even though uk immigration has band me for 10 years.

    I told my self not to degrade . But my question is now that can I apply for any other English country ?

    Am planning to newzeland . Need. Your assistance .

    Thank you and regards.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Tarangani, your situation is a bit more technical but from what I read you only had a problem with the UK. You should be fine with NZ, and if they give your trouble it’s because they are playing tough… not much I can do from here. Try other countries too!

  125. Mai says:

    Hi .. I’m in the UK as a visitor and realised i’m literally leaving exactly at the 6 month limit on my visitor’s visa. I arrived in March in the afternoon and will be leaving after exactly 6 months in September in the evening time. I’m not certain if that would cause me any problems?? Be it will be technically only hours overstay. I’m hoping it would be a pass especially because i’ll be re-applying for another visitor visa after i return to Egypt and will also apply for a Schengen visa while i’m in Egypt till early next year. So i’ll be in Egypt for 4 months or so before I plan to leave again. Please help. Thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Mai, I wouldn’t worry at all. You’re leaving on the same day it expires so anyone who’s pushing for the hour is dumb. I wouldn’t worry at all 🙂

      • Jane says:

        Hiya – have moved to UK to resettle with my british husband – was given 6 month visa which expires 6 March – & I leave the day after my visa expires – technically 1st flight back to Aus the next morning so I’m overstaying it 9hrs before I get to go through immigration into neutral territory . UK borders won’t extend a tourist visa beyond 6 months & I have booked return ticked to UK at the end of the month.
        Getting a spousal visa is no longer as easy as it used to be – they are for 5yrs & you need to show you meet minimum means of support for each year (£18,600 x 5 yrs) or 6 months pays lips in UK & as we’ve just relocated back to UK after 10 yrs in various countries working I’m wondering should I either a) call UK borders & tell them about it b) risk it & pray they don’t ban me for 10yrs & thus ruin my marriage! Or c) buy a new ticket for the day earlier d) go to the airport on the 6th & hope that constitutes being in neutral territory & thus not technically in UK soil (Not sure if that is accurate) ? I was in UK entire 6 months setting up our life – didnt work volunteer etc and I’ve never over stayed before on my previous UK visits. Any ideas greatly appreciated!

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Jane! Well, if you really want to be on the safe side you may want to change the flight to the previous day; assuming there are seats let in the same class it should cost around 150 USD. If you don’t feel like spending the money, overstaying for 9 hours is not much and I think you’d be fine (assuming your passport is not from one of the countries that are in the news today for the wrong reasons). As for going to the airport, it would only be valid once you check in , but you won’t be able t do the check-in more than 3 or 4 hours in advance, specially at that time in the morning. Hope this helps?!

          • Jane says:

            Thanks so much for your reply – I decided to ring UK Visa & Immigration & told them the situation – they said I didn’t have to worry as there is actually a 28 day grace period after your visa expires – I had no idea about that nor could I find anything about it on the UK gov website etc – so there you go! Prob solved which im so relieved as to change my ticket was going to be £300 due to using travel up & not through airline directly – so I just thought I’d let you know.
            Thanks Again – kindest Jane

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hey Jane, great news! Glad it all worked out for you. I’m surprised at how much it would have cost to change the ticket, no doubt because of it not being in the same class. I appreciate you getting back to me and sharing this tip 🙂 Have a great flight, and marriage! 🙂

  126. Patricio CT says:


    Ive got a question, I´ll be traveling to Europe in a week and I´m planning to stay for roughly 94-95 days, so I would overstay my stay 4-5 days and I´m very scared, I´ve read in many websites that I could be deported or fined or even ban for some years from the UE. I´m a Mexican Citizen and I´ll be arriving at Paris ( CDG) and departing from Paris ( Orly) with a layover at London.

    Should I be scared? What can happen to me?


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Patricio. All that is true, any of those things could happen, although if you’re only going to overstay for 4-5 days you should be fine. This said, if you haven’t even started your trip, why assume the risk for just 4-5 days? I recommend you change your return flight for day 90 and you’ll have a worry free trip. Hope this helps!

  127. Jace says:

    I am a tourist in costa rica and plan to leave the country prior to my 90 days expiring. Do you know if they will restamp and extra 90 day permission to stay upon reentry or if I will have to leave again when my initial 90 day is up?
    I am here studying for 4 months, so was hoping to only have to depart once.
    Many thanks,

    • maitravelsite says:

      From what I know once you should leave ON or just after the 90th day. This way, you will get another 90 day visa upon re-entry. If you leave on for example the 80th day and return a couple or few of days later, then immigration has the right to NOT extend your visa and may well just stamp your passport with no extension at all. You would then need to leave again in just a couple of days! These are the guidelines to enter CR without problems (online source):

      Costa Rica’s new immigration law, Ley de Migración y Extranjería Nº 8764, went into effect March, 2010. It has changed several times since. While parts of the law are not yet enforced and interpretations vary, it is important to know that it is ultimately the traveler who is held accountable for having the proper documents to enter and exit the country.

      See the information below for what you need to enter, exit and re-enter Costa Rica as of January, 2012:

      Passport: A passport must be in good condition, and, depending upon your country of origin, it must be valid for three to six months.

      The Letter of the Law: Pasaporte en buen estado (la vigencia mínima del pasaportes corresponderá a tres meses para las personas nacionales de los países ubicados en el primer y segundo grupo de las Directrices de Ingreso a Costa Rica y seis meses para aquellas del tercer y cuarto grupo).

      Onward (Exit) Ticket: Before being allowed to board a flight or enter the country, tourists must have documented, verifiable proof that they will be exiting the country (continuing their journey or returning from where they arrived, “Tiquete de continuidad de viaje o retorno al país de procedencia”) before their visa expires.

      Proof can be in the form of a round trip ticket, a pre-purchased airline or bus ticket to another country or documentation verifying passage by sea. The ICT states that “All visitors must have an entry and exit ticket, whether it is by air or by land (bus), as the case may be, as a requirement to entre (sic) the country.”

      A one way ticket: Please note that the definition of a one way ticket includes not only a one way ticket into the country but also

      a ticket into Costa Rica with departure booked from another country

      a roundtrip ticket with a departure date scheduled after one’s visa expires, typically 90 days after entry.

      Visas: Most travelers are automatically issued a visa (stamped on their passport) when they enter the country and not before. Visitors from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan are allowed to stay in the country for up to 90 days. Those from other countries should check with their nearest consulate.

      Economic Resources: Tourists must be able to show that they have $100 for every month they will be in the country.

      Departure Tax: Travelers are required to pay an exit tax before leaving the country via the airport and at most borders. $28 USD is currently charged those exiting at the airport and those leaving at a border crossing pay less.

      Exit: Tourists are required to exit the county before their visa expires.

      Overstaying Visa: The law states that “persons who overstay the time allowed on their visa may have to pay $100 and cannot return for three times as many days as they exceeded the time allotted.”

      Re-entry: Tourists can exit and re-enter Costa Rica if they have the documents required to enter the country, including a valid passport and an onward/outbound ticket. The law does not state that tourists need to stay out of the country for 72 hours before re-entry, as is often stated by travel sites.

      Hope this helps!

  128. Salai John says:

    I had been overstay 3 days in Malaysia.What should i do? I want to return my country on 26th August.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Salai,

      Well you have to leave eventually, so the sooner you do the better. Three days is not much, you may be OK when you leave or may have to pay a fine, and this is impossible to know until the moment arrives and the customs agent you deal with. You can also contact the airline see if they can change your flight for a small fee, explaining your situation. You can also call immigration in Malaysia and ask their thoughts to know what you can expect. Hope this helps!

  129. Salai John says:

    I’m overstay 4 days in Malaysia. What should i do? Can you give me advice today. Because i want to reture 26 Auguest to my country.

  130. Charmaine says:

    Hello, I would like to ask what will happen if I overstayed my visa for 3 days? Me and my sister entered China on August 10, our L-visa is valid for 14 days only and our return flight is on August 27. I have a Philippine passport while my sister is holding a US passport. Given the current situation between China and Philippines(like for example the officer hates Filipinos lol) , will this affect my chances of returning to China if ever we overstayed for 3 days?

    Do we have to apply for an extension? Thank you very much in advance for your reply.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Frankly Charmaine, I would not mess with Chinese immigration. I woould ask for an extension and if they don’t give it, I would request a flight change. You could also explain your situation and ask what they suggest…

  131. Bilal says:

    Hi, my UK Visit visa is expiring on 3rd September but I want to come back on 6th September. Will it be ok if I overstay in UK for 3 days.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Well, if you want to come back on the 6th I assume you will be spending more time so you will be overstaying more than 3 days. If you only what to be there for a few ours and leave on the same 6th it could be all right, but then again if you run into a grumpy customs agent you could be fined. Hope this helps!

  132. Asikosha says:

    Hi, I have a question regarding the 90 day ban to re-enter Turkey. My daughter is 5 years old and NZ citizen and when we were in Turkey in 2012, she overstayed her 90 day period by 21 days. We paid fine at the airport upon departure from Turkey and at the border control they said that everything is fine but month later when we returned to Turkey for the reason that we had to travel back to NZ from Istanbul, my daughter was refused entry. We were shocked and treated very badly by the customs and police at the airport. So we had to fly back to where we came from and to get her a visa on her US passport just to enter back to Turkey and get on the flights to NZ. The question is: can she enter Turkey after 2 years from being banned for 90 days? As NZ citizen she is exempt from with for up to 90 days but would her name be cleared or we have to obtain visa from the consulate? It would be easy to travel on her US passport but it is expired and we don’t really have time to renew it. Please advise me. Thanks!!!

    • maitravelsite says:


      An expired passport is useless so that is out of the question (can’t be rushed even if you have to pay more?). If she was banned for 90 days and two years have gone by there should be no problem. You may also want to confirm this with Turkey immigration, but mi opinion is that she’s fine. Hope this helps!

  133. Zak says:

    Hi i have a problem. i came to the UK with a special Marriage visa to get married. I know i read that i cant apply for an extension or work while im here. i overstayed two months and my wife and I had child just recently. what can i do while im here. Can I apply to remain here in the UK? what is the best thing to do. i dont want to leave my wife and child

  134. Meow says:

    I am a US citizen and I left the Netherlands before my 90 expired. In the US I got married and changed my passport. So now I have a new passport with a new name and number.
    My question is, when I go back to the Netherlands (before my 90 days out is over) will I get a new 90 days visa.
    I am asking because of the 90in/90out rule.

    Also I will be applying for a resident permit while there (based on my spouse) will it affect my application.

    • maitravelsite says:

      From what I know, since you have a new name and passport you should be able to re-enter and get a new 90 days. Just to be sure I recommend you call the Netherlands consulate to confirm…

  135. Munish Kumar says:

    Hi Friends its munish kumar from india i want to ask u one question my visa finished on 13 august 2014 n m leaving jakarta 15 august 2014 but my girlfriend is from jakarta(indonesia) next month we are going to get marry is it possible i can come back agian in indonesia without any problem

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Munish,

      It’s only 2 days later so in my opinion you should be fine (unless you get a dumb officer in customs), both for getting out an returning later to get married. Congratulations on your marriage and best of lucks! 🙂

      • Munish kumar says:

        I went to immigration and I ask them how I can marry with foreigner I met there 3 people in 3 days they told me all of 3 different ways but now m confuse which one is wrong or which one is right I already get permission for marriage but immigration will accept it. Plz give me reply

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Munish, unfortunately I cannot determine if immigration will accept it if they themselves can’t even agree on what they tell you. From your previous message you have probably left Jakarta by now (we have a time difference of about 9 hours) so it will now be easier to know if you can head back. If when going through customs you encountered no problems or were only fined you are probably fine to head right back and get married. Best of lucks, let us know what happens!

  136. olabisi120 says:

    hello , i am a nigerian citizen and i have overstayed in egypt for 8 months and when trying to apply for residence permit, i was denied and stamped out to leave the country within 7 days , but i also overstayed again , now i have bought the ticket ready to go home , my worries is wil i be detain at the airport when going to my country?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Olabasi. I have the feeling that you will be spotted, certainly fined and could be detained too. I strongly recommend you call your consulate before you go to the airport to let them know what’s happening, and also inform somebody you trust in your country, just in case. Then again, you could be lucky and be allowed to leave by simply paying the fine…but this is not very likely…

  137. Yunus says:

    i am an American citizen and I have recently overstayed the time allowed according to the entry stamp on my passport by two days in Holland. i really would like to extend my stay in holland. can i travel to Germany, apply for a visa there and with that visa travel back to holland if i did it immediately?

    • maitravelsite says:

      2 days is not much, you should be fine when you head out. As for your second question, have you been in Holland for more than 90 days? If so the answer is no, and in fact cannot even be in the Schengen zone either (please read about the 90/180 rule. I explain it in my post but you might need to read more online). Hope this helps!

  138. daniel says:

    Hi there, I overstayed my uk tourist visa by 8 years, I was born in the UK but not a UK citizen, so I was able to go to university and gain a Bsc degree unnoticed. I left the UK voluntarily this year unnoticed again and I am now considering applying for a German student visa to study a masters next year after working in my home country. I was wondering if my overstay could be an issue when applying for the visa even though Germany does allow migrants to work after completing their studies? Thankyou for your help

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Daniel,

      I don’t think you will have a problem as you are not told anything when leaving. You have your degree, as far as I know all is good, so my guess is you’re OK. There is no reason for them to doubt anything because there is no testament of your overstay. For all practical purposes you could have entered and exited several times…

      • daniel says:

        Thanks a lot for your reply, giving me a sigh of relief. The only fear I have is in answering a question on the visa form where it states “have you ‘been’ to Germany or any other Eu country in the past two years, if so state how long for and purpose of your visit”… being I would be applying a year after leaving England, i’m confused on how to answer that question, do I state I was a visitor from my point of entry in 2006-2014 or do I say I was studying, or do i say I overstayed a tourist visa , or just state “no” to the question(lol)…., could you please give a little advice on how I can go about answering that please? thankyou…

        • maitravelsite says:

          Well, if I were you, and this is completely subjective, I would answer their question specifically. They ask if you have been to any EU country in the past two years, so yes, of the past two years you have been 1 in the UK time during which you were studying. Hopefully they won’t dig any deeper and even if they do your passports are not marked.

  139. shan says:

    i overstayed in Malaysia for 3 months on my multiple entry visa and got special pass exit
    can i go again to Malaysia in my multiple entry visa again


    • maitravelsite says:

      Well if you got a special pass for exit it means an irregularity was spotted. Were you fined or fobidden re-entering for some time?

  140. butterfly says:

    I have a quick question.. I over stayed my visitors visa in the UK (i am a US Citizen) by two years. i know i have to go back and am in the process of getting my return ticket home. I would like to know what i will be facing at the airport. will i be fined by the UK and the USA? please help me, and no i haven’t worked since i’ve been in the UK, I just backpacked around England with friends and had money sent to me via paypay .

    • butterfly says:

      meant paypal

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello. If you are fined you will only be fined by the UK, not the USA. Another advantage is that the UK is not very thorough at cheking passports for tourists leaving the country so you might just get away with it… This said, if you do get caught and are quesitoned you are facing not only a penalty fee but also being banned from re-entering. Hope this helps, let us know how it goes!

  141. Maria says:


    I am traveling to France in September to work as an English assistant for 7 months. My boyfriend, US citizen and a first-time traveler, is coming along. We recently learned about the 90/180 rule, but we both still really want him to come. If he does come along, what would the penalties and/or fees be for him if he overstays by 4 months? We are flying in and leaving through Belgium.

    Thank you!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Maria. The truth is that it is impossible to know de facto. However what could happen include a penalty fee and banning from re-entering in some time, not worth it in my opinion. Perhap he couls inquire about an extended visa?

      • Maria says:

        We’re still thinking it over, but just in case we decide to risk it do you know how strict Belgium is on the 90/180 day rule? Are they similar to France, and/or Spain on how lax they are?

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Maria. From what I hear Belgium is among the thorougher countries when it comes to checking passports. Of the three I would say Spain is the most lenient, I have experienced this myself as they usually just look at the picture and name on the tickets and that’s it. This said remember that any officer can look at it with more detail and see what your situation is…let us know how it goes!

  142. greg says:

    I am a citizen of Slovakia, I am in the USA on my ESTA, but it expired this month, but I am getting married to an American citizen in August, I sent my daughters to Slovakia for the summer, I have custody of them in the usa, thru American court, I also will be filing immigration forms as soon a I am married, but Can my Daughters come back on the Visa waiver program? Their ESTAS were expired when they went home for summer. They are both 5 and 11?
    Thank you

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Greg. ESTAs can be extended while in the USA, you didn’t have to wait to reaply. The best thing you can do is apply for their ESTAs again and you should be all set. You can find more info in this link: https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1197/~/esta–general-esta-renewal Hope this helps!

      • greg says:

        I do not need to extend my ESTA, I am in the USA, and getting married in August to a US citizen, My question was that I let mt Minir children go to slovakia for summer. Can they use a ESTA to come back after the summer is over?

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Greg, it’s what I mean… if you look closely I say “


          ESTAs” 🙂 So yes, they should be able to use an ESTA after summer. I am assuming you will take care of the application!

          • Greg says:

            Wow thank you! one last question did it matter if their EsTA was expired when they left?

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hey there Greg! If nobody said anything when you left it probably means they’re fine. If there are any issues you will know when reapplying online… take care and see you around my website again some day!

  143. Melanie Berroya says:

    Hi,I’m a FILIPINA I over stayed in Germany as a tourist Visa only. My boyfriend (a German) he wants me to bring in Costa Rica, my question is..is it possible I can comeback again in Germany and apply a tourist visa again???
    Then what I have to do?
    Thank you and GOD bless!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Melanie! When leaving, were you notified that you had been penalized for overstaying or had no problems at all? If you left without issues then you should be fine to visit Germany again. To apply for a visa simply call the Embassy or consulate in Manila and follow their instructions. Hope this helps!

  144. Xty Jupiter says:


    I have a friend, She is a Filipina and already a Danish Citizen; been having her vacation here in Philippines so many times , like back and forth. However, she wasn’t able to go back to Denmark on her scheduled date back to Denmark, 2012. She came here Last, june 2012 for a supposed 6months vacation only, she changed her mind, and got an extension in staying here for more months , after that, she wasnt able to renew her stay here in philippines and since she can no longer afford to pay for her ticket / visa fee extension ; she still has a job at denmark, however, no one can support her financially since she’s here in phil and no one can process whatever has to be processed in denmark, its only her can do all of those stuffs. Hope you can help me with this, for me to help my friend. Where can i address this concern or any help can do to help her get back to Denmark… Your response will be highly appreciated..Thank you very much..

    • Xty Jupiter says:

      Additional to my message.. Do they have an institution or organization that can help on this type of case? thank you

    • maitravelsite says:


      Her best option is to contact the Dutch consulate directly. You say she got an extension so she has been there legally, however if it was for 6 months it’s been more than that already. If she doesn’t have anyone back home this is pretty much her only option. When deciding not to return in December, did she not change her flight?

      • Xty Jupiter says:


        Thank you very much for your response.. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to change her flight that time.. I’ll let her do that, We’ll contact the dutch consulate the soonest possible.. Thank you again….

  145. marz87 says:

    my case is a little complicated

    i am a malaysian citizen. i overstayed my student visa in Australia in 2011 by 4 months (very ignorant of me) and i was called to immigration and given bridging visa D to leave the country. i was not informed that i was banned for 3 years (ends december 2014) but eventually got to know when i applied for masters in sydney.

    i then traveled to new zealand (visa waiver for malaysian passport)as tourist in march 2013 then applied for student visa and it got approved when i gave them a statutory declaration about my overstay and ban. i was then got approved a post open work visa. i had to comeback to malaysia on 21 may 2014 due to family emergency. when i fly back to New Zealand on 30 may 2014, i made a mistake on arrival card by not declaring my overstay. i was stopped at the border and questioned. i told them i was refused entry and banned for 3 years in the interview. they pulled out my work visa application and in that i made mistake by ticking the deportation (which i was not) box instead of excluded box. they cancelled my work visa under the basis of false information and ask me to apply for a new visa from home country. i left with my own expenses and applied for new visa but they are not happy with my case and denied visa.

    Now i plan to get a residency permit via real estate investment in Latvia since it is a great opportunity to reside in europe. i have spoken to the legal firms in latvia but i am nervous my visa might get declined because of the issue above. can you please advice? will schengen countries be very particular about this issue? thank you.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Marz,

      You’ve had some back luck, and made some mistakes too. If being precise, Latvia should not care about has happenned elsewhere as it is not related to the EU, but at the end of the day this is somewhat subjective and could interfere somehow. If I were you I would be ready to show you’ve ben making mistakes in case you’re questioned, but there’s a very good chance IMO you wont. Does your passport have any “deported” stamps?
      Also, as an aside, note that as of September 2014 the minimum real estate investment will be increased to EUR 250,000 from 150,000 , so financial proof should be expected. Hope this helps!

      • marz87 says:

        yes my lawyer in latvia said the same thing, immigration only concern about schengen countries overstay, but must declare and explain the issue. they might pardon and provide temporary residence permit for investment because latvia needs people to invest in their real estate.

        yes, the investment amount has been increased as well.

        no, i do not have any deported stamp because i have not been deported.

        do you suggest any country i can migrate with my parents without many immigration issue and i can do business?

        • maitravelsite says:


          All right, no stamps then make it easier.

          Unfortunately your question is very complicated and cannot specify any country, though from what I’ve heard Canada, South Africa, Qatar and UAE are some to consider…

  146. heartbeat says:


    I have some concern, my husband was overstayed before in Malaysia and now in Philippines, we are planning to immigrate in canada is it not an issue for him to disqualify in the application process?


    • maitravelsite says:


      It shouldn’t be, as the issue was not with Canada. However if immigration learns this there is a precedent of wrong doing (x2) which could hurt the process…it is very subjective though and there’s no way of knowing the outcome. I think it is more positive than negative, but then it’s my opinion only. Hope this helps!

      • heartbeat says:

        Thanks for the reply sir. In the application I am the main applicant and he is my dependent, do i need to declare that situation before in malaysia, like he is banned to enter?…But he is not deported , he went back through the help of the embassy because he surender himself.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hello. If the papers don’t ask for such information (if he has been banned from entering) then you don’t have to declare it. You’re welcome!

  147. janej says:

    hi! my mom overstayed in the uk for 9 months and had left the country without any problem in the airports and had arrived hassle-free in the philippines. my question is, can she still use her old passport to apply for a visa here in the middle east because it is not yet expired? or can the philippine embassy notice her overstaying in that country and may not allow her to travel once the middle east issued her a visa; can it be noticed during the stamping at the philippine airport?please help.thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Janej, immigration in the Philippines will not care about overstaying in other countries, that should not be a problem. Make sure the passport is still valid for at least another 6 months though otherwise it could be denied. Hope this helps!

      • janej says:

        that would be a great help!now we would not worry to apply for a new passport because we already submiited documents as attachments to her request for a new passport, and the problem is it is already her second affidavit for a lost passport and the dfa said, her case is uncommon and it takes already a month of their investigation at the main office just fo give a decision whether they will approve for the issuance of another one. time is passing by, just for that awaited decision, not to forget to mention, another month of waiting for the releasing once they will say OK. the system is very delaying. anyways, thank you very much.btw, will keep you posted of the outcome.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hello Janej, thanks for getting back! Best of lucks with the process, I look forward to some good news 🙂

  148. Garima says:


    I am holding Canadian Passport.. I took a tourist visa to visit India. I have overstayed in India for almost 2 years. Can you help me telling the right procedure to get my visa extended..

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Garima. The first thing you should do is call the Canadian consulate as having already overstayed 2 years your request will be most probably denied. Expect a fine for sure. Once you have spoken with your consulate, then call Immigration in India. Hope this helps!

  149. Alex Allen says:

    i am an american citizen ive been in norway since january 2014 and i plan on leaving on the 24th of july. i realize ive overstayed by 3 months. what will happen?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Alex, I would expect a fine and maybe a temporary ban? If you can convince them that you weere not aware of thd 90/180 rule you might get away with the fine only…

      • Amber says:

        At what point do you think a fine might be given, when leaving the country or when entering the USA? When flying out passports are checked but I’ve never noticed anyone looking at anything beyond identification.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Amber, since it would be the UK giving the fine he should be notified when leaving the country. However, as you very well point out, the UK is a country where passports are not really checked when leaving. This means that , if lucky, his overstay may not be spotted, but it’s anybody’s guess…

      • Alex Allen says:

        Within the first 3 months I left Norway twice. First for about 22 days and second for about 1 week. My passport has been stamped many times. Will it show up in the computer that I’ve overstayed or does tsa have to check it manually when they look at my passport?

        • maitravelsite says:

          TSA is for the US, they won’t care. As for Norway, I suppose they do have it in the system but only they know…sorry I can’t help more. I suggest you call Norway immigration for up-to-date reliable information.

  150. st says:


    Thank you for your post and your prompt replies to the comments. I’m a Turkish citizen holding a special passport, which I got through my mother, that allows me to stay in Schengen countries for 90days without a visa. I wasn’t aware of the 90 in 180days rule so I ended up overstaying for 16 days in Germany, because I had entered Germany in the past 6months. The police at customs were quite nice to me about it and assured me that I would only be fined. They informed me that I will receive a post from my embassy, then I should go to the embassy to pay the fine and will be able to enter Schengen zone without a problem later. I plan on attending classes at a university in September so I asked many times to multiple officers if my mistake would ruin my chances of getting a student visa. They told me that it’s not such a long time and as long as I pay my fine, I will be able to get a visa and if not come back after my 180days period is over. They did not stamp my passport as deported. The only stamp is the normal departure stamp. However I filled/signed some forms with my info and what I’m accused of. I’m accused of staying in Germany without a living permit and to my understanding there will be a trial. They told me to write a defense statement and post it to them. This really was a honest mistake and I had no intention of breaking the law. I was attending cultural events and doing regular tourist stuff. I did not study, work or do anything that my tourist status did not allow and I can prove this with exhibition tickets, credit card statements etc. Now I am terrified that I will receive a ban, which all the Turkish websites seem to be sure that I will. The police said it was not a serious crime but maybe I will get a different treatment because of my nationality. I look very western and this might have helped me as I was talking to the officers but it will not help me at the trial that I can’t attend. I want my future to be in Germany and have a French fiancé who resides in Berlin, who is willing to marry me to fix this situation. If we get married in Turkey this summer and I pay my fine and go through the regular family reunification visa process do you think that I will be able to enter Germany again? My last name will have changed because of the marriage and I will get a new passport with a new number.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi there, sorry to hear this. Regarding your final question, eventhough you will get a new passport records about your original name still exists in the records. This said, it might help if they are not willing to dig in too much, and any attempts to say you are looking for illegal work or what not could be overriden, but then this is just a guess. Truth is that 16 days is nothing, and it shouldn’t be much of a problem once the fine is paid but as you say your passport may not help. Entering as a French could mean that you could request help from the French authorities if Germany didn’t allow you to enter, so that could help too. I recommend you call the French consulate and explain this, see what they say. Otherwise you might run into, unfairly, long term problems for your plans. Please let us know what you learn!

      • st says:

        thank you! i guess what i’m trying to ask is isn’t being the spouse of a EU-citizen reason enough for any Schengen ban they might put on me, to be lifted? i know that in America if you have overstayed your visa but are married to an American, your ban gets lifted.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hey there. I’m not sure, I can’t confirm this. To make sure you get information 100% reliable I recommend you contact Immigration via email or by phone and ask this same question, requesting a written answer (maybe call and ask them to please let you know via email?).

          • st says:


            I just thought I’d let you know: my lawyer just told me that my case is closed without a fine/penalty.

            I just hope nothing goes wrong after this.

            Good luck to everyone!

          • maitravelsite says:

            Great to know ST, congratulations!

    • Bela says:


      I have just realise I have overstayed by 20 days by the time my flight is booked out (in a week & a half) .

      Can I ask what your fine was?

      Also I am in Germany now & my flight home is from Norway. Will I get picked up flying from Germany to Oslo? Will they allow me to continue my transit flight through?

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi Bela,

        20 days is not much so you should be fine. If anything you will be fined, but that should be about it…as long as home is not Irak, Syria Afghanistan or one of the countries in the news for all the wrong reasons…

  151. franklin says:

    Hello I am franklin, I am a nigerian but I travelled with a 3months visa to israel for chopping. But very silly of me I overstayed with 13month. Pls advice me I want to travel back to nigeria. What is the penalty, fine and will the consulate give me another visa back to israel cos I like to come back next year. Thanks

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Franklin,

      You overstayed a lot and what will happen is difficult to know right now. Apparently overstaying your allotted time elicits a fine of 135NIS per month – this can be sorted out at Ministry of the Interior offices or Ben-Gurion airport, but not at land borders. I strongly recommend you call Israel Immigration to see what they say and also your consulate in case you need backup support. I doubt you will be allowed to return to Israel next year or in a long time, but then who knows…I hope this helps a bit, good luck and let us know how things go as I’m sure others will like to know.

      • abstergo says:

        Hi,do you have any updated information about it?My visa expired at the end of september and I leave israel in February (so I can do Aliyah in july).

  152. Ying says:

    I am a Chinese but a permanent resident in US. I inadvertently overstayed in the Schengen area for 10 more hours than the expiration date (or i can say 1 day). Luckily, I was not stopped by the border in Switzerland. I am not sure whether they did not see that or they just ignored it. Of course, the exit stamp shows one later day than the date on the visa stamp. But I am still very worried about the visa for the next entry. Is it going to be a problem for next entry? Is it going to affect my permanent resident status? Thanks.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Ying! If you were not told anything you’re completely fine and don’t have to worry about anything. Plus ten hours is really nothing, so keep traveling and have fun!

  153. camila says:

    Im Mexican and I overstayed my French tourist visa by 7 days because I had problems buying the flight ticket and I want to return in November, im very scared that they will not allow me to enter to France again, do you know if I will have problems? Thank you

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Camila! A week is not much time so you should be fine. If pulled aside make sure you explain what happenned and show receipts of tourist attractions you may have visited during your stay- if you’re still in France. If you left already and weren’t told anything all should be good. Hope this helps!

  154. Amber says:

    I have a relative who has overstayed his visitor visa and has been living in the UK for the past two years. He is American and has a USA passport which is about to expire soon. Would he be better off renewing the passport at the US Embassy or flying back to the USA to renew it? I worry he might not get back into the country again if there’s some database being kept on everyone. (The UK entry stamp is the only stamp in his passport). He isn’t ready to move back to the USA yet for reasons too complicated to get into here and needs at least another 6 months in the uk while his family works out some problems in the USA. Basically he has nowhere to go in the USA right now. We don’t know what to do!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Amber, I renewed my US passport once while in Australia, but things have changed since and now all passports are sent to the USA where they are re-issued. The thing is that when you take the passport to the embassy they will notice that he has overstayed, and could ask questions or even start a process to have him out. He has overstayed for quite some time so I think he will unfortunatelly run into rugged terrain. Because of this I don’t want to suggest you go one way or the other, and instead suggest you contact the US embassy anonymously (make up a name), explain the situation brefly and see what they say. Hope this helps and please let us know how things work!

      • Amber says:

        Thanks for the reply. I might be wrong but I thought you could make an appointment at the US Embassy in London if your flight is within two weeks and get the passport the same day. I’ll have to double check that now because I’m doubting myself. I suppose this is an old trick but might it be helpful to accidentally put the passport through the wash or losing it completely? It’s too bad things are so precarious these days that I’d even think of suggesting that, I know it’s terrible. I wish I knew if records were kept on file and accessible for every traveller or do they still have to look at the stamps on your passport. I think I may have to give the US Embassy a call next week, though I actually DID try calling there yesterday but couldn’t work my way out of the voicemail system. If anyone knows the secret to get through to a live person I’d appreciate it!

        • maitravelsite says:

          I’m not sure about this Amber, it is possible that requirements vary depending on what country you are in so you cold be very much correct. As for “loosing the passport” it is probable that his entry was logged when arriving as most UK airports do have digital scanners…

  155. Pierre says:

    I am in Mexico since January as a tourist and visa expires on 7th July, As i want to go back in my country there is no place available in the airplane and i don’t want to be deported. what can i do in order to prevent all those prolem?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Pierre. Where in Mexico are you? If close to the border you can go to one and leave the country for 72 hours and re-enter, you’ll be given another 6 months (depending on where your passport is from). Another option is to pay 1500 MXN(at customs) to get a new 6 month tourist visa. This second option is in theory illegal, but widely accepted and popular. The agent will keep the money for himself and that’s it. If not close to a border, just walk to the closest immigration office, expose your case and the second option will probably be given. Yes, I speak from experience. Hope this helps! 🙂

  156. wena says:

    My fiance is a Korean national overstaying here in the Philippines for 3 years now. We have a 3 year old daughter and I really wish he could at least go back to his home country to find a job and eventually petition for us to join him there. I’ve been supporting our family with all the bills, house rent, utilities, food, etc with a little help from him, through lents from his friends, I don’t want to complain but I want to change our situation because our baby is growing with needs. How can he go back to his home country when we don’t have any money to pay for his overstaying penalty? Whats the best thing to do? I don’t want him to suffer jail. Deportation and banning is expected but will he suffer jail time if he surrenders without any money for fine? If he go to korean embassy and ask for help, will he just be deported without going to immigration jail?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Wena, this is a very sensitive subject. Do you know how much the penalty is? From what I know sometimes it is not very big in the Philippines. I recommend he calls his consulate and explain the situation without him giving his real name initially just in case. Once he figures out what can happen and what to do he can call again this time giving his real info. Hope this helps? Please get back to me letting me and other readers know hot it’s going on…

      • wena says:

        thank u for that idea… the penalty as we have asked should amount to about 3,000-3,500 dollars.

        • wena says:

          Because of your idea, it came to my mind to email the consulate with this question. Thank you and will let you know what’s gonna happen in the future. 🙂

      • maitravelsite says:

        Wow, 3000 USD seems an awful lot to me, was the provider of the information reputable? Yes, contact the consulate and see what they say. It would be good to follow up with a call too.. you’re most welcom and please keep us posted 🙂

        • wena says:

          The estimate came from a korean office who provides visa extensions to koreans, last year the estimate was about 2,500 USD so we assume its about 3,000 by now. Also I have computed it myself based on the fees found in Philippine immigration website. However, if this can be paid my husband won’t suffer deportation or block listing according to the korean office. He doesn’t even have to go out of the country. This must be because of the amnesty the government has implemented for overstaying aliens who will voluntarily surrender.

  157. Ralph says:

    Hi i am a US citizen who 20 months ago came to the Philippines and got married and have stayed even though my visa expired after 21 days. I need to return to the states to help my family what steps should i take and what consequences can i expect. my funds have evaporated and need help can any one offer advise.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Ralph, the Filipino tourist visa is indeed for 21 days, but you have been there much longer. Expect at least a fine which can vary in amount, but the fact that you got married will probably help. My suggestion is you contact Filipino immigration to ask what you have to do to change your status (might be a legal resident now) and also what to expect regarding fines. Hope this helps.

  158. David le Roux says:

    I overstayed my Taiwan tourist visa by about 150 days (very silly of me). About 5 days before I was due to leave I went to the foreign police to pay my fine, to which they informed me I would be held in a detention block until I was to fly out. I had a mini-meltdown, and was told that if I had someone to ‘act as my guarantor’ I would be allowed to leave and stay with them. Luckily my Taiwanese friend did this for me. I was told that I was blocked from returning to Taiwan for the length of my overstay.

    A few months later I was in Thailand and decided I wanted to return to Taiwan, so I applied at the consulate in Bangkok. My visa was denied because stupidly I miscalculated my length of overstay. I have not tried to reapply until now.

    My question is; after 4 years, will they deny my visa on the grounds that I tried to apply while I was blocked. On the visa application it asks you to check a box if you “have been denied a visa in the past”. Should I check this box, or should I say no ive not been denied. Is honesty the best policy in this situation. Its been nearly 5 years.

    • maitravelsite says:

      I would be honest. It has been 4 years and you should be fine by now, and if they find you are not being so you could be banned for life- not worth it if you like Taiwan as much as I do!

  159. Sandra says:

    Can my husband still file for me , We just got married but cannot find the passport with the expired visa.

  160. Fernando says:

    Hi !

    I have a very important question. I came to USA 2 months ago with the ESTA visa. I don’t want to exceed the number of days that I’m allowed to be here (90 days), so I would like you to double check if I am on time, or if i have to change my reservation and flight one day before.

    I arrived on April 4th.

    My return flight departs on July 2nd from USA, and I arrive to Spain on July 3rd (local time).

    Please, confirm if I am inside the 90 days period allowed. Do they consider the depart day (July 2nd) or the arrival day (July 3rd) for the return flight??

    Thank you so much, I really apreciatte it.


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Fernando,

      You’re perefectly fine, no worries 🙂 And they consider the departure date, not the arrival one. Enjoy your summer!

  161. F says:

    hey im a student in serbia. i just realized this 90/180 rule couple days ago. i overstayed my 180 days by about two weeks. (15 days about). am a student here so for the last 4 yrs i have been living here with a legit student visa. this yr when it expired outside of the country i thought ill ride out the rest of my time with a tourist (90/180) visa. now because of incorrect calculation i went over. i know for sure there is going to be a penalty. im going to the station tomorrow to turn myself in lol. do you know if i can still get a student visa because i am still a student in the school? or was i not supposed to do what i did, and because i didnt get a student visa to begin with, seeing i am a student, im in deep trouble? so do you kno if there is a fine, ban, what should i expect, will they not give me a student visa? should i talk to my embassy first? or just go tomorrow and see what happens? thanks for the help. hopefully i get your response before i go tomorrow to calm my nerves.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi there,

      My first recommendation would be that you call your school and let them know about your situation. The school has to have a lawyer, and if you’re going to continue studying there they could advocate for you. 2 weeks is not really that much, so you could be OK, but I would also call you consulate and give them a heads up and, while at it, ask what you should expect. If anything I think you’ll be fined, but this could be quite hefty. Again what happens will depend on the mood of the people you deal with…best of lucks and let us know how it works out for you!

      • F says:

        I have papers signed by the school with stamps and all that confirm that i am still enrolled. what do you mean by hefty? is 200-300 euros enough or will it be more? i will definitely call my consulate in the morning. and i will keep you updated on how it turns out, thanks a lot! it was reassuring to here a second opinion.

        • maitravelsite says:

          The papers should help for sure. As for hefty, I mean 1,100 Euros…yeah ,make sure you call your consulate and again I recommend you call your school too as maybe even a rep may go with you, who knows how involved they want to be. Good luck and let us know!

          • F says:

            So everything worked out fine in my case. Went to the police station and their biggest beef with me was i did not have an entry stamp (Many people have this problem esp if you travel with a tour bus :/). So I was issued another student visa. Ill consider myself lucky. 😀
            But i went back home earlier this year, and when i was boarding the plane to return to Serbia, the immigration officer told me i could not go unless I had a return ticket. I said NO, but i have a visa. So i after some confusion (maybe because the visa is in cyrillic) they told me im free to go to serbia without the return ticket.
            Even as a US citizen via VWP, do we need return tickets to any country, to re-insure the country we wont be overstaying?

  162. Roger says:

    I am an American citizen who has been in Romania for 84 days. I would like to extend my stay until December. Do you know if that is possible at this late day?

    If I do decide to stay here do you have any idea what the fine will be and how long I will be banned from returning?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Roger, it may be too late but you never really know until you ask, I would make a phone call asking about it. As for the second point, it really depends on the mood of the people you deal with, but the fine can amount to 600 USD per person and the ban could be 6 months to a year. From what I’ve read you’re supposed to apply for the extension at least 30 days prior to due leaving day…hope this helps!

      • james says:

        from experience, i am american , in romania (stayed over 120 days)
        the first time they didn’t notice or say anything

        the second time, (stayed 5 months) they were trying to take $250 (or euro?) FINE PLUS 1year BAN .. but talked my way out of it after like 20 minutes and delayed the plane; since i truly did not know the rule.

        the third time, they didn’t even notice. (stayed 11 months)

  163. Daniyal says:

    I am from Pakistan and I have been working in Malaysia for 16 months,my problem is that I came to Malaysia in December 2012 but I got my work permit in July 2013 that means I was illegal for 6 months,and now I want to go back to my country,do I need to change my passport or will I have to give them 6 months penalty fees

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Daniyal, I’m not 100% sure on this but I think that if you were given the work permit and it is still valid you should be fine, as it is granting you authorization to be there. They cannot be retroactive with fees as, according to your documents (from what I understand) you are fine right now. Is this the case?

  164. canadian France says:


    i am a canadian and have been to France since feb 07 .2014 I got informed couple of weeks ago about the 90 days rule when i was actually looking for ways to work here as i have fallen in love with the place and with a certain mr. I am going back to Canada in 2 weeks and would like to know if any1 has overstayed the 90 days. I also intend to apply for the visa holiday work for under 30 years.

    Thanks for all input i have been looking all over the net to find testimonies in both french and english with no luck (sigh)

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey there,

      Plenty of people have overstayed and France is one of the least enforcing countries in Europe regarding the visa stay, so your chances of leaving the country to Canada without being spoted are good. This said it usually comes to the mood of the customs agent who inspects your passport so whatever happens is impossible to be sure of. You haven’t overstayed much though so I think you will be OK…

  165. usman says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am Pakistani, and came here in Malysia on Visit visa, Now i m working here since 8 month (overstay), I want to work legally, please tell me way how i can get legally work visa. (how much malysian government will charge me for getting legalally work visa)


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Usman. I strongy recommend you contact your local consulate, but as you have overstayed I have the feeling it won’t be authorized unless an employer advocates for you. Can this happen?

      • usman says:


        Please tell me clearly what should i do, I have no any kind of documents prove, where should i contact to work with legally in Malysia, and also tell me how much malysian government will charge to me for overstay.

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Usman,

          The official fee used to be 30RM per overstayed day and a minimum one of 3000 once 30 days have gone by. This said it also depends on what country you are from as apparently there is a new lower fee for Filipinos (and maybe other countries?). If you don’t have a job offer ( I can’t help with this) you won’t be allowed to stay and there will be the fee which may be huge. Contact the Pakistani embassy in Malaysia for more up to date help- I found their info online here http://embassy-finder.com/pakistan_in_kuala-lumpur_malaysia.

          Hope this helps Usman

  166. Reena Chamling says:

    hi ,my brother had overstayed in malaysia.He surrendered and returned to India in Emergency Certificate in 2012. He applied for passport and got it. Now he wants to go to Malaysia and marry his girlfriend in tourist visa.He is applying for tourist visa but the embassy is refusing the visa ? what can be the reason.Is he banned fron re entering.they had told him 6 months ban but now its already 2 years.please help.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Reena, with what you’re telling me he should be all right, but I think they are refusing to give him the visa because they suspect he will overstay again. They shouldn’t do this, but they can, and they have something to hold on to. I suggest he speaks with the consulate and the his girlfriend advocates for him from there, via local consulates or embasies… I suppose she cannot travel to his country? Let me know and sorry for the delay in the response.

  167. Chris says:

    Really strange (and possibly offensive) question, but I’m currently working on a tourist visa in Vietnam and the time is coming for a mandatory “visa run” in a couple of weeks. Business is really slow for me right now, so I’m afraid I won’t be able to come up with the money in time. Question: Could I possibly just stay here for however long I need, and then report the passport lost/stolen and just purchase another from my embassy when I have the money? Kind of scummy I know, but it is what it is haha.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hey Chris! Good idea, however it is an old trick …haha…you could try but in theory you should know until when you can be in the country . Once the passport is missing you are supposed to notify the country…but if it’s only for a few days it could work. What country are you in?

  168. mercy says:

    I have overstayed in India on my business visa (around 2 months)2 years ago and since then i have never step in to India. I have been traveling within African but Now, i plan to visit India would i have any problem of entering to India again pls is urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Mercy, if you were banned back then you should have been notified for how long. If you were not, you were OK all the time, and you should be by now as well; 2 months is not much time. To know for sure I recommend you call your consulate and ask them to check- they should be able to. Hope this helps!

  169. hello sir,

    my name is sharad. my sister and brother from india and now there are in paris and they went for a visit visa and now they overstay since 1 year if they want to come india then what should i need to do? please sir reply me as soon as possible.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sharad,

      They have only two options: trying to leave the country without having the passports checked (pure luck) or calling the Indian consulate for advice. The conequences of the overstay can vary, from an almost 1000 euro fine, to being banned from re-entering the Schengen zone in a few years to deportation. If they don’t plan on returning any time soon they may want to test their luck, being aware that the fine exists. They may also want to travel overland to a non-schengen country when heading back…

  170. Kelly says:

    Please Help me!! i just realized i am in serious trouble last month when i discovered that overstaying in Singapore is not just a small offence that just by paying the fine will be able to settle things for me. My parents bought an apartment for me, and the property is also under my name, so i’m half an owner. Due to some emotional problems, my overstay became unplanned and it just dragged longer and longer. what should i do now, as i am terrified after reading bout the penalties online.

    • Kelly says:

      i’m Malaysia by the way, i haf been working here since year 2010, married a sporean year 2012 but divored 2013 Feb. After that i had a temporary work permit printed from online but i quit in April. And ever since, i had been staying in Spore without a job, and isolated myself at home till now.

      • maitravelsite says:

        You quit in April 2013 right? I strongly recommend you contact the Malaysian consulate asap to explain your case. A statement from a certified doctor certifying you have been diagnosed with some sort of depression will probably help your case…

        Very sorry to hear all this Kelly, but don’t worry you’ll be OK. This said, once married to the Singaporean were you given some sort of green card or citizenship? If this is the case you could still have it because most times divorcing does not null this status, which means you’d be just fine. Let me know!

        • Kelly says:

          i quit last year in April, so it’s over a year now but i had enuf money to get by so that was how i ended up isolating myself and eating my emotional. During these times i never consulted a doctor, if i do see a psychiatrist now i am afraid they would not accept and thought this is just another lame excuse. My marriage was short, i am not sure about any green card but we did apply for PR back then. But it was never granted and i thought i should at least be under dependant pass or something. My ex husband is not in the country and i don’t know who else to ask. Thanks for the earlier advice. i really hope the fine won’t be 6K but i certainly do not want to be canned or put in prison because i overstayed in my own home in another country. i seriously did not know bout this until last week.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Sorry to hear you’re in this situation. Without a doubt the best thing you can do is ask your consulate for hands on advice- perhaps they are able to deal with Singapre immigration in a way you can’t. How long have you overstayed?

      • Kelly says:

        Bout a year or 14mths.

        • maitravelsite says:

          My best suggestion is that you contact your consulate asap Kelly, they should be able to help much better than I can. The fact that you own property should also help somehow I guess… I’d like to hear how this turns our for you, will you get back to us please?

          • Kelly says:

            i called the Malaysian embassy, and the only thing they told me over the phone is that they could not help me and it is not their issue. So i went and surrender myself to ICA on Monday, 2 days ago to seek for further advice. They left me in their interview room for 3 hrs, and no one entertained my issue until around 6pm when the place is closed down. They had me cuffed and sent me to the lock up. i stayed there till a recorder came over to interrogate me and we went over my issues over and over again, with the dates i overstayed. After that, he told me me i would probably be facing the court (which will sentence me for jail term and a fine) or, a warning. At the meantime, he granted me a special pass of 2wks, and i shall need to return to ICA again on the 18th to learn bout the result of the investigation. They also told me, even if i informed the Malaysian consulate, they will not be able to help. i hope you find this informative, and that this would become of help to others in future who had overstayed in Singapore more than 90 day, as in my case, it was 460 days.

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hi Kelly,

            So sorry to hear this. Singaporeans are known to be very strict with their laws. Kelly, I would call the Malaysian embassy again and if they don’t do anything call Immigration in your country and let family members know. I could understand a fine but jail time seems over the top to me, so you want to make sure other people know your whereabouts. Again the local embassy should be informed too.

            Thank you very much for taking the time to get back to me and sharing your story, it provides a lot of insight into how things work there. Stay in touch if you can, hopefully after the 18th all you’ll have is a fine?

  171. nso says:

    when you overstay in india one month they stamp you dark red stamp on your passport what dose it mean.

  172. Sid says:

    Hi my name is sid i’m from india last year in june i been indonesia jakarta by voa visa but now i’m in batam but now going to 6 or 7 month already i’m overstay here but now i want to go back my country india i have found only for ticket i don’t have any money to pay fine to immigration plz help me i don’t care thay give me red stamp on my passport i just want to go back plz reply faster

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sid,

      From what you say you overstayed the voa by 6 or 7 months right? If I were you and didn’t care about being given a red stamp just go to the airport, the worst thing that can happen is that you get deported which would be a free flight anyhow… though you might get questioned a bit. Hope this helps and good luck!

  173. nike says:

    Am srilankan. Now am living in switzerland last 6 years. 7 years before i visit malaysia but when i exit i didnt get stamped. Now am holding new passport l. Again i plan to visit malaysia. Is there will any problem? Can i go malaysia without any problem? Please help

    • nike says:

      Please help me if any 1 can 4 me

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi there Nike, I replied a few minutes ago, please sea thread. Again sorry for the delay but you’re fine, nothing to worry about 🙂

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi there Nike, I’m very sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Don’t worry if you did not get stamped on your way out, it’s not really mandatory but it is a good idea to ask for it just in case ( in some countries they won’t do it even if you ask for it!). You will not have a problem and can visit the Malaysia again at ease. Relax and enjoy your trip!

  174. Risha says:

    Hello Sir… Pls help me regarding my issue… Actually I’m a Malaysian citizen girl and my boyfriend is from India… The problem is… He was overstayed here for 3 years and have been caught and deported to his home country… If let say he was banned from entering Malaysia for sometime… Is that possible that I go to his country and register marriage over there and give the marriage details at Malaysian embassy in India and is that I can bring him back to Malaysia as my spouse with new passport??? Pls give me any idea Sir… Need ur help…

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Risha,

      If you’re married then this could probably overrule the ban, but I’m not sure. I recommend you ask the closest Malaysian consulate without giving away too much information about who you are. Another option that comes to mind: if you’re married, how easy would it be for him to get the Malaysian citizenship? This may be easier and quicker…

      Hope this helps?

  175. heartbeat says:

    Hi federico,

    I have some questions, if you are ban to enter in one country due to overstaying. Can he/she travel in another country?

    Hope you can help.



    • maitravelsite says:

      Absolutely, unless it is a country from the Schengen zone in which the person cannot visit a member state. Hope this helps! 🙂

  176. Paola says:

    Hi, I had a UK student visa until January 17th 2014 and traveled to Iceland from October 1st to November 25th 2013, so it fell within the timeframe of my student visa, do you know if that still counts as going into the Schengen zone? Thanks so much!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Well, the Schengen visit gives you time to spend in the zone within 180 days (the 90/180 rule) so those days you were out do not count. Hope this helps!

      • Paola says:

        Sorry, I’m still a bit confused. You mean the almost 2 months I spent in Iceland do not count as entering the Schengen area and as part of my 90/180 days period?

        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Paola, I have double checked and Iceland is a member of the EFTA which means that it participates in the Schengen area and therefor the time you spent there counts too. Sorry for the confusion!

  177. valerie says:

    My friend wishes to apply for 3 week tourist visa to uk.If granted for 6 months is it possible for him to remain in uk up to time visa expires as long as leaves before expired date. Would this cause problems when applying for future visas to the uk if only said in application only coming for 3 weeks

    • maitravelsite says:

      If he is granted 6 months he/she can of course stay those 6 months without a problem. If she only stays those 3 weeks she can apply again in the future; depending on what country the passport is from the visa may be a multiple entry one, meaning that your friend can leave after 3 weeks, return a month later for a week for example, leave again and so on for 6 months. I would confirm with the closest UK consulate about this last possibility. Hope this helps!

  178. Khan says:

    hello, i have lived in the UK from 2004 till september 2009, however my visa was valid till July 2009 during this time i did apply for a UK visa renewal but it was rejected by the home office due to wrong format of the school letter. by the time i receive the application my visa was already expired and i was told to leave the country in 30 days, i left the UK. in 2012 i applied for a visit visa to UK and i was refused the visa. can you please tell me if there is anything i can do to since i the refusal was caused due to wrong format on the visa letter issued from the college. also will this affect me if i apply for Schengen visa.

  179. Phillip says:

    Hey Federico,

    My problem here is that my stay in the USA is exactly 90 days, my flight date is on the 90th day, however when I return to Australia, it is 2 days over my 90 day stay, due to time zone differences.

    Will this affect me with re-entering the USA ?

    I am on the ESTA (Visa Waiver Program that is valid for 2 years) VISA.

  180. edo says:

    my story is that i ovestay my visa to denmark for 15 days without being aware because they gave me visa for 45 days but in the days number only 25 days so i thought my visa is for 45 any way after i back home i tried to get a new visa to visit my wife and my son again but they send me letter that i can’t get a visa for the present and not obtain a visa till 2016 so my wife is willing to move to sweden for runification familly there
    my question is if she sent me a visa to fallow her there to be as non eu company do you think i will get a visa or no cuz of what happened?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Edo, I’m sorry but I don’t quite understand you. You say you got a visa for 45 days but only stayed 25 and they won’t let you in? That can’t be…I must be getting it wrong, can you please explain further?

      • edo says:

        sorry if i can’t explain well
        it’s written in my visa from 18/05/2013 till 01/07/2013 and in the visa there a place which wriiting in it days which gave me 25 days in it ….any way when i applied again they sent me letter which i can’t quarantine visa for 3 years becouse i stayed more then 25 days which they gave me…..the important thing for me now if i can get a visa to sweden when my wife move there and send me one or no??

  181. fatuma says:

    hello,im in norway and was supposed to be here 90 days,but the embassy wrote a date tht exceeds 90 days on my passport,im i supposed to go back on the date they wrote on my passport though it exceeds 90 days?

  182. Andrea says:

    Hi there! I have dual citizenship, Guatemalan-German. The thing is, I arrived in Guatemala 5 months ago and entered with the German Passport and of course, now I probably have already a fine to pay, having overstayed 90 days. Do you think once I renew the German Passport the fine will still come up when I leave the coutry? Do you think they will actually make me pay the fine (since I’m also Guatemala)?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Andrea,

      You say you have the dual citizenship so I assume you also have two passports. You should be fine, as I have done that myself in Europe with the dual passports I have (USA/ Spain) and never had a problem. Simply depart with your Guatemalan passport and you should be OK. Hope this helps!

  183. joe says:

    i overstayed my visa in india 3 months and same time my passport lost, so i come back to my home contry and get a police report for a new passport and got new passport with a different passport number but my name and rest of my details are still same can i use it and inter india agian.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Were you notified of being banned to enter the country? If you weren’t you should be able to, but it would be best if you call the closest India consulate to you for an answer specific to your case… hope this helps!

  184. nubs nubby says:

    hi good day, ive been lookimg around for this past few days and i cant find any answer, and i see this site so i told myself there is no harm in trying and asking question. 🙂 im going for a tourist visa in germany and my employer will gonna help tme to get a working visa once i get there is this possible that i can get working visa? cause if he send the contract here will take a long so he wants that ill be there asap. can you enlighten me cause im afraid that if ill go there they will send me back and reject it.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Nubs,

      The process varies among countries: in some you have to get the employment visa before you get there and in others you have to be there to get the employment offer. I strongly recommend your employer sends you a job offer letter so you have a document to stand by, and in the meantime I would call the closest Germany consulate and ask what is best. In any case when a company really wants you the most common practice is for you to start working and the company to apply for the visa while you’re on the job. When you go simply enter as a tourist and then your immigration status will be changed by your employer ( I have experienced this myself). Hope this helps and good luck with your new job!

  185. shanthi says:

    helo sir
    my friend go to malaysia on july2010 muliple entry tourist visa for 30 days and further extend one month,but bad time he register to 6p programme for employment,but after he surrender everything to putrajaya imigration with conformed fligt ticket during 6p program running on december the recive everything and give a memo letter pass named persutan memo valid with 7 day.they not ask any fine
    after go to the airport with memo counter give the letter and passport he ask 30rm and give the chop and wrote the pen on passport ‘im-101/HQ-E/1140/03/11.my qustion is my friend can re enter malaysia with working visa,if he baned how many years

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Shanti, I am not sure I fully understand your question, but i think I have an idea.. This said if he was banned from re-entering he would have been notified. Also, if the visa was given after all this happened he should be able to re-enter the country without problems. Just in case I would call the closest Malaysian consulate just to confirm. Hope this helps!

  186. Ting says:

    I found myself overstaying in the Schengen Area by accident recently, as I omitted to include my 2-mth stay earlier in summer. I had went back home for 2 months and returned, completing forgetting the need to check up on the 90/180 rule. I thought I had 90 days in my trip when I only had 30 days. Imagine my shock when I finally realised a few days before I departed that I have been overstaying by almost 2 months.

    My original departure point was from Amsterdam, but decided not to risk it. Having flown from Schipol several times, I know Dutch immigrations are notoriously strict on their entry + exit.

    Meanwhile, I found out that Denmark has a bilateral agreement with certain nationalities (eg: US, AU, NZ, Singapore, Japan etc.) that grants an additional 90 days on top of the Schengen 90 days. Seemed to me like a pretty obscure rule as I did not come across this anywhere in any forums. My embassy (Singapore), was not even aware of this. Nonetheless, I had it confirmed by the Danish embassy (who also needed some time to double check the existence of this rule). So, all good.

    As there aren’t no border controls in Schengen, there was a grey area I could play around with. My plan was to claim I entered Denmark by car much earlier.

    So, I made my way from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. When I arrived at the customs, I passed my passport to the officer, fully prepared to be questioned. To my surprise, he merely looked at my photo page, and handed my passport back to me. No flipping of pages to look for my entry stamps, no exit stamps, nothing! I have to say, I was slightly disturbed by not having an exit stamp but I was certainly not going back to ask for one!!

    On hindsight, flying out from Copenhagen was a really good choice and I’m glad I made it! I am pretty sure I would have gotten into trouble leaving from Amsterdam…

  187. Ogaga says:

    Hey is really nice of you here replying..please this my question am from african and i got a czech tourist visa and i traveled to italy and then sweden where i overstay my visa for 6months,will i be banned from entering eu zone.

  188. David says:


    I’ve got a question that no one seems to be able to answer so far…I’m currently living in Spain with a Foreigner ID card. My visa expired in December, but the ID card lets me stay in the European Union until May 31. My mother and I would like to travel to Italy for a bit less than three weeks, starting May 31. Since my ID card expires, I was planning on leaving Spain by June 2 so as not to overstay in the country by too long. But do you think I will have any problems getting into or out of Italy?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi David,

      I’m not 100% on your case s but visas are what limit how long you can be in a country, so you should have left already. This said Italy and Spain are somewhat permissive countries with expiration dates and all that, but if you plan on leaving in June it is 6 months overdue. Whatever happens is anyone’s guess. If you left a month or so later you’d be OK but 6…

  189. Jai says:

    heloo sir i m jai verma i ws in singapore last march hve TEP pass its like 4 months i ws working in sg 4 months and after this i go to malaysia i got one month visa for malaysia i stay there one month before one month i give my passport to a agent for work visa but he never give me back my passport two months and take my money and go away after this he call me and give my passport bck without my visa ws overstay last 2 months and after this i meet one guy he stemped on my passport and with counter settings he send me to thailand and i got thailand visa and after i mke tickets and come to india … but now i want to goback malaysia again my fiance is there i want to get marry her …what i ill do tell me plss guide me….. its vry urgent reply me sir … if u can give ur contact no i ill call u plss or u call me +91********* i need ur help ,,,plssss

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Jai,

      First of all just wanted you to note that I have deleted your number- there are many bad people out there who could call you and do things they should not; I recommend you don’t make it public.
      This said, I read that you have been trusting many out there who have abused your good will. There are many fake agents out there so my recommendation is that you never give your passport to any other than an official government or consulate. I have read your comment in detail and I believe you have not been banned from visiting any of the countries you have been to, so apparently you should be able to get a visa for Malaysia again. What concerns me more is the counterfeit stamp (I suppose you mean fake) there is on your passport. If I were you I would call the Malaysian consulate, say you cannot find your passport and that you want to go there. Explain that you overstayed your visa but nothing happened on your way out and that you want to know if you can get a replacement passport if your situation is good. Hope this helps!

  190. Vikram says:

    hello sir i m vicky my brother is in malaysia he went there on tourist visa but that is expired now may be overstaying there over 3 months and he caught by police what can he do he dont want to come to india what have to do sir

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Vicky. Unfortunately he will probably be deported and maybe fined, there is no way around this. I strongly recommend you contact your embassy or consulate and let them know of the situation if you are not able to contact your brother easily. The only way out that I can think of is if he has a job offer and the company hiring him can request a change in the visa status…

  191. Vikram says:

    hello Sir i m vicky i want to ask something my brother caught in malaysia by police he has expired visa and what will they do ??? will they send him in India we dont want that they do like this is there any solution to stay there more

  192. reet says:

    hello sir,my name is reet i m from india but now i m in malaysia.last year 6nov,2012 i came malaysia on visit visa.after that so many agent cheated me nd i m overstay from 1yr,3month.now u cn help m to get working visa in malaysia.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Reet. I understand that you overstayed your visa in Malaysia for 1 year and three months, are now back in India and want to go back to Malaysia? Were you banned from entering? There is only one way you can get a working visa and that is through official channels (if you want to do it legally). Try contacting a different consulate other than the one you used last time – this will reduce the probability of them remembering your case. Not sure if there is much more I can do…

  193. Aby says:

    Hi i am a nigerian student studying in the uk with a uk resident permit. I am vacating in schengen area but just discovered that I have overstayed my duration of stay by 8 days unknowingly even though my visa is still valid. My question is will I be stopped from entering back into the uk?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Aby. You won’t be denied permission from entering in the UK, don’t worry. Worst thing that can happen is that you are fined and banned from entering EU for a while, but I don’t think even this will happen because you just overstayed for a little over a week. Just stay calm at customs and tell them the truth if questioned. Hope you had a great trip!

      • Aby says:

        Thanks a million for your prompt reply. I have been having a nervous breakdown since I discovered the overstay. I pray everything works out fine. I surely will post back when I make it into the uk by the grace of God.

        • maitravelsite says:

          No worries Aby 🙂 Don’t worry, your overstay has been accidental and in any case it is just by a few days. It would help if you can show up at the airport with some tickets of hostels/ hotels you have stayed in during your trip or tickets of attractions. But I am quite confident you should be fine. Hopefully you get a nice customs agent who’s in a good mood…this makes a huge difference!

          • Aby says:

            Just to let you know that I am back to the uk. My passport was stamped out in Spain without any hassle by the immigration officer. I was not asked any questions,I was just treated like every other traveller. When I got to the uk, the immigration officer was more particular about my resident permit in the uk. Did not mention anything about my overstay. What a great relief it was for me. Next time I will be more careful not to commit such mistake again, it’s not worth it at all.
            Do you think I can still ask for visa to visit schengen area again? Or is it possible that I might have been banned without them mentioning any thing to me? Thank God for everything and thanks for your reassurance.

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hey Aby, so good to hear from you, and even better to know that all went well as I expected it to! 🙂 Yeah, those small mistakes can cause more than a headache, but fortunately you just overstayed a few days so you were fine.
            I am pretty sure you can ask for a Schengen visa again. If you had been banned you would have been informed on the spot. Hope you enjoy your next trip, would be great if you connect with me via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/maitravelsite so we can see where you’re out and about. Happy travels! 🙂

  194. Pixie says:

    Hi, I’m mexican and have a tier 4 (student) visa until January 17th next year. I want to stay in Europe with the 90 days that I can be there as a tourist but the mexican embassy told me that I cannot start the 90 days Schengen visa waiver right after my UK visa, is this true in your experience? If I go to Morocco for a few days and then come back to Spain, for example, will they not want to give me the visa waiver? Thanks so much!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hola Pixie! As I think you are pointing out you are right saying that Mexicans don’t need a Schengen visa, like the Chileans don’t either. I do think though that you would be allowed to visit for 90 days Europe after the student visa expires; the visas are for different purposes and have rules of their own, but then this is a personal opinion. If I were you I would call for example immigration in Spain (if you are going to enter EU from Morocco) and see what they say. Hope this helps!

  195. Kaylee says:

    Hi there! Great article, very informative although I have a quick question. I have been living in South Korea with my boyfriend for almost 90 days. In South Korea a tourist may visit without a visa for a total of 90 days. When I first arrived in Korea they stamped my passport with a stamp that allotted me a 90 day stay. I recently left South Korea and traveled to Japan for a weekend. When I returned to Korea, the embassy stamped my passport with another 90 day stay. Does this mean I can stay in Korea for another 90 days??
    Thank you!

  196. Gurpreet Singh says:

    Hi,I m from India.ny age 24.i want to that now I m in Malaysia and I got professional vissa,but I want to visit in Canada,can I get a temporary visit visa from Malaysia,,,?

  197. Taylor says:

    Hi, my name is Taylor and I have now been living in Ireland with my boyfriend for 5 months (I am a US citizen). We applied for de facto, but we’re not accepted. I was told I could stay in the country until we heard back from the embassy. We were notified in November that we didn’t get it, but nothing in the letter said how long I had to leave the country. Instead of paying to change my flight, I risked staying out my time until my departure flight at Christmas. Now my boyfriend and I want to spend some time traveling Europe after the holidays. If I were to fly back into Dublin after a few weeks at home, would I be okay coming back seeing as I have a reason for overstaying? And if I have proof to be leaving the country again after a couple months? Let me know what you think 🙂 .. Thanks!!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Taylor. There is no real way of knowing if it will be all right or not as only once you lave the country and go through customs will you know if you are being fined or banned from re-entering. I don’t think the later will happen, but as I say often depends on the mood of the officer. Proof of leaving the country later will not matter much because as you see it doesn’t really mean anything as it can be ignored… Hope this helps, I think you’ll be OK (except maybe a fine) but this is only an opinion to be taken with a grain of salt.

  198. kelechi says:

    thanks a lot by helping me i meet my home country india embassy they told me many be 2 year ban but i have question if i Chang that my passport number would they allow me to re enter india.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Kelechi,
      No worries. The embassy should be able to confirm the 2 year ban, and you cannot change your passport number- you’d have to get a new passport. The ban though is for the person not the passport, so if things work well the ban should be transferred to your new passport if you get one. This said they might not remember to do so so who knows… if it is very important for you and you have the spare money it would cost you you can apply for a replacement passport saying yours was lost and see what happens…

  199. kelechi says:

    i have 4 month india business visa writing not to exceed 45 days i stay in india 98 days not knowing that i will register at frro withing 14 days arrival when i want to live india to my home country they told me that have to meet frro Mumbai when i go there they told me i have to bring 2 small passport, address were am living, resit of what bought,finger print,after that they corrected fine of 1679 rubes they did not give me any paper i go back to my home country after 1 month letter i get fresh new visa to re enter india at mumbai port of enter they send me back without saying any thing please i want to know the problem urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello. From what you are saying you have been banned from re-entering India, but that does not make sense because they gave you a new visa. They should have told you why they are not letting you in, and frankly I cannot know either. I strongly recommend you call or preferably visit the nearest India consulate to your home and ask them to explain what is going on. They might not know either, but they have the tools and connections to find out. Hope this helps

  200. joshua says:

    Am Joshua by name i like to ask this question on this “stay not to exceed 45 days on each of your visit” does this means that if you exceed 45days you will need an exit to return back to your country & if you use an exit can you come back to India again ?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi. Why do you ask different questions under different names? This means exactly what it says, and if you stay for longer you can be fined or denied re-entry.

  201. obi says:

    i stay 3 month in india with 4 month business visa i register in frro late they charge me some rubes i go back to my home country can i re enter india in how many month gap?

  202. emeka says:

    i overstayed india with my business visa and same time my passport lost, so i go and get police report for a new passport and got new passport with a different passport number but my name and rest of my details are still same. can they allow me to re enter india ? urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi, I already replied when you asked under a different name. Please check a few positions down the comment list.

  203. kelechi says:

    i overstayed my visa and same time my passport lost, so i go and get police report for a new passport and got new passport with a different passport number but my name and rest of my details are still same. can any one explain how this work. will they know if i overstayed my visa? when i go back to that country. urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Kelechi. You should be fine. When you get a new passport there is usually a note in one of the final pages saying that the current passport is a replacement for a lost or stolen passport. They can know if you overstayed your visa though if they registered you when entering the country you are in…hope this helps!

  204. Lindsay says:

    Hello! My friend and I are studying in Dublin and we are supposed to re-register for immigration because we will be staying 18 days past the 90 we were given. We are running really really low on cash and don’t have money to pay the 150-300 euro fee to re-register, so what is the worse that could happen when we get on our flight to go back home?

    • maitravelsite says:

      The very worst thing that can happen is that you are denied entry again in the country, however I doubt this will happen. You could very well be given a fine though…

  205. james says:

    when you overstay multiple business visa in india 3month and ten days
    you want to go back to india again how many years
    ban? is urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      There is no definitive number of years for the ban. Each case is different and what happens depends a lot on the customs agents and people involved. Sorry I can’t be more precise.


  206. james says:

    when you overstay multiply business visa 4month and
    you want to go back to that country how many years
    ban? is urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi James,

      There is no official number and it depends a lot on the country in particular, as well as in the mood of the customs officials…

  207. nolly says:

    i was using a dependent visa but now malaysian immigration has denied me visa and i have already booked a flight to my country before my visa was denied. flight date 30th nov. visa expiring 20th nov so i have 10 days difference but the issue is all flights are booked before 20th. what do i do since i cant get a flight back to nigeria?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Nolly, I’m not sure I follow. I understand at the beginning that you already have the flight to Nigeria but then at the end you say you don’t? IF your Visa expires and you already have the flight booked and there are no more, I would contact the consulate and ask for a document to present to customs showing that the Visa was denied once you had the return flight booked. Should customs ask questions this should help (10 days is not much anyhow). I/m not sure I fully understand though…

  208. john says:

    my friend who is a business vissa in india had overstayed for 4 months and goes back to Japan. How long will he be banned from entering the india territory? is urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi John, it is very difficult to say because it really depends a lot on the people who are at customs and their mood- your friend might even get away by just paying the fine, but it’s pretty much impossible to know what will happen.

  209. nonso says:

    i have overstay on my business visa multiple three month and three weeks what
    will happen when i leave India can i enter India gain is urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Who knows Nonso, it really will depend on the customs agent you find. The worst that can happen is that you are fined and denied re-entry for some time.

  210. emeka says:

    that my visa is double entry 4months, before i go back to my country i register my visa in frro in mubia after they collate fine from me they did not say any thing,i go back to my country and stay like a month but another new visa 4months and i follow mubia they send me to my country pls my dear i want to know problem is ulgent pls.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Emeka,
      I am not sure I fully understand you, I’m very sorry. If you could explain in more detail or even better I strongly recommend India’s consulate or embassy in your country, they should be able to say exactly what is going on. In any case feel free to get back to me with some more details please…

  211. Giulia says:

    last year I volunteered in Uganda for three months. I got a single entry visa at the airport at my arrival, which was supposed to last 90 days, but the officer gave me only one month time without writing anything on it. I asked the responsible of the organization i worked for and he said i didnt have to worry. when i had to flight back the immigration officer told me i overstayed my visa but he didnt fine me, only asked me not to do the same in the future. now i am planning a trip back to volunteer again for the same lengh of time. I am worried they might refuse to allow me in the country this time. I called the ugandan embassy and they said it all depends on the officer that will be present there at my arrival. Have you ever heard anything about this?? I am really worried!

  212. emeka says:

    i have a business vissa 4month to india i stay 3month
    and two weeks in india go back to my country will i reinter
    india again

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Emeka, it depends on the kind of visa you have, if it is a multiple entry or not, etc. If it is then you still have two weeks left…

  213. zubair says:

    hi,am zubair from Pakistan,my plan come to the poland dong the job,but my country sum problem that-way polish government not give the job visa,so my plan is i m come to the poland with transit visa and after i apply again job visa soo this possible or not,plz i need the sum advise.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Zubair, the truth is that what you are suggesting is not really the way things are to be handled and most of the time job visas requested that way are denied. You could go with the transit visa but once it expires you will be an illegal immigrant, unfortunately. This doesn’t mean you can’t try but…
      Hope this helps!

      • zubair says:

        sir some body say Poland steel open amnesty program,and than after u apply to job visa so no problem.this truth or not.and i think what is the amnesty.


        • maitravelsite says:

          Hi Zubair, I have just read a bit about the amnesty program you mention and it happened about two years ago, not sure if it is still valid. The best- and only- thing you can do is call the consulate directly and ask them any question you might have. They will be able to offer better info than myself, as this is a very specific topic. I hope this sets you on the right path…

          • zubair says:

            sir am zubair,
            sir apply work permit for Poland throw one travel agent,and i got one approval letter for the ministry of labour and social policy of poland my question is what is the ministry of labour and social policy. their mention the following candidate are accepted for job & work permit.

          • maitravelsite says:

            Hello Zubair,

            The ministry of labor and social policy is a part of the government that deals with employment and combating unemployment, relations and conditions of labor, labor-related benefits, and trade union relations. You can learn more about it in the official website (English) http://www.mpips.gov.pl/en/. Hope this helps!

    • zubair says:

      sir am zubair sir i need the same advice,i got one chance radiance permit for European country,in Albania,but i don’t know this country is good or not,my plan is am start the some business,or dong job.so i asking this country good for business or job,or not any thing good,pls reply am w8ing you.

      • maitravelsite says:

        Hi Zubair. Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, if not the poorest, so I can immediately tell you jobs are scarce. This said, it all depends on what kind of business you want to do, how savvy you are and how much effort you put! I know of Chinese families who have created family run chicken farms in the middle of Africa and are now giving jobs to locals! There is a slowly growing tourism industry and this could be an opportunity, but as in any business, there are now guarantees.

  214. Asong says:

    Hello! After reading from this forum, i realized you guys are very helpful. I have a refugee convention travelling document from Romania, and i’m presently in Hungary.I have overstayed here by 4 months and:1)I wish to go back to Romania without having any fine or ban. 2) If by any chance i get to Romania without any fine/ban, can i travel to another schengen country again(without passing through Hungary)? because i made some inquiries and other friends with my same passport said they have always overstayed but pass through Hungary without any problem. Please help out!

  215. betty says:

    hi i’am from the usa and i over stayed 18 months in sousse tunisia. i married my tunisian boyfriend. i don’t know if they will let me leave to go back to the usa on american passport or a tunisian passport and i don’t know if i will have to pay a fine for my over stay or not or will they even make me pay a fine at all because i married a tunisian here and i lived here for two years. any information i can get would be greatly appreciated.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Betty,

      There is no doubt you will be allowed to leave the country, and you can always use your US passport to enter the USA, but whether you are fined or not is hard to know. The best thing you can do is call the US consulate or embassy there and explain your situation, and make sure you have proof of marriage. Odds are you will have to pay something, but the marriage license might save you (if it automatically means you get a residents permit which I don’t know). Again, check with the US embassy, they will be able to point you in the right direction. Hope this helps!

  216. Jithin says:

    am jithin from india ,entered malaysia on august 5th ,with social visit pass for 30 days ,my friend and a recruiting agent from india offered me a job here ,but he cant get a job for me these days now my visa got expired and am over staying here for 17 days ,i want to got to india ,what shall i do ?
    pls relpy soon its very urgent

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Jithin. You only have one good choice if you want to go to India, and that is leave. It has only been 17 days so it shouldn’t be to bad and you might just avoid any penalty. Do your friend and the recruiting agent work for a legitimate company? If so they could write an officially stamped letter saying that you were offered a job but it was cancelled last minute and no legal paperwork was processed. Not that this will help a lot, but at least it shows you had a reason for overstaying and a company is backing you up. Sorry I can’t be of more help, you might want to call the Indian embassy as well and ask them too… hope this helps Jithin and best of lucks!

  217. David Frank says:

    Hello, i have a friend that has a tourist visa from Poland and is the USA for a few months. She has a return ticket to go back as well within the time frame allowed and will go back. During her stay here, she wants to go to the Bahamas for a week before going back to Poland. Do you think she will have any problems getting back into America from the Bahamas?

    Thanks for any info!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello, I replied to you via email as I was having tech problems with my site, hope you got the answer on time! As a summary, she should be fine.

  218. Kay says:


    I have a friend who overstayed her tourist visa in the USA for over a year now. She wants to go back to her home country (South Korea). I know it is unlikely that there will be exit control at the airport in the US, but she’s worried she’ll be detained and held while trying to leave the USA. Has anyone encountered similar scenario? And how likely is it that she’ll be caught and be detained before they deport her.

    Thank you

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Kay! Well, there is a chance that she might be caught and questioned, and if this happens she most likely will be fined. The good thing is that it would be on her way out which makes this more difficult (irregularities going into the USA are pursued more) and she has a passport from a “friendly” country which is even better. At the end of the day it will all come to the mood of the customs agent that checks here documents… best of lucks!

  219. Ying says:

    Hi Federico, thanks for the informative post. I’m in a bit of a sticky situation here.

    I have been accepted to a reputable business school in Spain for a mater’s programme that lasts 9 months. However, since I am Singaporean and have completed my bachelor’s degree in the U.S. and the U.K. in the past 5 years, I will have to get criminal records clearance in order to be able to apply for a student visa.

    Due to family problems, I had to apply for a large amount of scholarship and was only awarded it two weeks ago. Subsequently, I accepted my offer just a week ago and the course is set to start in 2 weeks. So this leaves me no time to apply for a student visa since criminal record clearance from the U.S. has to go through the FBI which takes about 15 weeks, and the U.K. criminal record clearance will take around 4 weeks.

    My U.K. student visa will be valid until the end of September. If I enter Spain before my UK student visa expires, will it still count towards the 90/180 days rule?

    Should I risk staying in Spain during this period without a student visa and complete my course? Do you think any huge problems will arise when I try to leave Spain when my course ends?

    I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks so much!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Ying,

      Tricky issue here. Any time you spend in the country will count towards the 90/180 rule, but Spain is not particularly picky about these things. This said you are a student and you just got some confirmation info a few weeks ago so there is not much you could do. I do recommend you contact the school and let them know where you’re at. The way things are in Spain I am sure they are more than willing to get money from anywhere so you can ask for them to create some sort of document stamped by them that shows you have been approved in the school while the student visa is being prepared, as you will most probably have to get this too. This said, have you contacted appropriate authorities for a visa extension? This should be quicker especially now that the school has approved you.

  220. Rose says:

    I’m American, overstayed my Schengen visa by three extra months in Spain. I will be going to Romania for two weeks before heading back to the US with a layover in Germany. I went to the US and Morocco within those six months and my passport is a mess and full of stamps. Do you think I’ll have any trouble in Germany on my way home?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Rose,

      Having a passport full of stamps is actually good because it makes looking for specific stamps more difficult for the customs agents. I also understand that you have overstayed the visa 3 months despite the trip to US and Morocco (you were less than 3 months in those to places) so ultimately what happens depends on how thorough customs in Germany is. I think you’d be fine leaving from Spain, but from what I know Germany is not as lenient…smile and hopefully you’ll be fine. Hope this helps!

  221. sairam says:

    hi my self sairam,last year (2012)i overstyed 3 months in malasia,actually one ajent took us there to malasia make a false promise there is jobs and he can provide work permit and all,but cheated us there,after that we all went to indian embessy in india to complain about this,the indian embessy gave us a permission letter to accpt my overstay in malasia to malasian embessy ,in there malasian embessy collected the fine (400rm )and they banned me 3 years.what exatly my question is now i wanna go to singapore next month is there any restrictions for me,can i apply for singapore tourist visa or not…is any problem will raise withwith immigrataion peopel in airport….please let me kow ASAP

    thanking you

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Sairam,

      I am sorry to hear that the agent was fake and took advantage of you. Never trust people who do these kinds of things because most of them are scammers, anywhere in the world. Immigration in Singapore is quite strict so make sure you do everything well and legally. This said, despite being banned from entering Malaysia you should be OK with Singapore as it’s a different nation. You might get questioned but you should be fine. Good luck Sairam!

  222. Syed Hussain says:

    I am a Pakistani citizen. I traveled to Germany on Schengen Visa for 9 days but unfortunately, due to weather changes, I caught High fever,cold and cough and missed my return flight. I remained on bed for 5 days and became overstayed for 5 days.On reaching airport I described my story to immigration officer. I also gave him a written statement in this regard, showed my official Identity Card of my organization and enclosed a photocopy of my return ticket with my statement. He imposed a fine of 200 Euro and let me permit to board my flight. I didn’t intentionally overstayed there. I arranged to book a seat on very next available flight soon I felt myself stable as I had to resume my duties at my office in my home country. I have also valid visa of UK & USA.

    My question is that:
    1.Can I apply for Schengen visa in future?
    2.Can this overstay leave any impact/effect on my other travels?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Syed,

      It’s unfortunate that the officer was not willing to let you go without the fine, but there are cops like that everywhere ( I have encountered them too). From what you say you were simple fined and have not been warned about not being allowed in again, so you should be fine when applying for the Schengen visa. As for any impact on your other travels I wouldn’t worry about it the least bit- you’re fine. Hope this helps Syed!

  223. Stewart says:

    Hello, i have a friend who is visiting the US from Colunmbia, he has a US visa, but it expires 3 weeks before the return date on his ticket. Is it possible for him to apply for an extension on his Visa while he is over here? Thanks for your help.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Stewart,

      I would recommend him that he requests the extension before heading to the USA as the process can easily take 30-60 days. Passport usually has to be mailed, and it does take some time…

      Hope this helps!

  224. linda says:

    hi.i overstayed my tourist visa in france.it is 20 days now.i am from asia.i’m going to be 18 in 2month.now i wanna travel to germany by car to visit my aunt and then come back to france in 3 days.i wanna know that is there any passport check in my way to germany?and if there is,what will they do if they check it?

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Linda. Both countries are part of the Schengen area so there should be no passport check when entering the country by car. Remember though that if you have overstayed for France you have overstayed for the entire Schengen zone and whatever problems you may encounter in Germany you can encounter in France too. You should be fine though…at least for this trip and assuming things are as they usually are. Hope this helps!

  225. Javi says:

    Hi! I have a question and I think you can help me out:

    My girlfriend was born in the US, but as her parents are polish and she is going to stay around Europe for a lng time, she applied in Poland for a EU passport. And she just got it. Her further plans include to come to Spain (where I live) from Poland (where she is now) – and then in Christmas she wants to travel to the US to see her family. She has just come back from a Ukraine trip so her EU entry stamp in her US passport says “August 3rd”.

    The thing is: if in Christmas she enters the US with the american passport, will there be any problems? (as she will have “overstayed” her 90 days on that passport). Because she will come to Spain and stay here until then with her newly acquired EU passport!

    Thank you so much in advance!


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hello Javi, o mas bien deberia decir hola!

      Anyhow, with a US passport she can enter the USA whenever she wants, there is nothing she has to be concerned about.Customs might ask some question but it is not their business what she has been doing abroad, and these questions will be asked to put her off if she is up to no good, which is not the case. There is nothing she should be worried about, she’ll be able to enter the US without problems- just make sure she has her story ready without doubts in case they ask, and if possible it should be true. Have a great weekend!

  226. Stephanie says:

    I’ve been in Los Angeles two times on a VISA WAIVER (ESTA). One 10 weeks period during 2012 and one 3 months period during 2013. At my last visit I overstayed 2 days unintentionally (an honesty mistake, I stupidly didn’t realize that 3 months don’t necessarily equals exactly 90 days) and now after one month in my homeland I would like to head for a third visit to L.A. How are my chances to get a B2-visa approved?

    Here in Sweden: I have a domestic partnership, we own our apartment here, I have studies and family here. Paper of all this. And economical finances. I also have a hearing-aid loss which make my possibilities to work (or get hired in U.S.A very small) – I have to live in Sweden to get the medical care and social support I need. Have medical paper of my disability too (I thought that this may shown that I’m not looking for working in US).

    So, this should shown strong ties to Sweden but is that enough? What more can I do? I really appreciate your feedback.

    Or can I still travel to US on my Esta and the ICE will have a discretion about a 2 days overstay?

    Would be very happy for your feed-back!

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Stephanie!

      Just so you know there is no set limit as to the number of days you can spend in the USA with the ESTA as a WVP. You are given 90 days per trip and you can take as many trips as you like. However, the longer you stay in and the more trips you make, the harder it will be to get in the next time.Why? Because immigration may think that you are actually living in the USA and simply taking short trips abroad to be compliant. You can read this here http://www.usembassy.org.uk/visaservices/?p=578. I explain this to say that you don’t need a B2. If you still want one though, I’m quite sure that the 2 day overstay will not be a problem.In fact if it were, you should have been notified already.

      I also think that the papers you have for Sweden are quite relevant and will help your cause. For the sake of it I would call a US consulate or Embassy, but with what you’re telling me I think you’re fine.

      Hope this helps and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  227. Ray says:

    Someone asked about Belgium?well,i know someone who overstayed their visa over 1 year even though they had a 1 year legal residence(so in total they stayed in Belgium for 2 years and some months let’s say)and exited at Brussels Zaventem airport and no one said anything.The overstay wasn’t intentional,this person had applied for an extension of residence but it took forever to get a reply from the authorities and when they finally did it was denied.(i Guess they didn’t find a good enough reason to extend the residence permit)
    ps.it wasn’t a tourist visa.i hope this helps someone going through the same situation.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Ray, thanks for dropping by and sharing this information with us. I suppose your friend was lucky, as most of them are?

  228. Juliet says:

    I went to Colombia last year, at the entrance they gave me 90 days stay, I went on August 20, calculated I could stay to November 20/2012. Guess what they count the days, not the months from august 20 to september 20 etc. In summary, I was told at the airport I had overstayed 2 days. I had no Colombian money left and I could not take out money from my ATM as my bank arrangements had been for only 90 days. I told the officials I had no way to stay in Colombia for longer, no place to stay and no money left, so they allowed me to travel back to the USA.
    Now, I am traveling again, and wonder if they will let me enter the country or not and what are the new regulations in Colombia. Thank you.

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Juliet,

      If they didn’t mark the passport you should be fine, they probably couldn’t care less. As for the new regulations for visiting Colombia, you might want to call a consulate or embassy in the USA and get first hand info, this way you will be sure you get the most recent information.

  229. Drew says:


    My friend and I (US Passport) are traveling throughout the Schengen region currently. We arrived into Spain on May 6 and we didn’t book our return flight back to the US until September 3rd. We will be based out of Amsterdam primarily, staying with friends. We are going to overstay our 90/180 Visa by about 30 days. We may make a trip to Croatia/London, but it won’t be for the 30 extra days we need out of the Schengen. We flew into Madrid and we are flying back to the US from Dusseldorf. How are customs leaving Germany? What do you recommend? Is it difficult to extend a tourist Visa in the Netherlands?

    Thank you,


    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Drew! From what I’ve heard extending a visa in the Netherlands is not particularly easy unless there’s a powerful reason, and customs there are notorious for being picky. If you’re planning on overstaying call the respective consulates to see if there is something you can do about it. Customs in Germany are not famous for being tough, but you might just get an officer who is particularly motivated that day…it’s a pity you are not leaving via Madrid which is much more relaxed. In any case 30 days is not much, and if you throw that trip in you could always make up some kind of excuse. It’s difficult to be more specific, but I hope this helps!

  230. Anand says:

    Hi, i have a question. I overstayed my schenegan visa by two years and returned to india last july in 2012.i lost thst passport Now, i wish to apply visa to the UK on a renewed passport.plz tell me if uk officials will b able to trace my initial sttay in schenegan. Myrenewed passport contains the initial passport number but there are obviously no stamps as it was lost. Plz help me…. Thnk you

  231. Sarah says:


    I have a tricky situation. I am an Australian citizen and have been in the Schengen Area for over 1 year now, entering on a Dutch Working Holiday visa on 23rd March 2012. My visa has expired by a few weeks but before it expired I applied in Amsterdam for a Spanish Student visa for 9 months. I am currently in Barcelona waiting for news of the decision on my spanish visa – but very nervous as I am currently on an unexpired visa! However I am wondering, if it is not approved and I stay in Spain anyway until the end of August or September and exit the EU through Spain flying to South America, what will I be likely to encounter when I get to the airport to depart? I have no plans to return to the EU after I go to south america but do not want to face being banned for years either.
    Also, would there be much chance of being checked travelling by plane between Barcelona and Rome on a return flight for one week in July?

    Thank you for any advice/information you can give me!

    p.s. if it makes any difference I also have a working holiday 2 year visa for the UK valid until March 2014

    • maitravelsite says:

      Hi Sarah!

      Your situation might be tricky, but it’s not the most complicated. Do you have any documents to prove that you are waiting for your Spanish student visa? That would help a lot in case you do get flagged. Regarding your passport check when flying to South America from Spain chances are you’ll be fine as you have a passport from a “friendly” country and I suppose they will just check your photo and let you go through. Regarding the Rome flight in July, same thing goes, and I suppose Rome will not be too picky either.

      The 2 year holiday visa might just be the extra help you need in case you need to lie, as you can always say that you left the Schengen zone a few days before the visa expired to the UK and just got from there overland (hence no stamps) because you were told the student visa would be waiting for you. Remember that once you start this road making mistakes becomes easier…

      All in all I think you’ll be fine when you leave Spain. When will you get any info regarding the student visa? Remember too that at the end of the day you depend on the mood of the immigration officer, but things don’t look too bad for you. Hope this helps!

      • Sarah says:

        Thank you so much for your response! No I do not have any documentation regarding the student visa application unfortunately, they were not very helpful at the Spanish Embassy in Amsterdam (I got the feeling it just got thrown at the bottom of a pile from how they acted!)
        The visa process time was supposed to be 3 weeks and it has already been 4, so I am assuming I will hear some news soon, fingers crossed! I guess I am just preparing myself for a situation where I have to leave the Schengen area without a visa if I am not approved for the student visa.
        In the same situation do you think it would be difficult to fly out of Barcelona to the US (ie. New York)? Can you run into any trouble when arriving into a country like that or is the problem only getting out of a Schengen country when you have overstayed?

        Thanks again!

        • maitravelsite says: