At Untamed Borders we recommend applying for visas with a professional visa service who can guide you though the process and take care of lodging and collecting your passport with multiple embassies, so we have teamed up with The Visa Machine. They live and breathe visas and have the expertise to provide current and accurate information and arrange the correct visas for your trip, quickly and at a good price.
In many countries, without a visa you'll simply be turned away at the border or at check-in for your flight. The cheapest way to get a visa is to deal directly with the embassy of the country you need a visa for. However this can be a confusing and complicated process, with obscure questions on application forms, limited help from embassy officials, long waits while your passport is being processed and time consuming trips to embassies. The Visa Machine handle every aspect of your visa application, leaving you time to enjoy planning the rest of your trip.
Visa validity defines the dates/ amount of time that the visa is valid for. In cases where you need to specify the dates and the visa is issued with the trip dates stated on it, that would be the validity of the visa. In these cases the validity of the visa will be the same a duration of stay (the amount of time you are allowed to stay in the country for). So, if the visa is valid from the 1st to the 30th of October, that will be both validity of the visa and duration of your stay.
In other cases, when the visa is valid from the date of issue like China (valid for 3 months from the issue date), 3 months will be the visa validity. You may then be allowed to stay in the country for 30 days only, which will define the duration of stay. So even if the visa is valid for 3 months, you can only stay in China for 30 days.
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