Did you know that a foreign visa is valid until its expiration date, even if your passport expires prior to that date?! I just learned this on Monday!
I am traveling to Brazil at the end of March for work, and I need a visa. I visited Brazil as a tourist in 2010 and was so disappointed to realize that my passport would expire before my visa. It seemed like such a waste. Now that I’m applying for a visa again, the Brazilian Consulate informed me that my previous visa is still valid. That sounds pretty awesome until you realize that you left your expired passport in the States with your mom. (Thankfully, my mama is a rockstar and was able to send my old passport.) Crisis averted.
I laughed at myself, because “everyone” on my team seemed to know this rule but me. Apparently, most of them travel with current and expired passports in order to use old visas. Who knew?!
I also found out today that it’s possible for US citizens to carry two US passports. I think I’m going to look into this to avoid getting into predicaments where I only have less than a week to secure a visa in between trips. All of this falls into the category of: “Things I never thought I would have to think about.”
I know it probably seems like I’ve been traveling a lot, but the month of March is going to kick it into high gear. Destinations include: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Milan, Italy; Munich, Germany; London, England; Sao Paulo, Brazil (connecting through Toronto); and Bogota, Colombia (connecting through Panama). I received my passport today, so I’m ready to go!