My previous visa history: 1. refusal of a tourist visa 2. a tier 4 student visa, I have lived in London for a year

I want to visit London again, but I am stuck with the application form, since I have to note the last 5 arrivals and departures to UK. However, it's not clear in my passport - it has so many stamps, and I frequently had indirect flights. Can anyone help me, I'm so confused and don't want to indicate the wrong dates, if they are not exact (like 23/05 instead of 24/05, for example).

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    Very common, garden-variety problem. Do the best you can and leave a comment in Part 9 explaining that the dates are estimates recovered from passport stamps. And it's not the last 5 trips, wherever you got that from is wrong, they need 10 years of history. – Gayot Fow Jun 17 '15 at 11:01

While a comment from Gayot mostly explained it, I thought I'd expand and add my experience.

For various other visas, I've also had to explain my past travels. I travel a LOT (more so a few years ago, but still try), and as you've found, not every passport stamp is clear, or visible, and frankly, some countries don't even stamp!

If you use gmail, or another email service where you archive your emails, I found this invaluable for searching - I'd type in a country name into my inbox search and often discussions, chats, emails or bookings would show up, indicating this.

As a geek, I also run Google Latitude (now part of Google+) which tracks my location history - I've been able to use that to work out where I was (or when I was on day x).

Another option if you've been at a company for a while is to ask HR - they may have a record of your leave in the past x years, and that may also help narrow it down.

Finally, as Gayot said, add a note explaining that the dates are a best effort guess, from all those sources. The countries are often more important than the dates, in my experience.

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