Visa policy of Georgia
Visa policy map
Georgia adopted a new law of on Legal Status of Alien and Stateless Persons that went into effect on 1 September 2014.
All visa exempt nationals are allowed now to stay for a maximum of up to 90 days within 180 days. After this period, citizens who want to continue working in Georgia will have to obtain a visa, for which they will have to leave Georgia, as the visa is issued only in Georgian embassies abroad. Citizens of countries that require visas are issued with visas for a single entry and a 30-day stay. The list of countries whose citizens have the right of visa-free entry to Georgia is no longer provided in the new law, it is determined in the separate ordinance of the Government of Georgia. The extension of visa-free stay is not be possible for holders of ordinary passports. The visa-free list was approved on 26 August 2014.
Visa exemption also applies to:
- Georgian diaspora members who are citizens of countries that otherwise require a visa – for stays not exceeding 30 days
- United Nations laissez-passer holders for 90 days within any 180 days
- Persons with refugee status in Georgia
- Online visa
In February 2015 Georgia launched an e-VISA portal allowing citizens of countries that are required to obtain a visa to do so online without a visit to the Georgian diplomatic mission or consulate. For the following nationalities it is required to hold a valid Schengen visa or a valid visa from any of the OECD member countries or a valid residence permit of a Schengen or OECD country:
- Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons – 100 Questions Regarding the New Law (March, 2014)
- Georgia to retain visa-free regime with 94 countries
- Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit (Not exceeding 90 calendar days in any 180-day period)
- Exemptions from Georgian visa obligations also applies to
- e-VISA PORTAL