Visa policy of Georgia

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Visitors to Georgia must obtain a visa from Georgian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, or one of the countries whose citizens can obtain an e-Visa. Visitors must hold a passport (or identity card if a Turkish, Ukrainian or EU citizen) valid for the period of intended stay, while Georgian citizens can enter with a valid or expired passport or identity card [1].

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Georgia

Visa policy[edit]

Georgia adopted a new law of on Legal Status of Alien and Stateless Persons that went into effect on 1 September 2014. It was amended on 9 June 2015 when the maximum allowed stay was extended to one year.[2] [3] 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.[4] The visa-free list was re-approved on 9 June 2015. Countries that were removed in September 2014, which are Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Guatemala, Iraq, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, were not reinstated on the list.[5]

Nationals of the following countries and territories may visit Georgia without a visa for a year (unless otherwise noted):[6][7][8]

1 — may enter with an ID card.[12]
2 — may enter with an ID card if arriving directly from Ukraine.
3 — applies to holders of passports issued by Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Visa exemption also applies to:[13]

  • 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 one year
  • Persons with refugee status in Georgia
  • Holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of China, Egypt, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran and Peru.
  • Holders of valid visas or residence permits of EU/EFTA/GCC countries, overseas territories of EU countries (except Anguilla, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha), Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States - for stays of max 90 days in a 180-day period.[14] However, there have been many cases where those holding valid residency of GCC countries have been denied access without assigning any reason, especially if they are citizens of India and Pakistan.[15][16]

An agreement with Paraguay on mutual visa-free visits for holders of diplomatic and service passports was signed in September 2016 and is yet to be ratified.[17] Agreement with Serbia and Fiji on mutual visa-free visits for holders of ordinary passports were signed in March 2018 and March 2019 and are yet to be ratified.[18][19]

Holders of  Taiwan passports are refused entry and transit. [20]

e-Visa[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 66 countries and territories can obtain multiple-entry e-Visas online for a fee prior to arrival. [21]

90 days per 180-day period[edit]

30 days per 120-day period[edit]

Entry to Abkhazia and South Ossetia[edit]

Entering Abkhazia and South Ossetia (considered by Georgia and a major part of the international community to be Russian occupied territories) through border crossing points other than located in Georgia's Zugdidi Municipality and Gori Municipality is an act punishable under Georgian law. However, entering South Ossetia from Georgian government controlled territory is currently impossible.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Georgia were from the following countries of nationality (dynamic table including 2014):[22]

Country 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
 Azerbaijan Increase 1,807,068 Increase 1,695,084 Increase 1,523,075 Increase 1,393,257 1,283,214
 Armenia Increase 1,725,163 Increase 1,718,243 Increase 1,496,246 Increase 1,468,888 1,325,635
 Russia Increase 1,705,142 Increase 1,392,842 Increase 1,037,564 Increase 926,144 811,621
 Turkey Increase 1,312,129 Decrease 1,247,082 Decrease 1,254,089 Decrease 1,391,721 1,442,695
 Iran Increase 339,462 Increase 322,898 Increase 147,915 Decrease 25,273 47,929
 Ukraine Increase 204,952 Increase 193,127 Increase 172,631 Decrease 141,734 143,521
 Israel Increase 173,366 Increase 125,320 Increase 92,213 Increase 59,487 42,385
 Germany Increase 74,131
 India Increase 73,458 Increase 59,738 Increase 36,410 Increase 12,114 4,679
 Poland Increase 71,668
 Kazakhstan Increase 68,452 Increase 56,801 Increase 48,809 Increase 36,777 28,394
 Belarus Increase 68,360
 Saudi Arabia Increase 65,560 Increase 56,247 Increase 21,257 Increase 9,850 5,485
Total Increase 8,326,252 Increase 7,556,339 Increase 6,360,503 Increase 5,901,094 5,515,559

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Georgia, Civil. "Civil.Ge - Georgia Restores One-Year Visa-Free Rules". www.civil.ge.
  3. ^ "Georgia: New Visa Regulations". www.gov.uk.
  4. ^ "Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons – 100 Questions Regarding the New Law (March, 2014)" (PDF). mfa.gov.ge. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Check if you can enter Georgia and stay for a year visa-free". agenda.ge.
  6. ^ "იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა". matsne.gov.ge.
  7. ^ Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit
  8. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/HtmlPage/Html/View?id=25&lang=Eng
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ [3][permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  13. ^ "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  14. ^ "იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა ვიზების ან/და ბინადრობის ნებართვების მქონე უცხოელებს შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა შესაბამისი ვადითა და პირობებით". matsne.gov.ge.
  15. ^ Reporter, Faisal Masudi, Staff (24 December 2015). "Holiday makers turned back from Georgia -- $3,250 worth of holiday expenses wasted". gulfnews.com.
  16. ^ http://www.eatpraytour.com/gcc-residents-read-before-travel-georgia/
  17. ^ "Georgia-Paraguay launch visa-free travel for diplomats, businessmen". agenda.ge.
  18. ^ "Serbia, Georgia sign visa liberalization agreement - Xinhua - English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com.
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ Visa, Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan.
  21. ^ "Georgia e-VISA Portal". www.evisa.gov.ge.
  22. ^ Inbound Tourism