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 an EU, Swiss, Turkish or Ukrainian 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]

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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 93 countries and territories may visit Georgia without a visa for a year (unless otherwise noted):[6][7][8][9]

  1. ^ a b c may enter with an ID card.[10]
  2. ^ foreign residents of Saudi Arabia are required to provide Original Iqama along with Certified English Translations of their Saudi Resident ID Cards at airline check-in counters for boarding, otherwise boarding will be refused.
  3. ^ may enter with an ID card if arriving directly from Ukraine.
  4. ^ Applies also 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:[14]

  • 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, United Kingdom, or the United States - for stays of max 90 days in a 180-day period.[15][16] 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, Pakistan and Palestine.[17][18]

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.[19] Agreement with 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 [20]

Holders of  Kosovo,  Palestine and  Taiwan passports are refused entry and transit (unless they hold a residency visa issued by  UAE, they can obtain visa on arrival, flying directly from UAE) .[21]

Visa[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 66 countries and territories need a visa. Alternatively, for certain countries, it is possible to enter Georgia with the visa for one of the visa-free countries. Prior to the pandemic, it was possible get multiple-entry e-Visas online for a fee prior to arrival.[22] This program is currently suspended.

The e-Visa program has resumed.

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):[23]

Country 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
 Turkey 335580 Decrease 1156513 Decrease 1312129 Increase 1247082 Decrease 1254089 Decrease 1391721 Decrease 1442695
 Azerbaijan 295132 Decrease 1526619 Decrease 1807068 Increase 1695084 Increase 1523075 Increase 1393257 Increase 1283214
 Armenia 260965 Decrease 1365048 Decrease 1725163 Increase 1718243 Increase 1496246 Increase 1468888 Increase 1325635
 Russia 208677 Decrease 1471558 Decrease 1705142 Increase 1392842 Increase 1037564 Increase 926144 Increase 811621
 EU-27 65117 Decrease 447518 Increase 355755 Increase 260920 Increase 214002 Increase 197427 Increase 186879
 Ukraine 42414 Decrease 207667 Increase 204952 Increase 193127 Increase 172631 Increase 141734 Decrease 143521
 Israel 25731 Decrease 205051 Increase 173366 Increase 125320 Increase 92213 Increase 59487 Increase 42385
 Iran 17053 Decrease 141997 Decrease 339462 Increase 322898 Increase 147915 Increase 25273 Decrease 47929
 Kazakhstan 13779 Decrease 103611 Increase 68452 Increase 56801 Increase 48809 Increase 36777 Increase 28394
 Belarus 13340 Decrease 66174 Decrease 68360 Increase 32939 Decrease 42149 Increase 25724 Increase 16577
 Poland 10691 Decrease 88300 Increase 71668 Increase 48913 Increase 41609 Increase 39309 Decrease 44415
 Germany 9338 Decrease 89051 Increase 74131 Increase 43090 Increase 33469 Increase 30481 Increase 27073
 India 8364 Decrease 54606 Decrease 73458 Increase 59738 Increase 36410 Increase 12114 Increase 4679
 USA 7384 Decrease 46558 Increase 41863 Increase 33569 Increase 27304 Increase 24978 Increase 22545
 UK 5625 Decrease 37478 Increase 29406 Increase 22392 Increase 15470 Decrease 16142 Increase 15732
 Saudi Arabia 4960 Decrease 75155 Increase 65560 Increase 56247 Increase 21257 Increase 9850 Increase 5485
 China 4363 Decrease 48071 Increase 31855 Increase 18179 Increase 10847 Increase 6849 Increase 5919
Total 1747110 Decrease 9357964 Increase 8326252 Increase 7556339 Increase 6360503 Increase 5901094 Increase 5515559

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?FullText=1&COUNTRY=GE&SECTION=PA&SUBSECTION=VA&user=OLYMPIC&subuser=OLYMPICB2C[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Civil.Ge - Georgia Restores One-Year Visa-Free Rules". www.civil.ge. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  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 Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  9. ^ On Approval of the List of Countries, Whose Visa and/or Residence Permit Holders May Enter Georgia without a Visa for an Appropriate Period and under Appropriate Conditions
  10. ^ "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  11. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". GeoConsul.Gov.Ge. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  12. ^ "საქართველოს საგარეო საქმეთა სამინისტრო - Home". Mfa.gov.ge. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  13. ^ https://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?FullText=1&COUNTRY=ge&SECTION=pa&SUBSECTION=pt&user=KLMB2C&subuser=KLMB2C[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  15. ^ "იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა ვიზების ან/და ბინადრობის ნებართვების მქონე უცხოელებს შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა შესაბამისი ვადითა და პირობებით". matsne.gov.ge.
  16. ^ "List of Countries, Whose Visa and/or Residence Permit Holders May Enter Georgia without a Visa for an Appropriate Period and under Appropriate Conditions". geoconsul.gov.ge.
  17. ^ Reporter, Faisal Masudi, Staff (24 December 2015). "Holiday makers turned back from Georgia -- $3,250 worth of holiday expenses wasted". gulfnews.com.
  18. ^ http://www.eatpraytour.com/gcc-residents-read-before-travel-georgia/[dead link]
  19. ^ "Georgia-Paraguay launch visa-free travel for diplomats, businessmen". agenda.ge.
  20. ^ "Georgia and Fiji Sign a Visa-Free Travel Agreement".
  21. ^ Visa, Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan.
  22. ^ "Georgia e-VISA Portal". www.evisa.gov.ge.
  23. ^ Inbound Tourism