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. All visitors must hold a passport (or identity card if a national of the EU or a Turkish citizen) valid on arrival at least for 3 months.

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.[1] [2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Nationals of the following countries and territories may visit Georgia without a visa for a year (unless otherwise noted):[5][6][7]

1 — may enter using ID card.[11]
2 — 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:[12]

An agreement between Georgia and Paraguay on mutual visa-free visits for holders of diplomatic and service passports was signed in September 2016 and is yet to be ratified.[13]

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.[14]

Holders of 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 do not require a visa for max 90 days in a 180-day period. The visa/residence permit must be valid on arrival to Georgia.[15] However, there have been few cases where those holding valid residency of GCC countries have been denied access without assigning any reason.[16]

Taiwan passports are not recognized as valid travel documents. Nationals of  Taiwan will not be issued any visa or permit for entry or transit. [17]

Entry to Abkhazia and South Ossetia[edit]

Entering the occupied territories of Georgia of Abkhazia and South Ossetia 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 Georgia is currently impossible.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Georgia were from the following countries of nationality:[18]

Country 2016 2015 2014
 Azerbaijan 1,523,075 1,393,257 1,283,214
 Armenia 1,496,246 1,468,888 1,325,635
 Turkey 1,254,089 1,391,721 1,442,695
 Russia 1,037,564 926,144 811,621
 Ukraine 172,631 141,734 143,521
 Iran 147,915 25,273 47,929
 Israel 92,213 59,487 42,385
 Kazakhstan 48,809 36,777 28,394
 Poland 44,388 41,425 46,314
 Germany 40,889 36,826 33,446
Total 6,350,825 5,901,094 5,515,559

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Georgia Restores One-Year Visa-Free Rules
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons – 100 Questions Regarding the New Law (March, 2014)
  4. ^ Check if you can enter Georgia and stay for a year visa-free
  5. ^ საქართველოს მთავრობის დადგენილება № 255 2015 წლის 5 ივნისი ქ. თბილისი იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა
  6. ^ Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit
  7. ^ "Visa Information - Georgia". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  8. ^ https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/HtmlPage/Html/View?id=25&lang=Eng
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ [4]
  12. ^ Exemptions from Georgian visa obligations also applies to
  13. ^ http://agenda.ge/news/65652/eng
  14. ^ e-VISA PORTAL
  15. ^ საქართველოს მთავრობის დადგენილება №256 2015 წლის 5 ივნისი ქ. თბილისი იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა ვიზების ან/და ბინადრობის ნებართვების მქონე უცხოელებს შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა შესაბამისი ვადითა და პირობებით
  16. ^ http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/tourism/holiday-makers-turned-back-from-georgia-3-250-worth-of-holiday-expenses-wasted-1.1643273]
  17. ^ https://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&VISA=&page=visa&NA=TW&AR=00&PASSTYPES=PASS&DE=GE&user=KLMB2C&subuser=KLMB2C
  18. ^ [5]