Visa policy of Georgia

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Visitors to Georgia must obtain a visa from Georgian diplomatic missions unless they are citizens of one of the visa-exempt countries or one of the countries whose citizens may obtain an e-Visa.

Visitors must have a passport (or identity card if an Armenian, 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]

Visa exemption[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.

Citizens of the following countries and territories may enter Georgia without a visa for the following period:[5][6][7][8]

2 years

1 year

90 days

90 days within any 180 days

45 days

30 days

ID - May enter with an ID card.
ID* - May enter with an ID card if arriving directly from Ukraine.
1 - Also applies also to holders of passports issued by Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Turks and Caicos Islands.
2 - For holders of biometric passports only.

All visitors may enter without a visa if they meet one of the following conditions:[17]

Holders of valid visas or residence permits of following countries may stay in Georgia for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period:[18][19]

1 - Except Anguilla, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.
2 - 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.[20][21]

Future changes[edit]

Georgia has signed visa exemption agreements with the following countries, but they have not yet entered into force:

Country Passports Agreement signed on
 Peru[22] All 19 September 2023

Electronic Visa (e-Visa)[edit]

Holders of passports of the following countries and territories may obtain a visa online. Alternatively, for certain countries, it is possible to enter Georgia with the visa for one of the visa-free countries.[23]

90 days per 180-day period

30 days per 120-day period

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.

Admission refused[edit]

Holders of passports issued by Kosovo, Palestine and Taiwan are refused entry and transit (visas can still be obtained on a case-by-case basis for Taiwanese passport holders, including for participation in international conferences and sports events held in Georgia.)[24]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Georgia were from the following countries of nationality (dynamic table including 2014):[25]

Country 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
 Turkey 1,396,660 Increase 925,561 Increase 326,494 Increase 335,580 Decrease 1,156,513 Decrease 1,312,129 Increase 1,247,082 Decrease 1,254,089 Decrease 1,391,721 Decrease 1,442,695
 Azerbaijan 199,835 Increase 152,969 Increase 82,718 Decrease 295,132 Decrease 1,526,619 Decrease 1,807,068 Increase 1,695,084 Increase 1,523,075 Increase 1,393,257 Increase 1,283,214
 Armenia 962,540 Increase 742,593 Increase 164,698 Decrease 260,965 Decrease 1,365,048 Decrease 1,725,163 Increase 1,718,243 Increase 1,496,246 Increase 1,468,888 Increase 1,325,635
 Russia 1,418,464 Increase 1,087,257 Increase 212,979 Increase 208,677 Decrease 1,471,558 Decrease 1,705,142 Increase 1,392,842 Increase 1,037,564 Increase 926,144 Increase 811,621
 EU-27 422,227 Increase 272,916 Increase 139,157 Increase 65,117 Decrease 447,518 Increase 355,755 Increase 260,920 Increase 214,002 Increase 197,427 Increase 186,879
 Ukraine 146,931 Decrease 168,915 Increase 144,901 Increase 42,414 Decrease 207,667 Increase 204,952 Increase 193,127 Increase 172,631 Increase 141,734 Decrease 143,521
 Israel 217,065 Increase 210,178 Increase 100,686 Increase 25,731 Decrease 205,051 Increase 173,366 Increase 125,320 Increase 92,213 Increase 59,487 Increase 42,385
 Iran 126,282 Increase 102,877 Increase 18,549 Increase 17,053 Decrease 141,997 Decrease 339,462 Increase 322,898 Increase 147,915 Increase 25,273 Decrease 47,929
 Kazakhstan 167,492 Increase 120,494 Increase 66,787 Increase 13,779 Decrease 103,611 Increase 68,452 Increase 56,801 Increase 48,809 Increase 36,777 Increase 28,394
 Belarus 130,203 Increase 130,046 Increase 53,698 Increase 13,340 Decrease 66,174 Decrease 68,360 Increase 32,939 Decrease 42,149 Increase 25,724 Increase 16,577
 Poland 91,210 Increase 41,917 Increase 30,988 Increase 10,691 Decrease 88,300 Increase 71,668 Increase 48,913 Increase 41,609 Increase 39,309 Decrease 44,415
 Germany 68,824 Increase 48,548 Increase 21,194 Increase 9,338 Decrease 89,051 Increase 74,131 Increase 43,090 Increase 33,469 Increase 30,481 Increase 27,073
 India 84,688 Increase 52,841 Increase 24,992 Increase 8,364 Decrease 54,606 Decrease 73,458 Increase 59,738 Increase 36,410 Increase 12,114 Increase 4,679
 USA 46,735 Increase 35,319 Increase 19,470 Increase 7,384 Decrease 46,558 Increase 41,863 Increase 33,569 Increase 27,304 Increase 24,978 Increase 22,545
 UK 30,732 Increase 21,407 Increase 7,936 Increase 5,625 Decrease 37,478 Increase 29,406 Increase 22,392 Increase 15,470 Decrease 16,142 Increase 15,732
 Saudi Arabia 72,953 Decrease 119,921 Increase 63,437 Increase 4,960 Decrease 75,155 Increase 65,560 Increase 56,247 Increase 21,257 Increase 9,850 Increase 5,485
 China 48,304 Increase 7,380 Increase 3,468 Decrease 4,363 Decrease 48,071 Increase 31,855 Increase 18,179 Increase 10,847 Increase 6,849 Increase 5,919
Total 7,072,220 Increase 5,426,903 Increase 1,881,271 Increase 1,747,110 Decrease 9,357,964 Increase 8,326,252 Increase 7,556,339 Increase 6,360,503 Increase 5,901.094 Increase 5,515,559

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]
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  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. ^ "Visa and passport". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Emirates. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  6. ^ იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა. Ordinance No. 255 of 5 June 2015 (in Georgian). Government of Georgia.
  7. ^ "Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit".
  8. ^ "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".
  9. ^ იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა. Ordinance No. 81 of 24 February 2023 (in Georgian). Government of Georgia.
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  13. ^ „იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა“ საქართველოს მთავრობის 2015 წლის 5 ივნისის №255 დადგენილებაში ცვლილების შეტანის თაობაზე. Ordinance No. 43 of 26 January 2022 (in Georgian). Government of Georgia.
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  17. ^ "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  18. ^ იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა ვიზების ან/და ბინადრობის ნებართვების მქონე უცხოელებს შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა შესაბამისი ვადითა და პირობებით. Ordinance No. 256 of 5 June 2015 (in Georgian). Government of Georgia.
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  24. ^ Visa, Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan.
  25. ^ "Inbound Tourism".

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