Visa policy of Georgia

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Georgia entry (right) and exit (left) stamps on a Singapore passport

Visitors to Georgia must obtain a visa from Georgian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Visitors must hold a passport (or identity card if a Turkish 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 using ID card.[12]
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:[13]

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.[14] An agreement with Serbia on mutual visa-free visits for holders of ordinary passports was signed in March 2018 and is yet to be ratified.[15]

Online visas[edit]

In February 2015 Georgia launched an e-Visa portal allowing citizens of certain countries that are required to obtain a visa to do so online without a visit to the Georgian diplomatic mission or consulate.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18][19]

Hong Kong[citation needed] and Macau passports are recognised as a kind of China passport.[20][clarification needed] Taiwan passports are not recognised as valid travel documents. Nationals of Taiwan are not issued any visa or permit for entry or transit. [21]

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][23]

Country 2017 2016 2015 2014
 Armenia 01 Increase 1,718,016 02 Increase 1,496,246 01 Increase 1,468,888 1,325,635
 Azerbaijan 02 Increase 1,694,998 01 Increase 1,523,075 02 Increase 1,393,257 1,283,214
 Russia 03 Increase 1,392,610 04 Increase 1,037,564 04 Increase 926,144 811,621
 Turkey 04 Decrease 1,246,745 03 Decrease 1,254,089 03 Decrease 1,391,721 1,442,695
 Iran 05 Increase 322,938 06 Increase 147,915 10 Decrease 25,273 47,929
 Ukraine 06 Increase 193,002 05 Increase 172,631 05 Decrease 141,734 143,521
 Israel 07 Increase 125,319 07 Increase 92,213 06 Increase 59,487 42,385
 India 08 Increase 59,732 Increase 36,410 Increase 12,114 4,679
 Saudi Arabia 09 Increase 56,247 Increase 21,257 Increase 9,850 5,485
 Kazakhstan 10 Increase 56,765 08 Increase 48,809 09 Increase 36,777 28,394
Total 11 Increase 7,554,936 11 Increase 6,360,503 11 Increase 5,901,094 5,515,559

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  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. 
  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]
  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. ^ "Georgia-Paraguay launch visa-free travel for diplomats, businessmen". agenda.ge. 
  15. ^ "Serbia, Georgia sign visa liberalization agreement - Xinhua - English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com. 
  16. ^ "Georgia e-VISA Portal". www.evisa.gov.ge. 
  17. ^ "იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა ვიზების ან/და ბინადრობის ნებართვების მქონე უცხოელებს შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა შესაბამისი ვადითა და პირობებით". matsne.gov.ge. 
  18. ^ Reporter, Faisal Masudi, Staff (24 December 2015). "Holiday makers turned back from Georgia -- $3,250 worth of holiday expenses wasted". gulfnews.com. 
  19. ^ http://www.eatpraytour.com/gcc-residents-read-before-travel-georgia/
  20. ^ [4]
  21. ^ Visa, Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan.
  22. ^ [5]
  23. ^ [6]