Visa policy of Georgia

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

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

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 and Macau passports are recognised as a kind of China passport.[20] 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

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

Most visitors arriving to Georgia were from the following countries of nationality (dynamic table including 2014):[22][23]

Country 2017 2016 2015 2014
 Armenia 1,718,016 1,496,246 1,468,8881,325,635
 Azerbaijan 1,694,998 1,523,075 1,393,2571,283,214
 Russia 1,392,610 1,037,564 926,144811,621
 Turkey 1,246,745 1,254,089 1,391,7211,442,695
 Iran 322,938 147,915 25,27347,929
 Ukraine 193,002 172,631 141,734143,521
 Israel 125,319 92,213 59,48742,385
 India 59,732 36,410 12,1144,679
 Saudi Arabia 56,247 21,257 9,8505,485
 Kazakhstan 56,765 48,809 36,77728,394
Total 7,554,936 6,360,503 5,901,0945,515,559

See also

References

  1. Georgia, Civil. "Civil.Ge - Georgia Restores One-Year Visa-Free Rules". www.civil.ge.
  2. "Georgia: New Visa Regulations". www.gov.uk.
  3. "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.
  4. "Check if you can enter Georgia and stay for a year visa-free". agenda.ge.
  5. "იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა". matsne.gov.ge.
  6. Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit
  7. "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  8. https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/HtmlPage/Html/View?id=25&lang=Eng
  9. "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  10. "GeoConsul.Gov.Ge - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia". www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
  11. "Georgia-Paraguay launch visa-free travel for diplomats, businessmen". agenda.ge.
  12. "Serbia, Georgia sign visa liberalization agreement - Xinhua - English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com.
  13. "Georgia e-VISA Portal". www.evisa.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. Visa, Bureau of Consular Affairs of Taiwan.
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