Thursday, October 19, 2017

Travel documents and Visas

Under the new rules, citizens from 94 countries can enter Georgia visa-free and stay for a maximum of 360 days.

This decision was a revision of the Georgian Government’s earlier decision, which said citizens from these 94 countries were able to enter Georgia without a visa however they could only stay for a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day period. This law came into effect in September 1, 2014.

Back then, people who wished to spend time in Georgia longer than the 90 day allocated period had to apply for a Georgian visa from a Georgian Embassy or Consulate in a person’s home country. Or if the person was already in Georgia, they could apply for an appropriate visa from the Public Service Hall.

Meanwhile, when planning a longer visit to Georgia all citizens were required to obtain an immigration visa, regardless of nationality. But according to the new change, citizens from the selected 94 countries do not need a short-term visa or an immigration visa to enter and stay in Georgia for a year.

Meanwhile under the new regulations, citizens of European Union (EU) member states may enter Georgia with a travel document as well as with an ID card that is issued by an EU member state and contains the person’s name, surname, date of birth and a photo.

Entering Georgia and staying for 360 days is also possible for citizens who hold a United Nations (UN) Laissez-Passer, a travel document issued by the UN or its specialised agencies.

Meanwhile citizens of countries who still need a visa to enter Georgia can apply for a visa online. This service is available here.

List of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter  and stay on the territory of Georgia for 360 days

  • 1. Commonwealth of Australia
  • 2. Republic of Austria
  • 3. Republic of Azerbaijan
  • 4. Republic of Albania
  • 5. United States of America
  • 6. Principality of Andorra
  • 7. Antigua and Barbuda
  • 8. United Arab Emirates
  • 9. Argentine Republic
  • 10. New Zealand
  • 11. Barbados
  • 12. Kingdom of Bahrain
  • 13. Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • 14. Republic of Belarus
  • 15. Kingdom of Belgium
  • 16. Belize
  • 17. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 18. Republic of Botswana
  • 19. Federative Republic of Brazil
  • 20. Nation of Brunei
  • 21. Republic of Bulgaria
  • 22. Federal Republic of Germany
  • 23. Kingdom of Denmark
  • 24. Kingdom of Denmark territories - Faroe Islands, Greenland
  • 25. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • 26. British overseas territories - Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Gibraltar
  • 27. British dependant territories - Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man
  • 28. Commonwealth of Dominica
  • 29. Republic of El Salvador
  • 30. Republic of Ecuador
  • 31. Kingdom of Spain
  • 32. Republic of Estonia
  • 33. Republic of Turkey
  • 34. Turkmenistan
  • 35. Japan
  • 36. Irish Republic
  • 37. Iceland
  • 38. State of Israel
  • 39. Italian Republic
  • 40. Canada
  • 41. State of Qatar
  • 42. Republic of Cyprus
  • 43. Republic of Colombia
  • 44. Republic of Korea
  • 45. Republic of Costa Rica
  • 46. Republic of Latvia
  • 47. Republic of Lithuania
  • 48. Lebanese Republic
  • 49. Principality of Liechtenstein
  • 50. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  • 51. Republic of Mauritius
  • 52. Malaysia
  • 53. Republic of Malta
  • 54. United Mexican States
  • 55. Principality of Monaco
  • 56. Republic of Moldova
  • 57. Montenegro
  • 58. Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • 59. Kingdom of Netherlands territories - Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles
  • 60. Kingdom of Norway
  • 61. Sultanate of Oman
  • 62. Republic of Panama
  • 63. Republic of Poland
  • 64. Portuguese Republic
  • 65. Republic of Romania
  • 66. Russian Federation
  • 67. Hellenic Republic
  • 68. Republic of South Africa
  • 69. Republic of San Marino
  • 70. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 71. French Republic
  • 72. French Republic territories - French Polynesia, New Caledonia
  • 73. Republic of Seychelles
  • 74. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 75. Republic of Serbia
  • 76. Republic of Singapore
  • 77. Slovak Republic
  • 78. Republic of Slovenia
  • 79. Republic of Armenia
  • 80. Kingdom of Thailand
  • 81. Republic of Tajikistan
  • 82. Republic of Uzbekistan
  • 83. Ukraine
  • 84. Hungary
  • 85. Republic of Finland
  • 86. State of Kuwait
  • 87. Kyrgyz Republic
  • 88. Republic of Kazakhstan
  • 89. Kingdom of Sweden
  • 90. Swiss Confederation
  • 91. Czech Republic
  • 92. Holy See
  • 93. Republic of Croatia
  • 94. Republic of Honduras
 
How to obtain visa

For representative of nations required visa to enter country, visa/entry permit for 360 days (visa fee 100 GEL) can be issued at the diplomatic missions and consular posts of Georgia abroad or by the Patrol Police of Georgia (sub-divisional institution of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) at border crossing points situated at the Georgian State Border -Tbilisi International Airport or at the following checkpoints on the border with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey: Sarpi and Vale checkpoints on the border of Turkey, Matsimi and Tsiteli Khidi( Red Bridge) on the border of Azerbaijan and Sadakhlo on the border of Armenia.