For tourism to thrive and for the country to increase visitors, visa regulations are one of the important factors that evidence showing the country’s will whether it wants to increase tourism. Georgia is one of the destinations that offer favorable visa regulations conditions for tourists. The basis for the stay of a foreign in Georgia is a visa or residence permit (permanent or temporary). There are two types of Georgian visa.
1- Diplomatic visa: foreign staff or diplomatic missions need visas and then they will be given an accreditation card issued according to the rule determined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. During their accreditation they can cross the border any time
2- Ordinary visa: they are given for 90 or 360 days periods. These are tourist visas, issued by the Patrol Police Georgia (sub divisional institution of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) situated at the Georgian State Border.
Passport holders from the following countries do not require a visa for visits for up to 360 days:
All countries of the European Union
CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine.
The following 58 countries:
2. Antigua and Barbuda
6. Dominican Republic
8. El Salvador
12. Kingdom of Bahrain
15. New Zealand
20. Principality of Andorra
21. Republic of Iceland
22. Saint Lucia
23. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
26. South Korea
27. State of Kuwait
28. State of Qatar
31. The Commonwealth of Dominica
32. The Holy See
34. United Arab Emirates
37. Bosnia and Herzegovina
41. Costa Rica
49. Republic of Albania
50. Republic of Iraq
51. Republic of Serbia
52. Saint Kitts and Nevis
53. Saudi Arabia
55. South Africa
57. Trinidad and Tobag
North Caucasian countries: Daghistan, Chechnya, Ingusheti, Northern Oseti, Adigei, Kabardino-Bulgari, Karachayevo-Cherkez, Kabardino-Balkar, up to 30 days. The visitors from above countries need:
1) Valid passport for at least 90 days following the departure date from Georga
2) At least 2 blank visa pages in the passport, if necessary stamps will be needed upon arrival and departure.
If the travel is longer than 1 month, visa application should be submitted to the Georgian consulate. No invitation papers are necessary; however, the name of the inviting person or organization should be mentioned on the application form. The processing time in this case is 5 to 14 business days and the visa costs $10-$20 US.
Visitors from Russia may get Georgian visa at the airport, as well as at Verkhniy Lars checkpoint.
More information about the visa procedures can be obtained on Georgia Ministry of Foreign Affairs official website.
Depending on where the visitors come from, they can get more information from their respective countries’ Georgia Missions Abroad
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