Visa policy of Georgia
Visitors to Georgia must obtain a visa from one of the Georgian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport (or national ID card if an EU citizen) valid for the period of intended stay.
Visa policy map
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. 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. 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.
Nationals of the following countries and territories may visit Georgia without a visa for a year (unless otherwise noted):
- Georgian diaspora members who are citizens of countries that otherwise require a visa – for stays not exceeding 30 days
- United Nations laissez-passer holders for one year
- Persons with refugee status in Georgia
- Holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of China, Egypt, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran and Peru.
- Online visa
In February 2015 Georgia launched an e-Visa portal allowing citizens of countries that are required to obtain a visa to do so online without a visit to the Georgian diplomatic mission or consulate.
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. However, there have been few cases where those holding valid residency of GCC countries have been denied access without assigning any reason.
Entry to Abkhazia and South Ossetia
Entering the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia 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 Georgia is currently impossible.
- Visa Information for Foreign Citizens
- Georgia Visit Planning Calculator
- Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries that may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit (Not exceeding 90 calendar days in any 180-day period)
- Official Website of Georgia E-visa
- Georgia Restores One-Year Visa-Free Rules
- Legal Status of Aliens and Stateless Persons – 100 Questions Regarding the New Law (March, 2014)
- Check if you can enter Georgia and stay for a year visa-free
- საქართველოს მთავრობის დადგენილება № 255 2015 წლის 5 ივნისი ქ. თბილისი იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა მოქალაქეებსაც შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა
- Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit
- "Visa Information - Georgia". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- Exemptions from Georgian visa obligations also applies to
- e-VISA PORTAL
- საქართველოს მთავრობის დადგენილება №256 2015 წლის 5 ივნისი ქ. თბილისი იმ ქვეყნების ჩამონათვალის დამტკიცების შესახებ, რომელთა ვიზების ან/და ბინადრობის ნებართვების მქონე უცხოელებს შეუძლიათ საქართველოში უვიზოდ შემოსვლა შესაბამისი ვადითა და პირობებით