Posted on 01.03.2011 in Georgia, News

Georgia: 01.03.2011 Visa Facilitation Agreement enters into force

On 1 March the EU-Georgian agreement on visa facilitation entered into force. “This is one more step towards European integration” – said Nino Kalanadze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The Visa Facilitation Agreement which entered into force today was signed on 17 June 2010 in Brussels. Starting from 1 March it will become easier for Georgian citizens to receive a Schengen visa. The agreement provides a reduced visa fee of 35 EUR instead of 60 EUR for all Georgian citizens and a total exemption from the visa fee for certain categories of applicants (e.g. students, close relatives, representatives of civil society organisations, children, pensioners, journalists). Moreover, for certain persons, such as businesspeople, students and journalists, the necessary documents requested for supporting a visa application are simplified. Furthermore frequent travellers will be issued multi-entry visas with long periods of validity. The agreement also obliges the Consulates to take a decision on whether or not to issue a visa within 10 days.

Common Schengen visa; Source: Wikipedia

Common Schengen visa; Source: Wikipedia

“This is a distinct political sign that the EU remains loyal to the political direction chosen in relation to Georgia. Relations between the European Union and Georgia will develop further. The Georgian side welcomes simplification of visa regime,” noted Nino Kalandadze, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

EU-Georgia Visa Facilitation Agreement signed: Press Conference, Brussels, June 2010.

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Novisa, Georgian Journal, News.az