Posted on 27.10.2010 in Georgia, News

Georgia: 27.10.2010 Committee of European Parliament approved the visa facilitation agreement with Georgia

On 27 October 2010 the European Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) approved the agreement between the European Union and Georgia on simplification of the procedure of issuing visas for the Georgian citizens.

Visa Facilitation Agreement approved by the LIBE committee was signed on 17 June 2010 in Brussels. It would become easier for Georgian citizens to receive the 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. Moreover, necessary documents requested for supporting a visa application are simplified for certain groups, such as businesspeople, students and journalists.

Hemicycle in Brussels; photo by Alina Zienowicz, Wikipedia

Hemicycle in Brussels; photo by Alina Zienowicz, Wikipedia

Frequent travellers will be issued multi-entry visas with long periods of validity. The agreement also obliges the EU consulates to take a decision on whether or not to issue a visa within 10 days. According to a representative of European Parliament, the document will now be submitted for approval at the Plenary session of the Assembly in Brussels.