Changes to Visa Law Simplifies Entrance into Georgia

Alterations to the country’s recently introduced visa law will make it easier for a select group of foreigners to enter Georgia.

Since the new visa law was implemented in September 2014, foreigners wishing to visit and work in Georgia faced challenges. However new amendments to the law will make this process easier and more simplified, said Georgia’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

Specifically, the regulations for investors and tourists entering Georgia will be simplified, he said.

Amendments to the law concerning foreigners and those who do not hold Georgian citizenship was introduced at a Governmental meeting today.

“The Government will establish a list of countries whose citizens will be able to easily enter Georgia,” the Minister said.

The amendment noted that if a person owned real estate in Georgia, it will be far easier for him/her to receive a visa and a residence permit.

Meanwhile, the Georgian Government is preparing to launch the country’s first electronic visa (e-visa) facility – a move officials say will give “a major boost” to the country’s tourism sector.

Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced the new e-visa facility would open in February 2015.


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