If you’re planning to live in Tbilisi, one of the most important steps will be to get a Georgian visa to enter the country.
Georgia is known for its very friendly visa policy and many foreigners don’t need a Georgia visa. But the laws regarding visas are not always easy to understand: who needs a visa? How can you get it? How much does it cost and how can you renew it? Here is everything you need to know about the Georgia visa (according to the regulations and laws in effect in 2020).
- List of visa-free countries
- Exceptions to the visa-free policy
- Special cases where the visa-free policy applies
- Cost of the Georgia visa
- Applying for a Georgia e-visa
- Applying for a Georgia visa at the embassy
- Documents to provide to get a Georgia visa
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Georgia’s Visa-Free Policy
As you may already know, residents from many countries don’t need a Georgian visa. When you’re from one of these countries, you can STAY AND WORK in Georgia without any visa for as long as one year. On this visa-free regime, you don’t need a return plane ticket or any other document when you enter Georgia: you will only be asked to show your passport.
This “visa” cannot be extended… But if you leave the country and re-enter it, your visa period starts again. This means that you could live in Georgia forever as long as you leave the country at least one day every year!
List of visa-free countries
If you have a passport from one of these countries, you are included in the visa-free policy of Georgia.
Exceptions to the visa-free policy
If you’re not a citizen of one of the countries in the list above, you can still benefit from the visa-free policy if you have a visa or residence permit from one of the following countries:
|Australia||Austria||Bahrain||Belgium||British Dependent Territories|
|British Overseas Territories||Bulgaria||Canada||Croatia||Cyprus|
|Czech Republic||Denmark||Denmark territories||Estonia||Finland|
|France||French Republic territories||Germany||Greece||Hungary|
|Malta||Netherlands||Netherlands territories||New Zealand||Norway|
|Saudi Arabia||Slovakia||Slovenia||South Korea||Spain|
|Sweden||Switzerland||United Arab Emirates||United Kingdom||United States of America|
Special cases where the visa-free policy applies
A few exceptions exist where people who are not citizens a visa-free country can benefit from the visa-free regime:
- Foreign citizens holding travel documents issued by the UN or its specialized institutions.
- Holders of diplomatic or official passports of China, Egypt, Guyana, Sri-Lanka, Indonesia and Peru.
- Compatriots residing abroad are authorized to cross the state border of Georgia without a visa and stay in Georgia for no more than 30 days;
- Foreigners holding a Georgian residence permit for the validity period of this permit
- Foreigners having the status of refugee or a humanitarian status for the entire period of the status validity
- Members of a crew of an international airline, railway, or marine transport and passengers that need an interim change of carrier or means of transport and have a document evidencing the right to enter their country of destination. The period of stay in Georgia should not exceed 10 days. Passengers are not allowed to leave the transit area (airport, railway station or seaport).
Getting a Georgian Visa
If the visa-free policy does not apply to you, you will need to apply for a Georgian visa.
Georgian visa categories
There are several categories of visas in Georgia:
The different categories of visas are described in details on the migration commission’s website.
These visas can be short-term or long-term.
Short-term visas are separated into 2 categories:
- Single entry: allows you to enter and stay in Georgia for a maximum of 30 days.
- Multiple entries: allows you to stay in Georgia for up to 90 days in any 180-day period during a maximum of 5 years. To get this visa, you need to have visited Georgia at least once during the last year.
If you’re not sure what kind of visa you need, check your specific visa requirements here.
How much does the Georgian visa cost?
The cost of your Georgian visa will vary according to the length of your stay. You can calculate the cost of your visa here:
How to apply for a Georgia Visa
There are two ways to apply for a Georgian visa: at the embassy or online.
Applying for a Georgian e-visa
Applying for an e-visa is the fastest and easiest way to get your visa for Georgia. It is available only for a short-term ordinary (C) visa. The process is simple:
- Go to the Georgia e-visa platform and submit your application.
- You will receive your visa confirmation by email within 5 days.
- If you have been granted a visa, just print it. Also print the required documents in case they ask you to show them at the border.
Applying for a Georgian Visa at the embassy
If you want another category of visa, you’ll need to visit the Georgian embassy in your country. To facilitate that process, you can pre-fill your visa application before visiting the embassy. For a short-term visa, you should receive an answer in 10 days. For a long-term visa, it takes 30 days.
What documents should you provide to get a Georgian visa
Here are the documents that can be asked from you during the visa acquisition procedure:
- Travel Document/Passport
- Document proving purpose of travel
- Proof of accommodation
- Travel and health insurance
- Document proving sufficient financial means
You can prove possession of sufficient financial funds by presenting on of the following:
- Bank statement from the past three months
- A reference from your Employer which includes information regarding your position and income
- A document proving possession of real estate
- A letter from a sponsor
Note that if you require a special visa, you may need to provide other documents. Ask your local Georgian embassy for details.
Georgia Visa Extension
Visas in the categories A, B, D3 and D5 can be extended.
To extend your visa, you should submit the required documents to the ministry of Foreign affairs of Georgia as well as to a branch of the Public Service Hall.
You can apply for a visa extension without leaving the country. Until the decision regarding your visa has been given, the penalties for exceeding your visa period do not apply to you even if your visa expires during the procedure. However, the procedure of renewal should be started during your visa’s validity period.
If you want to stay and live in Georgia for a year or more, you may also want to apply for a Georgian residence permit.