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From today, Georgian citizens can travel to the EU and the Schengen Area without a visa


Today, Georgians were granted the freedom to travel to the EU and the Schengen Area for short stays without a visa.

“We congratulate Georgia for achieving visa liberalisation. Estonia is delighted to welcome Georgians in Estonia. It is an important step in EU-Georgia relations. The visa liberalisation will increase people-to-people contacts, promote tourism and strengthen business ties,” Foreign Ministry’s Political Director Paul Teesalu said.

“Freedom to travel to the EU and the Schengen Area Member States without a visa, granted today, is a result of successful reforms carried out in Georgia. By fulfilling necessary conditions for visa liberalisation, Georgia expressed its firm commitment to EU integration,” Teesalu added.

Decision that entered into force today gives Georgian citizens holding biometric passports the right to stay for a period of 90 days within any 180-day period without a visa in 30 countries: full members of the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, France, Sweden, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Hungary), the EU Member States which do not yet apply the provisions of the Schengen acquis in full (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania) and members of the Schengen Area which are not members of the European Union (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

In 2016, Estonia issued short-term Schengen visas to 1713 Georgian citizens. During first three months of this year (1 January - 27 March), Estonian Embassy in Tbilisi has issued 437 short-term visas.

Additional information: 

Armo Vask
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
+372 637 7618
+372 5666 8581


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