No more visa for Georgia? - Please help to check this
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2007 11:03 AM Last Post By: szemkeog
Jun 3, 2005 8:24 AM
No more visa for Georgia? - Please help to check thisI hope this is as good as it seems: Various media published this information, but just a short news and often contradictory, so I'm not completely sure what exactly was the decision, but I hope Reuters and STA are right... Please check other sources, esp. if you speak Georgian or Russian, or call a Georgian embassy, and post here the info you get.
SignOnSanDiego: Georgia scraps visas for EU, U.S. citizens
12:44 p.m. June 2, 2005
TBILISI – Georgia's parliament passed a law on Thursday abolishing visas for citizens of the European Union, United States, Japan, Canada, Israel, Switzerland and Norway.
The bill, passed unanimously in its third and final reading, allows citizens of those countries to stay in Georgia without visas for up to 90 days.
The Georgian government took the step in order to boost tourist numbers and business development.
The move will reduce budget incomes by $1.2 million, the amount the country has been getting from consulate fees.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who came to power after a pro-Western 'Rose Revolution' in 2003, aspires to NATO and EU membership.
Slovenia's major daily (Delo) published on Friday a short notice from Slovene Press Agency (STA): Georgia abolished visas for EU
TBILISI - Georgia became the first member of the Commonwealth of Independent States that abolished entry visa for citizens of EU members. Georgian parliament passed a law unanimously in the third and last reading, and it came into force immediately. The unilateral decision means that the citizens of EU members, USA, Canada, Japan, Israel, Switzerland and Norway do not need visas any more for a visit shorter than 90 days.
LaurieD posted this short news from Rustavi2: Georgia lifts visa regime for some states
Georgia has simplified the visa regime for foreigners - parliament has adopted the draft amendments to law on the traveling of foreign citizens to Georgia by the third hearing.
According to the amendments, the citizens of the EU member states, the USA, Japan, Canada, Israel and Swvitzerland, Confederation will no longer need visas to travel to Georgia during 90 days.
T Portal: Georgia abolishes visas for Europeans and USA
Citizens of United States, European Union, Israel, Switzerland, Canada and Japan can travel to Georgia without visa during the following three months, after Georgian Parliament passed such law on Thursday.
"This decision was adopted on the initiative of president Mikhail Saakashvili, who believes that we have to do everything to raise the popularity of Georgia in the world," commented a Georgian official of the international-tourism committee, reports AFP. President Saakashvili, elected in January 2004, follows the example of Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, who in March signed a decree with which he temporarily abolishes visas for citizens of EU member states and Switzerland.
Saakashvili and Yushchenko, who both aspire to admission of their countries to the EU, appeal to relax the visa requirements for citizens of their countries.
Hina (Croatian press agency)
I hope also Civil Georgia will post a news about this shortly.
Jun 3, 2005 9:06 AM
Jun 3, 2005 4:21 PM
Jun 5, 2005 12:50 AM
3I heard parliament approved it last week and it will become law 90 days later, which means early september.
But I dont; understand wat teh big deal is- visas are already being issued on the spot without any problems for 10 USD. any EU or US citizen can go visit georgia without any problems- sure so you;ll save 10 bucks- what's the big deal?
Jun 5, 2005 7:03 AM
Jun 5, 2005 7:06 AM
5#1 and even if it's already posted, many people don't notice it. After UA relaxed the visa regime and it was published here (several times), there were still many requests (from EUers) about where/how you can get a visa for Ukraine :-)
Jun 12, 2005 11:40 AM
6June 13th update~
We just made some phone calls (in Tbilisi) to well-placed Georgian government officials regarding the official status of the Georgian 90 day Visa Law:
1. The law has been passed by parliament. It allows visitors from the above stated countries free visitor visas for up to a 90 day stay in Georgia.
2. It still has to be approved by the President's administration (rubber-stamped)
3. When it has Presidential Administration approval, it will be officially announced, and become effective from the date of public announcement.
4. So where is it now, you might ask? It's somewhere (no one knows exactly where) in the bowels of the President's administration, but is expected to 'surface' soon.
When it surfaces, and get its 'public announcement' I'll post it here.
Jun 12, 2005 11:46 AM
Jun 12, 2005 12:26 PM
Jun 15, 2005 11:44 AM
9Posted outside the Georgian embassy in Yerevan.
"As of 15 June Citizens of EU, US, Canada, Switzerland, Japan and Israel no longer require visas for stays of up to 90 days in Georgia". Wording may not be precise but the gist is. Norway wasn't mentioned - possibly just an oversight?
The bad news - I (Uk) bought my visa for 6660 dram ($15) on Monday. Now - for family reasons - I have to fly home from Yerevan. So I have a visa I no longer need for a country I'm not now going to (re)visit...
Jun 15, 2005 11:54 AM
Jun 15, 2005 2:01 PM
11Yeah, I caught one of the last chances to get YU and FYROM visas, especially as not only the visas are gone but also a country (and the 2nd will follow it some day I believe). I have no regrets though, they offered no discounts for transit/double entry visa.
Jun 22, 2005 8:12 AM
Jan 24, 2006 3:37 PM
Aug 4, 2007 11:03 AM
I guess it is all clear about Georgian visa now:
a copy from the site of the Georgian Foreign Ministry (http://www.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?sec_id=467&lang_id=ENG):
List of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for 90 days
All countries of the European Union
United States of America
the Holy See
Principality of Andorra
Republic of Iceland
United Arab Emirates
State of Kuwait
State of Qatar
Kingdom of Bahrain
I am going there in september with my Hungarian passport and check this for you.
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