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Economy Minister: Visa Facilitation will Promote Economic Development

According to Economy Minister George  Kvirikashvili, simplification of visa regulations will boost the number of tourists and economic development.

The head of the economic department says  that a number of restrictions existing until recently have been made to the visa law.

“In particular, they  approved a list of countries whose citizens will be eligible to stay within the territory of Georgia without a visa for a year. Until today, these countries were part of the list of countries whose citizens could  stay in Georgia without a visa every 90 days for six months. Among these countries are developed and stable member states of the EU and the Schengen zone-  the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, a number of Arab countries, Japan, Israel, etc. In addition, the conditions are also simplified for citizens of countries that are not included in this list. In particular, if a citizen of this country has a valid visa to any of these  countries with which Georgia has visa-free regime, he will be able to stay in Georgia without a visa for 90 days every six months. For example, citizens of Iran and China, which have a Schengen visa,  do not need to receive a Georgian visa and they will be able to  freely stay in the country for 90 days every six months, “- the Minister notes.

He notes that  the procedure for obtaining visas was  simplified for citizens of the  countries that do not fall under any of the above categories – they will have the  possibility of obtaining electronic visas. In  the Minister’s words, the new procedures greatly simplify procedures for investors, including from those countries whose nationals can get to Georgia with visas from third countries.

“If we are talking about investors and businessmen, the vast majority of them tend to have a visa to the developed countries, often go there, accordingly, the way to  Georgia is open for  them without any restrictions. While  the system of electronic visas will make the system even more liberal, “- George Kvirikashvili beleives.