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IPM: 55 000 Citizens of Georgia Enjoyed Visa-free Regime with EU, 77 Ones Expelled

Georgian media agencies actively cover the developments after visa regime liberalization. Tourists flow has significantly intensified to the countries covered by the visa regime liberalization agreement.

Namely, more than 55 000 citizens have enjoyed the visa-free regime agreement opportunities during 3 months, IPM media monitoring and research company reports.

According to National Bank of Georgia (NBG), Georgia-issued payment cards have processed 112mln GEL transactions in foreign countries. This is a record figure and exceeds the 2016 indicators by 30%.

Starting March 28, 2017, more than 55 000 citizens of Georgia used visa-free regime with EU. Only 3 000 of them have not returned to the country.

According to statistics, a total of 75 911 citizens applied for passports since March 28, up 42% year on year.

After visa regime liberalization,  the number of Georgian citizens visiting European countries has risen as part of summer vacation plans. Along with a growing number of passengers, prices of air tickets and travel packages have also risen by 15-20%, as compared to the previous year.

More than 25  000 persons have enjoyed visa free  regime with the Schengen zone that unites 30 countries, while 77 citizens of Georgia were subjected to readmission.

The topic of Visa Liberalization was covered in 1421 news items in the period of March 28-July, IPM media monitoring and research company reports.