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History is Made: Final Vote Unblocks Visa Regime to Georgia

History is made, soon Georgian citizens will have free visa regime with European countries, as 553 out of 647 members of EU parliament vote in favor of unblocking visas.

The EU-Georgia visa liberalisation dialogue started in 2012 and is expected to go into effect by the end of April 2017, after which all Georgian citizens holding biometric passports will be able to enter the EU’s Schengen Zone without a visa for 90 days in any 180 day period.

Earlier this month, 42 votes in favour with two against and one abstention in the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) approved amendments to the text of Georgia’s visa liberalisation agreement previously adopted by the European Parliament (EP), the European Council, the European Commission and the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) of the Governments of Member States.

The LIBE approval will be followed by a vote at the European Parliament’s plenary session in February. After the amended regulations are formally approved by the Council of Ministers, the text will be signed and published in the Official Journal of the EU.