The government of Georgia has identified tourism as a key source of income and therefore opened its borders to tourism. In fact, it offers the most generous tourist visa I know – a whopping 360 day visa for citizens of over 90 countries. Incredible!
On arrival at a land border (such as Turkey) or airport, eligible passports will receive a stamp for a stay of one year (360 days). A full list of eligible countries is at the end of this page.
*FREE 360 DAY ENTRY – NO VISA REQUIRED*
European Union Member States
United States of America
(See full list further below)
COUNTRIES REQUIRING VISA & HOW TO APPLY
For citizens of nations that require a visa, the easy to use E-Visa portal developed by the Georgian government provides straight forward information. The E-visa is valid for either 30 days or 90 days, depending on your country. It takes just 5 days to process the visa but it is important to apply at least 2 weeks beforehand to be safe. The cost of the visa is $20USD plus a 2% service charge.
For example, citizens of China must apply for a visa on the E-Visa Portal before arriving in Georgia. The visa is valid for a total of 30 days and can be bought 5 days in advance of arriving in Georgia. Other large countries that require a visa include Egypt, India, Indonesia and the Philipines.
What is required on E-Visa Portal
- Passport information
- A passport sized photograph to be uploaded
- $20USD payment by Mastercard/Visa
What is required upon arrival in Georgia
- Proof of accommodation booking (hostel, hotel, couchsurf host etc)
- Travel Insurance and proof of sufficient funds
- Proof of return air ticket.
Georgia is a very welcoming country and in recent years has reached out to the global tourist market. Crime against tourists is pretty much unheard of and during my time there I met people from a range of countries including USA, India, China, Iran and Poland. Nobody I spoke to mentioned any hint of trouble, either with the police or local people.
Despite the language barrier, many people are welcoming and Tbilisi is a very safe city. Batumi, a hot spot on the Black Sea coast, was formerly run by gangsters but is now extremely safe and welcoming. My only recommendation is always carry around a photocopy of your passport (this counts for anywhere in the world!).
COUNTRIES RECEIVING VISA FREE TRAVEL TO GEORGIA
|3||Antigua and Barbuda|
|15||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|18||British Overseas Territories|
|29||Denmark territories – Faroe Islands and Greenland|
|38||Holy See (Vatican city)|
|64||Netherlands territories – Aruba and Netherlands Antilles|
|74||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|92||United Arab Emirates|
|93||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland|
|94||United States of America|
Note that it is forbidden and punishable to enter the Russian occupied territory of Abkhazia at any crossing apart from the bridge at Zugdidi near Poti. The same can be said for South Ossetia, to which there is no entry to whatsoever.
Have you been to Georgia? Any stories or experiences to share? I would love to hear them!