Tbilisi, Georgia, Sept. 1
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Citizens of other countries will have to apply to the Georgian consulate in the place of residence to get a visa, according to the law "On the Legal Status of Foreigners and Stateless Persons", which will come into force in Georgia on Monday.
Georgia will issue multiple-entry visas with a validity of 180 days (with the right to stay in the country 90 days within a specified period) to the citizens of the countries which are subject to the visa regime in accordance with the law.
In case of the citizens of the countries with which Georgia has established a visa-free regime (Europe, the member-states of NATO and the CIS), they will be able to stay on the territory of Georgia without a visa for a total of 90 days within a six month period.
Those who wish to stay in Georgia for a long period will have to obtain the appropriate visa in the Georgian consulate in the country of residence. It will be possible to obtain a visa at the border only in exceptional cases. At the same time, the practice of issuing residence permits will be valid in accordance with the new law.
Thus, there will be five categories of entry visas: migration, diplomatic, special, ordinal, and transit in Georgia from September 1, 2014.
The category of migration visas includes student visa, working visa, visa for business purposes, as well as for family reunification.
Diplomatic entry visas will be issued to the officials of other countries, members of the high-level delegations, as well as members of their families to pay a state visit, an official visit, a working visit, a friendly or an unofficial visit. Moreover, diplomatic visas will be issued to diplomats and honorary consuls.