Georgia is a popular destination for tourism and business that welcomes almost 10 million visitors per year. Unless visa exempt, foreign nationals wishing to enter Georgia are required to apply, before traveling, for the appropriate Georgia visa, based on their intended purpose for traveling to Georgia.
Foreign nationals from over 95 countries can enter Georgia visa-free for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day validity period. Depending on the traveler’s nationality, purpose of visit, and intended frequency of visits to Georgia, all other foreign nationals must apply for the appropriate sticker visa or Georgia e-Visa, prior to traveling to Georgia.
The most common Georgia visa for tourism and short-term business purposes is the Ordinary Georgia visa. Depending on your nationality, the single-entry Ordinary Georgia visa allows a stay of no more than 30 days within a 120-day validity period, or 90 days within a 180-day validity period. The multiple-entry Ordinary Georgia visa is valid for a maximum of 5 years and allows the traveler to make several visits to Georgia and stay a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period.
Long-term Georgia visas usually have a one-year validity period and allow the traveler to stay for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period. Georgia transit visas allow a 10-day stay in Georgia.
If you are a foreign national who is required to obtain a Georgia sticker visa or Georgia e-Visa prior to traveling to Georgia, you must apply for the appropriate Georgia visa based on your purpose for traveling to Georgia. The Georgia visa types are:
The following is required to apply for all Georgia visas:
A passport valid for at least 3 months after the expiry of visa, with at least 2 blank pages
One digital passport photo, no more than 6 months old, size 4 x 5.16cm
A completed Georgia visa application form
Proof of financial means during stay in Georgia, such as 3-month bank statement or employment letter
Proof of hotel booking, rental agreement, or real estate
Proof of visa application fee payment
Some types of Georgia visas have additional requirements than those listed above, such as a letter from a local host, proof of fine payment, or letter of consent for minors. Accordingly, you are advised to check the information requirements for the specific Georgia visa type you are applying for.
Foreign nationals eligible to apply online for the Georgia e-Visa must follow these steps:
• Submit completed application
• Upload required documents
Receive approval confirmation to email inbox
• If approved, receive Georgia visa to the email you provided
• Verify information is correct
• Download or print approved Georgia visa
Unless visa exempt or eligible for a Georgia e-Visa, all foreign nationals must follow these steps to apply for a Georgia sticker:
• Gather required documents listed above
• Fill out the Georgia visa application form
• Schedule an appointment with Georgia embassy or representation office
• Attend visa appointment at Georgia embassy or representation office
• Submit visa application and required documents
• Pay the Georgia visa fees
• If approved, pick up Georgia visa from the Georgia embassy or representation office where you applied
• Verify that all information is correct and matches your passport
Certain foreign nationals are eligible to apply online for a Georgia e-Visa.
Foreign nationals required to apply for a Georgia sticker visa should apply at their nearest Georgia embassy, representation office, or VAC abroad.
Georgia e-Visas are processed and issued within 5 business days.
It is always advised to begin the application process early to avoid any possible unforeseen delays.
Georgia short-term sticker visas are usually issued and processed within 10 calendar days. Georgia long-term visas take 30 calendar days, and Georgia immigration visas take 10 calendar days.
Georgia e-Visas are fully processed and issued online within 5 business days. Depending on the type of visa you are applying for, Georgia sticker visas take between 10 to 30 days.
Georgia is not part of the Schengen zone. However, Schengen visa holders are allowed to enter and stay in Georgia for a maximum of 90 days visa-free.
Georgia e-Visas cost $20USD + 2% fee. Georgia sticker visa fees depend on the traveler’s type of Georgia visa being applied for and the Georgia embassy or representation office where you are applying at. You are advised to contact the Georgia embassy or the representation office nearest you for more information.
Foreign nationals wishing to work in Georgia must apply for a long-term Georgia Immigration visa, which may require proof of employment, valid business purposes, or ownership in Georgia. EU nationals and visitors on diplomatic or official business are not required to apply for a long-term visa and are allowed to stay in Georgia for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period.