The European Union, Georgia has opened a visa-free regime

The European Union, Georgia has opened a visa-free regime

Exceptions were Ireland and the UK.

Moscow. March 28. INTERFAX.RU — the Citizens of Georgia since Tuesday, March 28, may without a visa for 90 days in every six months to visit almost all European countries except Ireland and the UK.

The Georgian foreign Ministry on Monday made a last explanation to the citizens to use their visa-free regime when visiting EU countries.

In particular, the foreign Ministry drew attention to the fact that they will be required to answer a series of questions of the border patrol supervisors at a checkpoint in Georgia and European countries, concerning the trip purpose, availability of return flights, booked hotels in one or another European country, the certificate of insurance, the availability of money in the minimum amount of 50 euros per day.

Violators of visa-free regime will not only be deported from Europe to Georgia, but was fined 3 thousand Euro. Such offenders will not have the right to visit Europe for 5 years.

The foreign Ministry reports that the use of the visa-free regime will be able to residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia if they have Georgian biometric passports, which they can obtain without any problems

Negotiations on visa liberalisation between Georgia and the EU started in June 2012, and after the Georgian party of a number of obligations in December 2015, the European Commission presented a positive opinion on the granting of Georgia of a visa-free regime.

More than a year in various EU structures was a technical harmonization on this issue. In early March, after the publication of all approvals in the official journal of the European Union, announced the introduction of visa-free regime for Georgia from March 28, 2017.

As the press service of the government of Georgia, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili together with members of the government, students, scientists and journalists on Tuesday going without a visa to fly from Tbilisi to the capital of the ancient civilizations — Athens and then in the political heart of Europe — Brussels.

On Monday evening in Europe square in Tbilisi gathered hundreds of people to celebrate a significant event — the introduction of a visa-free regime with European countries. The concert of Georgian performers, held against the background highlighted in blue Union buildings, the TV tower and the Peace bridge has ended with colorful fireworks.