Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Travel to the EU from Georgia

Simplified visa requirements for Georgian citizens

A Visa Facilitation Agreement signed between the European Union and Georgia came into force on 1st March 2011 opening the way for easier travel and people-to-people contact across Europe.

From 1st of March Georgian citizens benefit from simplified procedures for obtaining short-term visas to the EU foreseen by the Visa Facilitation Agreement signed between Georgia and the European Union on 17 June 2010. The aim of simplified procedures is making it easier for Georgian citizens, in particular those who travel most, to acquire short term visas for the EU*.

The Agreement provides a reduced visa fee of €35 instead of €60 for all Georgian citizens and a total exemption from the visa fee for certain categories of applicants (e.g. children below the age of 12, pensioners, disabled persons, students, close relatives and representatives of civil society organisations). The necessary documents proving the purpose of the envisaged travel in support of a visa application are simplified for the following categories of citizens: 

  • close relatives - spouse, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren, visiting citizens of Georgia  legally residing in the territories of the Member States
  • members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to Georgia, shall participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations, exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of the Member States by intergovernmental organisations.
  • pupils, students, post-graduate persons and accompanying teachers travelling for study or educational training, exchange programmes, as well as other educational or school-related activities.
  • persons travelling for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons
  • journalists and accredited persons accompanying them in a professional capacity
  • participants in international sport events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity.
  • business people and representatives of business organisations
  • members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Member States
  • representatives of civil society organisations travelling for  educational training, seminars, conferences, exchange programmes.
  • persons participating in scientific, research, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes.
  • drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territories of the Member States in vehicles registered in Georgia
  • participants in official exchange programmes organised by twin cities or municipal authorities
  • persons visiting military and civil burial grounds

Bona fide frequent travellers will be issued multi-entry visas with long periods of validity. Finally, the holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from the visa obligation. The agreement also obliges the Consulates to take a decision within 10 days on whether or not to issue a visa.

* The visa facilitation agreement does not apply to UK and Ireland (which do not participate in the Schengen cooperation), and to Denmark. It is applicable towards the rest of the EU. Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland who participate in Schengen are invited to conclude similar visa facilitation agreements.

Background

In June 2008, the Council invited the Commission to open a dialogue with Georgia to launch a discussion on a Mobility Partnership. The Extraordinary European Council of 1 September 2008 decided "to step up relations with Georgia, including visa facilitation measures". In November 2009, negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission agreements were concluded and the EU and Georgia signed a mobility partnership aiming at promoting a better framework for cooperation on all aspects of migration policy.

Georgia is one of six countries within the European Partnership established by the EU in May 2009. The purpose of the Eastern Partnership is to deepen and strengthen relations between the EU and its neighbouring countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Since 2006, the EU has concluded visa facilitation agreements with Russia, Ukraine, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and the Republic of Moldova. Negotiations are ongoing with Cape Verde.

For more information see related documents

Visa application documents

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VISA ISSUANCE RULES

These FAQs are general in nature. The information given does not take personal or specific circumstances into account and should therefore not be considered as constituting personal, professional or legal advice to the user. Users requiring personal or specific advice should consult the relevant departments in the Member States.

1 Which countries are part of the Schengen Area?
2 What is a Schengen visa?
3 Do I need a visa to enter a Schengen State?
4 Where do I submit my visa application?
5 How long is a Schengen visa valid?
6 How long does the visa procedure take?
7 How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a visa?
8 How much does it cost to apply for a visa?
9 My passport expires in two months’ time. Can I apply for a visa?
10 Which documents do I need to provide when submitting my visa application?
11 My visa has been issued by, for example, the German Consulate. Could I use this visa to make a trip to other Schengen States?
12 Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen visa?
13 I have a valid long stay visa/residence permit for a country that is part of the Schengen area. Do I need another visa to travel to other Schengen states?
14 Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen visa?
15 I have two connecting flights, with at a Schengen state airport. Do I have to apply for an airport transit visa or a short stay visa?
16 Can my visa be extended?
17 My visa has been refused. What should I do?


1 Which countries are part of the Schengen Area?

The Schengen area covers 26 countries ("Schengen States") without border controls between them. These countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

2 What is a Schengen visa?

The visa takes the form of a sticker that is affixed to the travel document. A Schengen visa is an authorisation issued by a Schengen State for:
• A transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days period ("short stay visa"),
• A transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States ("airport transit visa").Generally the visa issued allows you to visit any of the Schengen States during the same trip, within the validity of the visa.
A Schengen visa is not appropriate, if you wish to remain in a Schengen country for longer than 90 days, take up employment or establish a business, trade or profession.

3 Do I need a visa to enter a Schengen State?

To find out if you need a visa to enter a Schengen State, you can consult the overview on our website.
1. Select your nationality and it will be indicated if you need a visa or not.
2. If you need a visa, you should select your country of residence and Schengen State of destination.
3. The consulate where you should apply will then be indicated and there will be a link to the website providing detailed information.
Please note, this information is not exhaustive and is intended as guidance only.

4 Where do I submit my visa application?

You must lodge the application for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the country that you intend to visit, or – if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State, the Consulate of the country where you will spend the longest period.
If you intend to visit several Schengen States and the stays will be of equal length, you must apply at the Consulate of the country whose external borders you will cross first when entering the Schengen area.
As a general rule, you must apply for a visa at the Consulate with territorial competence for the country in which you legally reside.
For more detailed information, please visit the Where and how to apply section of the website.

5 How long is a Schengen visa valid?

The Schengen visa is a short stay visa. The definition of “short stay” is a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period". This means that the duration of stay is of maximum 90 days, in a period of 180 days.
The precise length of validity your visa is indicated on the visa sticker under the heading “Duration of visit”.
With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "1". A multiple-entry visa which allows for several entries during the validity of the visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "MULT".
You will find information on how to read your visa sticker on this page of our website: How to read the visa sticker.

6 How long does the visa procedure take?

As a general rule, once a Schengen visa application is submitted to the Consulate, a decision is taken by the Consulate within 15 calendar days. This period may be extended up to 30 days or 60 days. More information is available on our website on this page: Processing of a visa application

7 How long before the start of the intended visit should I apply for a visa?

Applications can be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended trip.
It is advisable to lodge an application at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit.
However it is also recommended that you lodge the visa application taking into account national holidays of the country of destination and of application.
Holders of a multiple-entry visa (valid for a period of at least six months) may lodge the application for a new visa before the expiry of that visa.

8 How much does it cost to apply for a visa?

The visa fee of EUR 60,- must be paid when you submit the visa application.  Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of EUR 35.
Nationals of countries with which the EU has concluded Visa Facilitation Agreements shall pay a fee of EUR 35. Please consult the list on our website.
The visa fee is waived for applicants belonging to one of the following categories:
• children under six years;
• school pupils, students, postgraduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake stays for the purpose of study or educational training;
• researchers from third countries travelling for the purpose of carrying out scientific research
• representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organised by non-profit organisations.
Member States also apply other optional visa fees waivers. You can obtain detailed information on that from the consulate where you intend to apply.
If you submit the application at an external service provider, you will be charged an additional service fee.

9 My passport expires in two months’ time. Can I apply for a visa?

In principle you cannot. It is a requirement that the expiration date of your passport is 3 months AFTER your return from the Schengen State. However, in justified cases of emergency, the Consulate may deviate from this rule.

10 Which documents do I need to provide when submitting my visa application?

Information on the documents to be submitted can be found on the following page of our website: Required documents.

11 My visa has been issued by, for example, the German Consulate. Could I use this visa to make a trip to other Schengen States?

Yes. According to the Schengen agreement, the Schengen visa is generally valid for all the countries in the Schengen area. Please note, however, that you always have to apply at the consulate of the country which is your primary destination (see FAQ no 4).  The territorial validity of you visa is indicated on the visa sticker: "Schengen States". It the visa only has limited territorial validity this is indicated by "LTV" and an indication of the Schengen States for which it is valid.

12 Can I leave the Schengen area and return again with my Schengen visa?

Schengen visas may allow for a single-entry or multiple entries. With a single-entry visa you can enter the Schengen area only once. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "1".
A multiple-entry visa which allows for several entries during the validity of the visa. This is indicated on the visa sticker by "MULT".

13 I have a valid long stay visa/residence permit for a country that is part of the Schengen area. Do I need another visa to travel to other Schengen states?

No. As a long stay visa or a residence permit issued by a Schengen State allows, you may travel or stay in other Schengen States, while respecting the maximum duration of a “short stay” (a stay of "90 days in any 180 days period").

14 Do I have to present any other document at the Schengen external borders apart from my travel document with the Schengen visa?

The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa but also provide additional documentation, for example information on that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when applying for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay).

15 I have two connecting flights, with at a Schengen state airport. Do I have to apply for an airport transit visa or a short stay visa? 

It is important to distinguish 2 situations:
• transit through the international transit area of an airport (onward journey where you do not leave the international transit area of the airport)
• transit via the territory of a Member State albeit limited to an airport (onward journey where you leave the international transit area of the airport).
An airport transit visa (ATV) authorises you to pass through the international transit zone at an airport located on the territory of the Schengen State and to await a connecting flight to a non-Schengen country. The ATV does not allow you to enter the Schengen territory (to stay at a hotel or to take an onwards flight to another Schengen State, for example).
Traveling to a Schengen State via another Schengen State airport is not considered an airport transit neither is travelling to a country via 2 Schengen state airports. All flights between two or more Schengen States are considered to be «domestic» flights. Depending on your nationality, you might need a short stay visa as you enter the Schengen area – even if the stay of only lasts a few hours.

16 Can my visa be extended?

When applying for a visa extension, you must show that due to force majeure or for humanitarian reasons it is not possible for you to leave the territory of Member States before the expiry of your visa or the authorized period of stay.
The visa can only be extended if you have stayed less than 90 days the Schengen area, in the course of the past six months, and if your current visa is not expired.
Check with the Home Affairs authorities of the Schengen State for identifying which authority can extend your visa.

17 My visa has been refused. What should I do?

You may appeal against this decision. The decision to refuse a Schengen visa and the reasons for the refusal are notified using a standard form. The decision to refuse the visa must include the reasons on which the refusal was based, and the procedures and deadlines for submitting an appeal.
You are free to re-apply again if your application has been refused earlier.  However, it is recommended that you note the reasons for the earlier refusal before submitting a new application and make amendments, where applicable.

Link to Visa policy: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/index_en.htm

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Visa Information System (VIS)
The VIS is a system for the exchange of visa data among Schengen Member States. The specific objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa procedures, to enhance the security of the visa application process and to facilitate visa checks at the external borders of the Schengen Area. For further information please see the leaflet on Visa Information System (VIS), which will be rolled out on June 23, 2015.

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Visa Information System (VIS) Improving Shengen visa procedures - leaflet

Embassies of the EU Member States in Georgia

 

Austria

H.E. Arad Benkő, Ambassador
Address: 31 Griboedov Street / 42 Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi
Phone:   (+995 32) 243 44 02

Bulgaria

H.E. Dessislava Ivanova-Kozleva, Ambassador
Address: Gorgassali Street, Third exit N 15, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 291 01 94/95
Fax: (+995 32) 291 02 70
E-mail: embassy.tbilisi@mfa.bg

Czech Republic

H.E. Tomáš Pernický, Ambassador
Address: 37 Chavchavadze Avenue, block 6, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 291 67 40/41/42
Fax: (+995 32) 291 67 44
E-mail: czechembassy@gol.ge

Estonia

H.E. Kai Kaarelson, Ambassador
Address: 4 Mlikhauri Street, Saburtalo, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 236 51 22
Fax: (+995 32) 236 51 38
E-mail: tbilisisaatkond@mfa.ee

Hungary

H.E. Sándor Szabó, Ambassador
Address: 83 Lvov Street, Saburtalo, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995-32) 239 90 08
Fax: (+995-32) 239 90 04
E-mail: hunembtbs@gmail.com

France

H.E. Pascal Meunier, Ambassador
Address: 49 Krtsanisi Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 272 14 90
Fax: (+995 32) 272 13 55
E-mail: ambafrance@access.sanet.ge

Germany

H.E. Heike Peitsch, Ambassador
Address: Metechi Palace, 20 Telavi Street, 4th floor, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 244 73 00
(+995 32) 243 53 99                                                                        E-mail: info@tiflis.diplo.de

Greece

H.E. Georgios Chatzimichelakis, Ambassador
Address: 37 d T. Tabidze Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 291 49 70-5
Fax: (+995 32) 291 49 80
E-mail: grembgeo@access.sanet.ge

Italy

H.E. Antonio Enrico Bartoli, Ambassador
Address: 3a Chitadze Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 299 64 18
Fax: (+995 32) 299 61 15
E-mail: embassy.tbilisi@esteri.it 

Latvia

H.E. Jānis Zlamets, Ambassador
Address: 4 Odessa Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 224 48 58
(+995 32) 238 14 06
Fax: (+995 32) 238 14 05
E-mail: embassy.georgia@mfa.gov.lv

Lithuania

H.E. Giedrius Puodžiūnas, Ambassador
Address: 29 Krtsanisi Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 291 29 33
Fax: (+995 32) 222 17 93
E-mail: amb.ge@urm.lt

Netherlands

H.E. Jos Douma, Ambassador
Address: Pixel Center, 34 Ilia Chavchavadze Avenue, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 227 62 00
Fax: (+995 32) 227 62 32
E-mail: tbi@minbuza.nl

Poland

H.E. Andrzej Cieszkowski, Ambassador
Address: 19 Dzmebi Zubalashvilebi Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 292 03 98
Fax: (+995 32) 291 29 33
E-mail: ambpolgruzia@access.sanet.ge

Romania

H.E. Radu Liviu Horumba, Ambassador
Address: 7 Lvovi Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 238 53 10
Fax: (+995 32) 238 52 10
E-mail: ambasada@caucasus.net

Sweden

H.E. Martina Quick, Ambassador
Address: 15 Turn Kipshidze Street (Vake Region), 0162 Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 255 03 20
E-mail: ambassaden.tbilisi@gov.se

United Kingdom

H.E. Justin McKenzie Smith, Ambassador
Address: 51 Krtsanisi Street, Tbilisi
Phone: (+995 32) 227 47 47
Fax: (+995 32) 227 47 92
E-mail: British.Embassy.Tbilisi@fco.gov.uk

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A key aim of Erasmus+ is the learning mobility of individuals, which includes the following opportunities:

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