by Nathan Hamm on 6/5/2005 · 8 comments

Georgia has dropped visa requirements for citizens of Canada, the US, the EU, Japan, Switzerland, Israel, and Norway.

The bill, passed unanimously in its third and final reading, allows citizens of those countries to stay in Georgia without visas for up to 90 days.

The Georgian government took the step in order to boost tourist numbers and business development. The move will reduce budget incomes by $1.2 million, the amount the country has been getting from consulate fees.

It’s about time something like this happened in that neck of the woods.

When I visited Kyrgyzstan, it was the “year of tourism.” I guess this was supposed to mean they were making a big push to be welcoming and attract tourists. It was nice that they let us into the country without valid visas (we showed up early), but it probably would have been more meaningful for them to, if not drop the visa requirement, at least quit monitoring the movements of foreigners as if they were out to steal the country’s precious herding and yurt technologies or something.

Good luck to Georgia on this. There’s certainly plenty to see.

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Tim Newman June 6, 2005 at 6:39 am

Hasn’t Ukraine done away with visa requirements for EU citizens as well?

Hans Heiner Buhr June 6, 2005 at 4:53 pm

“On May 1, Ukraine temporary abolished the visa for EC and Schengen citizens. According to the presidential decree, the term will last until September 1.”

They test it first.


taiwo adeleye July 11, 2005 at 8:58 pm

please i want to know if nigeria need visa to geogiaand what is the procesedure



anthony July 29, 2005 at 3:25 pm

nice job you guys are doing…i just want to know if this bill that was passed would affect the african community in the latter future….thanks anthony…..

austine afere August 7, 2005 at 3:48 am


i want to know if nigeria is visa free to georgia

chukwubueze October 25, 2005 at 1:33 am

want to know if nigeria is visa free to georgia

IKENNA November 25, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Please I want to know if Nigria passport is free visa to malasia

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