Thea Tsulukiani. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani called on her country’s citizens not to shame themselves after the visa liberalization comes into force and the borders of Schengen will be open for Georgians.

Tsulukiani told journalists after a government session on Thursday that when one enters an EU country, this means that the one should follow their laws and rules.

“(What happened) Yesterday means that in several months hopefully borders will open and we will have the opportunity to carry out our short term goals, like tourism, summer school, visiting relatives or just seeing new things; avoiding crowds, visas and bureaucracy,” she said.

The minister called on Georgians living illegally abroad to try to legalize their status abroad if possible, but if not, she said, as soon as visa liberalization is in force, at least other citizens will enter Schengen legally.

Tsulukiani said that unfortunately many Georgians living abroad illegally think that if they come back to Georgia they won’t be able to go back even to attend funerals of family members.

“But the problem is that visa-free travel doesn’t mean living in an EU member state.”

Visa-free travel is particularly important for young people, she said, as they will be able to get familiar with European culture.

The EU Commission addressed the EU’s council and parliament on Wednesday with a proposal for visa liberalization for Georgia.