TBILISI, DFWatch–Hungary has recognized Georgia’s neutral passports, which are issued to people living in the breakaway territories Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Hungary made a decision on November 29, 2013, and it came to force yesterday.

The so-called neutral passports are issued by Georgian government for inhabitants of the two disputed territories, allowing them to travel abroad. They also have passports issued by local de facto governments, but since not many countries recognize them they cannot travel to many countries with local passports.

Many who live in Abkhazia and South Ossetia therefore usually have to use the Russian passport most of them have been issued when they want to travel abroad.

So far Japan, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, USA, Bulgaria, Poland, Israel, Estonia, Romania and Hungary recognize Georgia-issued neutral travel documents.