visa-free travel

Georgian asylum seekers to Europe down 13% in April

By | June 20th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

  Asylum applications by Georgian nationals between April 2016 and April 2018. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–The number of Georgians who sought asylum in Schengen countries dropped 13 percent in April, compared to the month before, but the small Caucasus nation is still over-represented. Despite a modest population of 3.7 million, Georgia still ranks among […]

Georgians celebrate start of visa-free travel to Europe

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

From left to right: PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Irakli Kobakhidze, Mamuka Mdinaradze, Lasha Abashidze. (Interpressnews.) (Interpressnews.) (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There were celebrations in the capital Tbilisi on Monday as Georgian nationals may travel without a visa to Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area from March 28. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili was among government officials who attended a two […]

EU denies link between Georgia visa waiver and refugee centers proposal

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A member of the European Unions executive branch denies that there is any connection between a proposal to host refugee centers in Georgia and the recent decision to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian passport holders. […]

Georgian PM signs visa waiver document with EU

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and Georgian PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili shaking hands after signing the visa waiver agreement. (Government of Georgia.) TBILISI, DFWatch–After years of negotiations, Georgia’s prime minister finally signed an agreement with the EU on Wednesday which gives his country’s citizens the right to visa-free travel to the Schengen area. The visa waiver plan will be published in the EU […]

EU gives final go-ahead for Georgians to enter Schengen without visa

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

All that’s needed is a new biometric passport. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A visa waiver system for Georgian citizens was given the final approval by the EU Council on Monday, and now only formalities remain until 3.7 million citizens of the Caucasus nation can enjoy up to 90 days trips to Europe’s vast borderless Schengen area […]

Abkhazia suspicious of Georgia’s offer of visa-free travel to Europe

By | February 4th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia offers inhabitants in the breakaway region Abkhazia to be included in a visa waiver scheme to the Schengen area. Sukhumi calls the offer manipulation. The EU parliament on Thursday voted in favor of extending […]

EU parliament greenlights visa-free entry for Georgians

By | February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

Tbilisi international airport. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The plan to extend visa-free entry into Schengen to more than 3 million citizens of the former Soviet republic of Georgia passed another hurdle today, as the EU’s parliament approved the plan with a clear majority. At a plenary session the 751 member assembly session endorsed […]

EU parliament committee approves visa-free access for Georgians

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–3.7 million Georgian nationals came one step closer to getting visa-free access to EU’s vast borderless Schengen area on Tuesday, as members of the LIBE committee in the EU parliament added their seal of approval to the plan. The Committee on Civil Liberties, […]

Serbia prepares to lift visa requirements for Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan

By | December 31st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–While Georgian citizens are waiting for the final decision about a visa waiver system with the European Union, Serbia prepares to waive its visa rules for citizens of not only Georgia but also its two neighbors in the South Caucasus. “It was decided […]

Council of the EU confirms agreement on visa-free travel for Georgians

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The prospect for Georgians to enter Europe without a visa came closer on Tuesday as the visa waiver agreement was approved by the Council of the EU’s Committee of Permanent Representatives, or COREPER. Tuesday’s decision […]

EU states remove last obstacle to visa waiver scheme for Georgia, Ukraine

By | December 10th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The European Union on Thursday finally agreed on a visa waiver suspension mechanism, the last obstacle to the long-awaited visa free travel scheme to go into effect for Georgian and Ukrainian nationals. On December 7, the EU’s three governing bodies, the European Council, […]

Martin Schulz optimistic about visa liberalization for Georgia

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz on Wednesday. Schulz is leaving EU politics when his term expires in January in order to focus on the federal elections in Germany next year, […]

Committee in EU parliament backs Georgia visa waiver program

By | September 5th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–In a vote on Monday, a majority in the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) supported giving visa-free access to the Schengen area for Georgian citizen. 44 voted for lifting visa rules for Georgian citizens, […]

EU parliament discussing visa liberalization today

By | September 5th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A committee in the European Parliament will discuss today whether to offer visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Georgian and Ukrainian citizens, as well as citizens of Kosovo. Claude Moraes, head of the Civil Liberties, Justice and […]

Georgians may get visa-free travel to Europe by late September: Steinmeier

By | July 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The European Union will begin offering visa-free short-term travel to Georgians in the end of September, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday during a visit to Tbilisi. Steinmeier said on Friday that the visa-free rules […]

Merkel: Suspension mechanism before visa liberalization

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

‘Visa liberalisation for Georgia is not a distant matter,’ the German chancellor Angela Merkel stated during a joint conference with the Georgian prime minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Berlin on 15 June. […]

Still no decision on EU visa waiver

By | June 11th, 2016|Categories: In brief|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The European Union once again failed to reach an agreement on abolishing visas for Georgian citizens who want to enter the Schengen area. […]

Activists launch #visafree Twitter campaign for Georgia and Ukraine

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–A group of activists rallied in Brussels on Saturday in support of Georgian and Ukrainian citizens being allowed to travel visa-free to the Schengen area. The rally came days after the European Union put the visa waiver program […]

Parliament speaker fears visa-free travel for Georgians may be delayed

By | April 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU’s plans to allow visa-free travel for citizens of Georgia may be postponed, the Georgian speaker of parliament said Monday. Davit Usupashvili blamed members of the party of former President Mikheil Saakashvili of lobbying against visa […]

EU considers including kill switch in agreement about visa-free travel

By | April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–EU may add a suspension clause to the text of the document about visa-free travel for citizens of Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo. The addendum will give Brussels the right to rapidly bring back visa requirements if it becomes necessary. […]

EU’s Avramopoulos optimistic about visa-free travel for Georgians

By | April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

Dimitris Avramopoulos. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU’s commissioner for home affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos said Saturday that he is confident that the EU Parliament will support the proposed visa liberalization for Georgia. After meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the commissioner […]

Georgians, please behave well in Europe: justice minister

By | March 10th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

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 […]

EU Commission proposes visa-free travel to Schengen for Georgians

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , |

Dimitris Avramopoulos. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU Commission on Wednesday proposed to lift visa requirements for Georgian citizens. If approved by the Union’s legislative bodies, Georgians may be able to visit the Schengen area without a visa from this summer. […]

EU Commission to announce visa liberalization for Georgia

By | March 9th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU Commission is expected to announce its proposal for visa-free travel for Georgians today at a press conference in Brussels. The press conference is scheduled for today at 20:30 Tbilisi time. There is a three hour difference between […]

EU Commission to propose visa-free travel for Georgia on Wednesday

By | March 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The EU Commission will publish legal document on Wednesday about visa free travel for Georgians to Schengen countries, according to Zviad Kvachantiradze, leader of the parliamentary majority. “Tomorrow, Brussels will finally officially publish […]

Georgian PM accuses Saakashvili party of undermining visa liberalization

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: Europe|Tags: |

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian prime minister has accused opposition MPs of influencing members of the European Parliament to not accept visa-free travel for Georgian citizens as long as the current government is in power. PM Irakli Garibashvili […]

Georgia considering to tigthen visa rules

By | June 12th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Georgia’s minister of foreign affairs Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is reconsidering its liberal visa rules towards 121 countries, Foreign Affairs Minister Maia Panjikidze says. Mrs Panjikidze said she is not ruling out revising the liberal visa policy towards many countries, as the migration policy […]

Time schedule for visa liberalization plan ready

By | March 15th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A time schedule for implementing the action plan for visa liberalization between Georgia and the EU has been confirmed. Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Alexi Petriashvili explained Thursday that the new agreement sets detailed goals for […]

EU and Georgia agree on visa action plan

By | February 26th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Cecilia Malmström (left), EU’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, and Maia Panjikidze, Georgia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. (MFA.) TBILISI, DFWatch–EU has agreed with Georgia about a visa action plan that may one day allow Georgians to enter Europe without a visa. But first, the country must pass through a set of requirements in data safety, border management, migration, public order, security […]

Georgia and South Korea sign visa treaty

By | February 8th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

Georgia’s ambassador to South Korea Nikoloz Apkhazava (left) and South Korea’s First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Anh Ho-young. (Photo: Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia and South Korea have signed their first inter-governmental treaty about visa free travel for citizens holding diplomatic, official and service passports. The agreement on the waiving of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic, official […]

EU to open its borders to Georgians

By | September 7th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The European Union will offer Georgian citizens visa free travel to the EU in 2013, according to Georgia’s representative to the EU. Salome Samadashvili, who represents Georgia in the EU, said Wednesday that 2013 will be a very important year for […]

Iran suspends visa freedom agreement with Georgia

By | August 4th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Iran is suspending the agreement with Georgia about visa free travel in connection with a conference of the Non-Aligned Movement. Georgian citizens who wish to travel to Iran from August 5 to September 1 will need a visa. Georgia’s Foreign Affairs […]

Georgia starts negotiations with EU about visa free travel

By | July 24th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia has started negotiations with the EU about liberalization of visa rules. Today, the EU Commission’s Director General for Development met the Georgian deputy foreign minister in Brussels. According to Georgia’s foreign ministry, […]

Georgia in talks with EU about visa-free travel

By | June 6th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – The EU Monday launched talks with Georgia about visa-free travel. According to Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze had a meeting with Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, in Brussels, […]

Ashton commends Georgian trade reforms

By | November 17th, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch - Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili hopes that the negotiations about a free trade agreement with the EU will be completed ahead of schedule. The president said this after a meeting with Catherine Ashton, EU's vice-president and high representative for foreign affairs and security policy. Ashton is in Georgia within the South Caucasus visit frameworks. [...]