Visa Waiting Period Shortened to 10 Calendar Days
27 January, 2011
Visa Waiting Period Shortened to 10 Calendar Days

Visa facilitation agreement signed by the European Union and Georgia was approved by both European Parliament and The Council of European Union. Together with the re-admission document, it enters into force on 1 March, 2011.
Let us recall that negotiations on simplification of visa regime were kicked off in November of 2008, while the agreement was signed in June, 2010.
The simplified visa regime provides for reduced fees and simplified rules while travelling to EU countries. Namely, categories of Georgian

citizens would require much less documentation to get visas than it used to be before. These categories include people visiting people their close relatives living the EU member states, businessmen, scientists, students and journalists. Those who need to travel to the EU frequently will be able to obtain multi-visas. As for the diplomatic officers, they would not have to obtain anything anymore.
According to the agreement, visas would be issued within 10 calendar days and would see major reduction in price from 60 Euro to 35 Euro. The visa would be entirely free for those named above, pensioners, handicapped people and children under 12.
Regarding the readmission document, it sets forth obligations for Georgia to accept its own citizens who entered the territory of the European Union illegally and to accept third country citizens if they have travelled to the European Union via Georgia.

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