Georgia to introduce partial visa regime with Armenia from September 1

Georgia will introduce a partial visa regime with Armenia, Regnum agency reports, citing sources at the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

The current visa-free regime will remain in force for those citizens of Armenia, who visit Georgia for a short period as tourists. Visa regime will apply to those who intend to stay longer for education or business purposes.

The Ministry said similar visa regimes will be introduced for a number of other counties as well. These new changes are envisaged by the new law on “The legal status of foreigners and persons without citizenship” adopted by the Georgian Parliament, which will come into effect from September 1, 2014.

“The development of the law connected with the unregulated immigration processes in the country as a result of open visa policy. The correct and thoughtful management of migration processes is gaining a special meeting in the context of dialogue with the European Union,” the source said.

“Although the development of tourism and growth of investments in Georgia remains a priority, the adoption of the law creates a legal basis and mechanisms necessary for a better management of the flow of foreigners to the country,” the Ministry said.

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