3 months later: 37,600 Georgian citizens travelled visa-free to EU

  • A traveler pointing at her Georgian passport as she’s going to cross the EU border visa-free for the first time. Photo by Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge
Agenda.ge, 28 Jun 2017 - 16:50, Tbilisi,Georgia

Three months on from the introduction of the visa-free regime between Georgia and the European Union (EU) unofficial preliminary data is now rolling in.

Between March 28 and June 28, slightly more than 37,600 citizens of Georgia have travelled visa-free in Schengen area and only 0.3 percent or 113 people were denied entry at the border.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for European Integration Tamar Khulordava said there were fears that a lot of people would be denied entry but the reality turned out to be different.

"The EU is fulfilling its promise and now it is time for our citizens to fulfil their promise too. They should not violate the terms of visa-free travel”, Khulordava said.

Under the visa-free travel rules, Georgians must return home no later than 90 days after entering the Schengen area.

Khulordava also added that the flow of travellers to the EU has doubled since the visa-free regime came into force.

The regulation lifting visa requirements for Georgians entered into effect on March 28.

  • The Agenda.ge team was among the first travellers to cross the EU border visa-free. You can read our reportage on Georgia’s first, visa-free voyage to Europe here.