255,429 Georgians travelled visa-free to EU in 16 months

Visa-free travel celebrations on Agmashenebeli Ave in Tbilisi on March 26, 2017. Photo by Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge
Agenda.ge, 30 Jul 2018 - 14:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

Head of the Georgian Parliament’s EU Integration Committee Tamar Khulordava says that since March 28, 2017, when Georgians were permitted to travel visa-free to the EU’s Schengen Zone, 255,429 Georgian citizens have used the opportunity.

In total 357,990 visits took place, which means that some people travelled to the EU twice or more,” Khulordava stated.

She said that she does not have information on how many people violated the legal terms of stay in the EU, which is 90 days in any 180-day period.

A citizen who arrives in one of the EU states with the use of the Georgia-EU visa-free deal may then travel to a non-EU member country, which makes it hard to have exact figures on visa-free term violations.