by Marianna Mkrtchyan
Georgia is introducing 5 categories of entry visas (migrational, diplomatic, special, ordinal and transit). To get the visas, other states' citizens are to apply to the Georgian Consulate, says the Georgian Law "On legal status of foreigners and non-citizens", which comes into effect on Monday, Georgia Online says.
In accordance with the law, Georgia will provide other states' citizens with multi-entry visas with a 180- day validity (those citizens will have the right to stay in Georgia for 90 days within a specified period).
As regards the citizens of the countries having a visa-free regime with Georgia (European countries, NATO Member States and CIS Member States), their visa-free stay in Georgia will last for 90 days within half a year.
Those wishing to stay in Georgia longer are to get the relevant visa at the Georgian Consulate in the country of permanent residence. It will be possible to get visa on the border in exclusive cases only. In the meantime, the new law stipulates provision of residence permits.
Diplomatic visas will be issued to official persons, members of high-ranking delegations and their families wishing to pay a state, official, working, friendly or unofficial visit to Georgia. In addition, diplomatic visas will be issued to diplomats and honorary consuls.