Up until 2020, citizens of Georgia may travel to European countries that belong to the Schengen Area just by producing their current passport at border control upon arrival. The visa-free status of Georgians will have a new requirement, as with citizens of all 60 other countries who share a visa waiver agreement with the European Union.
Starting in 2021, the ETIAS travel authorization will come into full force. ETIAS stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System. The travel authorization for Europe will be a mandatory entry requirement for Georgians who visit a Schengen nation for tourism, business or transit purposes and stay within Schengen borders for up to 90 days.
Georgians will retain their visa waiver status, since ETIAS is not a visa, and will not require visiting an embassy or consulate to obtain it. The ETIAS visa waiver has begun its gradual implementation since 2016, when it was approved by European Union authorities. The ETIAS is being developed to increase security within the Schengen Area by registering and pre-screening visitors from visa-exempt countries before their departure. This will benefit both visitors from Georgia and other countries, as well as European Union residents.
Countries Georgians Can Enter with an ETIAS Visa Waiver
Unlike other European visas, the ETIAS will grant holders entry to any and all of the Schengen member nations. Georgian ETIAS holders will be allowed free travel between all of the following:
As soon as the ETIAS is fully implemented, it will allow Georgian travelers to visit the following 22 European countries that are part of the Schengen Area:
- EU Schengen
- Non-EU Schengen States
- Non-Schengen EU States
Micro-States de facto part of Schengen Area:
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Non-Schengen EU States
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
ETIAS Requirements for Citizens Of Georgia
Obtaining an ETIAS travel authorization from Georgia will be simple and straightforward. The entire process is completed online from the traveler’s smartphone, tablet, or personal computer, thus saving Georgian applicants time and hassle.
Applicants will be required to fill out an online form once they have the following ETIAS visa waiver requirements for Georgian citizens at hand:
- A machine-readable biometric passport from Georgia with at least 3 months validity beyond the intended stay in the Schengen Area
- An email address the applicant has access to, in order to receive the ETIAS, once it is approved, as well as notifications regarding their visa waiver request
- A credit or debit card to pay for the ETIAS travel authorization issuance fees
Once the Georgian citizen has the requisites mentioned above at hand, completing the ETIAS application form should take no longer than 10 minutes.
The ETIAS travel authorization from Georgia will be mandatory for travelers of all ages, including minors. Parents and legal guardians will be able to apply online to obtain an ETIAS for their children by filling out the form with the minor’s passport number and personal information.
The applicant will be asked to provide the following information while completing the ETIAS travel authorization request:
- First name
- Country of birth
- Date of birth
- Country of nationality
- Passport issuance date
- Passport expiration date
Important note: Please make sure all the data entered in the application form coincides exactly as it is printed on the traveler’s Georgian passport.
Next, applicants will need to complete their contact details in the ETIAS request form:
- Mobile phone number
- Email address
Important note: Please double check to make sure that all the contact information entered is correct since the ETIAS will be sent to the email address entered above. Furthermore, the traveler will be asked to disclose their travel details, such as:
- Intended arrival date
- First country of entry into the Schengen Area
Important note: Although Georgians will be asked to designate one Schengen member country as the first country they will arrive to, the ETIAS travel authorization will still grant them entry into all 26 member states.
Finally, applicants must answer a series of simple security questions on the following topics:
- Drug use
- Human trafficking
- Criminal history
- Security information
Important note: Applicants are advised to answer all the questions in the ETIAS application form honestly. All the data entered in the travel authorization request form are screened against multiple security databases such as Europol and Interpol.
Traveling from Georgia to the Schengen Area on An ETIAS Authorization
The ETIAS is a multiple entry travel authorization that will allow Georgians:
- Entry to all Schengen member nations
- Free circulation within Schengen borders
- Stays of up to 90 days per 180-day period
- Travel for tourism, leisure, business and transit purposes
Once approved, the ETIAS visa waiver will be digitally linked to the exact passport used in the application form. The travel authorization will have 3 years validity from the date it is issued, as long as the passport used remains valid.
Should the citizen’s Georgian passport expire before the 3-year validity of the visa waiver runs out, the travel authorization will be rendered null and the traveler will have to apply for a new ETIAS.
The new ETIAS can be easily obtained online by filling out the same application form using the new Georgian passport number. Most ETIAS applications are automatically screened and approved within 24 hours on business days. However, some visa waiver requests may require up to 3 business days to be processed.
Therefore, it is advisable for Georgian citizens to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver at least 3 business days prior to their intended date of departure towards the Schengen Area. The ETIAS visa waiver is linked to a single passport and cannot be transferred. This is especially important for Georgian nationals with dual citizenship, who must choose one of their passports to travel on.
Citizens of Georgia with more than one valid passport due to dual nationalities must also make sure to travel on the same passport they have used to apply for the ETIAS visa waiver.
ETIAS for Georgians - FAQ
Can Georgians work in Schengen countries with an ETIAS ?
The ETIAS visa waiver for Georgians entitles holders to visit the Schengen Area for business purposes. Georgian ETIAS holders may take part in business activities in any and all of the member nations for up to 90 days per 180-day period. Citizens of Georgia who wish to work or seek employment in the Schengen Area of Europe but are yet undecided in regards to which country they wish to reside in, may greatly benefit from an ETIAS.
An ETIAS travel authorization will allow Georgians to visit the entire Schengen Area which is a great resource towards encountering a country that suits their needs and preferences. Once the Georgian passport holder has decided on a country in which they wish to look for a job, or work, they will need to visit the embassy or consulate of their chosen country. Diplomatic personnel will help the Georgian citizen in regards to obtaining a work visa. Requirements and documents necessary to obtain a European work visa may vary from one Schengen country to another. The ETIAS visa waiver does not allow holders to work nor seek employment in European Schengen member countries.
Georgian holders found working in the Schengen Area on an ETIAS, and without a work visa, may face serious consequences. Citizens found in this situation may face fines, the revocation of their ETIAS visa waiver as well as deportation.
How long can Georgian nationals stay in the European Union?
Until 2020, Georgian citizens will continue to be entitled to spend up to 90 days within a 180-day timeframe in the Schengen Area without having to apply for a visa. As soon as the ETIAS travel authorization is fully operational in 2021, Georgian nationals will still be allowed to spend 90 days within a 180-day period in the European Schengen Area. However, in order to do so from 2021, onwards, Georgian passport holders will require a mandatory ETIAS travel authorization. The ETIAS will allow an unlimited number of entries in the Schengen Area so long as the Georgian citizen does not exceed the limit of 90 days per 180-day period.
Once the 90 days allotted are over, the Georgian ETIAS holder will be required to exit the Schengen Area and spend the next 90 days outside its borders in order to be granted a new unlimited number of entries for another 90 days. Georgian citizens who wish to spend more than 90 days within the Schengen borders will have to apply for a long-term European visa. This can be done at the embassy or consulate of the country they plan to reside in.