Georgia introduces pre-departure checks to Schengen countries as of 1 January 2021

Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

From 1 January 2021, Georgia will introduce additional verification at Georgian border checkpoints for its citizens travelling to Schengen countries.

This is being done to ensure Georgians fulfil the existing Schengen criteria.

EU Ambassador to the country Carl Hartzell visited Tbilisi airport at the end of December to see how these checks will be implemented and what Georgian citizens can expect.  

“Visa free travel is one of the most visible successes in EU-Georgia relations, and it is crucial we prevent abuses and ensure it functions as well as possible,” said Ambassador Hartzell. “The new departure checks to be introduced upon departure from Georgia to the EU/Schengen area are part of this effort.”

According to the video shared on 30 December on the EU Delegation to Georgia Facebook page, these are not new restrictions or new conditions. The only difference is that from 1 January 2021 checks will be conducted already before departure from Georgia.

“We are communicating with relevant Georgian and EU authorities to ensure that these checks will be implemented as smoothly as possible and in line with international standards and regulations,” Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia added. “I am looking forward to see continued, strong growth in visa free travelling between the EU and Georgia in the years to come.”

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