Georgia Gains Visa-Free Access to EU
In a historic decision, the European Parliament has granted Georgia visa-free access to the EU, including the Schengen zone, with 553 votes in favour, 66 against and 28 abstentions.
Prior to the decision, Georgia’s passport had a visa-free score of 69, which is the number of countries Georgians could visit visa-free or with visa on arrival. With its new visa-free access to the EU, the Georgian passport’s score shoots up to 103, placing it firmly in 44th place in the Global Passport Power Rank. It previously shared the 58th rank with Lesotho, Saudi Arabia, Suriname, Papua New Guinea and Kazakhstan.
Sentiment on the ground has been positive as Georgians celebrate this achievement. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili even tweeted about the win.
Visa-free talks between Georgia and the EU began in 2012, but were bogged down by the security concerns of other EU members states.
Georgians can now travel visa-free for 90 days to the following additional countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland.
See the full list of countries Georgian citizens can visit visa-free and compare it to your own passport.