From 28 March, 2017 Georgian citizens holding biometric passports can travel to the Schengen Zone without a visa for purposes other than working.
The Georgian citizens can travel to the Schengen Area that covers 22 EU member states, 4 non-EU member states and 4 Schengen candidate states.
EU-Schengen Area member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
Non-EU member Schengen Area states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
EU member Schengen Candidate states: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania.
Great Britain and Ireland are exempted EU-member countries for travelling visa-free. Georgian citizens should refer to the appropriate consular offices for visas in order to travel in those countries.
5 facts on visa-free movement to the Schengen Area:
1. Visa-free movement grants Georgian citizens holding biometric passports to travel to 30 states for 180 days a year. The maximum time for stay in a single entry equals 90 days.
2. Visa-free movement does not authorize Georgian citizens to work within the Schengen territory.
3. Visa-free movement does not permit a long-term study within the Schengen territory. In order to obtain a long-term study visa, interested persons should refer to the consular office of a respective country accredited in Georgia.
4. Generally, there are no controlled borders between the Schengen Area countries, therefore, it is possible to travel free from one country to the other after entering the Area.
5. Visa-free movement does not cause the change of status for undocumented Georgian migrants living within the Schengen Area without the legal permission.
Schengen Area entry conditions:
The Schengen Borders Code sets out several entry conditions for non-member country citizens:
1. Holding a current travel document or other document, applicable for crossing border;
2. Verification of travel purposes and conditions, enough funds for travel and homecoming;
3. There should not be a report of entry rejection on the traveller in the Schengen Information System (SIS II);
4. The traveller should not be suspected of being a threat for public order, internal safety, public health or international relations.