The EU Ambassador to Georgia visited Tbilisi Airport to introduce additional checking procedures for those wishing to travel to Schengen countries starting from January 1. The EU Delegation to Georgia spreads information about the changes.
According to Carl Hartzell, he hopes that the scale of visa-free travel between the EU and Georgia will increase in the future.
"Visa-free travel is one of the most visible successes of Georgia-EU relations, and it is, therefore, vital to prevent the misuse of visa-free travel and ensure that this regime operates as efficiently as possible. Part of this effort is introducing an additional checking procedure for Georgian citizens wishing to travel to EU / Schengen countries. These are not new restrictions or new rules. From January 1, 2021, passengers will be checked in Georgia before their departure as well as after they arrive in the EU / Schengen countries. We work with Georgia and the European Union's relevant agencies to ensure that these inspections are conducted as smoothly as possible, following international standards and regulations. I hope that the volume of visa-free travel between the EU and Georgia will increase even more in the coming years," Hartzell stated.