Visa Free Regime – A New Opportunity for the Development of People-to-People Relations

Strengthening of bilateral relations with Latin American countries remains one of the main pillars of our foreign relations strategy. The embassy seeks to develop relations with the Argentine Republic and states of the Embassy’s diplomatic concurrence (Republic of Chile, Republic of Paraguay, Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Ecuador) and take existing political, economic and people-to-people contacts to the higher level. It is noteworthy that this year, the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Georgia, H.E. Tamar Beruchashvili paid an official visit to the following South American countries: Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. 

On June 23, Tamar Beruchashvili met her Argentine counterpart, H.E. Hector Timerman. The Ministers shared a common vision of bilateral agenda and signed different agreements in the field of culture, customs, tax and visa free matters. Both sides underlined that the agreement on visa waiver will increase tourism, mutual awareness and strengthen commercial ties (above mentioned agreement enters into force in the beginning of September, 2015).

On June 24, the Georgian Foreign Minister was received by the Uruguayan Vice President, H.E. Raul Sendic and the Uruguayan Foreign Minister, H.E. Rodolfo Nin Novoa. During the official visit, Foreign Ministers signed an agreement on visa waiver that will allow citizens of both countries, holders of ordinary passport, to travel to the both territories without obtaining a proper visa (above mentioned agreement entered into force on 16 August, 2015).

The Georgian Foreign Minister’s Latin American tour was concluded by the meeting with her Chilean counterpart, H.E. Heraldo Muñoz. The Ministers held a working meeting where the parties discussed the main aspects of bilateral relations between two countries. The Ministers also signed a visa waiver agreement. As this agreement has already entered into force on 1 of August, ordinary passport holders of the two states are permitted to enter, transit and remain on the territory of one and the other country without a visa.

One of the most important components in the process of bilateral relations development is the cooperation in the field of education. Academic activities between Georgia and Latin American countries are objects of major interest. Together with the Georgian Embassy in Argentina, the University of Buenos Aires will offer a course of the Georgian Language and Culture from August 27 to December 11, 2015. The course provides an opportunity to learn not only the Georgian language (A1 level), but also to approach the country's culture, including art, folklore and architecture.