The EU Council Adopts Regulation on Visa Liberalization for Georgia

27.02.2017  - On 27 February, the Council of the European Union adopted amendment to Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 transferring Georgia to the list of visa-free countries. It is the last step in the process of granting Georgia visa-free travel with the EU.
We congratulate each citizen of Georgia on this important decision, and welcome the fact that the reforms undertaken by Georgia yielded their result and all the three institutions of the EU gave their final consent to Georgia’s visa liberalization.
The adopted regulation will be signed on 1 March by the Council and the European Parliament. The text will then be published in the EU Official Journal and will enter into force 20 days later.
The introduction of the visa-free regime is an important step towards Georgia’s European integration bringing Georgia closer to Europe. It is a further proof that the EU considers Georgia to be its reliable partner. Moreover, today’s decision gives the Georgian government a fresh impetus to continue its legislative and institutional reforms.
Visa-free travel with the EU will bring concrete benefits to each citizen of Georgia. These benefits will be equally accessible to Georgian citizens living in the occupied territories and will serve as a further stimulus for them to use Georgian passports.
It is also very important that Georgian citizens responsibly approach their duties and fully comply with the requirements of visa-free movement.