The period of legal stay of foreign nationals in Georgia extended until 1 July 2021 due to restrictions related to COVID 19 pandemic

At the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council chaired by the Prime Minister, Government of Georgia Resolution N164 of 28 January 2020 was amended to stipulate that foreign nationals or stateless persons, who were staying legally in the territory of Georgia on 14 March 2020 and could not leave the country before the expiry of the period of legal stay in Georgia due to the pandemic-related restrictions, shall have the right to stay in the territory of Georgia until 1 July 2021, provided that their stay in the territory of Georgia was caused by the following circumstances: 

a) the state of nationality of the person concerned was in a high-risk zone during the respective period;
b) border-crossing restriction has been imposed by the respective state;
c) the person concerned was placed in hospital, quarantine or self-isolation because of his/her health condition;
d) the person concerned could not leave the country within the specified time-limits due to cancelled flights.

At the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council, the stay of a foreign national or a stateless person in the territory of Georgia until 1 July 2021 shall be considered legal for the purposes of obtaining a residence permit as well, provided that respective criteria are met. 

Before making amendments to Government of Georgia Resolution N164 of 28 January 2020, foreign nationals were authorized to legally stay in Georgia until 31 December 2020.