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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has recently introduced the Business e-Visa for citizens of over 60 countries. This e-Visa allows travelers to enter the country for business purposes and it enables them to stay in Georgia for up to 30 days Per Entry or 90 days Per Entry. The Georgia Business e-Visa application process is very simple and 100% online. Once the application is submitted and accepted, the applicant will receive an electronic visa that must be shown to the immigration officers upon arrival. Yes, it’s that simple.

The e-Visa system is an online method of applying for visas from anywhere in the world. This allows travelers to quickly apply for visas over the internet at any time and from any location. Payment is made online at the time you submit your application.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Copy of passport personal details

  • Passport photo

  • Accommodation details

  • Your travel dates

  • Credit/debit card or PayPal Account

NOTE: Upon arrival in Georgia, you will be asked to present the following:

  • Travel and health insurance

  • Document proving purpose of travel

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Document proving sufficient financial means

Important Instructions
  • Travelers must have their passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date of arrival. The passport must also have at least one page available for stamping.

  • The Georgia e-Visa allows applicants multiple entries in Georgia and they can remain in the country for either 30 days Per Entry or 90 days Per Entry depending on your nationality.

  • You should be able to prove at the border that you hold a return ticket, hotel reservation and health/accident insurance valid across the whole territory of Georgia throughout the period of your stay.

  • You should also be able to prove at the border that you have sufficient funds to cover all costs associated with your travel into and around Georgia, including funds for financing any minors accompanying you.

  • Possession of a Visa for Georgia does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. An immigration officer at any port of entry may refuse entry to any person if s/he considers that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Georgia would be contrary to national interests or security.

NOTE: List of countries whose Visa or Residence Permit holders may enter Georgia without a visa if the duration of their stay is less than 90 days:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • British Dependent Territories - Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man
  • British Overseas Territories: Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Turks and Caicos Islands, and Gibraltar.
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Denmark territories
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Republic territories
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands territories
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Georgia Business eVisa is a short-term visa that grants the right to enter Georgian territory. There is no need to make an appointment or present original documents to the Embassy or Consular Office.

We require the following to submit your application:

  • Copy of passport personal details
  • Passport photo
  • Accommodation details
  • Your travel dates
  • Credit / debit card or Paypal account

NOTE: Upon arrival in Georgia, you will be asked to present the following:

  • Document proving purpose of travel
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Document proving sufficient financial means
The cost of the eVisa is 20.5 USD. Additionally, iVisa charges a service fee with costs that vary according to the processing time selected:
  • Standard Processing Time - USD 20: 9 business days.
  • Rush Processing - USD 30: 7 business days.
  • Super Rush Processing - USD 50: 5 business days.
It depends on the method of processing time you chose. We offer three options:
  • Standard Processing Time: 9 business days.
  • Rush Processing: 7 business days.
  • Super Rush Processing: 5 business days.
The validity period of the multiple entry Business e-Visa varies according to Country of Travel Document/Passport. There are two types: 120 days and 180 days since the day of intended arrival.
The validity of the applicant’s passport should extend for at least three months after the validity of requested Georgian Business eVisa and it should have at least 2 blank pages. Also, it should be issued within the previous 10 years.
  • For the Business eVisa with a validity for 120 days: You are allowed to stay 30 days during the validity period.

  • For the Business eVisa with a validity for 180 days: You are allowed to stay 90 days during the validity period.

You can prove purpose of your travel by presenting an invitation letter from any organization based in Georgia or by presenting a travel itinerary.
You can prove possession of sufficient financial funds by presenting on of the following:
  • Bank statement from the past three months
  • A reference from your Employer which includes information regarding your position and income
  • A document proving possession of real estate
  • A letter from a sponsor

Once you arrive in Georgia, you will be asked to present your passport along with your printed e-Visa and the following documents:

  • Document proving purpose of travel

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Travel and health insurance

  • Document proving sufficient financial means

Georgia had made it easier for foreigners to open and run businesses in 2016 when the decree of business registration was made available in English. As a business person, you can access the webpage of the National Agency of Public Registry of Ministry of Justice in Georgia where you will find all the available information you need in a language you can understand. That is a significant change, and since Georgia provides multiple investment opportunities, you can explore its market.

Nevertheless, before you think of doing business in Georgia, you need to learn a little bit about its customs and business etiquette. After all, ‘When in Rome, do as Romans do’ is wise advice. Even so, you will find that the Georgian business etiquette is more relaxed than in other countries.

Meeting and greeting

As mentioned above, business in Georgia is not conducted as formally as in other countries. Of course, you want to make a good impression, so you should wear a suit on your first meeting, but after that, smart casual is accepted. You need to shake hands with everyone, but the Georgian people are hierarchical, so you need to let the oldest person in the room initiate the handshake. You also need to maintain eye contact at all times when you meet someone for the first time.

When you meet a woman, you must let her be the first to extend her hand. If there are people with academic and professional titles in the room, make sure to put that in front of the surname when you address them.

You can address people using their first name, but do not do so unless you are invited to. You do not want to be considered rude.

Business cards

As you may already know, exchanging business cards is common in all cultures. In Georgia, no formal ritual is required. The person who you give your card to may simply put it in their wallet or pocket without looking at it. Do not take that as insulting because it is not. You are free to do the same. But again, you want to make an excellent first impression.

One thing that is worth mentioning here is that the business people in Georgia appreciate if your business card has the other side translated in Georgian or even Russian. It is not mandatory, but it is a nice touch. It shows respect.

Communication

You must understand that Georgian business people wish to create a meaningful rapport with their business partners. They are very relationship oriented. You must always take into consideration their feelings, as they will take yours. You will notice that most of the times, the feelings of a person are more important than the facts. When it comes to sensitive information, you need to be very diplomatic, so to speak. Similarly, you will often not hear the entire truth when there is bad news.

At the same time, it is possible for you to receive an affirmative response, even if that is not true. That is because feelings are important in the Georgian business etiquette. One example in which you can see this is that you will often be asked questions in a negative style just so that you give a positive answer. It may seem odd at first, but you will get used to it.

On the same note, you will perhaps have the chance to notice that Georgian people are not hesitant when it comes to expressing their feelings openly. You can see them display anger or disappointment right to your face. Plus, when in a conversation, you will see a lot of gesturing, and you will hear many raised voices. Again, do not take it personally. That is just how Georgians do business.

Do not let all this information fool you. Georgians may be emotional, but they do not hesitate when there is a need to be direct.

Business meetings

During a business meeting, an introduction is required. You will have to make a short speech to show your purpose in the country and why you are at that particular meeting. Sending a full biography to all those who will attend before the meeting can save some time and effort, but you still need to say a few words.

You should not expect any business to be conducted during the first meeting. This is only a simple occasion to see if the Georgians will conduct business with you. You need to be patient and let them take their time. As a result, the same meeting can continue over lunch and dinner. Although lunch meetings are not as common in Georgia as they are in the United States, for example.

When conducting business during meals, the Georgians will extend their curiosity to a personal level. They will ask personal questions, and you need to be as open as possible. Of course, you do not have to give up on your comfort zone. Just accommodate them as best you can.

Most decisions are made at the top level of the company, so do not expect an answer right away. Just make your points to the best of your abilities, and they will be passed on to the boss or the head of the company.

In case you are interrupted during a meeting, do not take it as a rude gesture. Do not get offended. Georgians are used to taking care of more than one thing at a time, and their interruption is not a sign of lack of interest. That is just how they do business meetings.

General Etiquette

If you are invited to someone’s home, it is polite to accept the invitation. Gifts are well received, and they do not have to be expensive. You can bring some import chocolate and flowers. However, make sure that the flowers are not in even numbers. Presents for children are also appreciated.

You should know that Georgia is also called ‘Cradle of Wine.’ Georgians have been making wine for the last 8000 years, so they love it. One dinner can be the occasion for up to 20 toasts. You will find this odd, but that is the custom in Georgia.

Enjoying your food is also important for the host. Georgians take great pride in the fact that they are gracious hosts. That should not be very hard for you because the Georgian food is to die for.

Business can be really good in Georgia with many markets opening up. As long as you have a good business strategy and you know what you are doing, you should be successful. Nevertheless, it is essential to learn a little bit of Georgia’s business etiquette. After all, you want to come off as a person who does their homework and tries to impress their potential business partners. The information above should be of help.

The following is a list of countries eligible for the Georgia Business eVisa:
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Burkina
  • Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • China
  • Comoros
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • East Timor
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • North Korea
  • North Macedonia
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Solomon Islands
  • Suriname
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Georgia is a stunning country located in Eastern Europe. It has some of the highest mountain peaks and the most diverse climate in Europe, which makes this place very desirable for vacations. The country is one of the oldest wine producers, which is why one of its symbols is the grapevine. The culture is both fascinating and beautiful, and you will go back home with a ton of lovely memories.

The best time to visit Georgia is in the summer. It has a coastline along the Black Sea, so going to the beach is an option in the warm seasons. The temperatures are somewhat mild, but in the summer, it can get really hot. If you are not a fan of that, you can visit in the spring or autumn. It is not as crowded then either, so you may enjoy it more.

When it comes to visa policy, Georgia has a pretty lenient one. First of all, a lot of nationalities are visa exempt, meaning that they can enter the country with a passport. Some of them just need a national ID card. The stay can go as up as 1 year, although some tourists can only remain in the country for periods that cannot exceed 90 or 180 days.

Georgia’s visa policy also includes an electronic visa. A Georgia e-visa is available online for the citizens of 66 countries. The document can be obtained with a passport, and it ensures a stay of 90 days per 180-day period or 30 days per 120-day period, depending on the nationality of the holder.

All the other nationalities that are neither visa exempt nor eligible for a Georgia electronic visa must visit the nearest Georgian embassy and apply for a consular visa.

Georgia will give you numerous opportunities to visit beautiful locations. First and foremost, you must go to Tbilisi, which is the capital city of Georgia. You will see both old and modern buildings which are in a perfect mix. The second largest city is Batumi, located on the coast of the Black Sea. This is yet another place where the classical buildings are put together with modern skyscrapers and palm trees. The view is gorgeous.

Getting around in Georgia should not be an issue for you. The most commonly used means of travel used in the cities is the taxi. It is incredibly cheap compared to other countries, and the comfort is higher than when you travel by bus or train.

Communication may be an issue, especially if you choose to visit the rural area. The official language is Georgian, and it is as complicated as languages come. The excessive use of consonants is a fascinating thing for language fans, but for a tourist, it can be very difficult to pronounce. In the urban area, the younger generation speaks English. You should have no issues in getting along. However, when you move farther away from the metropolitan area, some Russian may come in handy. Since the Soviet Union was so close, Russian was taught in schools. Some tourists actually prefer to learn it as opposed to Georgian. Believe it or not, Russian is easier.

The most popular attractions in Georgia are ancient orthodox churches. Some of them are built in the mountains of Caucasus. The architecture is quite similar to the Armenian one, but there are a few distinctive parts. Surely, you will enjoy looking at all the details.

As far as activities are concerned, the best recommendation we can make is to go on trips and hikes. The countryside in Georgia is gorgeous, and the sights are stunning. You will see the most amazing scenery, especially in the mountains. Unless you are an experienced hiker, we advise that you hire a guide. The places you will see are, indeed, some of the most beautiful places on earth, but they are dangerous as well.

Georgian cuisine is something you cannot overlook. The food there is famous in the region and enjoyed as far as Moscow. If you travel to Moscow, you will find many Georgian restaurants that serve traditional food. The most popular dish is called khachapuri. It is a cheese-filled bread that resembles a cheese pie. It comes with almost every meal, so you may get sick of it if you spend a lot of time in Georgia. Another dish you have to try is the khinkali. It is spiced meat, minced, and put in a dumpling. People there eat this in enormous quantities. Your jaw might just drop when you see an adult eating 15 at a time. Lastly, you cannot leave Georgia until you try mtsvadi. Grilled chunks of marinated pork or veal are grilled and put on a stick with onions. The list of delicious meals can go on and on. They are all flavored with coriander, garlic, dill, and walnuts, which makes them incredibly tasty.

As you can imagine, Georgia is home to many incredible wines as well. Since we are talking about a people that made wine for the past 8000 years, their techniques result in fantastic taste. Georgians can easily compete with the Italians and the French when it comes to wine production. It is not called ‘Cradle of Wine’ for nothing.

As far as safety is concerned, Georgia has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. You should not have issues of any kind. In the past, corruption was a problem, but not anymore. You still have to use your common sense when you are in large cities, but that rule applies to every city on earth. The most common issue is not getting passing priority on the streets. You need to be very careful both as a pedestrian and a driver if you choose to rent a car. Other than that, you will be perfectly safe.

Regarding your health, you can contract Giardia (parasite), but only if you do not wash your fruits or vegetables before consumption, you drink tap water, or you swallow water in jacuzzis, pools, rivers, and lakes. Other than that, there is no risk for your health. Quite the contrary. You will find many wellness centers, spas, and gyms on Georgia.

While in Georgia, make sure to pay respect to the culture and traditions. The Georgian people is not a religious one, but they are sensitive in other matters. For example, do not engage in discussions about the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are supported by Russia.

As you will see, Georgia is a beautiful country. The scenery is incredible, the people are nice and welcoming, and you will have plenty to do and see. Make sure that you get your Georgia visa in case you need one and be on your way. You are going to have a fantastic experience.