Georgia introduces additional checks at checkpoints for Georgian citizens travelling to EU
Georgia will introduce additional verification at Georgian border checkpoints for Georgian citizens travelling to Schengen countries from January 1, 2021 to make sure they fulfil the existing Schengen entry criteria, Agenda.ge reports.
EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell visited Tbilisi International Airport earlier today to see how these checks will be implemented and what Georgian citizens can expect.
"Visa free travel is one of the most visible successes in EU-Georgia relations, and it is crucial we prevent abuses and ensure it functions as well as possible. These are not new restrictions or new conditions. The only difference is that the checks will be conducted already before departure from Georgia, not only when arriving in EU/Schengen. We are communicating with the Georgian and EU authorities to ensure that these checks will be implemented as smoothly as possible and in line with international standards and regulations,” Hartzell stated.