Gov't to Allow Foreign Citizens to Work Remotely from Georgia

As part of the strategy of the gradual opening up of the country, the Coordination Council of the Government has taken a decision to set up a special entry regime for foreign citizens.

As reported by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the project was initiated by the Prime Minister and drafted by the Ministry of Economy and National Tourism Administration.

The project is intended for foreigners who are freelancers; who work remotely or can manage their businesses from every part of the world.

Based on the draft project, the Georgian government will exceptionally allow citizens of all countries to cross the border who will have the right to live in Georgia for at least 6 months.

"We invite this target audience to Georgia and offer them to live in our country under special conditions," said Natia Turnava, the Minister of Economy. 

"We're talking about opening the border in a manner which will let us protect the health of our citizens and on the other hand, let every foreign citizen who falls into this category to enter Georgia," she added. 

The Minister also noted that a special platform for applications has been set up for those who want to stay in Georgia for a long time.

Based on the initiative, a citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter Georgia for the long-term should fill in a mandatory application form and obtain the preliminary confirmation required for border crossing.

While filling in the form, the applicant should provide personal data, information about their employer, preliminary agreement on 14-day quarantine, etc.

Long-term visitors will go through the 14-day quarantine at their own expense at the commercial rate. The need for a 6-month travel insurance is also being considered.

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia will make the project public any day now, so that the target groups can start filling out applications.

"We'll present our project for public discussion soon in order for the targeted groups to have information and start filling the application in order to travel and manage their businesses from Georgia," Turnava said. 

By Ana Dumbadze 

16 July 2020 15:24