Last Updated on March 3, 2019 by Ope Quadri
This beautiful country is an independent state that is located in the Caucasus region, between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. In this guide we’ll tell you about everything you need to know about Georgia visa, its requirements and how to apply.
Georgia is such a nice country that has a very vibrant and interesting lifestyle. The capital of the State is Tbilisi, and the predominant languages being spoken there are Georgian, English and Russian.
The is a little ex-Soviet country with 4 million inhabitants and shares borders with the likes of Russia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
Georgia is located in a trade strategic area between Asia and Europe and the cost of living in the country is considerably low.
The country is considered by the World Economic Forum as the ninth economy with the lowest taxes, and the official currency being spent there is the Georgian Lari (GEL).
Obviously, Georgia is one of the most peaceful countries on earth, and you rarely see the country in the news for the wrong reasons.
If you want to travel to this country as a Nigerian, you are required to get a Georgian visa in order to gain entry into Georgia. The interesting thing is that it isn’t difficult to get a Georgian visa. At least, Nigerians know what they go through to get visas to countries like United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the rest of them.
There are different reasons why Nigerians seek to travel to foreign countries. Some Nigerians are interested in getting quality education (and certificate); some are lovers of tourism and exploration; some are keen on investing their huge money in various countries; while someone Nigerians are bent on traveling to any country that can guarantee them quality living.
Types of Georgian Visas
There are several types of Georgia visas, and they are necessary for citizens of countries who can only gain entry into the country through visas. In other words, there are some countries whose citizens can travel to Georgia without the need for visas…..but Nigeria is not there (at least, for now)
Here are the various categories of Georgia visas:
• Georgian Visitor Visa
• Georgian Transit Visa
• Georgian Student Visa
• Georgian Working Visa
• Georgian Business Visa
Georgia Visa Requirements
To travel to this country from Nigeria, here are the things you must have:
• A valid Nigerian passport – valid for 6 months
• Photocopies of the Nigerian Passport visibly showing the applicant’s passport number, picture and bio-data pages.
• A properly filled and signed Georgian visa application form.
• One Passport-photograph of the applicant.
• Visa Processing fees.
Depending on the type of visa you are trying to get, here are some other supporting documents:
• An invitation letter from a Georgian sponsor
• A letter from a Georgian employer
• A proof of provisional admission, issued by the Georgian academic institution
• Proof of accommodation
• Bank statement for the past 3 months
Note that you might experience delay (or even rejection) if you fill in incorrect information in the application forms.
Where to Get a Georgia Visa/ e-Visa Application Form
Actually, you can easily download the normal Georgian visa application forms from the embassy website and get them filled manually. The e-visa form would be filled and submitted online.
How and Where to Pay Georgian Visa/ e-Visa Fees
Travellers can easily pay for a Georgian visa online on the Georgian e-Visa website using visa cards or Mastercard within 5 hours of email notification. Please note that if payment is not made within this timeframe, then the application process would be canceled and you will need to start all over again next time.
We should also stress out the fact that the visa processing fee is non-refundable.
Georgian Visa Processing Time
The Georgian visa processing time is normally between 2 to 15 working days. However, e-visas takes about 5 working days.
Where to Collect Georgia Visa/e-Visa upon Approval
Upon approval of your e-Visa, you can proceed to print it out online. The document can be presented in that form.
Note that for the long stay visas, as the application process is concluded and you received a congratulatory message, simply head to the embassy or consulate for your stamped passport.
If you are applying in Nigeria, don’t forget that you’ll also need police clearance certificate at your host country.