Message for U.S. Citizens: Authorized Period of Stay in Georgia

The Government of Georgia previously extended the period of exit for foreigners until December 31, 2020, and that date has now been extended to July 1, 2021. Foreign citizens without a residency permit who were in the country legally on March 14, 2020, have been in the country for more than 365 days, and were not able to leave the country due to the closure of borders may remain until July 1, 2021, with no penalty.  More information is available here.

The U.S. Embassy does not provide recommendations to U.S. citizens on how to manage their personal immigration status in Georgia.  However, out of an abundance of caution, U.S. citizens should assume this date will not be extended further, and therefore start making appropriate arrangements now. One option may be to depart the country prior to July 1 and apply for permission to re-enter under an appropriate program offered by the Government of Georgia (for example, as a business traveler, remote worker, or student). Another option may be to pursue a residency permit.  Please note, however, that the Embassy is currently unable to provide notarial services in connection with a residency permit application.

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