Georgia announced that it plans to welcome long-term visitors interested in working remotely from anywhere in the country. The initiative is part of the country’s reopening strategy as it plans to open its borders to international tourists on July 31st. Part of the motivation behind this idea is to support the country’s tourism industry, which has been impacted by the Covid-19 travel restrictions.
The new visa program is for visitors interested in staying for longer periods, potentially even working. Georgia has stunning landscapes with mountains and rocky beaches, medieval castles. With this program, the country hopes to entice some people to give the initiative a try and stay for an extended period of time.
Those interested will need to fill out an application and obtain preliminary confirmation documents. Some of the information requested includes proof of travel insurance, a certificate of employment, and personal information. Upon arrival, visitors will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
The Ministry of Economy is regularly updating its website, and the official application is expected to be available within the next few days.
According to the Johns Hopkins tracking page, Georgia has 1,049 confirmed cases and 16 Covid-19 deaths. “Georgia has the image of an epidemiologically safe country in the world and we want to use this opportunity,” said Natia Turnava, Georgia’s economy minister. “We want to protect the health of our citizens, and at the same time, we’d like to invite citizens who can work remotely from Georgia.”