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Georgia, a nation smack-dab between Europe and Asia, has announced the official launch of their much-anticipated Digital Nomad Visa program, called “Remotely From Georgia.”

If 2020 brought us anything beneficial, I would have to say it’s the new global excitement of being able to work remotely, and not necessarily having to be chained to one office. Many nations are starting to realize just how big the remote working community is, and with the latest changes to all our lifestyles, how much bigger it will grow.

old town georgia
Colorful traditional houses Old Town of Tbilisi, Georgia

Georgia, a country who has always been attractive for slow travelers due to their long-stay rules, has now officially launched their Digital Nomad program.

“Remotely From Georgia” will allow remote workers to stay and legally work their online businesses for at least 180 days and up to 1 year, with no annoying visa runs. It also works well for entrepreneurs, business owners, and even salaried employees who are cleared to ‘work from home’.

Tbilisi good for digital nomads and remote workers
Traffic in center inTbilisi

This program also has a major perk that allows applicants to circumvent the current covid-related entry-requirements that ban most of the world from entering Georgia at the moment.

Since only 5 nations (Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) can enter Georgia right now for tourism, the Digital Nomad Visa will allow residents from countries like USA and Canada to gain permission to go.

The Prime Minister himself, Giorgi Gakharia, even tweeted about the program earlier today:

Below we have all the information you need to know about Georgia’s new Digital Nomad Visa “Remotely From Georgia”, how to apply, who can apply, the requirements, and all other important details.

Panorama view of Kutaisi town in Georga, Imereti region.
Panorama view of Kutaisi town in Georgia

Which Countries Can Apply for the “Remotely From Georgia” program?

There are 95 countries welcome to apply. (USA, Canada, UK and more included!)

Like we said above, Georgia is currently only allowing 5 countries to visit due to covid-restrictions, but a resident from one of these 95 countries will circumvent the entry rules if they are approved for the visa.

The 95 countries are:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Holy See
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
Holy Trinity Church Near Village Of Gergeti In Georgia
Holy Trinity Church Near Gergeti In Georgia

Requirements for ‘Remotely From Georgia’:

There are some requirements all applicants will need to fulfill before getting approved for the program

Income

You will need to show a minimum monthly income of at least $2000 USD. You can prove this with pay-stubs, employment contracts, investment income and/or bank statements for the last few months.

Insurance

Proof of health insurance for the entire duration of the stay is required. If you plan on staying the full year, you will have to pre-pay for insurance for that entire year.

Passport

A valid passport with more time left on it than you intend to stay, with a digital copy uploaded on your application form.

Public park in Kutaisi, in Georgia
Public park in Kutaisi, in Georgia

Wait

You’ll need to wait up to 10 business days to see if you are approved or not. Once approved, you can fly in immediately.

Quarantine/Testing

After approval for the program, and upon arrival into Georgia, you must quarantine at one of the 19 pre-approved hotels for 12 days at your own expense. On the 12th day, a PCR test will be given and if the results negative, you are free to move around Georgia.

Cost For the “Remotely From Georgia program

From the information given to us by the government of Georgia, we cannot find a cost for the program at all. Bonus!

This highly contrasts the massive $2000 price tag on Barbados’ similar digital nomad visa program that launched last month.

Skyline of Batumi
Skyline of Batumi

Why Work Remotely from Georgia?

Cost of Living

Georgia has a super low cost of living compared to many European countries, even when considering the Balkans. Some digital nomads who’ve been in Georgia for a while now compared the cost of living to some South East Asian countries, or the lower cost Latin American countries. Your dollar will go super far here.

Flights

There are lots of direct flights in and out of Tbilisi daily. You can easily fly direct to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, Athens, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Doha and Dubai, giving any nomad some convenient connections to the rest of the world.

Georgian man working in small street food stall at the square in Mtskheta
Georgian man working in a street food stall in Mtskheta
Internet Speeds/Cost

Both mobile data and home internet is fast and cheap in Georgia. There is fibre optic in some neighborhoods that will easily reach over 100 Mbps, and you shouldn’t pay more than around $10 for a good mobile data package.

Weather

Okay, this one might be subjective. If you live in Minneapolis, a winter in Georgia might be a treat. However, if you are a digital nomad who is used to going to Thailand, you might want to invest in a sweater or two. Here are some general averages (in Celsius) for Tbilisi:

Winter: high of 8, low of 0

Spring: high of 19, low of 8

Summer: high of 30, low of 19

Fall: high of 20, low of 10

Street of old Batumi - digital nomad visa georgia
Street of old Batumi
Nomads Stuck Abroad

When the world shut down in March, many nomads got stuck abroad, and their visas are running out, leaving them without a place to go. For any nomads that got locked down in expensive European nations, Georgia will be a welcome relief. For others that have been stuck in places like Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, etc, will find the cost of living comparable in Georgia.

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Sources: agenda.ge / registration.gov.ge / matsne.gov.ge / direct interview with their PR company

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