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.
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’.
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:
Happy to announce the launch of a new state program "Remotely from Georgia", allowing citizens of 95 countries to travel & work remotely from 🇬🇪. As one of the safest countries in the world during the pandemic, we are ready to safely host int'l guests. https://t.co/nc9qjOAIGJ— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) August 27, 2020
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.
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:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- French Polynesia
- Holy See
- Isle of Man
- Netherlands Antilles
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
Requirements for ‘Remotely From Georgia’:
There are some requirements all applicants will need to fulfill before getting approved for the program
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.
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.
A valid passport with more time left on it than you intend to stay, with a digital copy uploaded on your application form.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.