Visa liberalization for Georgia
Starting from 28th March 2017, Georgian citizens are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the Schengen area for a short stay of not more than 90 days within a 180-day period.
The visa waiver applies only to holders of biometric passports.
The obligation to hold a visa with regard to exercising gainful occupation persists (also for an occupation not exceeding 8 days within a calendar year).
For additional information please refer to the below-given documents in English and Georgian languages:
Frequently asked questions ENG
Frequently asked questions GEO
Frequently asked questions DE
Introduction of online submission of applications and online-appointment booking system starting on 03.08.2015
Please visit swiss-visa.ch
It is possible to register your application for a Schengen visa C (stay of less than 90 days) online with the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia The website also gives you the opportunity to book an appointment for your visit at our counter in Tbilisi. Please note that you will still need to come to this Embassy in person in order to go through the visa-interview, lodge the printed application form and the supporting documents, pay the visa-fee and register your biometric data (finger prints).
We encourage all applicants to make use of the online-application. However, from 03.08.2015, it will not be possible to apply without appointment and this can be done only via the website mentioned above.
Please note that the processing time of the application is 10 working days (once the file is complete and all requested documents and/or information have been submitted). It is the applicant’s responsibility to lodge an appointment in due time.
Introduction of the VIS
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS will also be used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprins and the facial image) of the visa applicants. The diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states will be gradually connected to the system region by region.
Along with the connection to the VIS on 23 June 2015 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in Georgia have to capture the biometric data of persons applying for a Schengen visa.
Information leaflet (ENG) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 1.3 MB)
Information leaflet (GEO) (PDF, Number of pages 2, 1.9 MB)
General Visa Information
The Embassy of Switzerland in Tbilisi issues entry visa for Switzerland and Austria to persons with residence in Georgia.
For Austrian Schengen visas, the host in Austria has to provide the “Elektronische Verpflichtungserklärung EVE” (see more details under Visitor Visa point 12).
If the stay in Austria will exceed 3 month and/or be for employment, study, marriage or family reunion, the applicant must be lodged directly with the Embassy of Austria in Baku (Landmark III, 7. Stock, Nizami Str. 90A, AZ-1010 Baku, Azerbaijan, Tel. (+994 12) 465 99 33, Fax: (+994 12) 465 99 94, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make sure to submit a duly completed and signed application form accompanied by all the required documents. Please note that there are different types of visa to which different requirements apply.
Please, pay attention to our public holidays!