Ever since Georgia relaxed its visa policies and offered to grant a visa on arrival to Pakistanis living abroad, it has surfaced as the next big holiday destination amongst Pakistani expats.
But not so fast Pakistanion!!
Here are a few things that you must bear in mind before you start day dreaming about your next vacation.
- You must have a resident visa on your passport for any of the countries mentioned below
and all the countries that fall under the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC)
- The resident visa should be at least 6 months old.
- The resident visa and passport should be valid for the upcoming 6 months.
- If your stay is no longer than one month then you are only eligible for a Visa on arrival and not for an E-Visa. Period. Do not fuss over the bajilion kinds of visas mentioned on the official website.
- For anyone who wishes to travel from Pakistan in particular; unfortunately Georgia does not issue a visa directly since they do not have any diplomatic presence in the country. Your travel documents will have to travel all the way to the Georgian embassy in Iran. Yes as ridiculous as it may sound, that is true and for all those willing to take the risk follow the link or maybe plan to move to one of the countries mentioned above 😛
Here I would like to highlight the likeliness of being denied a Visa on arrival for Pakistani Passport holders because I believe it is better to be safe than sorry.
Your green passport will definitely raise a few eyebrows, you shall be pulled out of the line during immigration and either made to wait or asked a few routine questions straightaway by a slightly daunting fell-ah.
It might sound like you are in trouble for a heinous crime but I think their thick Russian accents are to blame for making it feel like an interrogation and all that mentioned above is their standard operating procedure for all Pakistani passport holders.
My advice is not to feel intimidated, simply co-operate and carry the following documents.
- Original ID and a copy of it
- A copy of your return Ticket
- A copy of your hotel reservations within Georgia
- A copy of your travel insurance
- Enough Cash, around 400 dollars per day for as long as you intend to stay.
Points 4 and 5 are not to be ignored under any circumstances since these are the most common causes reported for Visa denial.
Fortunately we made it through with a year old U.A.E residence visa on our passports and will be bringing you more useful information on planning a holiday to Georgia.