Category - Republic of Georgia

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Republic of Georgia’s Street Vendors Photos
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Republic of Georgia Visa Information for Foreign Citizens
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List of the countries who doesn’t need visa in Republic of Georgia
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Republic of Georgia’s Tourist Visa
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Republic of Georgian Sheep Herder
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Flying with Turkish Airlines: Istanbul to Republic of Georgia
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Flying with Turkish Airlines: Dubai to Istanbul
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Republic of Georgia – A conflict with Russia
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Travel in Republic of Georgia Series – About

Republic of Georgia’s Street Vendors Photos

I was in Republic of Georgia in July 2008 and June 2009 for a business trip. While roaming around T’bilisi, I took some photos of the Georgian vendors. What I have noticed is that most of the street vendors are old people, and can’t remember if I have seen young vendors. You might probably see the young ones working in a shop or in a mall. Wait, I can’t even remember if I have seen a mall in Georgia. Well, they do have McDonalds.  

Here are some of the photos I took while I was there for the past two years.

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Republic of Georgia Visa Information for Foreign Citizens

Visas and Residence Permits

1. Diplomatic, service and ordinary visas issued at the diplomatic missions and consular posts of Georgia abroad shall be of multi entries.

Foreign staff of diplomatic missions and consular posts, as well as similar representations accredited to Georgia need visas for their first entry to the territory of Georgia. During their accreditation period they stay in the country and cross the border on the basis of accreditation card issued according to the determined rule of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, if other is not provided by international obligation.

Ordinary visa shall be issued for determined period of time 360 days at the diplomatic missions and consular posts of Georgia abroad shall be of multi entries.

2. In cases determined by the Georgian legislation visa/entry permit for 360 days (visa fee 100 GEL) can be issued by the Patrol Police of Georgia (sub-divisional institution of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) at border crossing points situated at the Georgian State Border. In exeption, in some cases, visa will be issued for up 90 days.

3. The basis for the stay of an alien in Georgia is a visa or residence permit (permanent or temporary) if other is not provided by this law and international treaties of Georgia.

It is possible to extend the term of validity of diplomatic and service categories of visas on the territory of Georgia that is carried out by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Also it should be taken into account that  persons who possess ordinary visas, in case of staying on the territory of Georgia longer than the period determined by the visa, should apply to the Ministry of Justice (www.cra.gov.ge) to receive temporary or permanent residence before the expiration of their visas.

The issuance and extension of the term of validity of the permanent and temporary residence permits on the territory of Georgia for the category of aliens determined by this law is carried out by the Ministry of Justice.

II. Exit of aliens from Georgia

– If an alien leaves the territory of Georgia during ten days after expiration of the term of his/her legal stay he/she would not bear administrative responsibility in the form of penalty.

– An alien staying in Georgia during the period up to three months after expiration of the term of his/her legal stay and willing to leave the territory of Georgia voluntarily has the right to exit from the territory of Georgia without impediment. Also, an alien is obliged to pay the certain amount of penalty before or after leaving the country. In case the amount is not paid he/she will not be given a Georgian visa until he covers the abovementioned debt.

An alien staying in Georgia illegally more than three months after expiration of the term of his/her legal stay and willing to exit from the country voluntarily has the right to leave the territory of Georgia without impediment. Also, he/she is obliged to pay the certain amount of penalty before or after leaving the country. Georgian visa and the permit to enter Georgia will not be issued to him/her for one year.

An alien is obliged to leave the territory of Georgia during ten days after the facts of his/her illegal stay is revealed.

The Ministry of Justice of Georgia or a court takes the decision on the expulsion of an alien from Georgia.

An alien expelled from Georgia will not be issued a Georgian visa or residence permit during one year.

As a result of coming into force of the law of Georgia on “Legal Status of Aliens” from  July 1, 2006  ordinary visas are not issued or extended at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Persons, who plan to stay on the territory of Georgia for longer period than determined by their ordinary category of visa, must apply to regional services of the Civil Registration Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and receive temporary or permanent residence permit.

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List of the countries who doesn’t need visa in Republic of Georgia

List of the countries who doesn’t need visa in Republic of Georgia

Here is a list of the countries whose citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay on the territory of Georgia for 360 days.

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Republic of Georgia’s Tourist Visa

June 4, 2009 – The day that I arrived in the Republic of Georgia, I approached the Visa section and asked the immigration officer if a Filipino can apply for a tourist visa upon arrival, and he said yes.  All you have to do when you arrive to Tbilisi International Airport go to the left side of the Immigration section where you’ll see a big bold letter “VISA” and present your passport and the immigration officer will give you an application form to fill (sample attached), a photo and pay GEL100.00 (US$70.00).  GEL is Georgian Lari, the currency of the Republic of Georgia.  The visa is valid for one year and it is up to Georgian Immigration’s discretion if they will grant you a single or multiple entry visas or deny you.

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Republic of Georgian Sheep Herder

June 04, 2009 – On our way to the office coming from the airport, our vehicle had come across Sheep’s and cattle’s on the road blocking the way.  That road was located between Tbilisi and Rustavi, and I’ve noticed a very young Georgian herder probably 10 years old helping the old guys to herd.  Our driver which is a Georgian local shouted at him to wave and smile for the camera, he talked to him in Qartuli which is a native language of the Republic of Georgia.

 

All my life, I have never seen sheep’s this many, I am guessing it is almost a thousand in quantity.  This place is a country side of Georgia where it is full of grass and a nice cool breeze air. 

There are lots of things to see in this country and I still have a week left to explore this lovely place.

Notice the sheep dogs in the background; they help to herd sheep as well.

Flying with Turkish Airlines: Istanbul to Republic of Georgia

(Caption: Airport security checking before the flight)

 

June 4, 2009, 3:00PM Republic of Georgia time.  Let’s hope that this flight is a pleasant one.  What I meant with a pleasant one is less turbulence (none is much better), and pleasant flight attendants and it turned out they were and pretty too! hahaha.  Anyway, this is my second time to visit Republic of Georgia for business, the first time was last year of July.

 

This flight was about two hours and fifteen minutes to reach Tbilisi International Airport. 

 

Here are some of the photos that I took during and after the flight.

 

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Flying with Turkish Airlines: Dubai to Istanbul

Caption: In flight Menu (Food sucks!)

 

June 04, 2009, 7:45AM Dubai time (writing this article while I’m on board the plane) talks about boredom. Lol

 

Turkish Airlines flight TK1165 just took off from Dubai International Airport to Istanbul Airport en route to Republic of Georgia.  It will take 3 hours, 32 minutes, and 11 seconds and 3,006 km to reach Istanbul airport.  This is the second time I flew with Turkish Airlines and the first one was kind of not in a pleasant way (click here to read previous article). I find Turkish people at the Istanbul Airport very rude, I am hoping this time it will be different and so far the Flight attendants are very nice.  I found that some ( I said some, coz I only met some) of the Turkish people I have met during my layover in Istanbul last year were very rude but I guess where ever you go you will bump in to one or many.

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Republic of Georgia – A conflict with Russia

Some friends sent me emails and asked if I am still in the Republic of Georgia (ROG) which some of you know by now was bombed by Russia.  I don’t know the real story behind the attack but all I know is I am lucky that I got out of that country safe.

 

I left ROG almost three weeks ago after staying for 2 weeks.  I hope after this conflict with Russia, the places that I’ve seen and liked will still be there – INTACT.

 

Here are some of the photos that I took when I was there.

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Travel in Republic of Georgia Series – About

Republic of Georgia according to wikipedia is a Eurasian country, chiefly located in the South Caucasus, at the juncture of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Georgia borders four countries: Turkey to the southwest, Russia to the north, Armenia to the south, and Azerbaijan to the east. In addition, there is a western coastline on the Black Sea. Georgia’s population is over 4.3 million, nearly 84% of which are ethnic Georgians (2002).  (Click here to read more of ROG’s history?  Tbilisi is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Georgia and it means the beautiful.

I had an opportunity to visit this wonderful country for two weeks for free and I’m paid to visit it.  You know why?  It is a business trip!  I was sent by my company to do a specific job there and I mixed business with pleasure.  Won’t you do the same? 🙂

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