About 3,000 Georgian citizens left their country for good since March 28 having used the visa-free travel with the European Union countries. This was reported by Georgia’s Deputy Internal Minister Shalva Khutsishvili, reports Georgia Online.
“About 3,000 of Georgian citizens out of 55,000 have not returned in due time. However, this does not mean that these citizens unequivocally violated the visa-free regime with the European Union. They could have gone to such countries as Ukraine, Turkey or Belarus, with which Georgia also has a visa-free regime. Georgian Interior Ministry has already identified these citizens, "Khutsishvili said.
He added that despite the warnings of Georgian border guards about the problems with identification documents, 160 citizens still flew to Europe, but they were returned to their homeland from European airports after passing the passport control.
As it was reported earlier European Council President Donald Tusk believes that the implementation of visa-free regime between the European Union and Georgia is also a good signal for Ukraine.