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Georgia has been on my radar for a while and I was hoping to visit this year for a few months. I've been in Thailand for a few years and was in China for 6 years before that, so I thought Georgia would be a nice change of scenery.


I have a few friends there and after some research have found the following positives:

  • Low crime rate
  • Easy visa process (before covid - more info below)
  • Low cost of living (the average salary in the capital city Tbilisi is $200 USD)
  • Fantastic cheese, wine and bread
  • Friendly locals

Negatives:

  • Not many people speak English
  • Conservative culture/dating scene
  • Difficult to get there (even more so during the pandemic)

 

Anyhow.. With all the confusion over visa amnesty and he says/she says going on.. I've been looking at alternative places to sit and wait out the covid pandemic to dry up or get cured or whatever they have in store for us.

 

I found that Georgia has a new 'Working remotely from Georgia' program that's open to entrepreneurs, freelancers, digital nomads etc.

The requirements are:

  • Proof of income for the last few months
  • Minimum 6 month health insurance
  • 2 week quarantine at approved hotel (ranging from $30-100 per night)

 

I've applied through the link shared in the blog post here https://www.traveloffpath.com/georgia-launches-digital-nomad-visa-for-remote-workers/ and should get a reply in the next 10 days.

 

Now the problem is getting there... I had a quick look and it seems to be possible after an epic 40+ hour trip with 3 or 4 stops.

 

Anyone been to Tbilisis in Georgia or considering the move?

Architecture Delights in Tbilisi Georgia [in pictures] – Radisson Blu Blog

Tbilisi, Georgia: What to see and do in the city

What to do in Tbilisi Georgia - Crazy sexy fun traveler - travel blog about  adventure and spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An unusual choice but would be good to hear how it goes. If I was moving out of Asia I'd go to Kenya, maybe Mombasa or Nairobi, having said that I haven't checked the latest regarding Covid or other dangers

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I don't know about now, but pre-Covid I think Georgia offered 365 days per entry, visa free.

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NO !

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5 minutes ago, malt25 said:

NO !

Too bad.  You're missing out on a great experience.

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13 hours ago, mfd101 said:

And always the possibility of a Russian invasion.

Lol, only if the Georgians start shelling their neighbors once again, which was what triggered the 5 day war. They got a bloody nose though, so wouldn't expect that to happen again in this generation at least.

Other than that I do think that Georgia is a viable option and my own experience of the country and the people is very positive.

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4 minutes ago, Khun Yaaai said:

Lol, only if the Georgians start shelling their neighbors once again, which was what triggered the 5 day war. They got a bloody nose though, so wouldn't expect that to happen again in this generation at least.

Other than that I do think that Georgia is a viable option and my own experience of the country and the people is very positive.

You've got it backwards.  It was instigated by Pro-Russian separatists, who were backed by Russia.  Georgia declared independence, like many other former USSR satellite states did.  And was invaded by Pro-Russian fighters, just like in other areas (Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, etc).  

Georgia lost 2 areas of their country, now ruled by Pro-Russian separatists, and supported by Moscow.  Similar to Moldova and Ukraine.

 

https://www.numbers-stations.com/articles/soviet-and-russian-invasions-since-1917/

 

 In the summer of 2008 Russia held large military drills across the Georgian border alarming Georgia. In continuation, South Osetian troops opened fire on Georgian positions provoking Tbilisi to a preemptive strike as it was also aware of the gathering of the Russian tank column near the tunnel that lead into South Osetia. In result Russia claimed that Georgian forces have attacked Russian peacekeepers in Tskhinvali, the South Osetian capital and mounted invasion to draw back the assaulting Georgian forces. In the following days Russian troops entered Abkhazia and captured Georgian city Gori while closely approaching Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. 

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I've been to Georgia- 2 years ago. It's an amazing place with great food, great wine, and beautiful scenery. That said, the Caucasus region is a power keg. Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the verge of an all-out war, and the Georgian border with Russia and the breakaway Russian majority provinces is tense at best, and volatile. Revanchists in Russia (remember that Stalin was Georgian) want to recreate as much of the Soviet Union as they can, and Ukraine and George are in their sites- not so much the Islamic former Socialist Republics of the USSR. Still, I would go there for 2-3 months first to check it out first. 

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I have a small two cents to put in, I have met some people from Georgia, and found them to be really nice people. That's about it. If you do go there please continue to post how it works out.

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Yup.  Never move somewhere permanently unless you've spent several months in that location.  Dealing with setting up phone lines, buying a car, dealing with the local situation....

 

As said above, a big difference between a one week holiday and a multi year stent living there.  But in a month or so, you'll have a pretty good idea.

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