By the initiative of the Justice Minister of Georgia Tea Tsulukiani, Georgians living abroad will be able to take ID cards for free and passports for $50 instead of $130.
Justice Ministry Offers Georgian Emigrants Discounts on ID Documents
By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, May 16
The initiative aims at refining voters' lists for the 2018 presidential elections and the existence of a valid and reliable biometric data of the citizens living abroad.
Georgian citizens abroad will be able to take ID cards for free within 3 months, while the preferential price for passports will be maintained within 2 months.
The initiative does not have any age limit. Any citizen of Georgia will be able to take identification documents within the scope of their age.
“From today our emigrants can enjoy the new initiative and renew their documents,” the minister announced.
According to Tsulukiani, the discount on passports and IDs is a significant relief for Georgian citizens living abroad, which will motivate them to renew their identification documents.
“It will enable the State Services Development Agency to refine the database,” she stated.
The minister added that the absence of valid identity documents creates problems for citizens abroad, including voting.
“Moreover, due to expired passports or identity cards, citizens of Georgia who are abroad cannot carry out legal procedures or cross the border. They do not use electronic services that the Georgian state offers. The initiative of the Ministry of Justice will solve this problem,” she said.
Georgian citizens abroad should apply to the Consulate of Georgia to fully enjoy the benefits offered by the ministry.