Georgian border guards have revealed that from January 1 last year to September 30 this year, 3,684 Georgian citizens were denied entry to the Schengen area.
The number was confirmed by the Georgian Interior Ministry to Interpressnews, reports SchengenVisainfo.com.
According to the ministry, 1,922 cases of refusal to travel to the Schengen area were registered in 2021, while 1,810 cases were registered in the last nine months.
Furthermore, in the period from January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022, the highest number of Georgians not allowed to enter the Schengen area was recorded in December last year, when 325 of them were turned away trying to cross the border.
In particular, the number of refusals to travel to the Schengen area increased significantly in June last year.
In this regard, it was reported that in April and May 2021, 17 and 60 cases of refusal were registered respectively, while in June the number was as high as 190.
However, the ministry did not provide information on the most common criteria based on which Georgian citizens were denied entry to the Schengen area.
“A citizen of Georgia may be denied the right to leave Georgia if he/she is barred from entering any EU/Schengen area country or if he/she fails to present the documents required by law.” the consular department of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in 2021.
In addition, Georgian citizens have enjoyed visa-free travel to several EU/Schengen member countries for five consecutive years.
Georgian biometric passport holders can travel to the 26 Schengen countries, including France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and more, for short-term trips and for purposes such as tourism, business or even visiting family and friends.
The Georgian authorities have also stated that the duration of such a visit should not exceed 90 days in 180 days.
Statistics from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia show that over 645,639 Georgian citizens have made 1,398,803 trips to the Schengen area in the last five years.
In addition, the war in Ukraine has also hit Georgia recently as there has been a surge in asylum applications from that country.
In this regard, the European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) has announced that in the first four months of this year about 8,075 asylum applications were registered by Georgian citizens, which means an increase of 183 percent compared to last year.