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Georgia Reports 2.3m Visits by Foreign Citizens in H1’15

Figures from the official statistics show number of entries into Georgia by foreign citizens per year in 2006-2014 and year-on-year percentage change. The figures represent an aggregate number of entries into the country without breakdown by purpose of the visit. Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs

Visits to Georgia by foreign citizens reached 2,332,303 in the first half of 2015, 3.46% increase over the same period of last year, according to statistics, compiled by the Interior Ministry based on border crossing data.

Of these total of 2.3 million visits, 853,605 were identified as “tourists”, a 1.9% decline over the first six months of 2014, according to these official figures.

Travelers entering into Georgia and staying in the country for more than 24 hours are classified as “tourists”.

Number of tourists reached 197,537 in June, representing 3.4% increase compared to the same month of last year.

Citizens from Georgia’s neighboring states made up the largest share in total visits in January-June 2015 with Turkey leading the pack with 605,153 entries into Georgia (8.1% y/y decline), followed by Azerbaijani citizens – 580,878 entries (8.5% y/y increase); Armenia – 543,810 (11.7% y/y increase); Russia – 342,416 (14.7% y/y increase); Ukraine – 55,271 (10.5% y/y decline).

Number of visits to Georgia by citizens from the EU-member states increased by 6.1% y/y, reaching 95,741 in the first half of 2015.

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