Envoy discusses concerns of Omanis visiting Georgia

May 2 – Qassim bin Mohammed al Salhi, Oman’s Ambassador to Turkey, on Wednesday met the with Ambassador of Georgia in Ankara, and discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries. He also discussed the problems faced by Omani citizens during their visit to Georgia.

Recently, Oman’s embassy in Ankara, has urged citizens travelling to the three Caucasus countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia to follow certain guidelines before they start for holidays.

The clarification came in the backdrop of reports about an incident in which the Georgian authorities at airport of Tbilisi did not allow the Omani citizens to enter the country.

Around six citizens were asked to hand over their passports and wait at the airport on arrival for over two hours. They were asked to return home as they cannot enter Georgia.

“The embassy said any country has the authority not to allow individuals in certain cases to enter its territory for not disclosing valid reasons of travel.

The embassy added that travelers must disclose the areas in Georgia they would be visiting, have a valid passport, health insurance, an agreement with an accredited tourist company and the hotel reservation.

The embassy said that in many cases travelers did not follow normal procedures while booking the ticket, without coordination with tourism companies in Georgia. “They often rely on individuals residing in Georgia or some parties with vested interests.”