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Special regulations for entering the occupied regions of Georgia - Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region (former South Ossetia Autonomous District)

 

A special legal regime applies to the occupied regions of Georgia - Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region (former South Ossetia Autonomous District), including limitations on free migration and economic activities.

According to Article 4 of the Law of Georgia on Occupied Territories, citizens of foreign countries are allowed to enter the occupied territories from the following directions:

a)      The territory of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia - the territory of the Zugdidi Municipality;

b)      The territory of the Tskhinvali region (territory of the former South Ossetia Autonomous District) - from the territory of the Gori Municipality.

In extraordinary cases special permission to enter the occupied territories from other directions can be granted, in compliance with the relevant normative documents of the Government of Georgia.

According to the Article 6 of the Law of Georgia on Occupied Territories, any economic activity (entrepreneurial or non entrepreneurial) is prohibited in Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region (former South Ossetia Autonomous District), unless the special permission is granted in compliance with the relevant normative documents of the Government of Georgia, if the implementation of such activities serves the protection of the state interests of Georgia, promotion of peaceful conflict resolution, de-occupation, confidence building or humanitarian purposes.

Violations of the requirements envisaged by the Law on Occupied Territories lead to criminal responsibility under the active legislation of Georgia.

 
 

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