TBILISI, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Georgia and Iran will start their visa-free travel mechanism from Jan. 26 this year, according to the Georgian foreign ministry.
"Citizens of both countries will have the right of entering, leaving the territory and the right of transit through international border crossings, provided for international communications of other countries. The citizens will be able to stay in the country for up to 45 days," the ministry said in a statement posted on its website Thursday.
The two countries signed their visa-free mechanism on Nov. 3 last year when Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki visited the South Caucasus country.
During that trip, the Iranian foreign minister also re-opened the Iranian consulate in Georgia's Black Sea resort of Batumi which had been closed for quite some years.
In October last year, Mottaki stated that his country had planned to lift visa requirements for citizens of the neighboring countries so as to help ease interaction and communication with these neighbors.