In response to a new “foreign influence” law and related “campaign of intimidation and the use of violence to suppress peaceful dissent,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced on May 23, 2024, that it is implementing “a new visa restriction policy for Georgia that will apply to individuals who are responsible for or complicit in undermining democracy in Georgia, as well as their family members.” He said this includes “individuals responsible for suppressing civil society and freedom of peaceful assembly in Georgia through a campaign of violence or intimidation.”

Secretary Blinken said that “anyone who undermines democratic processes or institutions in Georgia—including in the lead-up to, during, and following Georgia’s October 2024 elections—may be found ineligible for U.S. visas under this policy and precluded from travel to the United States.”

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