I have always liked Georgia
I have been here as a tourist many times. By the atmosphere, Tbilisi is my city, I understood it right away. I moved here a year ago. There are no problems with legalization for the first two years of life, then I will look at the circumstances.
About visas and obtaining a residence permit: you can live for a year and not grieve
Russian citizens can stay in the country without a visa for a whole year, and then cross the border, for example, with Armenia, and return to live for another year. There are even special flights for such “riders”: in the morning the bus leaves the bus station, the journey takes about 2.5 hours, then, after crossing the border, you stay there for about half an hour and return back. The cost of such a trip is about 2000 rubles. Then I will think about a residence permit, the easiest way to get it is to have real estate here. .ru/sized/f550x700/du/rn/durno0s5kvwcwwsks40wos8kw.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
I work remotely, in a Russian company. It is not easy to find a job in Georgia with a visa – they look for work here most often through word of mouth. I tried to write to many companies, sent resumes, but did not receive a response. But you can open an individual entrepreneur and your own small business, as many Russians who come here do. I didn’t dare: my own business means risks, and I don’t have a budget for them. The average salary in Georgia is about 40,000 rubles. With such a monthly income, you can live in peace, but this does not include renting an apartment.
Public transport here is inexpensive, but not very convenient. But a very cheap taxi: trips around the city 50–150 RUB.
Prices for clothes are about the same as in Moscow, there are brands of popular brands that we are all used to. But the absence of Ikea was surprising for me, especially when it was necessary to furnish the apartment. I got so used to all these Gultarpas, Budbins and Sandsbergs that I even got confused. But there is a Danish counterpart to Yusk, a chain of home goods stores. Everything you need was found, the prices are about the same as in Ikea.
A few cons: prices for rent and medicine
I have already traveled around Georgia, even when I came here as a tourist, so for the first year I calmly settle down, arrange my life, there is almost no time for sightseeing trips. So far, everything suits me: mentality, attitude, quality of life. Of the problems I can name only medicine. An ambulance comes to non-citizens here only for a fee (about 1500 RUB). Insurance for foreigners is not cheap, but in any case it is more budgetary than paying for a doctor's visit every time. And also, just like about work, you can learn about the best doctors only by word of mouth. Yes, and sign up to him – also only through “their own”.
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