I’ve written previously about Georgia and real estate opportunities in its lovely capital Tbilisi, but this is my first post exploring bank account offerings there. Opening a bank account in Georgia is definitely worth your consideration. It’s something that I have done myself, and that I am very happy with.
The Republic ofGeorgia is not a destination you would think of for offshore banking.It is still under the radar, and is in many ways superior totraditional “offshore” banking island destinations because it isa “real” country with a diversified and productive economy. Itisn’t an “offshore” banking destination, but rather an“onshore” one.
Banking in Tbilisi, Georgia is primarily a Georgian affair, but banks make it easy and user-friendly for non-residents to open bank accounts there. It is also possible to open bank accounts remotely as long as you are not a US person (US citizen, green card holder, or US resident). Details on how to open an account remotely can be found here.
If you’re read my article on 9 reasons to open an offshore bank account, you will understand why I believe having a banking option outside of your country of residence is so crucial, especially in times of turbulence.
The Pros of opening a bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia
- Switzerland-caliber service without having to deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you deposit enough money for the premium service, you will be assigned a private banker.
- You can open an account with just $1,500 though I would recommend depositing at least $10,000 to get access to the premium service.
- Generally lower fees compared to Western Banks. For the premium service, you’ll be charged $90 or less per year. I can’t think of many banking destinations worldwide that offer a private banker for such low deposits and minimal fees.
- No capital controls – you can send money anywhere, as long as it is not on a sanctions list.
- Great app-based and online banking. You can make large, international transfers on your phone. You just need to send the appropriate documents to compliance when requested. Typically your private banker would send you an email or even just a WhatsApp message.
- Generally well-capitalized banks. Some are even listed on the London Stock Exchange.
- Possibility of getting debit cards, Visa & Mastercard Gold credit cards, and even American Express credit cards. If you’re North American, don’t expect amazing credit cards like you have back home. For all other mere mortals these credit cards are just fine.
- You can get Priority Pass (airport lounge access) at a discounted price.
- American citizens, residents and green card holders are accepted as well in spite of FATCA.
- No need for proof of address to open an account. In most banks nowadays compliance will ask for one or two proofs of address such as utility bills, which can sometimes be hard to procure for people in some countries.
- You’ll get an IBAN and can hold USD, EUR, GBP, and GEL in multicurrency accounts.
- The interest rates on GEL are high (10%+) but it’s a very volatile currency. I wouldn’t want to hold too much of it. The deposit rates on the USD and EUR are also higher than they would be in North America and the EU.
- Georgia does not share information under the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) rules, which means Georgia will not automatically share your Georgian bank account information with your government. It’s nice for privacy, but will change in 2023 as Georgia has commited to joining the CRS. When you are legally expected to share your banking information with your country of residence, then do so. If you don’t like it, then move somewhere else.
Cons of banking in Georgia
- The risk of conflict in the region; Russia and Georgia had a brief war a decade ago, but it barely impacted banking. But nevertheless, in a world of heightened geopolitical tension, I would not put all of my life savings in Georgia. Some exposure is fine, but I would diversify for sure.
- The risk of capital controls if the fiscal and current account situations were to worsen in the country
Should you open a bank account in Georgia?
It depends on your particular situation. If you are looking for solid Plan B banking, and in many cases even primary offshore banking, then Georgia is a great option.
If you want to open a bank account for free then you must to go to Tbilisi, Georgia to open the bank account. The trip alone is worth it. Tbilisi is absolutely gorgeous, though you should avoid winter unless you want to go skiing in the nearby mountains.
The food isdelicious, the wineries stack up against their French counterparts,the people are friendly and the history rich. Be prepared to eat alot of meat.
I only mention Tbilisi, but you can also open your bank account in Georgia in cities such as Batumi or Kutaisi. There is a lot to see in Georgia. The landscapes are breathtaking, and Georgian Orthodox churches are in a league of their own.
Multiple options to open a bank account remotely
If you plan on mostly using you bank account to stash cash or to use for transfers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, then Georgia is a great option using this remote account opening service run by Germans living in Georgia.
If you are a US citizen, green card holder, US resident or primarily want an account to make transfers within the Americas, then Panama is probably a good option. It’s also an interesting place to stash some cash. But I would avoid Panama if I lived in Europe because of all the compliance nightmare that having a Panama bank account can cause in the EU.
Read this article to find out more about how to remotely open an offshore bank account in Panama City.
Other articles on Georgia:
- The Real Estate Investment Market in Tbilisi, Georgia
- 9 reasons to get Residency in the Republic of Georgia
- One of the Best Structures for Digital Nomads: The Sole Proprietorship in the Country of Georgia
Available services in Georgia:
- How to obtain Residency in Georgia
- Company Formation in Georgia
- A Real Estate Lawyer in Georgia
If you want to discuss your internationalization and diversification plans, book aconsulting session* or send me an email.
*a consulting session is a discussion about your portfolio and objectives. It does not constitute legal, financial, tax or investment advice.
ABUL AHSAN on February 25, 2021 at 15:17
Very good blog. Useful indeed.
Plan to visit Tbilisi to open accounts in TBC and Bank of Georgia (SOLO).
Can you please help to find out what are their requirements and how can I find the SOLO office?
The Wandering Investor on February 26, 2021 at 13:41
Google map Solo. Just bring your passport and prepare to deposit about $10k to get access to a premium service account.
Allan Farmer on May 13, 2021 at 21:49(Video) How to open a bank account remotely in GEORGIA the country
Interested in opening a personal non resident bank account. I am a non resident Canadian, resident in Mexico.
Tamar on August 12, 2021 at 16:28
If anyone interested in REMOTE BANK ACCOUNT OPENING in Georgia, contact me at email@example.com
Andre Dubuisson on August 18, 2021 at 16:34
The sovereign credit rating of Georgia is BB- and TBC Bank has the same credit rating of BB-. This is classified as “non investment grade – speculative”. Something to consider.
The Wandering Investor on August 22, 2021 at 18:29
Thanks for sharing Andre
Warren Dargusch on September 11, 2021 at 05:57
Can I get residence by investing a substantial sum in a Georgisan bank?(Video) Can you still open company and bank account remotely in Georgia (country) as of 2022?
The Wandering Investor on September 16, 2021 at 11:41
No. Here is how you can obtain residency in Georgia: https://thewanderinginvestor.com/services/residencies/obtain-residency-in-georgia-country/
Mr. Fazal on September 19, 2021 at 12:38
Saw and read everything very carefully about Tbilisi Georgia. For business point of view I would like to open my non-resident online bank account with TBC but for simultaneously I am also looking for offshore non-resident online bank account in any English speaking country where I may get Resident Visa as well as dual Nationality but such country bank does not exchange or share information with any person or with any Gov’t in a third country. No restrictions or any questions on incoming or outgoing funds. Please help and guide us.
The Wandering Investor on September 24, 2021 at 12:11
This does not exist.
S. on January 20, 2022 at 15:56
deposit us$10k to open a SOLO account…?! maybe this varies from person to person but i opened a normal account with ₾100 and upgraded this same account to SOLO about a year later, paying only us$200 for the platinum visa card. i’ve never opened any sort of deposit and use the account purely for the card benefits, the ability to generate virtual credit card numbers in the backend and for its multicurrency functions… oh, it’s also quite cheap to connect a georgian card to online platforms since subscribtion fees are drastically lower than when paid in us$/€. for exampe, youtube premium, steam and soundcloud.(Video) Banks in Georgia, Which One is Best for YOU!
The Wandering Investor on January 20, 2022 at 16:21
A normal BoG account has no minimal deposit indeed. But for Solo if you show up at the branch they want at least $10k. Good point about the online platforms. Very useful. Thanks for sharing.
john on October 22, 2022 at 10:30
this place is not for regular people and banking, be careful. they do not tell you this at first and i did not see it on their website either but when you want to withdraw your money they will charge percentage for cash withdrawal and even wire transfers, something i have not seen anywhere else. overall georgia is a scamming country and the banking is not for investment banking but more for illigetimate or money laundering purpose.
Alex G on November 17, 2022 at 13:14
Is there online trading or stockbroking available through Bank of Georgia or TBC? Was told Bank of Georgia was better for investments but haven’t found any information regarding it. Maybe online trading or stockbroking services offered once premium/solo account activated?
The Wandering Investor on November 20, 2022 at 01:35
Hello Alex. Yes, Bank of Georgia offers their own branded version of Saxo Bank trading.
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|Rank||Name||Assets Apr 2022 million GEL|
|2||Bank of Georgia||22,870|
|3||Liberty Bank (Georgia)||3,250|
- - the bank's application form for opening the bank account;
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