How to remotely open a Bank Account in Tbilisi, Georgia

Why should you seek to open an international bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia? Because Georgia is a free-market economy with great banking infrastructure, without all the disadvantages of small island offshore destinations that have a paltry reputation. Read below to find out:

  1. The advantages of a bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia
  2. The disadvantages of a bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia
  3. What service agents won’t tell you
  4. Opening a Corporate Bank Accounts in Georgia for non-Georgian entitites

Unfortunately, it is not possible to open a bank account remotely directly with the financial institutions. However, using a certified agent, it is doable. I’ve collaborated with a certified agent in Tbilisi, Georgia for a number of years and feel very comfortable recommending his services.

Send an email to info@thewanderinginvestor.com or contact me below to get started or if you have any questions.

Open a Bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia – the advantages

  • Switzerland-caliber service without having to deposit hundreds of thousands of Dollars
  • You can open an account with just $1,500 though I would recommend depositing at least $10,000 to get access to the premium services. To be able to open remotely you unfortunately need to deposit at least $100,000 in order to qualify for Wealth Management.
  • Generally lower fees compared to traditional Western Banks.
  • 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 asked.
  • Generally well-capitalized banks.
  • Great service – if you qualify for Wealth Management you will be assigned a private banker, who will be avaiable per email and WhatsApp.
  • Possibility of getting debit cards, Visa & Mastercard Gold credit cards, and even American Express credit cards. They get included for free in your Wealth Management package.
  • 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.
  • You’ll get an IBAN and can hold USD, EUR, GBP, and GEL in multicurrency accounts.
  • Higher interest rates than in North America and the EU.
  • Extra diversification. Read my post on “9 Reasons to open an Offshore Bank Account.”
  • Wealth Management clients gets access to a brokerage account that uses the famous SaxoBank platform – access to North American markets and most European markets.

Open a Bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia – the disadvantages

  • The risk of conflict in the region. Russia and Georgia had a brief war a decade ago, but it barely impacted banking.
  • Bank accounts must be opened in person in Georgia. If you want to open one remotely, it must be done through an agent. Banks don’t accept direct, remote account openings.
  • It used to be possible to open bank accounts remotely for smaller sums. But now banks only accepts remote openings for Wealth Management customers.

IMPORTANT: Should you remotely open a bank account in Tbilisi, Georgia?

  • As time goes by, it is likely to become harder to open a bank account in Georgia because the banks will have an easier time attracting capital, and will thus become pickier. Already, some of the banks recently raised their minimum initial deposit for premium banking from $7,000 to $10,000. Recently, they have made it nearly impossible to open accounts remotely for everybody other than Wealth Management customers.
  • Some of the banks have been closing the accounts of some non-resident who kept balances that were too low. These banks are keen on  “de-risking” and have been closing accounts that are deemed to not be profitable enough.
  • Let me be transparent with you – I am making a commission for the introduction to the agent. But I’ve worked with him in the past and am very satisfied with his services. Also, he is more affordable than most other agents who offer such services.
  • Again, to be completely honest with you, even though it goes against my financial interest, I recommend that you actually fly to Georgia in person to open an account. It’s an easy process, and will make for a great trip. Tbilisi is an absolutely beautiful city.
  • That being said, if you live very far away, don’t have enough time, or cannot travel, then this service is great value for money. Superior banking is priceless.

Opening a Corporate Bank Account in Georgia for non-Georgian companies

Generally speaking, it is not possible to open bank accounts for non-Georgian entitities. However, there is one exception.

The bank in question does not want to do transactional banking. So if you have a holding company, a foundation, or a company that trades stocks for example, then it can be ok. The point is that the bank does not want to deal with more than a transaction per month, and it must be a simple one. In such cases, my certified agent’s partner bank can open corporate accounts remotely, even for some offshore companies. The deposit commitment must be at least $300,000.

The cost of this service is $950 per company. 

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