How to Buy Cryptocurrency in Georgia

Buying cryptocurrency in Georgia

Buying cryptocurrency in GeorgiaLike so many other banks, the National Bank of Georgia announced that cryptocurrencies aren’t legal tender, and, therefore, aren’t regulated by law in December 2014. The Bank even advised citizens of Georgia to exercise caution when dealing and trading with cryptocurrencies. In spite of that, Georgia quickly became a hotbed for cryptocurrency mining, with people spending their investments or taking out loans in order to purchase their very own mining setups in hopes of getting rich. Due to low regulation and its cheap hydropower, Georgia was ranked the second country in the world for cryptocurrency mining, first being China. Bitfury, a U.S.-based technology firm, could account for much of this mining activity, from its vast data center equipped with computer serves located on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Tbilisi. Expectedly, it has brought about lots of controversy over declarations that it collected excessively generous terms for its electricity bills.
As of 20/03/2021

Exchanges Info

These exchanges all accept customers from Georgia. While they broadly offer the same services and you can buy cryptocurrency at all of them, there can be differences in transaction fees, security, verification requirements, deposit methods and features, as shown below

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eToro

eToro is a social trading platform that allows you to buy into cryptocurrencies, international stocks and shares and more complex financial assets. It also have an innovative Copy Trader feature where you can choose to follow other successful traders and automatically copy their trades to hopefully share in their success

Pros
  • Fully regulated financial institution
  • Trade crypto, stocks and other financial assets
  • Follow and copy the trades of expert traders
Cons
  • Fees (spreads) are high
  • Only USD as base currency
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Bitfinex

Operating since 2012, Bitfinex has a huge range of coins and trading pairs, a good user interface and low trading fees.

Pros
  • Very low trading fees
  • Large range of coins and trading pairs
  • High liquidity
Cons
  • Slow account verification
  • Two major hacks
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OKEx

OKEx is the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world by volume. It posts over $2 billion in trades daily and has over 400 trading pairs.

Pros
  • Good range of coins
  • DEX trading
  • No hacking history
Cons
  • Not available in US
  • KYC required
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Kucoin

Founded in 2017, KuCoin has already managed to establish itself as “The People’s Exchange.” With 200+ cryptocurrencies and more than 400 markets, it has become one of the hubs for cryptocurrency trading.

Pros
  • Vast selection of altcoins
  • Ability to stake & earn crypto yields
  • Robust security features
  • No forced KYC checks
Cons
  • No fiat currency deposits
  • Trading volume is low

Changelly

Changelly allows you to trade cryptocurrency without registration or verifying the identity through KYC. Being a non-custodial exchange, Changelly doesn’t require you to keep any deposits. The platform also works as a fiat-to-crypto gateway.

Pros
  • Non-custodial exchange
  • Great way to switch altcoins
  • Doesn’t require extensive KYC
  • 2FA security and high exchange limit
Cons
  • A high transaction fee of 0.5%
  • Unclear owners
  • Sometimes their service is quite slow
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Kraken

Kraken has a good reputation for security and protection of your funds and operates across the USA (except NY), Canada, the EU and Japan

Pros
  • It can be used to trade against fiat options
  • Robust security measures
  • Free SEPA deposits in Europe
Cons
  • Not a very beginner-friendly interface.
  • No card deposit options
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