Many people have decided to visit Georgia this year for a variety of different reasons. Of course, the pandemic adds some messiness in traveling these days: Different rules whoever you ask, vague requirements on government websites, etc. We decided to put all together some useful information and frequently asked questions and answers for people who want to travel to Georgia.
Who can enter Georgia right now?
Vaccinated citizens of any country can enter Georgia as long as they are traveling by plane and can produce a document at the border confirming a full course of vaccination (2 doses). Click for updates here.
IMPORTANT NOTE!!! You will be still asked to produce a negative PCR test before check-in. The entire process is a big mess with unclear statements from both governments and airlines (mostly airlines).
Yes, it is annoying. No, it doesn’t matter if you have been vaccinated. Save yourself the hassle of being denied boarding and get the test. Arguing with airlines will not work, nor will trying to ‘prove’ you are right by showing the airline employee what their website says.
They do this 1. Because vaccinated people can still get COVID and spread it to others during the flight, and 2. Confusion and chaos create more revenue for airlines–if you have to change your flight or rebook on a future flight, that’s more money for them.
Non-vaccinated citizens and residents of the following countries (again, traveling by plane) are allowed to travel to Georgia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, EU member states, Israel, Kazakhstan, Norway, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan (source: stopcov.ge).
**UPD/23.04/ Persons with a history of travel to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland over the past 14 days won’t be subjected to 12 days in a quarantine anymore, PCR test results and follow-up tests on the 3rd day are required.
*** If your country is not in the list above, and you want to fly to Georgia for business or work reasons check this out: information regarding the project “Remotely from Georgia” and Information on foreign citizens who travel to Georgia on business purpose
See entry updates here.
How can I physically travel to Georgia?
You must travel to Georgia by plane from the countries above. Those traveling from the above countries also have the right to use 3rd countries for transit travel. Land and sea border crossings are not allowed right now.
Do I need a visa and how long can I stay in Georgia?
U.S. citizens, EU members and many other countries (full list of visa-free countries) can enter Georgia without a visa for 365 days. To renew your visa and get an additional 365 days, you just need to go out of the country and return (which will be much easier when international land borders are open again). However, you will need a visa if you are from one of the 66 countries listed here.
Do I need to have a return or onward ticket?
If your country is listed in the visa – free list and has a right to stay 365 days in Georgia, then you don’t need an onward ticket. Please, note, some travelers experienced inconvenience caused by not well-trained staff, for instance in Bulgaria and Poland, and were asked to show onward ticket, so they had to buy refundable ticket and cancel it when arrived in Georgia. For other countries check with your embassy, recommended to check with their embassies.
If I am vaccinated, do I need a PCR test, and is self-isolation required?
Georgia officially doesn’t require a PCR test for vaccinated travelers (be sure to bring your vaccination certificate). However, airlines can require you to have a negative PCR test 72-hours prior to arrival. If you are vaccinated, there is no quarantine, self-isolation or a follow-up PCR test required after arrival.
I am not vaccinated, what do I need to enter Georgia?
You must present a negative PCR test result taken within the past 72 hours prior to your visit to Georgia. On the 3rd day after arrival, you will need to get a follow-up PCR test at your own expense. Before crossing Georgia’s state border, foreign nationals must complete a special e-questionnaire listing personal identifying information, designated locations of your stay in Georgia and contact information.
Where can I get a PCR test in Georgia?
What about airport transfers, especially if my flight arrives very late or very early?
If you arrive during curfew time which starts at 9PM and ends at 5AM, you should plan to use services like www.flytaxi.ge. They work 24/7 and they have permission from the government to work during curfew. The approximate price is 55-65 GEL. For flight arrivals during other times of the day, you can download Bolt, a popular ride hailing app (in English) and a ride to central Tbilisi will cost you approximately 30-40 GEL.
If you need to go to the airport for an outbound flight, the same curfew rules apply. If you have booked a driver ahead of time, you can call 144 and ask for ride permission indicating the names of you and your driver, and your flight number.
Do I need to complete any applications before I travel to Georgia?
Yes, all travelers except nationals of Georgia must complete an application form at least 48 hours before arrival. The information includes whether you are a business traveler, traveler involved in the project “Work From Georgia,” a foreign student or a tourist. Visit https://stopcov.ge/en/Protocol
Is the Public Service Hall open during a pandemic? What if I want to open a business or buy property?
Yes, but you need to make an appointment. You can book an appointment here.
Is the public transportation operating?
Yes. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces, including taxis, buses and trains.
Can I travel outside of Tbilisi?
Yes, you can. There are no restrictions on intercity or interstate travel.
What should I do about accommodations?
For short term stays up to 60 days, it is best to check Airbnb. For longer-term stays, there are plenty of apartments available for a reasonable price. Check www.myhome.ge or www.ss.ge for longer-term accommodations. You can also reach out Helen (that’s me!) for a free consultation on neighborhoods, prices and questions about specific properties or to schedule showings. (I speak Georgian, Russian and English)
Are the bars, shops, restaurants, theaters and cinemas open?
Shops are operating 7 days a week. Cinemas are open since April 8th, with all required safety rules. Bars and restaurants are open only on weekdays. However, we heard about speakeasies that work all week and in curfew time as well. It’s up to you if you want to stay overnight at the bar.
What else do I need to know?
Stay healthy and welcome to Georgia. 😊
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