[UPDATED 9th June 2021]
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 (two doses for most, one dose of Johnson & Johnson). Click for updates here.
Citizens of all countries, traveling from any country are able to enter Georgia, if they:
While traveling by air present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.
While crossing the land and sea border of Georgia present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia, as well as the negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia.
*Except for any person traveling from the Republic of India (regardless of citizenship and full course of vaccination) as well as persons having a history of travel to the Republic of India for the last 14 days. They are subject to a negative PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia at the border and then – a mandatory 14-day quarantine (in the case of foreigners, at their own expense).
For non-vaccinated foreigners:
Citizens and residence permit holders of the following states may enter Georgia by air, land and sea under the conditions mentioned below:
- European Union Member States
- State of Israel
- Republic of Turkey
- Swiss Confederation
- Kingdom of Norway
- United States of America
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- State of Qatar
- State of Kuwait
- United Arab Emirates
- Kingdom of Bahrein
- Republic of Armenia
- Republic of Azerbaijan
- Republic of Moldova
- Republic of Kazakhstan
- Russian Federation
- Republic of Belarus
- Republic of Uzbekistan
- Republic of Tajikistan
- Republic of Kyrgyzstan
- People’s Republic of China
- Republic of Korea
- The Sultanate of Oman
- They must travel directly from the above-mentioned countries, including transit travel through third countries;
- At the border checkpoint they shall present a negative result of the PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours prior their visit to Georgia;
- On the 3rd day of their stay, they are obliged to undergo PCR-examination at their own expense;
- Before crossing the state border, they must complete the special application form, indicating the travel history of the last 14 days, contact details (address, phone number, email etc.) https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/;
- All individuals who have travelled to the Republic of India within the last 14 days will be placed in a mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon entry at their own expense. In this case, PCR-examination on 3rd day of their stay will be waived.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be asked to produce a negative PCR test before check-in. Don’t get to the airport without a PCR test. The rules can change overnight (as they did on 1st June 2021, before which you only needed to prove you were vaccinated to enter Georgia by air), so go ahead and deal with the minor inconvenience of getting the test. Yes, it is annoying. 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.
*** 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.
UPDATE: Land border is open from 1st of June.
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.
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 11PM and ends at 4AM, 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.
UPDATED: Bars and restaurants are open seven days a week.
What else do I need to know?
Stay healthy and welcome to Georgia. 😊 If you are not vaccinated and want to be vaccinated, there are many folks like you who are making “vaccination runs” to Armenia where they seem to have a surplus of vaccines. We don’t have any specific advice about that, but we know it’s happening so ask around and do your own research. It sounds like an easy process from our anecdotal evidence.
Feel free to leave a comment and ask questions. We will respond as soon as we see it.