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How To Travel To Georgia During A Pandemic (April 2021)

Posted by Helen M on April 11, 2021
| 18 Comments

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?

I did mine at NeoLab before a recent trip, but almost every lab can do PCR tests. Some other options are MegaLab, Synevo and MyLab.

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. 😊

Feel free to leave a comment and ask questions. We will respond as soon as we see it.

 

18 thoughts on “How To Travel To Georgia During A Pandemic (April 2021)

  • Helen M
    on April 11, 2021

    Hello, if you have more questions, feel free to comment here.

    Best

    Helen

  • Claire Grove
    on April 13, 2021

    This is an excellent review. Thank you. I arrived in TBS from the US on April 3rd and I have been vaccinated with Moderna for months and I can confirm that you still need a PCR to present which I’m glad that I had completed. I was also wondering where I can get tested when I leave Georgia so I appreciate you putting those in the links.

  • Claire Grove
    on April 13, 2021

    This is an excellent review. Thank you. I arrived in TBS from the US on April 3rd and I have been vaccinated with Moderna for months and I can confirm that you still need a PCR to present which I’m glad that I had completed. Looking forward to your updates.

    • Helen M
      on April 14, 2021

      Hello, thank you for your comment. We will do our best

  • Penelope Price
    on April 13, 2021

    Thank you for this very valuable information.

    I have one query – “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“.

    I am an Australian passport holder and will be fully vaccinated and travel with a PCR test result. However, although in the protocol form you link to, apart from the first drop down box, Australians cannot complete this form? It looks like it is designed for unvaccinated travellers.

    Grateful for your advice. Thank you.

    • Helen M
      on April 14, 2021

      Hello Penelope, thank you for your comment. According to the statement any vaccinated visitor can enter Georgia. and other regulations apply regarding origin country visa regulation. As we know, Australian citizen doesn’t need visa to enter Georgia for one year. If you were not vaccinated you had to go with freelance/work/ business visa. But as long as vaccination solves problem of entering – should be fine.
      We suggest to message to Australian Embassy in Turkey https://turkey.embassy.gov.au/

      “vaccinated travellers arriving by air who present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any COVID-19 vaccination will be allowed entry from any country.”

      I would also suggest to check with airlines, as I mentioned in the blog they give controversial regulations.

      Stay safe!!! Update me too.

  • Penelope Price
    on April 15, 2021

    Dear Helen,

    Thanks so much for your prompt reply. Yes, that form does not apply to vaccinated Australians -and yes, I will travel with a valid PCR test. (Germany requires the test to have been administered within 48 hours of arrival into Germany – even for transit passengers!).

    Sometimes the world is very small. This morning I was at the hairdressers in the village where I live, about 100kms from Sydney. I was talking about my upcoming move to Georgia and another client there, John Dee, mentioned that he knows Tbilisi and that there is a thriving jazz scene there. He gave me your name.

    I suspect you know the person whose apartment I bought in Vera – Tamuna Shengelia. As I said, the world is small indeed…

    Cheers, penelope

  • on April 16, 2021

    Hi. Good day. I’ve seen your post about Georgia and I’m flying to there in 3 days. I’ve already filled up the pre registration form since yesterday but I haven’t get any confirmation yet. I just would like to ask if I really need to present any printed approval? Or may I know how many days does it take to get the approval? Thank you.

    • Helen M
      on April 17, 2021

      Hello Ken!
      Thank you for asking. I think, this question is better to ask directly at Ministry of Foreign affairs website.
      If its about Nomad Visa application. If it is a general form, you should receive confirmation via e-mail.

      Safe travel!

  • Bunny
    on April 18, 2021

    Hi – I have an Australian passport but have not been there for years. I live and work in China and have resident and work permits in my AU passport. I will be flying from China via Turkey to Georgia. I have had two shots of Sinovac Vero and will provided a negative PCR test before flying with Turkish airlines. Will I be able to get into Georgia?

    • Helen M
      on April 18, 2021

      Hello Bunny 🙂

      what I read in updated information ( 15 Apr 2021) is:
      Citizens of all countries, traveling by air from any country may enter Georgia if they present the document confirming the full course (two doses) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.

      in Georgian version it is also written that you won’t be asked for quarantine, no need to for filling up protocol forms and PCR test at the checkpoint ( please, consider I mean only Georgian checkpoint not airlines, they will ask the test anyway). As it is not written in English, I don’t know what airlines will require, please check regulations with them too.

      You can find recent updates on this page
      https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/newsFeed/nId/247

      P.S. Note! Airlines will ask you to provide PCR test anyway, even if you have Vaccination certificate.

      Bests,

      Helen

  • Pric
    on April 19, 2021

    Hi, which bolt app for riding hailing? I see a few different ones on the App Store.

    Also any other apps you can recommend for transportation or food recommendations or useful info?

    • Helen M
      on April 20, 2021

      this should help

      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 http://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.

  • Noelia
    on April 23, 2021

    Very good info. Im from UK and fully vaccinated. Does this mean I dont neet to be quarantine even if I am coming from UK?

    • Helen M
      on April 23, 2021

      Hello Noelia, thing are changing quite fast. I just read something new, but can’t check it with the source. This update says that traveling from UK to Georgia, visitor doesn’t need 12 -days quarantine but to produce negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival, and PCR test on the third day after arrival. As long as I can’t fid English version on govt websites, can’t confirm, but waiting English pages to be updated. and of course to fill up registration form prior to arrival. https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/

  • Minu
    on April 24, 2021

    Hi , I am planning to come
    to Georgia from USA just to visit a friend in Tbilisi . I will be vaccinated from both the doses of Pfizer vaccine by the 7th of May . Is it possible to enter Georgia with my USA F1 student visa and vaccine certificates ? Do I need to fill any forms or get government approval or anything ?Thank you .

    • on April 24, 2021

      The vaccine certificate will help you avoid a mandatory quarantine upon arrival, but you will still need a PCR test (airline regulation). The F1 visa shouldn’t matter unless your passport is from a country that has Georgian entry restrictions, and even then it should be fine if you can show that you are living in the US and traveling from there. What passport do you hold?

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