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Detailed Restriction/Reopening Information For Georgia
Data Last Updated: September 14, 2020

General Information

Very Limited Access

Georgia has reopened its borders to tourists from five countries, Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania.

There is a secondary list of countries that can visit Georgia, but with a mandatory 14-day quarantine. These EU nations are currently allowing Georgia to travel, therefore Georgia will reciprocate with a 14-day quarantine.

Returning citizens are subject to mandatory testing and/or 14 day quarantine.

Georgia Embassy in Spain (Updated regular information)

U.S. Embassy Georgia

Mask Requirement

Mask is required to be worn in all public indoor, public transport and certain outdoor areas where social distancing is not possible.

Internal Restrictions/Closures

Authorities tightened restrictions on social gatherings on Thursday, September 10, following an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country. Under the increased restrictions, the current ban prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people at indoor events has been extended to include outdoor events. Political and election-related gatherings are exempt from this regulation.

Some educational establishments in rural areas are to reopen on Tuesday, September 15, but many are to remain closed until October 1 at the earliest. Social distancing measures are in place and face masks must be worn in enclosed public spaces.

Vehicles restrictions remain limited to 3 people only for taxis: a driver and two backseat passengers. All public transport—including the metro—has resumed service, though passengers are required to wear face masks. Intercity trains have also resumed service.

Restaurants are now able to operate both indoor and outdoor seating. Customers in restaurants are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures, and a maximum of six people are allowed at one table. 

All retail and wholesale shops, including malls and currency exchanges, are now open. Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces. 

Airlines & Transport

Commercial air travel to Georgia remains suspended until August 31, except for flights to Munich (Lufthansa), Paris (Air France), and Riga (Air Baltic) which will resume in August, along with charter flights to several European cities operated by Georgian Airways. 

Status of Opening to Tourists

Information based on tourists place of residence being in that country for the last 14 days

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Open to Tourists From:

5 Countries

Estonia

France

Germany

Latvia

Lithuania

Not Allowing Tourists From:

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Last updated: September 14, 2020

A charming country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, Georgia is a land of rock and stone. It's a medieval fortress beautifully arranged with blooming hills, stocked with splendid mountains, and rocky beaches. A culture and history walk through the villages of Georgia are like being transported back to the past.

A recent tourism boom prior to the pandemic put Georgia on a lot of travelers bucket lists. The good news is that Georgia is slowly starting to reopen to travelers from certain countries. Georgia officially reopened its borders starting on July 31, 2020.

September 14 update: Authorities extended the suspension of international flights until at least October 31. Flights between Tbilisi and Riga, Paris, and Munich are exempted from such suspension, as well as cargo, governmental, medical, and emergency flights.

Who Can Visit Georgia?

For now, only 5 nations are currently allowed to visit Georgia with no restrictions. Some nations are also included in the official reopening announcement, but with additional entry requirements.

Countries allowed to visit Georgia without restrictions:

  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania

Please note that travelers must be a resident and coming from one of these nations in order to gain restriction free entry to Georgia.

What Are The Entry Requirements For The Approved Nations?

  • Travelers coming from one of the approved nations must enter by air travel only.
  • They also must fill out this form prior to boarding that declares their health, location for the past 14 days, and information on where they will be staying in Georgia.
  • Undergo a temperature scan upon arrival.

Is There A Mandatory Quarantine?

Other than the 5 countries stated above, Georgia have a second list of countries that can visit but with mandatory quarantine.

Georgia has stated that any other EU nation that has included Georgia n its third-party 'safe' list, and is also granting Georgians entry at this time, will be given entry into Georgia with 14-day quarantine.

These countries are:

  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Please note that the third-party 'safe' nations as suggested by the EU is subject to change every two weeks. And each EU nation, Gerogia itself, is free to make its own decisions based on the suggestion.

Are There Any Exemptions?

Georgia is also making some exemptions for business travelers and this is regardless of their origin even if it's a non-approved nation. Travelers going to Georgia for business or for investment will have to fill out a form and undergo a PCR test upon arrival.

Residents from USA and Canada are not yet allowed to enter Georgia at this time so the current travel ban for all the nations visiting is in place until August 31, 2020.

Bottomline

While the first announcement that happened in June stated that Georgia will be reopening to ALL nations starting July 1st, Georgia retracted the reopening details just when the target date arrived.

The government of Georgia then pushed the reopening to July 31st to limited nations. But still, we think that Georgia is moving forward! And we look forward to the day when everyone is free to roam around the old town of Tbilisi and maybe taste some of the fabulous Georgian Wine.


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Information for Non-Tourists

Georgia has lifted the entry ban of foreign citizens that include the following:

- The spouse or minor child (under 18) of a Georgian citizen.

-Certain business travelers, who may apply for special permission to enter Georgia by submitting an online application form.

-Citizens and legal residents of certain EU countries, who must pre-register before visiting

Georgia, and will not need to quarantine upon arrival.

-Certain foreign citizens who seek to enter Georgia for a long-term visit of at least 6 months to work as a freelancer or self-employed, who will be required to apply online for advance permission to enter and quarantine after arrival.

All arriving visitors are subject to mandatory testing and/or 14 day quarantine.


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