Georgia is open for some tourism and all fully vaccinated travelers
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Georgia is open for tourists from selected countries and returning nationals. All visitors need to submit a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure and self-isolate for 8 days. 

Vaccinated travelers from all countries can enter Georgia without any restrictions. To be granted entrance, they need to produce a document confirming the full course (two doses) of an approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Also, the country is implementing the new “Work from Georgia” program that allows remote workers from 95 countries to live and stay in the territory.

Georgia Reopening – Latest Updates

Mountains in Northern Georgia
Mountains in Northern Georgia

June 15 – Georgia will exempt fully vaccinated travelers from mandatory testing, announced the government on June 15

Earlier today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili approved the Vaccination Program’s Operational Plan at the Interagency Coordination Council. 

Georgia has been one of the Euro-Asian countries struggling to roll out a proper nationwide vaccination campaign due to a shortage in vaccines. Last month, the country received 43,000 vaccines through the COVAX mechanism but they were not enough for its 3.72 million inhabitants. 

The new plan introduced today will increase the number of vaccination teams and implement the necessary measures to expand the vaccination program across the country. 

The Council also agreed to exempt fully vaccinated people from mandatory testing.

Source: Government of Georgia

May 13 – Georgia to receive a first batch of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX mechanism

Georgia is scheduled to receive a first batch of 43,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine produced by the AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) through COVAX international mechanism. Vaccines are expected to arrive at the Tbilisi International Airport tomorrow. 

Medical personnel will be the first group to be immunized and all the 43,200 doses will be utilized for the first dose. The government expects to receive the second doses over the next weeks.

UNICEF has been actively supporting this process. “UNICEF, along with other partners such as WHO and GAVI, are delighted to support the Government of Georgia in COVID-19 vaccine procurement.” said Amy Clancy, Deputy Representative at the international organism.

March 20 – Georgia eases lockdown restrictions

A few weeks ago, the country decided to allow entry to all types of travelers bearing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 issued two weeks before arrival in Georgia. This benefit only applies to travelers arriving by air. 

Starting March 8, the new Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, allowed hotels in ski resorts to reopen. Indoor dining at restaurants, museums, and libraries were also allowed to reopen.

Public attendance at events is scheduled to resume on April 1.

December 9 – Georgia reopens to remote workers from 95 countries

Georgia is now allowing visitors and new residents under some special type of visas. Business travelers, residents from EU countries, and foreign students may apply for those.

Remote workers from 95 countries can also apply for holiday working visas. To do so, applicants must make at least $2,000 per month and be willing to pay Georgian taxes.

If interested, complete the application here.

What flights operate to Georgia now?

Georgia airport

All International flights to and from Georgia resumed on February 1. 

What countries are allowed entry to Georgia?

Citizens and residence permit holders of the following countries and territories may enter Georgia by air. They must present proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, observe a 14-day quarantine and on the 3rd day of their stay, they must take an additional PCR test at their own expense. (List current at June 15)

  • European Union Member States
  • State of Israel
  • Republic of Turkey
  • Swiss Confederation
  • Kingdom of Norway
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • State of Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Republic of Armenia
  • Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Ukraine
  • Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Russian Federation
  • Republic of Belarus
  • Republic of Uzbekistan
  • Republic of Tajikistan
  • Republic of Kyrgyzstan
  • Turkmenistan

What if I am not on the allowed or on the banned country list? Am I still permitted to enter?

The rest of the countries are allowed entry only for business purposes. Just fill out the special form for business travelers (link here). 

How is the COVID-19 situation in Georgia?

COVID-19 cases in Georgia
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Georgia is experiencing a mild spike in Covid-19 cases. As of June 15, the country has confirmed 355,368 positive cases and 5,083 total deaths.

At the moment, 34 patients are in quarantine, 595 are in clinical hotels, and 3,059 are hospitalized under medical supervision.

What places are open for tourism in Georgia? 

Georgia reopening to tourists - current travel restrictions

Not as many as we’d like to tell you, but you may go to places that have been allowed to reopen if they implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those places are,

  • Swimming pools and gyms
  • Restaurants and hotels (you should wear a mask when moving about indoors)
  • Sports and cultural events at a limited capacity (200 people)
  • Indoor movie theaters
  • Cinemas
  • Bars
  • Summer camps
  • You are also allowed to go outdoors to exercise, walk, and bike as long as you follow the social distancing rules.

What activities are currently banned?

We are sorry to tell you jubilees, weddings, celebrations in general, and other religious or ritual events remain banned. 

The Government will be announcing additional and perhaps harder restrictions depending on the development of the second COVID-19 infection wave. So keep in touch for updates. 

Related:
– Russia reopened to 11 countries
– Turkey – New travel restrictions

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