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Regulations for Crossing the Georgian Border in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic (22 October, 2020)

A number of rules and conditions for entering Georgia from abroad have changed

According to the amendments made to the Resolution N322 of the Government of Georgia on October 21, 2020 on the approval of the rules of isolation and quarantine, Georgian nationals, as well as their family members, will be placed in self-isolation for 8 days, according to the following rules:

A) A person arriving from a foreign country must present at the border checkpoints a document confirming the PCR examination conducted during the last 72 hours before the visit to Georgia, after which he/she will be subject to self-isolation;

B) if the person fails to submit the document confirming the PCR examination , he/she will be subject to mandatory quarantine;

The same rule applies to nationals and permanent residence permit holders of the following states when traveling by air from the same countries:

  1. Kingdom of Spain
  2. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  3. Kingdom of the Netherlands
  4. Republic of Poland
  5. Republic of Portugal
  6. Romania
  7. Republic of Greece
  8. Kingdom of Sweden
  9. Republic of Croatia
  10. Republic of Italy
  11. Republic of Cyprus
  12. Republic of Slovenia
  13. Republic of Iceland

Attention! This rule does not apply to international students. They are required to submit a document confirming the PCR examination conducted during the last 72 hours before the visit to Georgia and a 12-day quarantine, at their own expense. Detailed information on the entry conditions of foreign students in Georgia can be found here: https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/ka/newsFeed/nId/193

The following are not subject to isolation/quarantine when entering Georgia:

A) Members of official delegations of foreign countries / international organizations arriving in Georgia on an official visit - they must present at the border checkpoints a document confirming the PCR examination conducted during the last 72 hours before the official visit;

B) Nationals and permanent residence permit holders of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Republic, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia if traveling by air to Georgia from the same countries.

The above-mentioned persons must present at the border checkpoints a PCR examination certificate conducted during the last 72 hours before entering Georgia or undergo a PCR examination at their own expense upon entering.

They will only be subject to isolation/quarantine if they have traveled outside 18 EU countries* in the last 14 days or if a PCR examination shows a positive result for a new coronavirus. Travel information must be entered in a special e-form to be filled out before departure.

 

* Germany, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Greece, Sweden, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, Iceland.


Flights Schedule - 17.09.2020-31.10.2020


Colour Codes

Roundtrip transfer of passengers
Arrives empty, departs with passengers from Georgia
+1 The flight continues the next day

29 September

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Tbilisi-Paris-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 18:15 19:00

30 September

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 + 1
Kyiv-Tbilisi-Kyiv SkyUp Airlines 07:45 08:45
Warsaw-Tbilisi-Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines 03:25 04:25
Doha-Tbilisi-Doha Qatar Airways 00:15 03:10

1 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50
Aktau-Tbilisi-Aktau Scat 22:10 23:30
Minsk-Tbilisi-Minsk Belavia 02:50 03:45

2 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Tbilisi-Berlin-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 09:30 17:50
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10

3 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 06:30 17:15
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 + 1
Warsaw-Tbilisi-Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines 03:25 04:25
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:00 03:55

4 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Tbilisi-Vienna-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 09:30 17:10
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50
Kutaisi International Airport
Riga-Kutaisi-Riga Wizz Air Hungary 12:50 13:20

5 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 06:30 17:35
Tbilisi-Bergamo-Tbilisi Myway Airlines 10:00 19:00
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10

6 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Paris-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 8:15 19:00
Kyiv-Tbilisi-Kyiv YanAir 08:00 09:00

7 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 + 1

8 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50
Minsk-Tbilisi-Minsk Belavia 02:50 03:45

9 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Berlin-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 9:30 17:50
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10
Doha-Tbilisi-Doha Qatar Airways 02:00 03:59

10 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 6:30 17:15
Warsaw-Tbilisi-Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines 03:25 04:25
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:00 03:55
Kyiv-Tbilisi-Kyiv SkyUp Airlines 07:45 08:45
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 + 1

11 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50
Kutaisi International Airport
Riga-Kutaisi-Riga Wizz Air Hungary 12:50 13:20

12 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 6:30 17:35
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:00 03:55

13 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Paris-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 18:15 19:00

14 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 +1

15 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50
Minsk-Tbilisi-Minsk Belavia 02:50 03:45

16 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Berlin-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 9:30 17:50
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10

17 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 06:30 15:15
Warsaw-Tbilisi-Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines 03:25 04:25
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:00 03:55
Kyiv-Tbilisi-Kyiv SkyUp Airlines 07:45 08:45
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 +1
Kutaisi International Airport
Riga-Kutaisi-Riga Wizz Air Hungary 11:20 11:50

18 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Tbilisi-Vienna-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 9:30 17:10
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50

19 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:00 03:55

21 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 + 1

22 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Riga-Tbilisi-Riga Air Baltic 03:30 04:30
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Pegasus Airlines 02:40 03:50
Minsk-Tbilisi-Minsk Belavia 02:50 03:45

23 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Arrival Departure
Tbilisi-Berlin-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 9:30 17:50
Munich-Tbilisi-Munich Lufthansa 04:05 05:10
Doha-Tbilisi-Doha Qatar Airways 02:00 03:59

24 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 6:30 17:15
Warsaw-Tbilisi-Warsaw LOT Polish Airlines 03:25 04:25
Kyiv-Tbilisi-Kyiv SkyUp Airlines 07:45 08:45
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:00 03:55
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 08:55 +1
Kutaisi International Airport
Riga-Kutaisi-Riga Wizz Air Hungary 11:20 11:50

26 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 6:55 17:50

27 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 06:55 17:50

28 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Paris-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 20:15 08:55 +1

29 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Minsk-Tbilisi-Minsk Belavia 02:50 03:45

31 October

Tbilisi International Airport
Direction Airline Departure Arrival
Tbilisi-Amsterdam-Tbilisi Georgian Airways 6:55 17:50
Kyiv-Tbilisi-Kyiv SkyUp Airlines 07:45 08:45
Istanbul-Tbilisi-Istanbul Turkish Airlines 03:45 04:40
Paris-Tbilisi-Paris Air France 20:15 8:55 +1

Regulations for Crossing the Georgian Border in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic (10 Sept. 2020)

At this stage, the state border of Georgia is open to 5 countries (Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) out of 27 EU member states, on the condition that upon arrival to Georgia citizens of this country submit a PCR test result taken within the last 72 hours, or undergo PCR testing at their own expense in a laboratory located at the airport.

Citizens / persons with permanent residence permits of the above 5 countries may arrive in Georgia for all types of visits only by air, in case of departure from the listed 5 countries.

Before crossing the Georgian border, they must fill in a special electronic form available on the website, which was promptly created by the Government of Georgia. The completed form must provide a 14-day travel history prior to entering Georgia, as well as the location of stay in Georgia, contact information, etc.

The abovementioned persons shall undergo thermal screening at border points, and at temperatures above 37 degrees, they shall be required to undergo PCR testing.

Citizens of EU states putting Georgia on the so-called Green List (except for the above listed 5 countries) or imposing various restrictions, may enter Georgia under a mandatory 8-day quarantine, the costs of which shall be covered by themselves. This means that the quarantined person will be tested on the 8th day, and in case of a negative answer, will leave the quarantine on the 9th day and will have to repeat the PCR test on the 12th day.

If a citizen / permanent resident of the above 5 countries arrives by air from any EU country with which Georgia reopens the border under the agreed conditions, or from countries with which Georgia does not reopen the border, as well as has a travel history for the last 14 days in the countries other than the abovementioned 5 countries, he/she shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine at his/her own expense.

With regard to other EU member states that have not reopened the border with Georgia, the current regime shall be maintained.

Business visits

It’s worth mentioning that business visits from all over the world shall be implemented without delay, filling in an appropriate form in advance and in agreement with the relevant sector agency, on the following link. Guests arriving in Georgia on a business visit shall be liable to undergo PCR testing at their own expense at a customs checkpoint / border crossing point when entering Georgia or in the nearest customs control zone and undergo PCR testing at their own expense once per 72 hours for the next 8 days (if, as a result of the first PCR testing, immunoglobulin “G” is found in a person, he / she shall be exempted from further tests) or go into a mandatory 8-day quarantine, also at his/her own expense. This shall not apply to the citizens / residence permit holders of the 5 EU member states with whom Georgia unconditionally reopens its borders.

The Government of Georgia continues to actively cooperate with the EU member states and partner countries, and in accordance with the recommendation, the conditions for the entry into Georgia, as well as entry of Georgian citizens into those countries shall be jointly reviewed every two weeks.

Other issues related to border crossing

  • An e-questionnaire shall be filled in only by those citizens of Georgia who hold a permanent residence permit of the above 5 countries or are dual citizens.
  • An e-questionnaire shall not be filled in by citizens / persons holding a residence permit of any EU country with whom the border is reopen under a certain condition, since they are required to go into a mandatory 8-day quarantine.
  • There is no need to conduct a preliminary PCR test before leaving for Georgia. A conclusion with laboratory tests carried out abroad shall not be accepted as a substitute for the PCR test necessary in Georgia and / or the mandatory 8-day quarantine.
  • Citizens / persons holding a residence permit from EU member states: Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Iceland shall have to go into a 8-day quarantine at their own expense if they enter Georgia.
  • With regard to European countries that are not members of the European Union, the state border of Georgia shall not reopen, with the exception of business visits.
  • Citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lietuva and Latvia, entering from EU member states with which Georgia reopens the state border under a respective condition, shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine at their own expense.
  • Citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lietuva and Latvia, entering from EU member states with which Georgia does not reopen the state border, shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine at their own expense.
  • Citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lietuva and Latvia who come from non-EU countries and countries of other continents shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine at their own expense.
  • Georgian citizens coming from the EU and other countries shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine. An exception shall be the citizens of Georgia who hold a document confirming permanent residence in France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia or Lietuva, or at the same time have the status of a citizen of these countries.
Like the citizens of these countries, Georgian citizens with a permanent residence permit of the above 5 countries must fill in a special form before crossing the Georgian border, providing their travel history for the last 14 days before entering Georgia, as well as the location of stay, contact information, etc.


With their consent, they shall undergo PCR testing at the airport.

The abovementioned persons shall be subject to thermal screening at border points, and at temperatures above 37 degrees, they shall undergo a PCR test.

If a Georgian citizen with a permanent residence permit of the above 5 countries arrives by air from an EU country with which Georgia reopens the state border under a respective condition (Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia, and Iceland) or from countries with which Georgia does not reopen the state border, as well as has a history of travelling to countries other than the five mentioned countries for the last 14 days, then a citizen of Georgia shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine at state expense.

  • A citizen of Georgia who has a document certifying a residence permit in the EU member states (other than the 5 countries listed above) shall be subject to a mandatory 8-day quarantine.
  • Citizens of an EU member state for which Georgia reopens the state border, shall have the right to enter the country across the land border in accordance with the decree. Upon entry, they shall be quarantined at their own expense.

 

 

Testing

 

  • PCR testing shall be carried out at airports.
  • A citizen/person with a residence permit of 5 EU countries shall be subject to PCR testing at airports if he / she has expressed his / her will to be tested in advance (in the application).
  • The result of the PCR test shall be known within a maximum of 24 hours. Meanwhile, self-isolation is recommended until the test result is obtained.
  • A person shall receive information about the test results by e-mail within a maximum of 24 hours. In case of a positive result, the NCDC shall also connect an infected person by phone and shall take him/her to an appropriate medical facility.
  • Sampling procedure for PCR testing of one person varies within 5-10 minutes.
  • Passengers shall undergo PCR testing at airports with their consent.
  • Guests arriving in Georgia on a business visit shall be liable to undergo PCR testing at their own expense at a customs checkpoint / border crossing point when entering Georgia, or in the nearest customs control zone and undergo PCR testing at their own expense once per 72 hours for the next 8 days (if, as a result of the first PCR testing, immunoglobulin “G” is found in a person, he / she shall be exempted from further tests) or go into a mandatory 8-day quarantine, also at his/her own expense. This shall not apply to the citizens / residence permit holders of the 5 EU member states with whom Georgia unconditionally reopens its borders.

 

Quarantine

  • Quarantine shall be obligatory for citizens of Georgia and citizens of EU states, with whom Georgia reopens the state border under a certain condition.  
The quarantine shall also apply to citizens / persons with a permanent residence permit from the abovementioned 5 EU countries who enter Georgia from countries with pandemic shutting Georgian borders or have had a history of traveling to countries other than these 5 countries during the last 14 days.
  • In the case of Georgian citizens, the quarantine costs shall be covered by the state, while in the case of EU citizens, the quarantine costs shall be covered by themselves.
  • Self-isolation is possible:
    • depending on the state of health of a person, which is confirmed by a medical reference;
    • at the request of diplomats and international missions (who monitor compliance with the rules themselves).
    • Procedures:
      • for self-isolation, a person fills in an appropriate form, where he / she indicates the address;
      • compliance of the address indicated in the completed form with the healthcare recommendations shall be determined by the LEPL Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Centre.
  • A visitor may not select a quarantine hotel.
  • Transportation from the airport to a hotel shall be provided by the state. The hotel shall be left after the 8-day isolation period is complete, in case of a negative result confirmed by a PCR test.
  • A person must stay in the quarantine zone for 8 days after crossing the border.
  • Before leaving a quarantine hotel, a person shall undergo PCR testing.
PCR testing is required before leaving a hotel. In the case of EU citizens, the test fee shall be paid by the citizen himself/herself, and in the case of Georgian citizens - by the state.
  • Quarantine is mandatory for the citizens of Georgia, since the state tries to take care of its citizens as much as possible and minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
It should be noted that according to the existing experience, most of the cases reported in Georgia were imported.

The difference between placing/non-placing Georgian citizens and tourists under quarantine is due to the potentially higher frequency of social contacts with the population.

  • Citizens of abovementioned 5 EU member states may fill in a questionnaire at the airport of Georgia.

Departure of a citizen of Georgia from the country

  • A citizen of Georgia may travel to countries that have reopened their borders under certain conditions in accordance with the rules established by a host country. A citizen of Georgia may make a visit which falls under the categories set by a host country and undergo testing and / or a 14-day self-isolation or quarantine in accordance with the rules of the host country.
When returning to Georgia after traveling to any country, including Germany, France, Estonia, Lietuva and Latvia, a Georgian citizen must undergo a mandatory 8-day quarantine.

It should be noted that the rules imposed by countries are constantly being reviewed, so a citizen must have a close look at the rules of a host country before purchasing an air ticket and departing.

If, prior to the departure of a citizen of Georgia, it is established that the category of his / her visit does not comply with the rules established by the country of destination for citizens of Georgia, such a person may be denied exit from the country.

 


Updates regarding travelling to Georgia (8 Sept. 2020)
On September 15, the mandatory #quarantine duration will be reduced from 12 to 8 days, which means that quarantined citizens with negative PCR results will be able to leave relevant facilities on day 9, though they will be obligated to do a follow-up PCR test on day 12.
Effective from September 15, citizens and residents of the countries enjoying the reciprocity mechanism with Georgia and can travel without any restrictions will now be required, upon entry into Georgia, to produce negative PCR test results taken within 72 hours.

Frequently Asked Question About Border Crossing Procedures
(14 July, 2020)

🔴 What countries will enjoy open borders with Georgia?


At this point, Georgia is opening its borders without reservation to 5 of the 27 EU member states, namely Germany, France, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Citizens/permanent residents of said 5 countries can use only air travel for any kind of visit to Georgia, traveling from one of said 5 countries. For example, Latvian citizens/permanent residents can travel from Germany to Georgia without reservation.

Before crossing Georgia’s border, they are obligated to fill in a special electronic form and describe their 14-day travel history prior to arriving in Georgia, also the location of their stay in Georgia, contact information, and others.

With their consent, a PCR test at the state’s expense will be performed at the airport.

If thermal screening on the border reveals a temperature higher than 370C, visitors will be hospitalized.

Citizens of the EU member states (Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Croatia) listing Georgia as a green country (besides the 5 countries above), or of those enforcing different types of restrictions, will be able to enter Georgia as long as they complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

If citizens/permanent residents of the 5 countries above arrive by air from an EU state enjoying conditional open borders with Georgia (Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Croatia), or from countries that do not enjoy open borders with Georgia, or if their 14-day travel history includes countries other than the 5 listed above, will be asked to complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

As for other EU member states that have not opened borders to Georgia (Slovenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Malta, Slovakia, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Czechia, and Croatia), the status quo will be maintained by Georgia as well.

Importantly, business trips from all countries of the world will be allowed without reservation, based on a completed special form and coordination with relevant sectoral agencies. Business visitors to Georgia are obligated to complete a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense every 72 hours, or complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, also at their own expense. That does not apply to the citizens/residents of the 5 countries enjoying unconditional border reopening with Georgia.

The Government of Georgia continues active cooperation with partner EU member states. Based on the relevant recommendation, the rules for entering Georgia and for Georgian citizens entering various EU states will be reviewed jointly once every other week.

🔴 Are Georgian citizens required to fill the electronic form?
The electronic form is mandatory only for those Georgian citizens who are permanent resident/dual citizens of the 5 countries above.

🔴 Are citizens/residents of EU states enjoying conditional reopening of borders with Georgia required to fill the electronic form?

No, they are not, because they are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period.

🔴 How to access the electronic form?

The electronic form is available on the Georgian Government’s special website www.StopCoV.ge.

🔴 Is PCR testing required before departing for Georgia?

No, it is not. Laboratory reports from abroad do not cancel out mandatory PCT testing and/or 14-day quarantine in Georgia.

🔴 Citizens/residents of what countries will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense upon arrival in Georgia?

Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Croatia.

🔴 What approach applies to non-EU member states?
Georgia does not reopen borders with these countries, with business visit being the only exception.

🔴What approach applies to citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia entering Georgia from EU member states enjoying conditional border reopening?

Persons entering from these countries are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

🔴 What approach applies to citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia entering Georgia from EU member states that do not enjoy border reopening with Georgia?

Persons entering from these countries are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

🔴 What approach applies to citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia entering Georgia from non-EU member states or other continents?
They are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

🔴 What approach applies to Georgian citizens entering from EU member states? From other countries?

Georgian citizens are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period, with the exception of Georgian holders of French, German, Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian permanent residence permits or dual citizenship.

🔴 What approach applies to Georgian citizens holding French, German, Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian permanent residence permits?

No 14-day quarantine applies to these citizens. Similar to the citizens of these countries, Georgian citizens holding permanent residence permits in these countries are required to fill in the special electronic form before entering Georgia and describe their 14-day travel history prior to arriving in Georgia, also the location of their stay in Georgia, contact information, and others.

With their consent, a PCR test at the state’s expense will be performed at the airport.

If thermal screening on the border reveals a temperature higher than 370C, they will be hospitalized.

If Georgian citizens holding permanent residence permits in the 5 countries above arrive by air from an EU state enjoying conditional open borders with Georgia (Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Croatia), or from countries that do not enjoy open borders with Georgia, or if their 14-day travel history includes countries other than the 5 listed above, will be asked to complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

🔴 What approach applies to Georgian citizens holding resident permits in EU member states (besides the 5 countries above)?

They will be asked to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period

🔴 Are citizens of EU member states enjoying border reopening with Georgia entitled to enter the country by land?
Land border checkpoints remain closed.

► Testing

🔴 What types/methods of testing are performed at the airport?

PCR testing is performed at the airport.

🔴 In what cases is PCR testing required at the airport?

PCR testing at the airport applies citizens/residents of the 5 EU member states above who express consent to testing in advance (in the application).

🔴 How soon are testing results revealed?

PCR test results are in within 24 hours. In the meantime, self-isolation is recommended.

🔴 How are test results delivered?

Information about test results is sent to travelers via e-mail within 24 hours. In case of positive results, a telephone communication will be carried out by NCDC, and infected persons will be transported to a relevant medical facility.

🔴 How long does it take to take samples for PCR testing?
Samples for PCR testing are taken within 5-10 minutes per person.

🔴 Is it a paid test?

PCR tests at the airport are financed by the state only for citizens/residents of the 5 countries enjoying open borders with Georgia without reservation.

► Quarantine

🔴 When is quarantine mandatory?

Quarantine is mandatory for Georgian citizens and citizens of EU member states that enjoy conditional border reopening with Georgia.

Quarantine is mandatory citizens/permanent residents of the 5 EU member states above who enter Georgia from countries not enjoying open borders with Georgia or those with a history of traveling to countries other than said 5 countries within a 14-day period.

🔴 Who covers quarantine-related expenses?

The state in the case of Georgian citizens, and citizens of EU member states cover expenses on their own.

🔴 Is it possible to go into self-isolation?

Self-isolation is possible in the following cases:

✅ Based on a given person’s health condition confirmed by a written document

✅ If requested by diplomats and international missions (ensuring supervision over compliance with rules).
Procedures

✅ Persons going into self-isolation fill in a relevant form and indicate their address

✅ Compliance of the indicated address with healthcare recommendations is verified by the Emergency Situations Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center LEPL.

🔴 Can visitors choose a quarantine hotel?
No, they cannot.

🔴 How are visitors transported to the quarantine hotel? Is it mandatory to leave the hotel after the expiration of the quarantine period?

The state provides transport from the airport to the hotel. The hotel room must be vacated after the expiration of a 14-day period, provided that the follow-up PCR test is negative.

🔴 How long is a mandatory quarantine period?
14 days after crossing the border.

🔴 Are PCR tests performed before departure from the quarantine hotel? Who covers the cost?

Yes, PCR tests are mandatory before departure from the hotel. EU citizens cover the cost on their own, and the state covers expenses related to testing Georgian citizens.

🔴 Why is quarantine mandatory for Georgian citizens?

The state is doing everything to protect its citizens and minimize the spread of coronavirus. Notably, most confirmed cases in Georgia have been imported.

The difference in quarantine-related treatment between Georgian citizens and tourists is based on a potentially higher frequency of social contact with the population.

🔴 Can citizens of the 5 EU member states above fill in the form at Georgia’s airport?

Yes, they can.

🔴 In what cases can Georgian citizens travel abroad?

Georgian citizens are allowed to travel to countries opening borders with reservation, based on the regulations adopted by the host country, namely undertaking a visit of the category defined by the host country and completion of testing and/or a 14-day quarantine period in line with the regulations enforced by the host country.

After traveling to any country—including Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia—Georgian citizens are required to complete a 14-day quarantine period upon their return to Georgia.

Importantly, regulations enforced in one country or another will be reviewed every other week, so citizens are advised to inquire into these regulations before buying tickets and traveling.

If the category of a visit by Georgian citizens is not in compliance with the regulations applicable to Georgian citizens in the host country, they may be prohibited from leaving the country.

The Government of Georgia continues active cooperation with partner EU member states. Based on the relevant recommendation, the rules for entering Georgia and for Georgian citizens entering various EU states will be reviewed jointly once every other week.


After the EU listed Georgia among 15 safe travel destinations on the 30th of June, providing recommendations regarding the possible opening of borders, the Government of Georgia began bilateral negotiations with individual EU member states with that same aim. 

• It must be taken into account that globally as well as on the European continent the epidemiological situation does not allow for all EU member states to open their borders, including with other EU member states, whereas several countries still impose a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon entry, as a personal out-of-pocket expense for travellers.
• Georgia too closely monitors the existing situation, taking careful steps in order to ensure health and safety of our citizens.
• As of today, from the list of those countries that have unconditionally opened their borders for Georgia, as per the decision of the Coordination Council, Georgia’s borders will also open for the following 5 states:
1. Germany
2. France
3. Latvia
4. Lithuania
5. Estonia
• In terms of other countries, the Coordination Council took into consideration the fact that several of said states opened their borders for countries that did not make it on the EU ‘green’ list.
• The citizens/residents of these 5 states will have the opportunity to entre Georgia only via means of a direct air travel for any type of visit.  
• Prior to crossing the physical border, they will be asked to fill out a preformulated, special form, an electronic blank, where they must provide information regarding their travel history over the last fortnight before entry, along with the address of stay in Georgia, contact information, etc.
• If any inbound individual fails to pass the thermo-screening (registering a temperature of 37°C or higher), or as per their wish, they will be subjected to a PCR test directly at the airport.
• Additionally, testing will also be mandatory for those individuals, who have a history of travel in non-EU, high-risk states (with said list being determined by the World Health Organisation) or they can undergo the appropriate quarantine procedures.
• An especially created call-centre group will be in proactive communication with each individual foreign national entering Georgia for the duration of their entire stay, ensuring appropriate care.
• For EU member states that have not provided unconditional free travel to Georgia, the existing regime will also remain from the Georgian side. 

•  On the other hand, citizens of the countries that have placed Georgia in the ‘green’ list (except the aforementioned 5 EU members), or otherwise are putting some kind of  restrictions in place, will have the opportunity to enter Georgia after completing a 14-day mandatory quarantine, as a personal out-of-pocket expense.

• Apart from the above-listed 5 states, further negotiations are underway with states that have unconditionally opened their borders for Georgia, regarding the appropriate procedures.
• At this point in time the following states have not yet allowed their citizens to travel to Georgia for the purposes of tourism: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Malta, Finland, Switzerland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary. It is noteworthy that an appropriate joint commission has been set up with Hungary, working on issues associated with the restauration of travel.

• A number of states (Italy, Cyprus, Iceland, Slovenia) have expressed readiness to open borders with conditions, including testing for COVID-19, as well as a 14-day mandatory quarantine.
• Additionally, it is noteworthy that the aforementioned list, published by the EU, along with the relevant recommendations, will be renewed once a fortnight.

• It is noteworthy, that with the aim of boosting Georgia’s economy, business visits to Georgia will be unhindered upon gaining a permit from the relevant institutions and filling out the appropriate documentation. Individuals entering Georgia for a working visit will be obligated to get a PCR test every 72 hours (as a personal out-of-pocket expense), or undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine (also a personal out-of-pocket expense). This, of course, does not apply to the citizens/residents of the aforementioned 5 EU member states with unconditional free travel rights to Georgia.
• The appropriate online blanks that must be filled out prior to the visit will be available for both the citizens of the above-mentioned EU member states, as well as anyone planning a working visit to Georgia, at the special web-page set up by the Government of Georgia: www.StopCoV.ge.

• Similarly, any Georgian citizen re-entering Georgia from any EU member state will also be subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine. It is also important that our citizens take into consideration the aforementioned approaches of individual EU member states regarding the opening of borders.
• Additionally, there are talks underway with the following international airlines in order to ensure regular flights to and from the 5 states that have reciprocally unconditional free travel with Georgia: an agreement has been negotiated with Lufthansa regarding 2 monthly flights starting from August of 2020, with further negotiations underway with AirBaltic and Air France.

• Also, it must, once again, be underscored that with the aim of organised repatriation of Georgian citizens currently abroad, in July the Wizz air and Myway Airlines will conduct the following charter flights:

13 July – Warsaw,
15 July – Barcelona,
17 July – Rome,
22 July – Paris,
28 July – Athens.
• The aforementioned flights will cost no more than €200 for any Georgian national.
• Moreover, as you are well aware, commercial charter flights are also conducted by the Georgian Airways airline company to and from the following capitals: Vienna, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv.
• Additionally, we bring to your attention that within the next several days a one-time commercial charter flight of the Qatar Airlines will take place from the capital Doha, repatriating 105 Georgian citizens.

• It is noteworthy that regulation for ground border crossing will remain unchanged.
• The Government of Georgia continues active cooperation with our partner EU member states regarding the aforementioned recommendations, reviewing the conditions for entry and leaving of Georgia for our citizens every fortnight.

• Our main priority is the health and safety of our citizens. Thus, every decision will be based on this principle. We are ready to do our utmost, in order to provide maximum protection for both our nationals as well as our guests.



Due to the pandemic situation in the world, the resumption of regular international flights to Georgia has been postponed until the end of July (26 June, 2020)

According to the decision of the Government of Georgia, as part of the preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, the restriction on the implementation of international regular air flights to Georgia has been extended until July 31, 2020.

Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Natia Turnava announced earlier today that the ban on regular flights is due to a rapid increase in the number of new coronavirus cases in the partner and neighboring countries. The main factor for postponing the country reopening for international visitors is the desire to maintain a positive epidemiological situation in the country and the health of the Georgian citizens. “Most of all, we want to resume the regular flights as soon as possible – as you know, our government, including our Ministry, was at the forefront of the process in opening new flights and bringing new airlines to the Georgian market, but now the priority is the health of our population and the epidemiological situation in Georgia’’. As the Minister noted, the main task of the Georgian government in relation to tourism is to strengthen the achievements of what is called the management of the epidemiological situation and the protection of the Georgian citizens.

Georgian Civil Aviation Agency has announced that the restrictions on international regular flights will be extended until July 31. “The decision to resume regular air traffic will be made based on the epidemiological situation in the world and in Georgia”, reads the statement published by the agency. Given that the situation for the aviation sector is hard to predict globally, travel and border restrictions are changed periodically. We call on citizens not to purchase tickets until the exact date of the resumption of the international flights is announced by official sources”. Links: Georgian Civil Aviation Agency and United Airports of Georgia

At the same time, we would like to inform you that before the full resumption of international regular flights, citizens of Georgia can plan their return to homeland with Georgian Airways commercial charter flights from various European cities in July. To check the flight schedule and purchase tickets, please contact the airline or the tour operators.

The country still maintains the existing regulations, 14-day quarantine remains mandatory. Restrictions on the entry of Georgian territory does NOT apply to:

  • Representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Georgia, international organizations and their family members;
  • Mixed families in which one of the spouses or minor children is a citizen of Georgia (must have proof of marriage / birth certificate);
  • Representatives of the future humanitarian missions – if the need for such will occur (doctors, volunteers, etc.);
  • Stateless person having a special status in Georgia;
  • Individuals holding a neutral identity card and / or a neutral travel document;
  • Individuals with refugee status in Georgia;
  • Members of the official delegations upon the relevant decision;
  • Drivers of the international freight transport, International Rail Transportation personnel and members of the aircraft crew.

According to the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgia is working on the regulations that will allow some foreign nationals (students, businessmen, etc.) to enter the country, which will be announced in the near future.

Georgia continues to work with partners to resume regular international flights.


On May 7, the Government announced a phased easing of restrictions on movement and gatherings throughout Georgia, :  
 
May 11—All retail and wholesale shops with an entrance to the street, excluding clothing and shoe shops, will be open; 
May 11—Current restrictions on travel to Tbilisi will be lifted; 
May 14—Travel restrictions in Rustavi and Gardabani will be lifted;
May 18—Travel restrictions in Marneuli will be lifted;
June 15—Local tourism in Georgia reopens;
July 1—Foreign visitors will be allowed to enter Georgia

The State of Emergency will remain in effect until at least May 22. The country-wide curfew restricting all travel between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am remains in force until the State of Emergency is lifted. Other ongoing restrictions include:  
 
Gatherings of 3 or more people are not allowed, except in grocery stores and pharmacies where people must remain two meters apart;  
Persons age 70 or older are prohibited to leave their residence unless going to the closest grocery store, pharmacy, or hospital;  
All persons must carry their identity documents with them at all times;
All public transportation is closed;
Fees will be imposed for violation of curfew, self-isolation and quarantine, and other provisions. Full details are posted on the Government of Georgia’s webpage 




Georgia shuts down all flights to/from the country starting from 21 March 2020 (20 March, 2020)

Georgia shuts down all flights to/from the country starting from 21 March 2020, with the exception of flights operated by the Georgian Airlines

Starting from 21 March 2020, Georgia will shut down all flights to/from Georgia, with the exception of flights operated by the Georgian Airlines, in coordination with the Government of Georgia. This decision was taken by the Prime Minister-led Inter-Agency Coordination Council set up to deal with Coronavirus outbreak.

All citizens of Georgia, as well as individuals to whom exceptions to the entry of foreign nationals apply, will be put in quarantine, immediately upon crossing the Georgian border, regardless of the country of origin, and they will be subject to decisions taken in compliance with the applicable procedures.

Additional quarantine areas will be arranged in the vicinity of land border checkpoints to ensure that the situation is managed more effectively. 


Information regarding the restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals to the territory of Georgia  (16 March, 2020)

As part of coronavirus (COVID-19) preventive measures, the Government of Georgia made a decision to impose restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals to the territory of Georgia. Restrictions will become effective from 18 March 2020, 00:00 and will remain in force for two weeks.

Restrictions will apply to any foreign national except: 

a)         Representatives of diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Georgia and their family members;

b)         Mixed families where one of the spouses or their under-age child is a citizen of Georgia;

c)         Persons arriving in Georgia as part of humanitarian mission – if trip of such mission (doctors, volunteers) to Georgia becomes a necessity;

d)         Individuals who have been granted the status of stateless person by respective authorities of Georgia.

e)         Individuals holding status-neutral travel documents; 

f)          Individuals having a refugee status in Georgia;

g)         The issue of official delegations will be decided on a case-to-case basis.

https://mfa.gov.ge/News/Information-regarding-the-restrictions-on-the-entr.aspx?&lang=en-US

Passengers from another 8 countries will be put in quarantine to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) (12 March, 2020)

Passengers arriving from the countries indicated below will also be subject to restrictions under coronavirus (COVID19) preventive measures. The list of the restricted countries has been expanded by decision of the government of Georgia.
To citizens of Georgia:

The following countries have been identified by the World Health Organization as being at high risk of coronavirus outbreak: the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Italian Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and another four countries – Kingdom of Spain, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Austria and French Republic where reported coronavirus cases continue to rapidly increase.



Citizens of Georgia are strongly encouraged to refrain from travelling except where absolutely necessary, especially to countries identified by WHO as being at high coronavirus epidemic risk, as well as to countries where coronavirus incidence keeps increasing.

Please be aware that on returning to Georgia after travelling in or transiting through the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Italian Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kingdom of Spain, Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Austria and French Republic, you are obliged to undergo intensive checking procedures at the Georgian checkpoint and then stay in 14-day quarantine.

To citizens of foreign countries:

Citizens of foreign countries travelling to Georgia during the given period will be subject to certain coronavirus restrictions on Georgian border.

Any person who during the past 14 days has been staying in or transiting through any of the countries identified by #WHO as being at high coronavirus epidemic risk ( People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Italian Republic and Islamic Republic of Iran or the countries with increasing infection dynamics – French Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Austria)

- will have to undergo intensive checking procedures at Georgian border checkpoint and will remain in 14-day quarantine; 

or

- will be required to present Coronavirus free (PCR) certificate issued by a laboratory of the country of departure or, in case of transit, by a laboratory of the transit country.

#StopCoV

Statement of the Consular Department on the change of providing consular services (11 March, 2020)

a) Given the increasing number of COVID-19 cases worldwide, Georgia’s diplomatic representations and consular offices abroad will restrict providing on-site services.

Restrictions will not apply to online consular services. For further information on online services, please, see the link at https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge

In cases of emergency, citizens of Georgia will contact the respective embassy or the consulate via phone or e-mail ( +31618542874 )

The rules below will apply if citizens of Georgia are faced with the immediate necessity of visiting the consular office in person:

  • A visiting citizen (except for minors) must appear at the consulate alone, without accompanying persons.
  • A visiting citizen must appear at the consulate exactly at the scheduled time (neither early nor late).
  • A citizen having flu symptoms or having been in contact with coronavirus-infected person must not appear at the consulate.
  • A visiting citizen must wear protective mask and other attributes.
  • A visiting citizen must use disinfectant at the entrance of the consular office.
  • A visiting citizen must avoid direct contact with the consular personnel.
  • A visiting citizen must avoid touching objects other than disinfectants and other service-related items.

b) Citizens of foreign countries will receive their services online.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reserves the right to prolong restrictions in the event that the situation deteriorates.

Update on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions at Georgian Border (March 6, 2020)

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions at Georgian Border

For citizens of Georgia 🇬🇪:

Citizens of Georgia are strongly advised against travelling, except where necessary, to countries identified by WHO as being at high Coronavirus epidemic risk, specifically, to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran;

Please note that after travelling in or transiting through the aforesaid countries, you will be subject to intensive checking procedures at Georgian border checkpoints and will afterwards be required to remain in 14-day quarantine.

For citizens of Foreign Countries:

Citizens of foreign countries travelling to Georgia during the given period will be subject to certain Coronavirus restrictions on Georgian border.

Any person who during the past 14 days has been staying in or transiting through any of the countries identified by WHO as being at high Coronavirus epidemic risk (China, South Korea, Italy and Iran)

Will have to undergo intensive checking procedures at Georgian border checkpoint and will afterwards be required to remain in 14-day quarantine;

Or

Will be required to present Coronavirus free (PCR) certificate issued by a laboratory of the country of departure or, in case of transit, by a laboratory of the transit country.

#StopCoV

Recommendations to prevent introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia  (28 February, 2020)


A new website was launched to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)  in Georgia:


Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) 

To prevent introduction and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health of Georgia advises Georgian citizens against visiting and travelling to countries at high coronavirus epidemic risk: China, Special Administrative Region of China -Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Republic of  Korea, and other countries with reported cases of COVID-19, as reported by the World Health Organization: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation reports

Georgian citizens already staying in the countries indicated above are strongly advised to comply with recommendations of the health ministries of the host countries, to keep away from crowded places and to practice good personal hygiene. Where necessary, they can contact Georgia’s consular offices abroad around-the-clock.

Foreign citizens crossing the Georgian border during the given period will be subject to the following   restrictions:

For persons who are not citizens of Georgia:

  • Any foreign national who has been staying in the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran during the last 14 days will be restricted from entering Georgia;
  • Any foreign national who has been staying in China, Republic of South Korea, Italy, Japan during the last 21 days will be required to report about this fact, undergo intensive checking procedures, wait until the test results become available, follow the decision of healthcare professionals  (quarantine, self-isolation, retreat)  and fully observe their recommendations;

For citizens of Georgia:

  • Citizens of Georgia who have been staying in the territory of Iran for the last 14 days are required to report about this fact, undergo intensive checking procedures and remain in 14-day quarantine;
  • Citizens of Georgia who have been staying in China, Republic of South Korea, Italy, Japan during the last 14 days will be required to report about this fact, undergo intensive checking procedures, wait until the test results become available, follow the decision of healthcare professionals  (quarantine, self-isolation, retreat)  and fully observe their recommendations;

The rules and procedures listed in Part 1 will also apply to those traveling by car on the territory of Georgia.

Motor vehicles of any third country can travel to Iran through the territory of Georgia.

Motor vehicles of any third country will not be allowed to travel from Iran to Georgia, or to any third country via the territory of Georgia.

To avoid the spread of Coronavirus, please check the links below for the travel advice of WHO: