Georgia

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Region: Middle East-West Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

PARTIALLY OPEN: only accepting leisure travel from or to designated areas

Updated: 2020-07-08

Entry

General Policy
  1. Starting 18 March 2020, all travellers are denied entry. Georgian citizens and family members, travellers granted the status of stateless person by Georgia, and travellers having a refugee status in Georgia are exempt and permitted entry.
  2. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports: "ALL INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULED FLIGHTS TO/FROM GEORGIA ARE RESTRICTED. RESTRICTIONS DO NOT APPLY TO: A. FLIGHTS BTN UGTB AND EDDM, LFPG, EVRA. B. FLIGHTS BTN UGKO AND EVRA...CREATED: 17 Sep 2020".
Sources:
  1. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Information regarding restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals to the territory of Georgia
  2. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Leisure Travel
  1. Starting 8 July 2020 citizens and residents of five EU Member States (Estonia, France, Germany, Latvia and Lithuania) who arrive by direct flight are exempt from the entry ban and permitted entry.
  2. Citizens/residents of EU states putting Georgia on the so-called Green List and vice versa (Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Greece, Sweden, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Slovenia, Iceland), or imposing various restrictions, are permitted entry.
Sources:
  1. "Georgia opens borders unconditionally for Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia"
  2. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Regulations for Crossing the Georgian Border in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic
Business/Employment Travel
  • Starting 8 July 2020, entry permitted for business travel from all countries.

(Source: "Georgia opens borders unconditionally for Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia" )

Entry Requirements

(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia - Regulations for Crossing the Georgian Border in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic)

Testing
  1. Citizens/residents of five exempt EU states: upon arrival to Georgia, must 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. They must also undergo thermal screening at border points, and if temperature exceeds 37 degrees, they shall be required to undergo PCR testing.
  2. Business travellers (except citizens/residents of five exempt EU states): shall be liable to undergo PCR testing at their own expense on entry, 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.
  3. Citizens/residents of Green List EU states: will be tested on the 8th day of mandatory quarantine. If result is negative, will leave the quarantine on the 9th day and will have to repeat the PCR test on the 12th day.
Data Collection
  1. Citizens/residents of five exempt EU states must register online before entry, which requires submission of the following information:
    1. Flight details
    2. Purpose of travel
    3. Personal information and contact details
    4. Name and address of accomodation in Georgia
    5. Alternative contact person details
    6. Health declarations
    7. 14-day travel history prior to entering Georgia
  2. Business travellers must apply online in advance and in agreement with the relevant sector agency, which requires submission of the following information:
    1. Estimated Dates of departure/arrival, and point of entry
    2. Purpose of travel
    3. Personal information and contact details
    4. Name and address of accomodation in Georgia
    5. Details of inviting organization
    6. Health declarations
Quarantine - Mandatory 8-day quarantine at travellers expense for:
  1. Citizens/residents of five exempt EU states who arrive from, or in the last 14 days have travelled to, anywhere other than the five exempt EU states
  2. Business travellers (except citizens/residents of five exempt EU states) that do not undergo 8 days of post-arrival PCR testing
  3. All citizens/residents of Green List EU states

Exit

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Other

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Pre-pandemic visa rules

Requirements

Passport Validity
Must be valid for 3 months beyond departure.
Other Documents
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that this policy allows travellers "to enter, reside, work and study in Georgia without the necessity to obtain either visa or residence permit".
Transit
- Transit without visa with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country. Must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.
Dual Nationality
Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State cautions: 'Under Georgian law, U.S.-Georgian dual-national males between the ages of 18 and 27 may be subject to military conscription.'
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.

Additional Notes

  1. These passports are also visa-exempt for their specified stays: Iran (45days), Chile (90/180days), Uruguay( 90days).
  2. Citizens of Member States of the European Union may enter Georgia with a travel document, as well as with an identity card issued by a Member State of the European Union.
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