Georgia is open for tourists from few countries and all vaccinated travelers

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 any 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

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.

February 15 – Vaccination Rollout

Georgia is set to receive 29,250 doses of the Pfizer vaccine between the middle and the end of February. These vaccines will be administered to healthcare workers on a first stage of the vaccination rollout.

The country plans to vaccinate 700,000 Georgians by September.

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.

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrein
  • Belarus
  • European Union Member States
  • Israel
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Norway
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Switzerland 
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan

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?

Georgia is close to overcoming the second wave of Covid-19. As of March 20, the country has confirmed 276,796 positive cases and 3,683 total deaths.

Diagnostic tests are being performed as soon as doctors suspect a coronavirus case. Both the diagnostic and testing for locals and residents are entirely funded by the government.

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. 

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