Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Locations and Events:  September 15 at 3:00 p.m.: A social media-based group will organize a demonstration against government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic in front of the Georgian Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue. October 3: The Alliance of Patriots political party is staging a political rally near Parliament. October 20 at 7:00 p.m.:  The “Shame Movement” plans to hold a rally at Freedom Square in the vicinity of Parliament. …

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COVID-19 Information for Georgia

COVID-19 Information for Georgia (September 14)   Country-Specific Information: Georgia has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. For a current count of cases confirmed and under supervision click here . Although the State of Emergency is no longer in effect, many internal restrictions remain. The most recent changes are the banning of “jubilees, weddings, celebrations, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Adjara region Event: Increased number of positive cases in the Adjara region, Georgia Due to the recent increased number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Adjara region, personnel should reconsider travel and/or take increased precautions before traveling to this region These increases are a strong reminder to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #22 under COVID

VOTE: Request your ballot for November U.S. Presidential Election: If you are eligible to vote in the November U.S. Presidential Election, register for your absentee ballot. Go to  www.fvap.gov  for more info. Key links and FAQs also available on our website  here . ___________________ **Travel & COVID-19 ** See below for information on departing Georgia, entering Georgia, staying in Georgia, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #21 under COVID

VOTE: One Week Left to request your ballot for November U.S. Presidential Election: If you are eligible to vote, register for your absentee ballot by August 1. Go to  www.fvap.gov  for more info. Key links and FAQs also available on our website  here . ___________________ **Travel & COVID-19 ** See below for information on entering Georgia, departing Georgia, staying in Georgia, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #18 on Flights and More

(NEW) Restrictions on International Commercial Flights Extended until July 31. Yesterday, the Government of Georgia announced that restrictions on international commercial flights will remain in place until July 31, due to the current pandemic situation globally. Likewise, the entry ban for foreign citizens and mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving in the country from abroad …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #17 on COVID and More

Ambassador’s Virtual Town Hall: Thanks to those who tuned in on Wednesday or sent questions for our Virtual Town Hall as Ambassador Degnan and Consular staff discussed absentee voting, the current COVID situation and more. If you missed it, the recording is available on YouTube here and key information is repeated below. VOTING: Make your vote …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia   Location: Parliament-downtown Tbilisi, June 20, 2020 Event: A large rally entitled “Together Against Occupation” is scheduled to take place in front of the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi on Saturday, June 20 at approximately 1900 hours.  The event is being held to commemorate the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #16 on Flights

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #16 on Flights (June 12, 2020) Embassy Operations: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to provide passport, citizenship and emergency services for U.S. citizens, and emergency visa appointments on a very limited basis. Please  contact us  if you have any questions or to make an appointment. (UPDATE) Coming to Georgia in July: On …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Georgia COVID-19 Update #15

Message for U.S. Citizens: Georgia COVID-19 Update #15   Embassy Operations: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to provide passport, citizenship, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, and emergency visa appointments on a very limited basis. Please  contact us  if you have any questions or to make an appointment. Status of Public and Commercial Services: The total …

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ALERT: State of Emergency Lifted; Some Restrictions Continue

Location: Georgia, countrywide   Event: The Georgian Government announced that the State of Emergency will be lifted as of midnight tonight, Friday, May 22, although some restrictions will remain in place. Wearing face coverings in closed areas and keeping a 2-meter social distance to prevent the spread of the virus are still mandatory. The nighttime curfew …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #13 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #13 on Flight Availability (May 20, 2020)   In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages and current status information are posted on the embassy’s website .  FLIGHTS: We are happy to share news that Georgian Airways has announced additional flights in June that may work for U.S. citizens still seeking …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #12 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #12 on Flight Availability (May 15, 2020)   In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages and current status information are posted on the embassy’s website .  IMPORTANT UPDATE ON FLIGHTS! Based on instructions from the Government of Georgia, no airline will operate regular commercial flights to/from Tbilisi until …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #11 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #11 on Flight Availability (May 11, 2020)   FLIGHTS: Shortly after our message last Friday , we learned that Georgian Airways added a few more flights for the upcoming weeks. The complete list we have today is below. Please consult a travel agent or airline representative to book these flights or find out what connections are …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #10 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #10 on Flight Availability (May 8, 2020)   In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages are posted on the embassy’s website .  FLIGHTS: Some airlines (Georgian, Qatar, Turkish, Aegean) have announced their intention to resume regular Tbilisi flights sometime between the end of May and beginning of July. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #9 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #9 on Flight Availability (April 30, 2020) In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages are posted on the embassy’s website .  FLIGHTS: The only upcoming flight with direct connecting flights to/from the U.S. is the May 7 Amsterdam flight. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens seeking to depart Georgia …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #8 New Flights Added

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #8 New Flights Added (April 22, 2020)   More flights: Minutes after sending our last message, we received news about a few more flights and changes. While we do not have details yet, but this may aid in your planning since these are larger airports with more connection possibilities:  05 May – Tbilisi to Athens 07 May – Tbilisi to Amsterdam 09 May …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #7 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #7 on Flight Availability (April 22, 2020)    In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages are posted on the  embassy’s website .   If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Georgia, are trying to get to the United States, and have not yet been in touch with the embassy  please contact us .   Getting to the Airport: Due to the current restrictions on local movement including the curfew and prohibition on …

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ALERT: Extension of Prohibition on Car Traffic until April 27; State of Emergency until May 22

ALERT: Extension of Prohibition on Car Traffic until April 27; State of Emergency until May 22 (April 21, 2020)   Location: Georgia, countrywide  Event: The Georgian government announced today that the prohibition on car traffic has been extended until 6:00am on Monday, April 27. This includes taxis but does not apply to cargo transportation and delivery …

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ALERT: Prohibition on Car Traffic starting 12 noon Friday, April 17

Location: Georgia, countrywide Event: The Georgian government has announced a complete prohibition of all car traffic beginning at noon (12 p.m.) on Friday April 17 through Tuesday April 21 (time TBD). This will include taxis.  The restriction does not apply to cargo transportation and delivery vehicles. Pedestrian movement is allowed. Although grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open, we recommend you use delivery services instead, which …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Chat for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Kelly Degnan

Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall Chat for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Kelly Degnan    U.S. citizens in Georgia are invited to participate in a “virtual” Town Hall Meeting and live, online chat opportunity with U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan.  Submit your questions in advance to AskConsulTbilisi@state.gov , OR during the chat, you can log in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #3 on Flight Availability

IMPORTANT: If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy now.  All U.S. citizens in Georgia: These are uncertain times, and the world is facing unprecedented challenges. Your safety and welfare are our highest priorities.  Please (please) enroll in our  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  so you will receive emails from …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  On March 30, the government of Georgia announced additional restrictive measures on movement and gatherings throughout the country in a continuing attempt to contain and curtail the outbreak of COVID-19.  The language of the announcement is available on its website (Georgian only). The restrictions include the following: Effective March 31 at 8:00 a.m., …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #2 on Flight Availability

If you are currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy The U.S. Embassy has confirmed availability of seats on commercial flights leaving Georgia on the dates below. Please contact the airlines or a travel agent directly to book these flights. These are not U.S. government-operated or funded flights. Availability and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Flight Availability to London

The Embassy has received updated information regarding upcoming commercial outbound flights from Tbilisi on Georgian Airways. Seats should now be available for purchase on the following: 31 March – Tbilisi to Amsterdam 4 April – Tbilisi to London (NEW) If you are seeking to depart Georgia, contact Georgian Airways directly (head office located at Rustaveli Ave. #12, Tbilisi) or …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  Today, March 21, Georgia declared a state of emergency, allowing the government to take additional steps to minimize the risk of infection during the outbreak of COVID-19. WHAT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY MEANS: All retail outlets in the country will be closed except for pharmacy chains, grocery stores, gas stations, banking outlets, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (January 6, 2020)

Location: Georgia Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy has implemented additional security measures as a precaution.  U.S. government personnel are instructed to exercise a higher level of personal security awareness. The Embassy will continue to review …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Along Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi at approximately 3:00pm on Saturday, December 14 Event: A potentially large political rally is expected to take place.  Counterdemonstrations could occur as well, which may lead to confrontations.  Patrol Police may close Rustaveli Avenue from Republic to Freedom squares starting before 3:00pm until the rally …

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Security Awareness During the Holiday Season

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (December 9, 2019) Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi and in various locations around Georgia, November 15-17 Event: Potential for Ongoing Demonstration Activities Protest activity to continue today and throughout the weekend, especially around the Parliament building and Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi. In particular, multiple large demonstrations are anticipated on Sunday afternoon and evening (November …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi Event: Potential Protest Activity at Parliament building on November 14, 2019.  There have been calls for a larger demonstration at 19:00pm. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and to prepare for anticipated traffic delays and disruptions in that area. Actions to …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 7, 2019) Location: Cinema locations in Tbilisi and Batumi, November 8-10 at various showtimes between 7:00pm and 11:00pm. Event: Potential Protest Activity at Movie Screenings Various groups are calling for protests against the screening of the movie “And Then We Danced” in Georgia November 8 – 10.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

September 20, 2019 Location: Outside the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration is expected to take place at approximately 7:00pm today (Friday, September 20) to mark the three month anniversary since the protest activities on June 20.  Some streets may be closed.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near the Administrative Boundary Line with Russian-occupied South Ossetia Event: In light of current events, we remind U.S. citizens to avoid traveling near the administrative boundary line (ABL) that divides South Ossetia from Tbilisi-administered territory.  U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling in the vicinity of the ABLs of the Russian-occupied regions of both …

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Ongoing Demonstration Activities in Downtown Tbilisi

Date/Location: Daily demonstrations around 7:00pm in front of the Parliament Building and along Rustaveli Avenue may continue in the foreseeable future. Event: The overall level of tension surrounding the protest events of the past week has decreased, but regular and/or sporadic demonstrations may continue. Be prepared for the possibility of road closures, a large police …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23: Possible protest activities in downtown Tbilisi, especially along Rustaveli Avenue in the vicinity of Parliament. Possible targeting of Americans at venues throughout the city known to attract American and European patrons. Event: Following the violent escalation of last night’s demonstrations in downtown Tbilisi, including use of tear …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

  Date/Location: Saturday, June 22: A parade and/or public event in downtown Tbilisi, exact location still to be confirmed. Event: Members and supporters of the LGBTQI community plan to hold a parade and/or public event to mark Pride Week on Saturday, June 22. We anticipate the event could draw sizable crowds. This is the first …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: May 9:  Gathering near Vake Park at 10:00 am to commemorate World War II Victory Day May 17:  Possible rallies or marches at 5:00 pm near the State Chancellery of Georgia building and the Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi in support of Georgian “Family Purity Day” and/or LGBTQI rights May 19:  By-elections in the Mtatsminda …

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Security Awareness During the Holiday Season U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Lead in Local Spices – In recent testing of local spices, the U.S. Embassy found two samples (Khmeli Suneli and Yellow Flower) that significantly exceeded the World Health Organization’s recommended limit for lead contamination. Both were manufactured by GEO-Group and sold at Agrohub. In separate testing this year, the Georgian National Food …

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Voting in 2018 Elections

The November 6, 2018 mid-term U.S. election is fast approaching!  We encourage U.S. citizens who have registered as absentee voters to return their ballots ASAP. How to return your ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically (fax, email, or online). If your state requires you to mail in a paper ballot, …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Downtown Tbilisi or Polling Stations on Election Day, October 28 Event: The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that impromptu or unannounced rallies or protests could occur in the days leading up to, or during the Georgian Presidential Election, scheduled for Sunday, October 28.  The City of Tbilisi has reported possible activity beginning today, October 19. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tbilisi and Batumi, Georgia: Tbilisi (7pm): downtown near Dinamo Sports Arena, and then a march via Aghmashenebeli Avenue towards Marjanishvili Square Batumi (4pm): Tbeli Abuseridze Church on Javakhishvili Street, then moving towards Batumi City Hall Rose Garden, then along Kutaisi Street …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Downtown 51 Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake District Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware that there will be numerous events and activities this evening (August 7) throughout downtown Tbilisi commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 2008 Georgia-Russia War.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Avenue from Rose Revolution Square to Freedom Square There is a strong possibility that the area from Philharmonic Concert Hall to Freedom Square will be closed to vehicles and open only for pedestrians until the rallies are over. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Avenue from Rose Revolution Square to Freedom Square There is a strong possibility that the area from Philharmonic Concert Hall to Freedom Square will be closed to vehicles and open only for pedestrians until the rallies are over. …

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