COVID-19 Information for Georgia (November 13)
- There is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in Georgia and COVID-19 infections are present in all regions of Georgia. For a current count of confirmed cases click here.
- Effective November 9, the Government of Georgia imposed movement restrictions in major cities between the hours of 10pm and 5am in an effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. During the restricted time, public and private transportation, including walking, is not permitted, unless it is for an essential need (for example, medical services).
- Ongoing restrictions remain, including:
- Face masks are required outdoors, in addition to in all enclosed public spaces.
- Restaurants are required to close at 10 pm nationwide.
- Social events such as weddings and funerals are limited to 10 guests.
- Many schools have moved to distance learning. Contact specific schools for additional information.
- Although most types of outdoor activities are now allowed, sports and cultural events are limited to 200 people.
- Many swimming pools and gyms have reopened, after passing a health inspection.
- Restaurants and hotels are subject to periodic ongoing health inspections. Customers in restaurants are required to wear masks when moving about indoors, and to maintain social distancing measures, with a maximum of six people allowed at one table.
- With a few exceptions, Georgia remains closed to foreign travelers (see details below).
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No, with exceptions
- Georgia has suspended entry into the country for most foreign citizens, with limited exceptions (see below). This entry ban for foreign citizens applies to air, land, and sea borders. The entry ban includes foreign citizens who are legal residents of Georgia, or have been living and working in Georgia, or own property or business (without special status). The Government has not announced a date when these restrictions will be eased or removed.
- Exceptions to the entry ban on foreign citizens currently include:
- The spouse or minor child (under 18) of a Georgian citizen.
- The following travelers who may apply for special permission to enter Georgia by following the instructions (online application and/or pre-registration) on the Government of Georgia’s website:
- Certain business travelers;
- Citizens and legal residents of certain EU countries (generally no quarantine required after arrival);
- Certain foreign citizens who seek to enter Georgia for a long-term visit of at least 6 months to work as a freelancer or as self-employed; and
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No, with exceptions
- Citizens and legal residents of certain EU countries who pre-register before visiting Georgia will need to arrive with a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- The Government of Georgia extended the period of exit for foreigners until December 31. Foreign citizens without a residency permit who were in the country legally on March 14, 2020, have been in the country for more than 365 days, and were not able to leave the country due to the closure of borders may remain until December 31, 2020, with no penalty. More information is available here.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, see above
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- With very limited exceptions, anyone who enters Georgia is subject to a mandatory, enforced, 8-day quarantine in a government-assigned facility at personal expense. Quarantined travelers will undergo a PCR test, at their own expense, on day 8, and will be released from quarantine on day 9 if the test result is negative. A follow-up PCR test, at their own expense, will be required on day 12.
- In the event a U.S. citizen tests positive for COVID, he or she will remain in (or be returned to) quarantine, and if necessary, will be moved to a medical facility at his or her own expense.
- The Government of Georgia has published a list of laboratories that provide COVID testing (in Georgian only). Click on ზოგადი ინფორმაცია and a spreadsheet will appear with a list of laboratories. The average fee for a test is GEL150-200 and the fee must be paid in advance by the traveler personally.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes (limited)
- Regular commercial air travel to Georgia remains suspended, though some flights are operating. The Georgian Government maintains a website that tracks incoming and outgoing flights available each month. These are not guarantees that any given flight will operate but should be used for traveler guidance only.
- Exit from Georgia by U.S. citizens via land at the Sarpi border crossing into Turkey or by the sea on ferries from Batumi is possible. Travelers may be subject to health screening and/or quarantine regulations when entering another country. Always check each country’s current policies on entry or transit before making any travel plans, using that country’s online guidance or the COVID-19 Country Specific Information updated by the U.S. Embassy in that country.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Taxis are limited to three people in the vehicle: a driver and two backseat passengers.
- Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces, including taxis and public transportation.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Violators of face mask rules are subject to a 20 GEL (about 6 USD) fine. Some exceptions apply for children under 6, people with disabilities, or who have health problems that prevent them from wearing a face covering. Individual violators of movement restrictions are subject to a 2000 GEL (about 600 USD) fine.
- The American Citizen Services unit is currently providing only limited passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services. Please visit our website for further information.
- The Visa unit is currently providing only emergency services. Please visit our website for further information.
- StopCov.ge (in English and Georgian) is the Georgian government’s repository for all updates and recommendations on COVID-19 in Georgia.
- Call 112 (24/7) to request urgent medical assistance for suspected cases of COVID-19.
- Call 144 (9 am to 9pm Georgian time) for other questions or concerns related to COVID-19. This is the Georgian government’s dedicated hotline where you can receive up-to-date information in English or Georgian.
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