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  • Although the State of Emergency is no longer in effect, many internal restrictions remain.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, and other ritual events;” sports and cultural events are limited to 200 people; and most schools remain closed to in-person instruction until October 1.
  • Ongoing restrictions include:
    • Most types of outdoor activities are now allowed.
    • Many swimming pools and gyms have reopened, after passing a health inspection.
    • Restaurants and hotels have reopened 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.
    • Face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces.
    • With a few exceptions, Georgia remains closed to foreign travelers (see details below).
  • The Government may announce additional, stricter regulations and prohibitions in the future depending on COVID-19 conditions throughout the country as Georgia continues its phased reopening of various economic sectors.

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.
      • Certain business travelers, who may apply for special permission to enter Georgia by submitting an online application form.
      • Citizens and legal residents of certain EU countries, who must pre-register before visiting Georgia, and will not need to quarantine upon arrival, but will need to arrive with a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old.
      • Certain foreign citizens who seek to enter Georgia for a long-term visit of at least 6 months to work as a freelancer or self-employed, who will be required to apply online for advance permission to enter and quarantine after arrival.
    • 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Due to the recent increased number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Adjara region, it is recommended to reconsider travel and/or take increased precautions before traveling to this region, at least through September 15.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • With very limited exceptions, anyone who enters Georgia is subject to a mandatory, enforced, 12-day quarantine (reduced from 14 days), in a government-assigned facility at personal expense. On September 15, the 12-day period will be reduced to 8 days.  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.
    • Anyone who recently traveled to any area (including inside Georgia) with a significant number of infections must remain in voluntary isolation for 12 days, even if they do not have symptoms.
    • Patients who show mild symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius, cough, shortness of breath) will be treated from home and only hospitalized if their medical condition aggravates.

COVID-19 Testing:

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes (limited)
    • Regular commercial air travel to Georgia remains suspended through at least October 31, 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.
    • Travel outside of Georgia by vehicle generally is not permitted at this time, but exit 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 fine. Some exceptions apply for children under 6, people with disabilities, or who have health problems that prevent them from wearing a face covering.

Consular Operations:

  • The American Citizen Services unit is currently providing passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services.
  • The Visa unit is currently providing certain visa services, including IR/CR1, IR/CR2, IR/IH3, IR/IH4, and SB1 (immigrant visa categories) and K1, F1, M1, and certain J1 and C1/D (nonimmigrant visa categories).
  • Please visit our website to make an appointment or for further information.

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