COVID-19 Information for Georgia

Last Updated: February 25, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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.
  • Some measures the Government of Georgia imposed in November 2020 in an effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic were terminated in February 2021, and others will be terminated in March 2021.
  • For further details, including on regional and date-specific additional measures and/or exceptions, please click here and here. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Georgia? Yes (generally only PCR tests and not antigen tests are available to foreigners)
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes (usually within 24 hours)
  • The Government of Georgia has published a list of laboratories that provide COVID testing (in Georgian only). 
  • Consult specific laboratories for details on hours of operation and method of delivery (e.g. email, text message, physical copy) of test results.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions from the COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers to the United States, please review here.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Georgia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
    • The Government of Georgia has announced that in February it expects to receive a limited number of doses of the Pfizer vaccine through the COVAX program.  According to the National Vaccine Deployment Plan, high-risk groups will be vaccinated first.
    • The Government of Georgia has not yet announced whether non-Georgian citizens will be eligible for vaccination by the Government of Georgia. It is expected that a plan will be released by the end of February.
    • Monitor this website, here, and news reports for updates.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with additional documentation
    • Vaccinated individuals: Foreign citizens arriving by air may be unconditionally admitted to Georgia if they present a COVID-19 vaccine certificate confirming receipt of two full doses of the vaccine.
    • Unvaccinated U.S. citizens or residents: The requirement to self-isolate is terminated for unvaccinated visitors who are citizens or residents of the United States (and several other countries).  Requirements are:
      • Arrival in or transit through Georgia by air. (Existing restrictions for arrival by land or sea remain in force, but are currently being reviewed.) Travel must be directly from a listed country, including transit through third countries.
      • Present a negative PCR test result taken within the past 72 hours.
      • Get a follow-up PCR test at their own expense on the third day after arrival in Georgia.
      • Complete an application form with contact details and travel history.
    • Exception: All individuals who have travelled to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland within the last 14 days will be placed in mandatory quarantine at personal expense for 12 days upon entry. In this case, a follow-up PCR test on third day after arrival in Georgia is not required.
    • More information is available here and here. We strongly urge travelers not to attempt to travel without either proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test.
      • The Government of Georgia has urged airlines to deny boarding to foreign nationals if they have no negative PCR test results administered in the past 72 hours or a document evidencing a full spectrum of COVID-19 vaccine.
      • If you arrive in Georgia without proof of vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, you may be placed in mandatory quarantine or a Georgian medical facility, each at personal expense, for an undetermined period of time.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required prior to entry? Yes, except for fully vaccinated individuals (see above)
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The Government of Georgia’s rules are subject to change, sometimes without notice. We encourage U.S citizens to refer often to the links in this document to Government of Georgia primary sources for the most up-to-date information.
  • Authorized stay in Georgia
    • 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 July 1, 2021, with no penalty.  More information is available here.
    • The U.S. Embassy does not provide recommendations to U.S. citizens on how to manage their personal immigration status in Georgia.  However, out of an abundance of caution, U.S. citizens should assume the July 1 date will not be extended, and therefore start making appropriate arrangements now. One option may be to depart the country prior to July 1 and re-enter. Another option may be to pursue a residency permit.  Please note, however, that the Embassy is currently unable to provide notarial services in connection with a residency permit application.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
    • Between the hours of 9pm and 5am, public and private transportation, including walking, is not permitted, unless it is for an essential need (for example, medical services). 
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
    • Intercity regular transportation of passengers, including by railway, bus, and mini-bus resumed February 25. Weekday and weekend municipal transport has also resumed nationwide. 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, with exceptions (see above)

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Regular commercial air travel to Georgia has resumed. However, air travel may remain disrupted. There is no guarantee that any given flight will operate and travelers should consult their airlines or travel agents for guidance.
    • 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
    • Weekday and weekend municipal transport has resumed nationwide. 
    • Travel in light vehicles (including taxis) is permissible.
      • 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:

  • Individual violators of face mask rules are subject to a 20 GEL (about 6 USD) fine for the first offense and 40 GEL (about 12 USD) for repeat offenses.
    • 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.

Consular Operations:

  • The American Citizen Services unit is currently providing passport services on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Consular Report of Birth Abroad services on Tuesdays. However, wait times for appointments may be longer than usual. Please visit our website for further information.
  • The Immigrant Visa unit is resuming certain routine processing on February 17, within our ongoing capacity and staffing limitations due to COVID-19. Immediate relative spouse and child immigrant visa, and K visa, interviews will be conducted on Wednesdays. Applicants will receive instructions regarding the scheduling of appointments when their cases are ready for interview. We will resume additional routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. Please visit our website for further information.
  • The Nonimmigrant Visa unit is currently providing only emergency services. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. Please visit our website for further information.

 

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