COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR GEORGIA (March 24, 2020)
PLEASE NOTE: There is a Global Level 4 Health Advisory in effect; this means ALL countries worldwide are at Level 4. The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. Read more here.
Please visit our Messages and Alerts page for regular updates regarding COVID-19 in Georgia.
- Georgia has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. As of March 24, there have been no deaths due to COVID-19.
- For a current count of cases confirmed and under supervision click here.
- On March 23, 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, including closing all commercial businesses except for groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, banks and posts offices; prohibiting gatherings of more than ten people; imposing fines and/or detention for violations of self-isolation and quarantine, and other provisions. Full details are posted on the Government of Georgia’s webpage (currently only in Georgian). The state of emergency will last through April 21.
- On March 23, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced a quarantine order for Marneuli and Bolnisi, two neighboring municipalities one hour south of Tbilisi. Cargo and personal movement within the municipalities will continue, but no one will be allowed to enter or exit the areas.
- As of March 24, intercity public transport is suspended. This ban applies to buses and passenger trains but not to personal vehicles or cargo trains.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- As of March 21, the Georgian government suspended all air movement. The only flights in or out of Georgia will be on Georgian Airways and in coordination with the Georgian government.
- Georgia has banned all foreign passengers from entering the country until at least April 1. Georgian citizens, their non-Georgian dependents, and diplomats will still be allowed to enter and will be quarantined for 14 days.
- All land borders remain closed to passenger travel with the exception of Georgian citizens returning to Georgia or citizens of neighboring countries returning to their home countries.
- Anyone who shows symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius, cough, shortness of breath) will be taken to the nearest infectious disease hospital for testing and may be quarantined for at least two weeks.
- Anyone who tests positive will be held in quarantine for treatment that may last two to three weeks.
- Anyone who recently traveled to any area with a significant number of infections remain in voluntary isolation for two weeks, even if they do not have symptoms.
- StopCov.ge (in English and Georgian) is the Georgian government’s repository for all updates and recommendations on COVID-19 in Georgia.
- To request medical assistance for suspected cases of COVID-19 call 112.
- For other questions or concerns related to COVID-19 dial 116 001 (special short dialing code) for NCDC’s 24/7 hotline.