COVID-19 Information for Georgia

COVID-19 Information for Georgia

Last Updated: October 6, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, including U.S. citizens, 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.  Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. More information is here and procedures for requesting a waiver are explained here.  There is no general waiver of this requirement for vaccinated individuals.

Travelers to the United States (with some exceptions listed on travel.state.gov, including U.S. citizens and permanent residents and some of their family members, among other travelers) cannot have been present in certain areas, including the United Kingdom, Schengen Area, Ireland, Iran, India, China, Brazil, and South Africa, within 14 days preceding travel to the United States.  “Being present” includes transit.  For travelers from Georgia, this means that if you do not qualify for an exception, you may not transit any of these areas—which include, but are not limited to, any location in Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, and Poland—en route to the United States, and you should plan your flight itinerary accordingly.

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.  Also refer to the portal on COVID-19 information and the Georgian Ministry of Health website.
  • The Government of Georgia has imposed some new measures in an effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic, including but not limited to a mask mandate while outdoors, a ban on large social and entertainment events (but concerts and festivals are now permitted), closure of restaurants from 11pm to 5am, and closure of nightclubs and campgrounds.  The Government of Georgia posts updates 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 complete list of laboratories that provide COVID testing (in Georgian only); a partial list in English is here.
    • On the Georgian-language page, click the second bullet and a spreadsheet will appear with a list of laboratories. Note that this link is currently under maintenance and may not work at all times, or may work better on a mobile phone than on a computer.
    • The average fee for a test is GEL100-150 and the fee must be paid in advance by the traveler personally.
  • Consult specific laboratories for details on hours of operation and method of delivery (e.g. email, text message, physical copy) of test results.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Georgia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Georgia for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes, with limitations (see below)
    • On July 22 the Government of Georgia announced that some eligible individuals (including non-Georgian private citizens who are not permanent residents of Georgia) are now eligible for vaccination by the Government of Georgia under its National Vaccination Plan.    Permanent residents were already eligible prior to this announcement.
      • Permanent residents may register on the Government of Georgia’s vaccination portal, but it and the registration hotline (1522) may be overloaded; news reports like this one indicate that eligible vaccine registrants with technical difficulties may be vaccinated on a walk-in basis, but this may not be available immediately, and walk-in service (when available) may be for only specified vaccines.  There has been no official guidance on this point from the Government of Georgia; we will provide further guidance when we receive it.  Vaccination centers are listed here and more information on registration is here.
      • Non-permanent residents may not register online.  The Government of Georgia has announced three locations where eligible individuals may be vaccinated.  Eligible individuals must visit one of these locations in person and submit a document certifying compliance with any of the eligible categories:
  • Tbilisi: Academician Nikoloz Kipshidze Central University Clinic, Vazha Pshavela 29
        • Batumi:  Batumi Republican Hospital Ltd., Tbel Abuseridze St. 2
        • Kutaisi:  O. Chkhobadze Medical-Rehabilitation Clinic for the Disabled and the Elderly, Tolbukhin St. 16)
    • Information on obtaining a vaccination card is here.
    • Check your vaccination status here, but please note that there may be a significant lag between the time you are vaccinated and the time your status shows in the database.
  • Which vaccines are available in Georgia?
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with additional documentation
    • Arrival by air
      • Vaccinated travelers: 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 (or one dose in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine),
      • Unvaccinated travelers: The requirement to self-isolate is terminated for unvaccinated visitors who are citizens or residents of the United States (and several other listed countries) and meet the following requirements:
        • Arrival in or transit through Georgia by air. Travel must be directly from a listed country, including transit through third countries.
        • Present a negative PCR test result conducted 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia.
        • Get a follow-up PCR test at their own expense on the third day after arrival in Georgia (not required for travelers from India who complete a 14-day quarantine).  Please note that unvaccinated foreigners who fail to retest three days after arrival are subject to a fine of 2000 GEL (about 640 USD) when they depart Georgia.
    • Arrival by land or sea
      • The Government of Georgia opened land and sea borders on June 1, 2021.
      • Travelers arriving by land or sea must be citizens or residents of listed countries and travel must be directly from a listed country (including Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey), including transit through third countries.
      • Vaccinated travelers must present BOTH proof of vaccination and a negative PCR test result conducted 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia (see above for details).  No follow-up PCR test is required.
      • Unvaccinated travelers must comply with the same requirements for unvaccinated travelers who arrive by air (see above for details).
    • Unvaccinated travelers should complete an application form prior to arrival with contact details and travel history.
    • Travelers under the age of 10 are exempt from the obligation to provide a negative PCR test result conducted 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia, and from the obligation to get a follow-up PCR test on the third day after arrival in Georgia.
    • The Government of Georgia recommends that visitors to Georgia carry proof of health insurance when crossing the Georgian border.
    • Exception to all of the above entry requirements:  Any person traveling from India (regardless of citizenship and vaccination status) or with a history of travel to India in the last 14 days:
      • must provide a negative PCR test result conducted 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia; and
      • is subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Government of Georgia facility (at personal expense except for Georgian citizens).
    • More information is available here. We strongly urge travelers not to attempt to travel without proof of vaccination, proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, or both, depending on applicable requirements.
      • 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, proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, or both, depending on applicable requirements, you may be denied entry, or placed in mandatory quarantine at a Georgian medical facility (at personal expense except for Georgian citizens), 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 arriving by air (see above), not including those traveling from India
    • 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 a qualifying reason were permitted to remain in Georgia until July 1, 2021, with no penalty.  More information is available here.  Since this date has now passed, foreign citizens who have now overstayed may be subject to a fine or expulsion, as well as face the possibility of being banned from re-entering Georgia for 2-5 years.  More information is available here.
    • If you are a U.S. citizen overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.  See here and here for more information.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

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.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • 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 6.50 USD) fine for the first offense and 40 GEL (about 12.80 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.

Consular Operations:

  • The American Citizen Services unit is currently providing passport,  Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services. However, wait times for appointments may be longer than usual.  Please visit our website for further information.
  • The Immigrant Visa unit resumed certain routine processing on February 17, within our ongoing capacity and staffing limitations due to COVID-19. A limited number of immediate relative spouse and child, K, family preference, employment-based, returning resident, and diversity visa cases are being scheduled.  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 emergency services for certain limited travel purposes to Georgian citizens and residents; a limited number of routine appointments for C1/D visas; and a limited number of routine appointments on for Georgian citizens and residents in the following nonimmigrant visa categories:  E, F, H, J, L, M, O, P, Q, and R. Routine services in all other nonimmigrant visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended. We will resume other routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. Please visit our website for further information.

Local Resources:

  • 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, or register on the Government of Georgia’s portal.
  • 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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