COVID-19 Information for Georgia

COVID-19 Information for Georgia

Last Updated: May 2, 2022

*** Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States aged two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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. The vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers is still in effect. 

Country-Specific Information:

  • For a current count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia cases click here. Also refer to the portal on COVID-19 information and the Georgian Ministry of Health website.
  • The Government of Georgia has terminated most COVID-19 restrictions.  Effective May 2, 2022, the mask mandate remains only while at healthcare facilities and on public transport. The Government of Georgia posts updates here and the list of upcoming changes to ease COVID-19 regulations is available here.
  • Green pass information:
    • Effective February 1, 2022, the Government of Georgia terminated the COVID-19 “green pass” system requirement. A “green pass” is no longer required to enter restaurants, cafes, entertainment centers, etc.  News reports indicate that those who need a green passport to travel abroad will still be able to use this mechanism; monitor publicly available information for updates.  More information is here.
    • Information on obtaining a green pass is here and here. The Embassy is unable to assist with technical issues; the Georgian government’s email address for help is appsupport@ita.gov.ge.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Georgia? Yes
    • Most, but not all, laboratories now offer rapid antigen tests in addition to PCR tests.  If you want a rapid antigen test instead of a PCR test, consult specific laboratories for availability and to confirm that the rapid antigen test is a viral test that complies with CDC requirements.  More information about qualifying tests is available on the CDC’s website.
    • The average fee for a PCR test is GEL70-120 and the fee must be paid in advance by the traveler personally.  Results are generally available in 12-24 hours.
    • The average fee for a rapid antigen test is GEL35-50 and the fee must be paid in advance by the traveler personally.  Results are generally available in 20-60 minutes.
    • Consult specific laboratories for details on hours of operation and method of delivery (e.g. email, text message, physical copy) of test results.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? 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.

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)
    • Some eligible individuals (including permanent residents of Georgia and non-Georgian private citizens who are not permanent residents of Georgia and who have been continuously in Georgia for at least three months) are now eligible for vaccination by the Government of Georgia under its National Vaccination Plan.
      • Permanent residents may register on the Government of Georgia’s vaccination portal, or using the registration hotline (1522) The registration hotline is the best source of information on walk-in service (if available), specific vaccines available, etc.
      • 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
    • Additional information is available on the following issues:
      • Obtaining a vaccination card: here (in Georgian only) and here.
      • Booster doses and vaccination of children: here and here (in Georgian only).
        • Note:  Eligible non-Georgian citizens and permanent residents are now eligible for boosters.  More information can be found here (Georgian only).
      • 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?
    • The Government of Georgia has reported that it received doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sinopharm vaccines. Not all vaccines may be available at all times.
  • 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
    • All citizens of foreign countries will be admitted to Georgia via air, land, and marine borders provided they are fully vaccinated (two full doses, except only one is required for Johnson & Johnson) or have a negative PCR test result (administered 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia).
      • There is no obligation to self isolate, or for unvaccinated individuals to get re-tested on the third day after arrival, or to complete an application form. More information is available here.
      • Travelers under the age of 10 are exempt from the obligation to provide a vaccination certificate or negative PCR test.
    • Open land borders on the Georgian side are listed here; note that the Georgian land border with Russia near Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) is open to U.S. citizens 24/7. (The limited hours posted on the website do not apply to private travelers.) Any transportation method is permissible. Please note that the border may be closed at any given time due to inclement weather or for other reasons; consult this page for the most up-to-date information.
    • The Government of Georgia recommends that visitors to Georgia carry proof of health insurance when crossing the Georgian border.
    • 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. Continue to check with airlines for documentation requirements.
      • The Government of Georgia has urged airlines to deny boarding to foreign nationals if they have no negative PCR test results administered 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia 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 (administered 72 hours or less before arrival in Georgia), or both, depending on applicable requirements, you may be denied entry. Effective March 1, 2022, quarantine facilities (“COVID hotels”) will no longer be utilized.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required prior to entry?
      No, except for un-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 a qualifying reason were permitted to remain in Georgia until July 1, 2021, with no penalty. 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 June 30, 2022.  See 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

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 on 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:

  • Please visit this page for Information Relating to Ukraine Situation.
  • The American Citizen Services unit is currently providing routine services. However, capacity remains limited and wait times for appointments may be longer than usual.  We may need to cancel or postpone appointments with little notice due to COVID-19 conditions and our resulting staffing and resource limitations. Please visit our website for further information on ACS services.
  • The Immigrant Visa unit is providing certain routine processing, but we may need to cancel or postpone appointments with little notice due to COVID-19 conditions and our resulting staffing and resource limitations. 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. We may need to cancel or postpone appointments with little notice due to COVID-19 conditions and our resulting staffing and resource limitations.  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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