COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR GEORGIA (July 1, 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. For a current count of cases confirmed and under supervision click here.
- The Georgian government has announced the end of the State of Emergency, effective May 23. Several other restrictions on movement and gatherings throughout Georgia have also been eased;
- All public transport—including the metro—has resumed service, though passengers are required to wear face masks. Intercity trains have also resumed service.
- Assembly of persons in one location up to a maximum of 10 people is now permitted;
- Restaurants are now able to operate both indoor and outdoor seating. Customers in restaurants are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing measures, and a maximum of six people are allowed at one table.
- All retail and wholesale shops, including malls and currency exchanges, are now open.
- Hotels may resume operations after inspection and permission from the Ministry of Health.
- The Government may announce additional, stricter regulations and prohibitions in the future depending on how the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses throughout the country as Georgia continues its phased reopening of various economic sectors. Other ongoing restrictions include:
- Vehicles restrictions remain limited to three people only for taxis: a driver and two backseat passengers.
- Travel outside of Georgia by vehicle is not permitted at this time;
- All schools will remain closed until September;
- With few exceptions, Georgia remains closed to foreign travelers pending an announcement from the Georgian Government.
- Until at least July 15, face masks must be worn in all enclosed public spaces, including:
- at the front doors of public and private institutions
- at meetings held in public and private institutions when two meters social distancing cannot be observed
- in public elevators
- in shopping malls
- in beauty and aesthetic medicine centers
- in educational institutions
- in public transport including taxis, buses, and metro
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Commercial air travel to Georgia is suspended through at least July 31. The Government of Georgia has not yet announced whether any conditions will be placed on international visitors based on travel origin, nationality, and other factors. Georgian citizens, their non-Georgian dependents, and diplomats will still be allowed to enter and will be quarantined for 14 days.
- The Government of Georgia announced that foreigners who were legally in Georgia on March 14, 2020, and were not able to leave the country due to the closure of borders as part of the State of Emergency, may remain until July 31, 2020 with no penalty.
- 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.
- On April 2, the Ministry of Health announced that patients who show mild symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius, cough, shortness of breath) be treated from home and only hospitalized if their medical condition aggravates.
- 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.
All are still urged to exercise good social distancing practices and only travel after proper planning. Everyone should research and know areas of Georgia that remain under quarantine by the Government of Georgia and avoid such areas. Additional closures or establishment of quarantine areas may occur with little to no notice. The Georgian government has a hotline dedicated to COVID-19; prospective travelers can call “144” to receive up-to-date information in English or Georgian.
- 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.