(NEW) Restrictions on International Commercial Flights Extended until July 31. Yesterday, the Government of Georgia announced that restrictions on international commercial flights will remain in place until July 31, due to the current pandemic situation globally. Likewise, the entry ban for foreign citizens and mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving in the country from abroad also remain in effect, until further notice.
All land borders remain closed to passenger travel except for Georgian citizens returning to Georgia or citizens of neighboring countries returning to their home countries.
Flights: Yesterday’s announcement unfortunately means the cancelation of some flight options previously anticipated. LOT has canceled all July flights. Lufthansa flight status TBD. The only confirmed flight at this time for July is the Amsterdam route on Georgian Airways.
Tbilisi to/from Amsterdam on Georgian Airways June 27, July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27
Several options for direct connections to USA available
U.S. citizens are permitted to transit ONLY to U.S., not to other Europe destinations
You MUST have an onward, confirmed ticket to the U.S. (not elsewhere in Europe).; you will not be allowed to leave the transit area for any reason, including luggage. Please arrange with the airline for your luggage to be transferred.
Tbilisi to/from Vienna on Georgian Airways June 28
U.S. citizens may transit Austria, but no direct connections to USA are available
The following information is unchanged from last week, but repeated for convenience:
STAYING IN GEORGIA
Foreign Citizens who overstay their 365 days in Georgia: We reconfirmed this week (6/24) that the issue of extension of legal stay for foreign citizens in Georgia (beyond June 30) is still under consideration; no final decision has been made yet.
COVID requirements and restrictions: The Georgian government has imposed a 20 GEL fine for not wearing a face covering in closed public areas and on all public transport including taxis. Some exceptions will be made for children under 6, people with disabilities or who have health problems that prevent them from wearing a face covering. Georgia has also banned gathering of more than 10 individuals including for weddings, funerals, and other social events, subject to fines up to 2,000 GEL on each individual. Please wash your hands frequently and observe social distancing!
Embassy Operations: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to provide passport, citizenship and emergency services for U.S. citizens, and emergency visa appointments. Please check the expiration date on your U.S. passport and contact us if you need to renew it, have other questions or would like to make an appointment.
Voting: Make your vote count in the November U.S. Elections! Key links and FAQs are now available on our website here.
TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES
Entering the U.S. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders) may enter the U.S. at any time, regardless of origin or flight route. Most visa holders may NOT enter the U.S. if they have been present (including transit) in the Schengen Area or other restricted countries within the last 14 days; otherwise, they may enter the U.S. For all travelers, international flights are currently only allowed to land at 13 specific airports in the U.S. which are set up to provide additional health screening for arriving passengers.
After arrival: Although there is no enforced quarantine for anyone entering the U.S., currently the CDC recommends that all travelers from countries with widespread, ongoing COVID-19 transmission arriving in the U.S. should Stay at Home for 14 days after arrival. This guidance is expected to change as the CDC reviews ongoing data.
For assistance anytime please contact us:
American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi
(+995 32) 227-7724 / after hours (+995 32) 227-7000