Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #4 on Flight Availability (April 6, 2020)
IMPORTANT: If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Georgia, are trying to get to the United States, and have not already been in touch with the embassy please contact us now.
FLIGHTS: As of April 6, the U.S. Embassy is aware of the following special commercial flights on Georgian Airways on the dates below. For these flights, seats on the outbound portion departing Tbilisi will be available for purchase 2 days before the flight:
7 April – Tbilisi to Athens (seats still available for 09:00 departure)
10 April – Tbilisi to Larnaca, Cyprus
12 April – Tbilisi to Berlin SXF (note, this airport may be difficult for transit to USA)
14 April – Tbilisi to Amsterdam
16 April – Tbilisi to Paris
18 April – Tbilisi to Tel Aviv
21 April – Tbilisi to Rome
In addition, these regularly scheduled commercial flights are open now for booking:
01 May – Tbilisi to Paris (Georgian Airways)
01 May – Tbilisi to Istanbul (contact Turkish Airlines)
Please contact the airline or a travel agent directly to book these flights. These are not U.S. government-operated or funded flights. At this time these flights are the only known way to leave Georgia. If you cannot afford to buy a ticket for a flight to the U.S. you may apply for a repatriation loan from the U.S. government to purchase the ticket; please contact the embassy for details.
Connecting Flights to the U.S.: Read this information for U.S. Citizens Returning from Europe (scroll about halfway down the page) regarding where U.S. citizens are allowed to transit en route to the United States. Note that flights from Europe are only being permitted to fly into 13 specific airports in the United States, as detailed on the Department of Homeland Security’s website, so you will need to plan your travel route accordingly.
Enroll in STEP: These are uncertain times, and the world is facing unprecedented challenges. Your safety and welfare are our highest priorities. It is extremely important that every U.S. citizen in Georgia sign up with our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so we will know how many Americans are here, we can contact you in an emergency, and you will receive emails with information from the embassy.
In Case You Missed It: Coronavirus Stimulus Payments: We have received many questions about the stimulus checks that are part of the U.S. government’s economic relief package to offset the impacts of the coronavirus crisis. The Internal Revenue Service has a very helpful website with details about who is eligible, how and when payments will be sent, and what you may need to do. Visit IRS.gov/coronavirus for more information about this, as well as the extended tax filing deadline.
Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Ambassador: Please join us on YouTube tomorrow, April 7, at 1:30 pm for a live chat with U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan. Send your questions in advance by email, or use Chrome and login with a Google/Gmail account to submit questions via chat during the session.
American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi
(+995 32) 227-7724 / after hours (+995 32) 227-7000