As we reported in December, the Government of Georgia announced that 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 may remain until July 1, 2021, with no penalty. More information is available here. Please note that the Embassy is not able to provide any documentation on this issue.
The U.S. Embassy does not provide recommendations to U.S. citizens on how to manage their personal immigration status in Georgia. However, out of an abundance of caution, U.S. citizens should assume this date will not be extended further, and therefore make appropriate arrangements now to comply with the July 1 deadline. One option may be to depart the country prior to July 1 and re-enter; please note that as described on the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi COVID-19 page, conditions of re-entry differ based on vaccination status, citizenship/residency, travel origin, and whether entry to Georgia is by land or air. (Another option may be to pursue a Georgian residency permit.)
If you plan to re-enter Georgia by land, please note that even vaccinated individuals are required to present negative PCR test results. PCR tests may not be available at or close to the border, though there is a testing site at the crossing at Bagratashen in Armenia, and there are also several testing centers in Vanadzor, which is about two hours from Bagratashen: Promtest Vanadzor, 2/2 Myasnikyan 1st lane, +37495 445858; Normed Vanadzor, 24 Garehin Njdeh str, +37432 24090; and Davidyants lab Vanadzor, Myasnikyan str 23-27/1, +37491/94/95 230163. Please note that inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or the U.S. government. More information on testing sites is on the U.S. Embassy Armenia and the U.S. Embassy Turkey COVID-19 pages.
Actions to Take:
- Visit the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi COVID-19page for information on conditions in Georgia and resumption of routine consular services.
- Reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 by following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) latest recommendations. Visit the CDC Travelers Health Page and consult the CDC’s Travel Health Notice for Georgia.
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
(995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30)
(995)(32) 227-7000 (after hours)
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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