Last updated: 20 Sep 2021

Georgia

About

Georgia is an old state in the Caucasus. With a beautiful coast, great mountain scenery and interesting towns, it is regarded by many as the most beautiful country on earth. Civil problems following independence after the break-up of the Soviet Union, has seen Georgia suffer, but it is now developing its tourism potential and making the full range of its attractions safely and readily accessible to travellers.

Appealing accommodation for all budgets is becoming available across the country and opportunities for exploring by foot, horse or vehicle are expanding fast

The capital, Tiblisi, is by far the biggest city, and has the atmosphere of an age-old Eurasian crossroads. Yet it’s also a 21st-century city with European-style nightclubs and eye-catching new architecture.
Capital:  Tbilisi (TBS)
Currency:  Lari (GEL)
Language:  Georgian. Russian, Armenian, Azeri, Ossetian and Abkhazian are also spoken. English is widely spoken.
Dialling code from SA:  + 995
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +4 (2 hours ahead of South Africa) 
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1, 2, 7, 19; Mar 3, 8; Apr 9, 30; May 1-3, 9, 12, 26; Aug 28; Oct 14; Nov 23

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: May, June, September
Best for: Religious Sites, Mediterranean Coastline, National Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sulphur Baths
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-type, two-pin plugs are used. The supply of electricity can be intermittent between November and March, and visitors are advised to bring a torch with them.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated.
Health: Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. Doctors will require cash payment regardless of whether you have health insurance.
Customs: If visiting a church, men should wear long trousers and women should cover their heads. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Georgia is a cash society, but credit cards are increasingly accepted in restaurants and hotels. Check the local political situation before travelling to Pankisi Gorge and the separatist regions (South Ossetia, Abkhazia and the upper Kodori Valley).
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Georgia without incurring customs duty:
• 400 cigarettes or 50 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
• 4L of alcoholic beverages
• Goods up to the value of GEL500 per 30 calendar days or GEL3,000 if arriving by air, up to 30kg in weight.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited or restricted imports include weapons or explosive materials, narcotics, antiques and art, plants and animals.
Prohibited Exports: Authorisation is required to export art and antiques.

Travel Alerts

Last updated: 08/09/2021

Georgia is open for travel from EU and a limited number of other countries. Passengers presenting a Covid-19 vaccine certificate may enter Georgia without restrictions.

Flight restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to travel to Georgia.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Flights to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS), Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH), Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF), Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH), Milan Bergamo/Orio al Serio Airport (BGY), Munich International Airport (MUC), Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG), Riga International Airport (RIX), Vienna International Airport (VIE) or Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW),
    • Flights to Kutaisi Kopitnari Airport (KUT) from Dortmund Airport (DTM), Katowice Pyrzowice Airport (KTW), Riga International Airport (RIX) or Vilnius International Airport (VNO),
    • Cargo, medical, government and emergency flights,
    • Flights for technical landing.

Entry restrictions

  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Georgia.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals of Georgia, provided they have obtained the QR code emailed to the passenger upon completion of the 'Protocol for Arrivals in Georgia' form, available here, prior to or on arrival in Georgia. Nationals of Georgia aged 10 years and older who do not hold proof that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are advised to hold a negative PCR test certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. Passengers must either quarantine for 8 days on arrival or will be subject to a PCR test at their own cost 3 days after arrival in Georgia. Passengers not holding a negative PCR test must quarantine for 8 days on arrival. The requirement to test on day 3 does not apply to passengers aged 9 years and younger.;
    • Nationals or residents of European Union member states, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea (South), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, or Uzbekistan, provided travelling directly from a listed country above (including transit through third countries) and they have obtained the confirmation emailed to the passenger upon completion of the Protocols for Arrivals in Georgia form prior to departure, and they are holding a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Passengers will be subject to an additional PCR test 3 days after arrival at their own expense. This does not apply to passengers who have been in India in the past 14 days. These passengers must hold a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival,
    • Passengers holding a Covid-19 vaccine certificate in English showing they are fully vaccinated with a full vaccine course (either two doses of a vaccine or one dose with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine). This does not apply to passengers who have been in India in the past 14 days. Passengers who have been to India in the past 14 days must hold a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival,
    • Passengers holding a Covid-19 vaccine certificate in English showing they have received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine if the passenger holds proof that they previously have been infected with Covid-19 confirmed with a positive PCR test tested within 100 days prior to travelling to Georgia. This does not apply to passengers who have been in India in the past 14 days. These passengers must hold a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival;
    • Family members of Georgian nationals,
    • Passengers arriving as part of a humanitarian mission if their trip is a necessity,
    • Stateless persons or passengers who hold refugee status in Georgia,
    • Passengers holding status-neutral ID card or travel documents,
    • Members of official delegations,
    • Crew members,
    • Diplomats and their family members, as well as staff members of diplomatic missions, consular posts and representations of international organisations accredited to Georgia and their family members.
  • Any requirement to hold a PCR test prior to arrival or to submit to PCR testing after arrival does not apply to passengers aged 9 years and younger.
  • PCR test certificates must be in Georgian, English or Russian.
  • Students travelling from India to Georgia are not permitted to enter Georgia unless they are travelling on special charter flights.
    • This does not apply to nationals of Georgia.

Form requirements

  • Passengers must complete a special questionnaire about their travel history during their flight to Georgia.
  • Passengers travelling for business purposes must register their contact details through an electronic form at least 10 days prior to arrival.
  • Students must register their contact details through an electronic form at least 10 days prior to arrival.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of Georgia, Pretoria
204 Carina Street, Waterkloof Ridge, 0181
Tel: +27 (0)12 346 1831
Email: pretoria.emb@mfa.gov.ge
Web: http://rsa.mfa.gov.ge

Honorary Consulate of Georgia
7th Floor, Norton Rose House (was Southern Life Centre), Cape Town, 8001
PO Box 3235, Cape Town 8000
Tel: (021) 421-6355
Fax: (021) 425-3374
Cell: 082 575 8888
E-mail: consulgeorgia@telkomsa.net
Web: http://www.mfa.gov.ge
Office hours: Mon-Fri 0830-1700

Visa Requirements

Visas are not required by SA passport holders for up to 90 days, every 180 days.
Passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months and please ensure that there are at least 2 blank pages in the passport.
The final decision of entering, however, rests with the immigration officer should circumstances so require.

No visa is required for the cruise ships which stay in port in Georgia for less than 72 hours.

SA Representative

Representation accredited from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio