Last updated: 3 May 2018

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 2018: 

Jan 1, 2, 7, 19; Mar 3, 8; Apr 6-9; May 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.

Issuing Authorities

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

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SA Representative

Representation accredited from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Travel Health

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