Georgia Entry and Travel Requirements

Georgia Entry Requirements defines the rules that all travelers arriving in Georgia must follow to access the country issues-free. These requirements include the necessary documents that must be arranged before the planned trip, including a valid passport and a visa.

The Georgia visa policy determines visa requirements for travelers of certain nationalities. Depending on the particular nationality, travelers can obtain a visa online, at the nearest embassy, or enter Georgia visa-free.

Citizens from over 90 different countries can travel to Georgia without a visa for a stay from 3 months up to 1 year depending on the traveler's nationality. Nationals of visa-free countries can enter Georgia with a valid passport, while some of them may travel simply with a valid national ID.

The Georgian Government has facilitated visa applications for nationals of over 100 countries who can apply for an electronic visa online. With eVisa, they can visit Georgia multiple times and stay up to 90 days within a 6-month validity period, or 30 days within every 3-month validity period. For all long-term stays in Georgia, it is mandatory to obtain a visa from the Georgian embassy in person. Moreover, nationals of around 50 countries need to obtain an embassy visa regardless of their travel purpose and planned length of stay. Currently, there are no visa bans for foreign citizens planning to travel to Georgia.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, following the governments of other countries, the Georgian Government introduced some additional requirements to enter Georgia. The entry requirements are subject to change constantly amid the still-evolving coronavirus situation worldwide.

Important Update: As of June 15, 2022, all covid-related restrictions were lifted. All travelers arriving in Georgia via any route, i.e., by land, air, or sea, no longer need to show either Covid-19 vaccination proof or a negative test report.

Who can enter Georgia?

Georgia welcomes all international travelers, regardless of vaccination status. Depending on the nationality, you may need to obtain different documents to enter Georgia hassle-free.

Documents check-list for entering Georgia

  • valid travel document (passport or ID - depending on the nationality)
  • valid Georgia visa
  • travel insurance

Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements

Testing requirements

Providing the negative report of the Covid-19 test is no longer necessary. Previously, unvaccinated travelers had to submit a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before the scheduled flight to Georgia.

Vaccination requirements

Georgian authorities no longer check the vaccination status of visitors coming to Georgia. Previously, holders of valid Covid-19 vaccination certificates could use them to omit testing and quarantine requirements.

Quarantine requirements

Georgia lifted quarantine requirements in February 2022. Before that time, citizens with a travel history to one of the countries on the red list within 14 days before arrival in Georgia were subject to a 14-day isolation/quarantine in an approved quarantine facility. Ending the isolation period was followed by a PCR examination.

Traveling from Georgia

There are no specific restrictions for travel from Georgia. Nevertheless, all travelers are highly recommended to follow public health safety measures. They should also check the restrictions applicable in their home country or destination they plan to travel to from Georgia.

Traveling to Georgia

Traveling to Georgia now looks like before the Covid-19 pandemic. Travelers no longer need to meet additional entry requirements including testing, vaccination, and quarantine. Completing the pre-departure form is no longer mandatory either.

Foreign visitors to Georgia, however, must remember to prepare some travel documents that are still necessary for international travel. Every traveler should have a passport or ID card (depending on the nationality) and a valid visa for Georgia. Moreover, the Georgian Government requires all foreign citizens arriving in Georgia to have travel insurance.

Please note: Covid-19 restrictions were dropped in Georgia in mid-June 2022. All travelers should monitor the recent changes in entry rules before international travel. The rules are subject to change at short notice.

Entry Rules for Children

Lifting of covid-related entry requirements for all foreign national travelers applies also to children.

Children younger than 18 who will travel to Georgia alone or with one parent must hold copies of their passport and birth certificate. Parents or their legal guardians should also arrange a visa (if required) on their behalf.

Transit through Georgia

There are no travel restrictions for passengers in transit. Nevertheless, when planning a transit through Georgia you should remember that some airlines may have established their internal regulations. Check them before your flight for an issues-free journey.

Georgia visa requirements

Visa-free

Nationals of around 90 countries worldwide can travel to Georgia visa-free for different periods of time according to their nationality. To cross the Georgian borders, they simply need to present a valid passport.

Citizens of all EU countries, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia are allowed to enter Georgia without a visa with just a valid national ID card. Nevertheless, Saudi foreign residents must hold the Original Iqama together with the certified English translation of the Saudi Resident ID Cards. These documents need to be provided at airline check-in to board a flight to Georgia.

Most nationalities, who can enter Georgia visa-free, are granted a visa-exempt stay of up to one year. However, citizens of Uruguay and Chile are allowed to stay in Georgia visa-free for up to 3 months.

Georgia's visa-exempt stays up to 30 days are also permitted in case of Georgian diaspora members who are nationals of countries that otherwise must hold a visa, holders of diplomatic/service/official passports of Egypt, Indonesia, China, Guyana, Iran, and Peru, as well as, refugee status holders in Georgia.

Moreover, holders of valid visas or residence permits of GCC/EFTA/EU countries, Canada, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA, South Korea, and overseas territories of EU countries, except Pitcairn, Anguilla, Saint Helena, Montserrat, Tristan da Cunha, and Ascension do not need to hold a visa to stay in Georgia up to 3 months within every 6-month period.

Regular Visa

According to Georgia visa policy, nationals of around 50 different countries worldwide must get an embassy or consulate visa for Georgia regardless of their intended length of stay in the country.

Depending on the travel purpose, a Georgian embassy visa may be issued as a business visa, tourist visa, work visa, etc. The allowed period that a traveler can stay in Georgia depends on the particular travel reason as well as the traveler's nationality.

To apply for an embassy visa to Georgia, every applicant needs to book an appointment at the nearest Georgian embassy and prepare the required supporting documents. These documents may also vary depending on the applied visa. The application for a regular visa should be started well in advance of the planned trip to Georgia. The processing time may take even several weeks to receive the visa approval.

The full list of countries that must obtain an embassy visa for Georgia includes:

  • Aland Islands
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Macedonia
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna

Electronic Visa

In February 2015, the Georgian Government introduced the electronic visa system to facilitate the visa application process for many international travelers. Georgia eVisa is an electronic visa permit enabling travelers from eligible countries to enter Georgia for tourism or business-related purposes.

Travelers from around 100 different countries can now apply for an electronic visa for Georgia without even leaving their homes. They just need to fill out the short and intuitive online application, pay the processing fee and receive the approved visa in their email inbox.

There are two options you may choose from electronic visas to Georgia, depending on your nationality:

  • multiple-entry visa valid for a 3-month period: allows multiple visits to Georgia; every stay can last up to 30 days;
  • multiple-entry visa valid for a 6-month period: allows numerous visits to Georgia; every stay can last up to 3 months.

Entry to Abkhazia and South Ossetia

The regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are territories in dispute in the Caucasus. These territories are recognized by Georgia and a significant part of the international community to be Russian-occupied territories. Due to these political reasons, there are some travel restrictions to access these regions from the territory of Georgia.

Currently, entering Abkhazia and South Ossetia from Georgia is prohibited since there is no official border control. Entering these regions is only possible through border checkpoints situated in Gori Municipalities or the Zugdidi.

Georgia Passenger Locator Form

Until recently, travelers from most countries arriving in Georgia had to complete the pre-departure registration form. The form required providing some basic personal and contact details as well as information on the traveler's nationality, country of residence, port of departure, and accommodation address in Georgia.

Since the Georgian Government lifted all Covid-19 restrictions, filling out the pre-arrival form is no longer necessary to enter Georgia.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a legal requirement to enter Georgia. While Georgia is a relatively safe destination, there are always potential risks during international travel. Travel insurance can help to protect you from financial losses in the event that something goes wrong on your trip. For example, if you need to cancel your trip due to illness or travel delays, you can expect reimbursement for non-refundable expenses. In addition, proper insurance can provide coverage for medical emergencies, including Covid-19 treatment costs, lost luggage, and other unforeseen mishaps.

If you are planning a mountain trip, having insurance is a must as well. And in Georgia, it's especially important to have an insurance policy that will cover the cost of mountain rescue operations. That's because there is no specialized mountain rescue service in Georgia, and Georgian services have a very limited possibility of using a helicopter during a rescue operation.

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