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Georgia travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

27.07.2020 Georgian Airways during the month of August 2020 plans to operate 5 routes, reflected in recent schedule update. Planned limited operation as of 24JUL20 as follows.

Additional changes remain highly possible.

Tbilisi – Amsterdam 2 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Berlin Schoenefeld 1 weekly E190
Tbilisi – Moscow Vnukovo eff 16AUG20 2 daily 737
Tbilisi – Paris CDG 2 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Vienna 1 weekly E190 (Except 16AUG20)
29.06.2020 Georgian Airways has revised planned operation for the month of July 2020, based on OAG schedules listing as of 28JUN20.

Batumi – Tel Aviv eff 19JUL20 2 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Amsterdam eff 04JUL20 2 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Berlin Schoenefeld eff 03JUL20 1 weekly E190
Tbilisi – Moscow Vnukovo eff 14JUL20 1 daily 737
Tbilisi – Paris CDG eff 07JUL20 1 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Tel Aviv one flight on 02JUL20
Tbilisi – Vienna eff 05JUL20 1 weekly E190
16.06.2020 Georgian Airways this month filed changes to its planned summer 2020 operation, as the airline schedules to resume regular scheduled flight as early as 02JUL20. Planned operation as of 15JUN20 as follows.

Batumi – Tel Aviv eff 02JUL20 2 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Amsterdam eff 06JUL20 2 weekly 737 (3 weekly from 22JUL20)
Tbilisi – Barcelona eff 05JUL20 1 weekly E190
Tbilisi – Berlin Schoenefeld eff 03JUL20 3 weekly
Tbilisi – Brussels eff 02JUL20 2 weekly E190 (3 weekly 14JUL20 – 30AUG20)
Tbilisi – Moscow Vnukovo eff 14JUL20 2 daily 737
Tbilisi – Paris CDG eff 03JUL20 2 weekly 737
Tbilisi – Tel Aviv eff 02JUL20 13 weekly 737/E195
Tbilisi – Vienna eff 02JUL20 3 weekly E190

Based on current listing, the airline has removed following flights for summer season:
Tbilisi – Kyiv Borispil 2 weekly
Tbilisi – London Gatwick 3 weekly
Published on 10.06.2020

Wizz Air Georgia network changes from July 2020

 

Published on 29.05.2020
Georgian Airways schedules limited operation in June 2020 (TBS-AMS, TBS-TLV)

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Open for travel from Georgia
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Georgia.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers:
    • Nationals of Georgia and their family members,
    • Passengers travelling from the European Union member states,
    • Staff of diplomatic missions or international organisations and their family members,
    • Passengers travelling for humanitarian missions,
    • Passengers holding a refugee or stateless status in Georgia,
    • Passengers holding a neutral travel document issued by Georgia,
    • Crew members.
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Flight Restrictions

published 30.06.2020
1. Flights to Georgia are suspended until 31 July 2020.
– This does not apply to humanitarian, medevac and repatriation flights.
2. Passengers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

Quarantine

Quarantine Requirement- Unknown where.
Foreign citizens are not currently allowed to enter Georgia, apart from citizens or residents of five EU Member States (France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) who arrive by direct flight. The ban also applies to foreigners with Georgian residence permits. Business trips by citizens of all other countries will be allowed if a permit is obtained. If obtained you will be obliged to get a coronavirus PCR test every 72 hours when in Georgia or to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

If granted acces to Georgia, there will be an obligation to get a coronavirus PCR test every 72 hours when in Georgia or to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

Malaria (2018)
Limited malaria risk due exclusively to P. vivax may exist locally from June through October in the eastern
part of the country bordering Azerbaijan. No locally-acquired cases have been reported since 2010.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: A
Other country requirement(s) (2018)
A polio vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from countries and territories with risk of
polio transmission. Travellers who are not vaccinated or are unable to present the vaccination certificate are
offered oral polio vaccine at the border.

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  • Georgia The government has announced on that it is now postponing the re-opening of Georgia’s land and air borders, as well as international tourism until at least 1 September. Regular international flights in, out of Georgia are allowed for Paris, Riga and Munich.

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Georgia remain limited. Foreign citizens are not currently allowed to enter Georgia, apart from citizens or residents of five EU Member States (France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) who arrive by direct flight. The ban also applies to foreigners with Georgian residence permits. Business trips by citizens of all other countries will be allowed if a permit is obtained. If applicable, you should complete the relevant form [https://stopcov.ge/] toapply for entry. If granted, you will be obliged to get a coronavirus PCR test every 72 hours when in Georgia or to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival. Both tests and quarantine will be at your own expense. For those with access to their own accommodation in Georgia it may be possible to self-isolate at home. If you wish to do this you will need to fill in the relevant form [https://stopcov.ge/] in advance. A newly-created call centre will be active communication with foreign nationals arriving in Georgia for the duration of their stay. The government announced on 25 June that it is now postponing the re-opening of Georgia’s land and air borders, as well as international tourism from the previously announced date of 1 July until at least August.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Public transport has re-opened. Taxis can hold no more than three people in a single vehicle, including the driver, with passengers sitting in the rear. If travelling to Tbilisi airport by taxi this social distancing rule must still be observed. Most hotels and other rental accommodation have re-opened. Face masks must be worn when entering public spaces inside hotels and rental accommodation. Most coronavirus restrictions have now been lifted. Shops, restaurants and certified hotels have now re-opened. However educational establishments remain closed and working from home is encouraged. There remains a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The limit on only 3 people in cars, with passengers restricted to the rear seats, remains in place for taxis only. Those over 70 should only leave home to go the nearest grocery, pharmacy or medical centre.
    It is mandatory to wear masks in enclosed spaces such as shops, hotels, restaurants and on public transport. Failing to do so can result in a 20 Lari fine for an individual or 500 Lari for a legal entity. In areas where there is an unexplained case of coronavirus, lockdown measures may be introduced without warning.

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    24.07.2020
  • Georgia The resumption of regular flights has been delayed until 31 July. (Georgia Today, 25.06.2020)
    Flight restrictions to Munich, Paris Riga to be lifted on July 13 (Agenda.Ge, 11.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights to and from Georgia remain limited. Foreign citizens are not currently allowed to enter Georgia, apart from citizens or residents of five EU Member States (France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) who arrive by direct flight. The ban also applies to foreigners with Georgian residence permits. Business trips by citizens of all other countries will be allowed if a permit is obtained. If applicable, you should complete the relevant form [https://stopcov.ge/] toapply for entry. If granted, you will be obliged to get a coronavirus PCR test every 72 hours when in Georgia or to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival. Both tests and quarantine will be at your own expense. For those with access to their own accommodation in Georgia it may be possible to self-isolate at home. If you wish to do this you will need to fill in the relevant form [https://stopcov.ge/] in advance. A newly-created call centre will be active communication with foreign nationals arriving in Georgia for the duration of their stay. The government announced on 25 June that it is now postponing the re-opening of Georgia’s land and air borders, as well as international tourism from the previously announced date of 1 July until at least August.

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Public transport has re-opened. Taxis can hold no more than three people in a single vehicle, including the driver, with passengers sitting in the rear. If travelling to Tbilisi airport by taxi this social distancing rule must still be observed. Most hotels and other rental accommodation have re-opened. Face masks must be worn when entering public spaces inside hotels and rental accommodation. Most coronavirus restrictions have now been lifted. Shops, restaurants and certified hotels have now re-opened. However educational establishments remain closed and working from home is encouraged. There remains a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The limit on only 3 people in cars, with passengers restricted to the rear seats, remains in place for taxis only. Those over 70 should only leave home to go the nearest grocery, pharmacy or medical centre.
    It is mandatory to wear masks in enclosed spaces such as shops, hotels, restaurants and on public transport. Failing to do so can result in a 20 Lari fine for an individual or 500 Lari for a legal entity. In areas where there is an unexplained case of coronavirus, lockdown measures may be introduced without warning.

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    10.07.2020
  • Georgia As of today, of the countries who have opened their borders to Georgia without reservation, Georgia, on the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council, will unconditionally open its borders to the following 5 countries:

    1) Germany
    2) France
    3) Latvia
    4) Lithuania
    5) Estonia.

    • As for other countries, in making this decision, the council considered the fact that several countries have opened their borders, among others, to states not listed by the EU as safe countries.

    • The citizens/residents of the 5 countries above can only use direct flights to Georgia for any type of visit.

    • Before crossing Georgia’s border, they must fill a special e-form and list their travel history in the course of previous 14 days, also the location of their stay in Georgia, contact information, and others.

    • With their consent, or in case thermal screening on the border reveals a temperature higher than 370, a PCR test will be performed at the airport.

    • Also, testing and quarantine will be mandatory for those with a history of traveling to high-risk non-EU member states in the course of previous 14 days.

    • All persons arriving in Georgia will, throughout their stay, maintain proactive communication with and receive care from a special call center group.

    • As for other EU member states, who have not opened borders to Georgia, the status quo will be maintained by Georgia as well. Besides the 5 countries above, in the case of countries listing Georgia as a safe country or imposing various types of restrictions, their citizens will be able to enter Georgia as long as they complete a 14-day quarantine period at their own expense.

    • Besides the 5 countries above, work on relevant procedures continue with the countries that have unconditionally opened their borders to Georgia.

    • At this point, the following countries have not opened their borders to Georgia: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Malta, Finland, Switzerland, Czechia, Slovakia, and Hungary. Notably, a joint commission with Hungary has been established to work on the issue of movement reopening.

    • Some countries (Italy, Cyprus, Iceland, and Slovenia) are ready to open their borders with certain restrictions, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine period for arrivals.

    • Notably, the recommendations and the list of safe countries published by the EU will be reviewed every other week.

    • Importantly, to encourage economic activities in Georgia, business trip from all countries will be allowed without reservation, based on a completed special form and coordination with relevant sectoral agencies. Business visitors to Georgia are obligated to complete a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense every 72 hours, or complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, also at their own expense. Of course, that does not apply to the citizens/residents of the 5 countries enjoying unconditional border reopening with Georgia.

    • Relevant e-forms mandatory for the citizens of the EU member states listed above, also for business visitors from any country, will be available on the Georgian Government’s special website www.StopCoV.ge.

    • As for Georgian citizens, they, upon their return from any type of visit to EU member states, will be obligated to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. Importantly, our citizens must also consider the approaches to reopening borders as taken by the EU member states listed above.

    • In addition, negotiations are underway with international airlines to resume air travel and regular flights with the 5 EU member states who have unconditionally reopened their borders to Georgia. In particular, an agreement has been reached with Lufthansa to carry out 2 flights a week to Munich starting in August. We are also negotiating with Air Baltic and Air France.

    • In addition, we emphasize that, to ensure the orderly repatriation of Georgian citizens abroad, Wizz Air and MyWay Airlines will carry out flights from the following destinations in July:

    Warsaw on July 13
    Barcelona on July 15
    Rome on July 17
    Paris on July 22
    Athens on July 28.

    • The flights above will not cost Georgian citizens more than 200 euro.

    • In addition, Georgian Airways, formerly Airzena, is carrying out commercial charter flights to the following capitals: Vienna, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv.

    • In addition, Qatar Airways will, in the next few days, carry out a one-off commercial charter flight from the capital city of Doha, to repatriate 105 Georgian citizens.

    • Also, the presently applicable regulations will remain enforced on Georgia’s land borders.

    • The Government of Georgia continues active cooperation with partner EU member states. Based on the relevant recommendation, the rules for entering Georgia and for Georgian citizens entering various EU states will be reviewed jointly once every other week.

    Government of Georgia gov.ge

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    08.07.2020
  • Georgia Government will restart public transport, reopen shops before 8 June (Reuters, 27.05.20). Georgia is working to resume flight connections with the Baltic states after tourist bans will be lifted starting July 1. (Agenda.ge, 18.05.2020) Georgia has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals and residents of Georgia, or an immediate family member. Airline crew, humanitarian aid workers, diplomats and their families, travelers with refugee status in Georgia, and travelers with stateless status may still enter the country. Residence permit holders must obtain an OK TO BOARD before departing for Georgia.

    International restrictions:

    All commercial flights, both inbound and outbound, are indefinitely suspended until further notice. Exceptions will be made under government mandate through the flag carrier Georgian Airways; several repatriation flights will be conducted. The land movement of citizens between Georgia and Russia is temporarily suspended, with the exception for Georgian and Russian citizens who wish to return home as well as freight traffic. Batumi International Airport (BUS) and David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) have been closed until further notice. The movement of citizens via Sarp border crossing between Georgia and Turkey is temporarily suspended for all nationalities. The movement of citizens between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is suspended until further notice; border closure between Azerbaijan and Georgia is extended until further notice. Georgian citizens will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine when they come back from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Norway, South Korea, Spain or Switzerland.

    Domestic restrictions:

    Government to lift COVID-19 state of emergency after 22 May (Reuters, 15.05.2020) A curfew is in effect between 21.00 and 06.00. Residents over 70 years of age are not permitted to leave their homes except to visit the nearest store, pharmacy or hospital. Although intra-city movement by vehicles is allowed again, most of the intercity travel remains prohibited. Traffic from and to cities of Batumi and Kutaisi has reopened since 5 May. Restrictions will remain in place in the capital Tbilisi and Rustavi (Kvemo Kartli region). Food establishments, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and postal services remain operational amid the state of emergency. People travelling outside their homes are required to carry their passports or official IDs at all times. Relaxation to restrictions: Government lifts lockdown of Tbilisi on 11 May, Rustavi on 14 May. Georgia will restart public transport and reopen shops, shopping malls and cafes and restaurants before June 8. (Reuters, 27.05.2020)

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    28.05.2020
  • Georgia Georgia is working to resume flight connections with the Baltic states after tourist bans will be lifted starting July 1. (Agenda.ge, 18.05.2020) Georgia has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals and residents of Georgia, or an immediate family member. Airline crew, humanitarian aid workers, diplomats and their families, travelers with refugee status in Georgia, and travelers with stateless status may still enter the country. Residence permit holders must obtain an OK TO BOARD before departing for Georgia.

    International restrictions:

    All commercial flights, both inbound and outbound, are indefinitely suspended until further notice. Exceptions will be made under government mandate through the flag carrier Georgian Airways; several repatriation flights will be conducted. The land movement of citizens between Georgia and Russia is temporarily suspended, with the exception for Georgian and Russian citizens who wish to return home as well as freight traffic. Batumi International Airport (BUS) and David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) have been closed until further notice. The movement of citizens via Sarp border crossing between Georgia and Turkey is temporarily suspended for all nationalities. The movement of citizens between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is suspended until further notice; border closure between Azerbaijan and Georgia is extended until further notice. Georgian citizens will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine when they come back from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Norway, South Korea, Spain or Switzerland.

    Domestic restrictions:

    Government to lift COVID-19 state of emergency after 22 May (Reuters, 15.05.2020) A curfew is in effect between 21.00 and 06.00. Residents over 70 years of age are not permitted to leave their homes except to visit the nearest store, pharmacy or hospital. Although intra-city movement by vehicles is allowed again, most of the intercity travel remains prohibited. Traffic from and to cities of Batumi and Kutaisi has reopened since 5 May. Restrictions will remain in place in the capital Tbilisi and Rustavi (Kvemo Kartli region). Food establishments, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and postal services remain operational amid the state of emergency. People travelling outside their homes are required to carry their passports or official IDs at all times. Relaxation to restrictions: Government lifts lockdown of Tbilisi on 11 May, Rustavi on 14 May.

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    27.05.2020
  • Georgia Georgia is working to resume flight connections with the Baltic states after tourist bans will be lifted starting July 1. (Agenda.ge, 18.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All commercial flights, both inbound and outbound, are indefinitely suspended until further notice. Exceptions will be made under government mandate through the flag carrier Georgian Airways; several repatriation flights will be conducted. The land movement of citizens between Georgia and Russia is temporarily suspended, with the exception for Georgian and Russian citizens who wish to return home as well as freight traffic. Batumi International Airport (BUS) and David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) have been closed until further notice. The movement of citizens via Sarp border crossing between Georgia and Turkey is temporarily suspended for all nationalities. The movement of citizens between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is suspended until further notice; border closure between Azerbaijan and Georgia is extended until 22 May. Georgian citizens will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine when they come back from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Norway, South Korea, Spain or Switzerland.

    Domestic restrictions:

    Government to lift COVID-19 state of emergency after 22 May (Reuters, 15.05.2020) A curfew is in effect between 21.00 and 06.00. Residents over 70 years of age are not permitted to leave their homes except to visit the nearest store, pharmacy or hospital. Although intra-city movement by vehicles is allowed again, most of the intercity travel remains prohibited. Traffic from and to cities of Batumi and Kutaisi has reopened since 5 May. Restrictions will remain in place in the capital Tbilisi and Rustavi (Kvemo Kartli region). Food establishments, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and postal services remain operational amid the state of emergency. People travelling outside their homes are required to carry their passports or official IDs at all times. Relaxation to restrictions: Government lifts lockdown of Tbilisi on 11 May, Rustavi on 14 May.

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    18.05.2020
  • Georgia Government lifts lockdown of Tbilisi on 11 May, Rustavi on 14 May; country reopens 1 July as part of gradual easing of restrictions (Reuters, 07.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All commercial flights, both inbound and outbound, are indefinitely suspended until further notice. Exceptions will be made under government mandate through the flag carrier Georgian Airways; several repatriation flights will be conducted.
    The land movement of citizens between Georgia and Russia is temporarily suspended, with the exception for Georgian and Russian citizens who wish to return home as well as freight traffic.
    Batumi International Airport (BUS) and David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (KUT) have been closed until further notice.
    The movement of citizens via Sarp border crossing between Georgia and Turkey is temporarily suspended for all nationalities.
    The movement of citizens between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is suspended until further notice; border closure between Azerbaijan and Georgia is extended until 22 May.
    Georgian citizens will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine when they come back from Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Norway, South Korea, Spain or Switzerland.

    Domestic restrictions:

    A curfew is in effect between 21.00 and 06.00.
    Residents over 70 years of age are not permitted to leave their homes except to visit the nearest store, pharmacy or hospital.
    Although intra-city movement by vehicles is allowed again, most of the intercity travel remains prohibited. Traffic from and to cities of Batumi and Kutaisi has reopened since 5 May. Restrictions will remain in place in the capital Tbilisi and Rustavi (Kvemo Kartli region).
    Food establishments, pharmacies, banks, petrol stations and postal services remain operational amid the state of emergency. People travelling outside their homes are required to carry their passports or official IDs at all times.

    Relaxation to restrictions:
    Government lifts lockdown of Tbilisi on 11 May, Rustavi on 14 May. Country reopens to foreign travellers from 1 July as part of gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions. (Reuters, 07.05.2020)

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/5450d901-e85a-4464-b8d3-18e375372031]
    [https://ge.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-on-georgia/]
    [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/georgia/entry-requirements]
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