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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.

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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.

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  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands The resumption of regular flights has been delayed until 31 July. (Georgia Today, 25.06.2020)

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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.

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    10.07.2020
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands The resumption of regular flights has been delayed until 31 July. (Georgia Today, 25.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Until the resumption of scheduled flights, a number of flights are being operated on the basis of special permission. Georgian citizens, their non-Georgian dependents, and diplomats will still be allowed to enter and will be quarantined for 14 days.  Residence permit holders must obtain an OK TO BOARD before departing for Georgia.
    Commercial air travel to Georgia is scheduled to resume on 1 July. The Government of Georgia has not yet announced whether any conditions will be placed on international visitors based on travel origin, nationality, and other factors. Georgian citizens, their non-Georgian dependents, and diplomats will still be allowed to enter and will be quarantined for 14 days.  The Government of Georgia announced that foreigners who were legally in Georgia on March 14, 2020, and were not able to leave the country due to the closure of borders as part of the State of Emergency, may remain until June 30, 2020 with no penalty.
    All land borders remain closed to passenger travel with the exception of Georgian citizens returning to Georgia or citizens of neighboring countries returning to their home countries.    

    *****Internal Restrictions:
    Most coronavirus restrictions have now been lifted. Shops, restaurants, all public transport and certified hotels have now re-opened. 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 and on public transport. Failing to do so can result in a 20 lari (approx. USD 5) fine for an individual or 500 lari (approx. USD130) 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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    27.06.2020
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands The resumption of regular flights has been delayed until 31 July. (Georgia Today, 25.06.2020) This does not apply to charter flights, which will still be performed on the basis of special permission. Georgian citizens, their non-Georgian dependents, and diplomats will still be allowed to enter and will be quarantined for 14 days. 
    Residence permit holders must obtain an OK TO BOARD before departing for Georgia.

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    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.

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    Domestic restrictions:

    Taxis (including services like Bolt and Yandex) are restricted to a maximum of two backseat passengers. All land borders remain closed to passenger travel (except for Georgian citizens returning to Georgia or citizens of neighboring countries returning to their home countries). A few towns/villages remain under quarantine and are closed off. Roadblocks exist throughout the country. With a few exceptions, Georgia remains closed to all foreign travelers until at least June 30.

    ******Relaxation Measures:
    Restrictions Lifted: Public transportation including intercity transport (bus, minibus) has resumed. Trains will resume June 15. Retail shops, including malls, restaurants, and currency exchange have re-opened. Restaurants are now able to operate fully (not only outside seating). Hotels may resume operations after inspection and permission from the Ministry of Health. Up to 10 people are permitted to assemble in one location. Wearing a face mask in closed spaces (such as shops) and on all public transportation (including taxis) is mandatory. A fine of 50 GEL can be imposed on individuals who fail to wear a mask where required. Business owners who do not enforce the wearing of face masks can face a fine of 500 GEL.

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    25.06.2020
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands From 1 July Georgia’s land and air borders, as well as international tourism should gradually re-open in line with the principle of safe corridorsopen and there will be a gradual resumption of flights and international tourism on the principles of safe corridors. The first corridor has been announced with Israel from 1 July but further details and modalities are not yet specified.

    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:

    Taxis (including services like Bolt and Yandex) are restricted to a maximum of two backseat passengers. All land borders remain closed to passenger travel (except for Georgian citizens returning to Georgia or citizens of neighboring countries returning to their home countries). A few towns/villages remain under quarantine and are closed off. Roadblocks exist throughout the country. With a few exceptions, Georgia remains closed to all foreign travelers until at least June 30.

    Relaxation Measures:
    Restrictions Lifted: Public transportation including intercity transport (bus, minibus) has resumed. Trains will resume June 15. Retail shops, including malls, restaurants, and currency exchange have re-opened. Restaurants are now able to operate fully (not only outside seating). Hotels may resume operations after inspection and permission from the Ministry of Health. Up to 10 people are permitted to assemble in one location. Wearing a face mask in closed spaces (such as shops) and on all public transportation (including taxis) is mandatory. A fine of 50 GEL can be imposed on individuals who fail to wear a mask where required. Business owners who do not enforce the wearing of face masks can face a fine of 500 GEL.

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    11.06.2020
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Georgia is opening its airspace to international flights starting July 1. (Agenda.ge, 05.06.2020)

    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:

    Taxis (including services like Bolt and Yandex) are restricted to a maximum of two backseat passengers. All land borders remain closed to passenger travel (except for Georgian citizens returning to Georgia or citizens of neighboring countries returning to their home countries). A few towns/villages remain under quarantine and are closed off. Roadblocks exist throughout the country. With a few exceptions, Georgia remains closed to all foreign travelers until at least June 30.

    Relaxation Measures:
    Restrictions Lifted: Public transportation including intercity transport (bus, minibus) has resumed. Trains will resume June 15. Retail shops, including malls, restaurants, and currency exchange have re-opened. Restaurants are now able to operate fully (not only outside seating). Hotels may resume operations after inspection and permission from the Ministry of Health. Up to 10 people are permitted to assemble in one location. Wearing a face mask in closed spaces (such as shops) and on all public transportation (including taxis) is mandatory. A fine of 50 GEL can be imposed on individuals who fail to wear a mask where required. Business owners who do not enforce the wearing of face masks can face a fine of 500 GEL.

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    09.06.2020
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Georgia is opening its airspace to international flights starting July 1. (Agenda.ge, 05.06.2020)

    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 will restart public transport, reopen shops before 8 June (Reuters, 27.05.20)
    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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    05.06.2020
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 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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    27.05.2020
  • 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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