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Update on COVID-19 in Georgia

ARISC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Georgia, and following local regulations in a rapidly changing environment. Following local policies and recommendations, our offices are closed and our staff are working remotely. You can reach our staff by email: Diana Lezhava Georgia@arisc.org

Updated January 25, 2022

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Georgia: Level 4: Very High LevelDo Not Travel
CDC Travel Advisory for Georgia: Level 4: Very High LevelDo Not Travel
Website accessed on 25 January 2021

The Covid-19 daily cases increase rapidly in Georgia due to spread of Omicron and vary between 11,000-15,000 with a new peak every day. However, no major restrictions have been introduced. It is mandatory to wear facemasks in the open and closed spaces. Attendance at training, conferences and seminars is permitted only on the basis of pre-PCR testing. Starting from December 1, 2021 so-called Green Passports have entered into force giving access to vaccinated, PCR-tested (within last 72 hours) individuals and those having being Covid-positive within past two years to different facilities such as museums, archives, gyms, restaurants, theaters, etc. all other individuals have access to groceries, pharmacies and shopping malls.

Covid-19 statistics:

  • Total confirmed coronavirus cases – 1 075 154
  • New cases within the past 24 hours – 15 762
  • Total recovered – 972 745
  • Recovered within the past 24 hours – 5 160
  • Total death number –  14 774
  • Death number within the past 24 hours – 42

Vaccination-related news:

As of today, a total of 2 677 808 shots are given. 1 207 407 individuals have been vaccinated with two shots, while the rest with only one shot. It is not how many people have been injected with a booster dose.

Covid-related restrictions:

City public transport resumed operations on September 13. Schools and universities started the upcoming academic year online. Attendance at training, conferences and seminars is permitted only on the basis of pre-PCR testing. Camp-type gatherings have been prohibited since July 19. Rest of the restrictions related to pandemic remain lifted, including curfew, and public spaces have opened up and resumed physical activities, namely:

  • Museums, archives and public libraries
  • shops and shopping malls;
  • fitness centers and swimming pools;
  • Conferences and seminars can  be organized offline only on the basis of pre-PCR testing;
  • Cafes and restaurants (are allowed to work till 10 pm only);
  • City and intercity transportation;
  • Children entertainment centers and movie theaters.

‼ From 00:00 of 28 November 2021, citizens of any country, including a citizen of Georgia, who has a travel history to the countries listed below during last 14 days, is subject to 14-day mandatory isolation/quarantine in the quarantine facility upon entry to Georgia.

After completing the 14 days of isolation/quarantine, a person shall undergo PCR examination.

These countries are:

  1. Republic of South Africa
  2. Republic of Botswana
  3. Republic of Zimbabwe
  4. Republic of Namibia
  5. Kingdom of Lesotho
  6. Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)
  7. Republic of Mozambique
  8. Republic of Malawi

The Government of Georgia will cover all the costs related to isolation/quarantine as well as PCR eximination for a citizen of Georgia. A foreign citizen shall have to cover the costs of his/her isolation/quarantine and PCR testing.

Citizens and residence permit holders of the following states may enter Georgia by air, land and sea under the conditions mentioned below:

  1. European Union Member States
  2. State of Israel
  3. Republic of Turkey
  4. Swiss Confederation
  5. Kingdom of Norway
  6. United States of America
  7. Canada
  8. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  9. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  10. State of Qatar
  11. State of Kuwait
  12. United Arab Emirates
  13. Kingdom of Bahrein
  14. Republic of Armenia
  15. Republic of Azerbaijan
  16. Ukraine
  17. Republic of Moldova
  18. Republic of Kazakhstan
  19. Russian Federation
  20. Republic of Belarus
  21. Republic of Uzbekistan
  22. Republic of Tajikistan
  23. Republic of Kyrgyzstan
  24. Turkmenistan
  25. People’s Republic of China
  26. Japan
  27. Republic of Korea
  28. The Sultanate of Oman
  29. Republic of San Marino
  30. Principality of Monaco
  31. Republic of Serbia
  32. Republic of Iceland
  33. Principality of Liechtenstein
  34. Montenegro
  35. Principality of Andorra
  36. Republic of Albania
  37. Republic of Northern Macedonia
  38. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  39. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  40. Republic of Iraq
  41. Lebanese Republic

Entry rules for COVID-19 vaccinated visitors

✈  by air     ► shall present one of the mentioned below: the document confirming the full course conduct (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson & Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination; documents confirming recovery from the Covid-infection (confirmed positive PCR-test) during the last 100 days and one dose conduct of any vaccination listed by the WHO for emergency use. The sequence of infection and vaccination does not make difference, at least 14 days must be passed from the moment of vaccination.   X does not require PCR test   X does not require pre-registration🚗  ⛵  by land and sea   ►  shall present one of the mentioned below: the document confirming the full course conduct (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson & Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination; documents confirming recovery from the Covid-infection (confirmed positive PCR-test) during the last 100 days and one dose conduct of any vaccination listed by the WHO for emergency use. The sequence of infection and vaccination does not make difference, at least 14 days must be passed from the moment of vaccination.   ►  shall present the negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia   X does not require pre-registration

PCR examination certificate must be in Georgian, English or Russian. 

Any person under the age of 10  (regardless of nationality) is exempted from the obligation to submit a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia. 

Entry rules for non-vaccinated visitors

They must travel directly from the above-mentioned countries, including transit travel through third countries;

At the border checkpoint they shall present a negative result of the PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours prior their visit to Georgia;

On the 3rd day of their stay, they are obliged to undergo PCR-examination at their own expense;

Before crossing the state border, they must complete the special application form, indicating the travel history of the last 14 days, contact details (address, phone number, email etc.) https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/

PCR examination certificate must be in Georgian, English or Russian.

Any person under the age of 10  (regardless of nationality) is exempted from the obligation to submit a negative PCR test in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia and to conduct a PCR examination on the third day.

Except for the above-mentioned categories, the restrictions on entry to Georgia do not apply to:

  1. Representatives of the diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Georgia and their family members;
  2. Family members of Georgian citizens, despite their nationality.
  3. Persons arriving in Georgia as part of humanitarian mission – if a trip of such mission (doctors, volunteers, etc.) to Georgia becomes a necessity;
  4. Individuals who have been granted the status of stateless person by the respective authorities of Georgia;
  5. Individuals holding status-neutral ID card or travel documents; 
  6. Individuals having a refugee status in Georgia;
  7. Members of official delegations (will be decided on a case-to-case basis); 
  8. Train and truck drivers, involved in international road traffic, international railway personnel, involved in in the carriage of goods by rail, as well as the members of the aircraft crew.

Additional information on Covid-19 situation can be accessed at: https://stopcov.ge/en

Information regarding travel restrictions can be accessed at: https://mfa.gov.ge/MainNav/CoVID-19-sakitkhebi/sazgvris-kvetis-regulaciebi.aspx?lang=en-US 

Updated January 12, 2022

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Georgia: Level 4: Very High LevelDo Not Travel
CDC Travel Advisory for Georgia: Level 4: Very High LevelDo Not Travel
Website accessed on 12 January 2021

The Covid-19 daily cases in Georgia vary between 4500-5500. Omicron-infected is reported to be increased on daily basis. It is mandatory to wear facemasks in the open and closed spaces. Attendance at training, conferences and seminars is permitted only on the basis of pre-PCR testing. Starting from December 1, 2021 so-called Green Passports have entered into force giving access to vaccinated, PCR-tested (within last 72 hours) individuals and those having being Covid-positive within past two years to different facilities such as museums, archives, gyms, restaurants, theaters, etc. all other individuals have access to groceries, pharmacies and shopping malls.

Covid-19 statistics:

  • Total confirmed coronavirus cases – 973 909
  • New cases within the past 24 hours – 5 596
  • Total recovered – 919 367
  • Recovered within the past 24 hours – 2 946
  • Total death number –  14 311
  • Death number within the past 24 hours – 47

Vaccination-related news:

As of today, a total of 2 577 637 shots are given. 1 179 411 individuals have been vaccinated with two shots, while the rest with only one shot. The vaccination pace has been increased, however, it might be related to the fact that the state allowed to vaccinate children from 12+, as well as allowed to get a booster shot to everyone who has been vaccinated 3-5 months prior to the booster.

Covid-related restrictions:

City public transport resumed operations on September 13. Schools and universities started the upcoming academic year online. Attendance at training, conferences and seminars is permitted only on the basis of pre-PCR testing. Camp-type gatherings have been prohibited since July 19. Rest of the restrictions related to pandemic remain lifted, including curfew, and public spaces have opened up and resumed physical activities, namely:

  • Museums, archives and public libraries
  • shops and shopping malls;
  • fitness centers and swimming pools;
  • Conferences and seminars can  be organized offline only on the basis of pre-PCR testing;
  • Cafes and restaurants (are allowed to work till 10 pm only);
  • City and intercity transportation;
  • Children entertainment centers and movie theaters.

Updated July 30, 2021

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for Georgia: Level 4: Very High LevelDo Not Travel

CDC Travel Advisory for Georgia: Level 4: Very High LevelDo Not Travel

Covid-related situation has worsened again in Georgia over the past couple of weeks with the average daily rate of 7.09% of positivity for past 7 days. However, no new strict restrictions have been imposed. People are only required to use facemasks in the closed spaces. Also, attendance at training, conferences and seminars are permitted only
on the basis of pre-PCR testing. Camp-type gatherings have been prohibited since July 19. Currently, Georgia has a total of confirmed 416,338  Covid cases, with 381,246 recoveries and 5,793 deaths. Vaccination with AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines have already started; at the moment around 12% of the entire population has been vaccinated (which is around 14-15% of the adult population of 18+). International travel is permitted, however, travelers should provide PCR test results at the border or present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia. This rule does not apply any person coming from the Republic of India (regardless of citizenship and full course of vaccination) as well as persons who have a history of travel to the Republic of India during the last 14 days. They are subject to a negative result of the PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours before the visit to Georgia at the border and then – a mandatory 14-day quarantine (in the case of an alien, at his own expense).

Information regarding travel restrictions can be accessed at: https://mfa.gov.ge/MainNav/CoVID-19-sakitkhebi/sazgvris-kvetis-regulaciebi.aspx?lang=en-US

Updated June 24, 2021

Covid-related situation has improved in Georgia over the past several weeks with the average daily rate of 2,45% of positivity for past 7 days. Curfew has been lifted and people are no longer required to use facemasks in the open spaces. Currently, Georgia has a total of confirmed 361,484 Covid cases, with 347,653 recoveries and 5,228 deaths. Vaccination with AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines have already started; at the moment only 8% of the target populations (18+) has been vaccinated. International travel is permitted, however, travelers should provide PCR test results at the border or present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia. This rule does not apply any person coming from the Republic of India (regardless of citizenship and full course of vaccination) as well as persons who have a history of travel to the Republic of India during the last 14 days. They are subject to a negative result of the PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours before the visit to Georgia at the border and then – a mandatory 14-day quarantine (in the case of an alien, at his own expense).

Information regarding travel restrictions can be accessed at: https://mfa.gov.ge/MainNav/CoVID-19-sakitkhebi/sazgvris-kvetis-regulaciebi.aspx?lang=en-US

Updated May 28, 2021

Covid-related situation has slightly improved in Georgia with the daily rate of 2-3% of positivity. Considering the improvement, the curfew that was impose from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am since early November has changed to 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. Another restriction to close the dining facilities over weekends have also eased up and currently, they can operate on weekends if they have open spaces. The majority of other facilities, such as museums, archives, general educational institutions, etc. are open and operating physically. However, most of the universities still work remotely. It was announced, that starting from June 1, the remaining restrictions will be also lifted, but it is not clear whether this will touch upon the curfew as well. Currently, Georgia has a total of confirmed 340,838 Covid cases, with 323,409 recoveries and 4,699 deaths. Vaccination with AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines have already started, but at the moment only 1% of the target populations (18+) has been vaccinated. International travel is permitted, however, travelers should provide PCR test results at the border or present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia. This rule does not apply any person coming from the Republic of India (regardless of citizenship and full course of vaccination) as well as persons who have a history of travel to the Republic of India during the last 14 days. They are subject to a negative result of the PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours before the visit to Georgia at the border and then – a mandatory 14-day quarantine (in the case of an alien, at his own expense).

Information regarding travel restrictions can be accessed at: https://mfa.gov.ge/MainNav/CoVID-19-sakitkhebi/sazgvris-kvetis-regulaciebi.aspx?lang=en-US

Updated March 22, 2021

As of this week, the number of Covid-19 cases in Georgia has reached 277,650. Out of them 270,369 have recovered, while the death rate has reached 3,710. The government has lifted the majority of restrictions and reopened public libraries, archives, educational institutions of all levels, shopping malls and restaurants. The seminars and conferences can be physically organized. The only restrictions that still remain are: curfew from 9 pm to 5 am, cafes and restaurants are closed over weekends, children entertainment centers and movie theaters (will resume working from April 1). Additional information can be accessed at: https://stopcov.ge/en

Update March 8, 2021

As of this week, authorities in Georgia have confirmed 272, 998 active cases of COVID-19. There are 266, 886 who have recovered, while the death rate has reached 3,591. The U.S. State Department level 4 travel advisory remains in effect. The reading rooms at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia are now open as are the reading rooms at various archives at The National Archives of Georgia (For those who do not read Georgian, the English version of the page has not been updated yet, please use Google Chrome to translate). The latest U.S.Embassy’s information on travel is also available.

Update March 1, 2021

Currently, authorities in Georgia have confirmed 271, 739 active cases of COVID-19. There are 265, 805 who have recovered, while the death rate has reached 3,541. Since December 14, 2020, the U.S. State Department has maintained a level 4 travel advisory (do not travel) for Georgia: At this time, schools of higher education have been able to resume clinical, practical, and laboratory activities and there is a plan to resume in-person studies on March 15. Museums, libraries, and archives are open and public and intercity transportation are running.

For restrictions for travel to Georgia according to country, see Stop Covid Georgia. Using google chrome, you can translate the page into English.

December 1, 2020 Update

Georgia is in the peak of its second wave of COVID-19 spread. Compared with Spring-Summer, Fall 2020 turned out to be very difficult. The number of infected with COVID-19 has reached 135,584 in Georgia, out of them 113,986 have completely recovered, while the death rate reached 1,267, unfortunately. Up to 9000 people are under quarantine and medical observation. Since September number of daily cases increases day by day reaching up 4000 on daily basis. Even though it was announced no severe lockdown would be introduced, On November 28 the government imposed a new set of restrictions on big cities, such as Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, etc. Namely, all public organizations are closed and it is strictly recommended to the private companies to transfer to online working mode. All educational institutions, including kindergartens, schools, VET institutions and universities, are working online. The shopping moles, restaurants, street markets and shops are closed, while only groceries, pharmacies and related organizations are open. Curfew is imposed from 9:00 pm till morning. Public transportation is also banned, while only private cars and taxis are allowed to drive. Using facemasks are obligatory even in streets. For detailed information, please visit: https://stopcov.ge/.

Representative for Georgia (Georgia “at” arisc. org)

Diana Lezhava holds a BA degree in Humanities (English Language and Literature) from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, and a MA in International Affairs from the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. Her research topic was the North Caucasus and Georgia. Diana’s working experience started in the private sector when she started working as an Assistant to the General Manager at the Georgian local business (2007-2010). In March 2010 she started working at a Tbilisi-based research organization, the Center for Social Sciences, as a Students’ Dean and Director’s Assistant. In 2012 she was the coordinator of the Doctoral Training Unit/Office Manager at CSS, while in 2013 she became the Head of the CSS Doctoral Training Unit. Since 2014 Diana collaborates with the CSS as an Administrative Director. In 2012-2014 she was an Administrator of the Institute for Gender Studies, as well as Center for Interdisciplinary Programmes and Research Development at Tbilisi State University. Diana joined ARISC in March 2014. Diana has vast experience in translating educational and scientific literature. Her research interests comprise: higher education policy and management, post-soviet transformations.

I have been visiting Georgia since the mid-1990s and I have been able to witness the ebb and flow of interest in the country. In 1995, English speakers could only find a small library of donated English-language books in a large room on the first floor of Tbilisi State University. I believe it was run by IREX and it was an oasis for visitors and academics who could not speak Russian, which seemed to be the only other language besides Georgian that opened doors in Georgia. Later the Goethe Institute opened its center and the British Council had an array of services. I believe the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus has a special service to offer Americans across the three South Caucasian nations. It understands the area has a similar history and strives not to underline the differences but rather the similarities. By embracing scholars and students across these three interests, they not only provide a valuable service but one that emphasizes unity across geographical space. My hope is that the organization can grow into an oasis for future scholars, that provides a variety of services and continues its cross-Caucasian approach.

Hulya Sakarya, ARISC Member

ARISC Georgia Newsletter – Spring-Summer 2015

ARISC Georgia Newsletter – Winter 2015

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How to orientate in Tbilisi, Georgia

ARISC Georgia offers some tips and advice about how and where to go arround Tbilisi:

Transportation:

Transportation from Tbilisi airport to the city center:

1. Use train from the airport to Tbilisi Central Station – cost 0.50 Gel (0.25 USD)
2. Take a shuttle (bus #37) – cost 0.50 Gel (0.25 USD)
3. Get a taxi outside the airport, or call: +995 32 2511511 – cost is 25-35 Gel (15-20 USD)
4. Order transfer at the hotel – depends upon the hotel prices
5. Order a transfer online – www.airport-transfer.ge

Getting around Tbilisi:

Tbilisi city center is the main destination for visitors. Vake is the district where all the main universities (Tbilisi State University, Ilia State University, etc.) are located.  Mtatsminda is the heart of Tbilisi connecting with downtown (historic city center) Tbilisi. For orientating in Tbilisi It is easy to find using the map downloaded here.

For more information about moving around or outside Tbilisi, please visit: www.info-tbilisi.com/usefulinfos/busroutes/, use taxi service – www.info-tbilisi.com/usefulinfos/taxi/  or download Tbilisi Underground route.

Lodging:

  • Hotel Demi – a small 7 room family hotel oriented for a business travelers and tourists. To book a room, call +995 32 222 06 19 / +995 32 225 26 61, or visit the hotel website: www.demi-hotel.com
  • Hotel Varazi – has about 45 rooms, all of them are equipped with wireless internet, air-conditioning, and other facilities. To book a room visit the hotel website: www.hotelvarazi.ge
  • Betsy’s Hotel – a small hotel overlooking the center of Tbilisi. The hotel can be reached on +995 32 293 14 04, or via website: www.betsyshotel.ge
  • Tbilisi Marriott and Courtyard Marriott are both located on Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi central street. Courtyard Marriott is about 300 meters away from Tbilisi Marriott. The rooms in both hotels can be ordered online using their web-sites:www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tbsmc-tbilisi-marriott-hotel/ andwww.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tbscy-courtyard-tbilisi/, or via telephone reservation: +995 32 277 91 00
  • Hotel Rooms Tbilisi – a newly opened hotel just in the middle of the city. The room can be booked online: http://roomshotels.com/tbilisi/

In addition there are number of small hotels and guesthouses. For the list, please visit: www.info-tbilisi.com/hotels/

Dining:

There are number of small cafes and restaurants in Vake district. Those willing to taste Georgian traditional cuisine can easily do it at:

Shemoixede Genacvale
50 Chavchavadze Ave
+995 32 236 53 65
www.gmcgroup.ge

Machakhela
77 Kostava St.
+995 32 236 38 80
www.machakhelagroup.ge

Taglaura
Mtkvari right coast, Vakhushti Bridge
+995 555 20 77 00
www.taglaura.ge

Italian Cafe Pomodorissimo
33 Chavchavadze Ave.
+995 32 260 15 15
+995 32 260 17 17
http://info-tbilisi.com/cafepomodorissimo/

Prego
7 Paliashvili Ave.
+995 322 2 99 97 23

Pizzeria Localino
14 Paliashvili St
+995 32 2 47 85 58

For further information regarding cafes and restaurants, please visit:
www.info-tbilisi.com/restaurants/
www.infoman.ge/eng/category/restaurants

Other Useful links:

www.infoman.ge
www.info-tbilisi.com
www.new.tbilisi.gov.ge

Government Related

Embassy of Georgia

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Parliament of Georgia

National Academy of Sciences

Georgian National Academy of Sciences

Culture

Information related to regional culture and museums.

Georgian Museums
Georgian National Museum
Kutaisi State Historical Museum
National Centre of Manuscripts
Nokalakevi Museum
Museum of Zakaria Paliashvili Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre
Rustaveli National Theatre
TEDxTbilisi

New to Georgia?

For those new to Georgia, the American Language Center Tbilisi (ALC) hosts: Georgia – Orientation Seminar.

This three hour course is designed to help new arrivals hit the ground running, with a focus on adapting to life in the capital Tbilisi. Participants will be introduced to Georgian history and current affairs, culture, etiquette and language. Detailed information on the practicalities of life in Georgia will also be given, covering everything from public transport and shopping to regional travel and security. The seminar will be followed by a Georgian buffet lunch.

This course will run every Saturday from June 16 subject to a minimum of 3 confirmed participants. The cost per participant is 50 GEL including all materials and lunch. For more information, or to book your place, email info@alctbilisi.com or visit http://alctbilisi.com/