Most of you have texted to us about which countries Georgia has open borders with. In today’s article we will provide you with a list of countries whose citizens can visit the country unconditionally, in addition I will focus on the lists of countries that have included Georgia in the green list and imposed certain restrictions. As for the last part of the blog, you will find an extract from the publication of the ‘New York post’, where it names Georgia as the safe zone in terms of remote work in the top six. Georgia is one of the country where you could travel during pandemic in 2020, It is also great place for Digital Nomads. So if you are a digital entrepreneur stuck somewhere during the crazy times of covid-19 and you are looking places where you can safely travel consider Georgia.
Georgian Border Crossing Regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic
At this stage, the state border of Georgia is opened unconditionally for 5 out of 27 EU member states, they are:
Citizens of the countries / persons with permanent residence permits can come to Georgia for all types of visits only by air, in case of departure from the indicated 5 countries. Before crossing the Georgian border, they must complete a specially designed, electronic form – available on a specially designed website of the Government of Georgia, which will indicate the history of travel during the last 14 days before entering Georgia, accommodation, contact information and more. The above-mentioned individuals are subjected to thermal screening at border points, and in case of temperature above 37 degrees, they undergo PCR examination.
Citizens of EU countries , which entered Georgia in the so-called ‘green list’ (except for the 5 countries listed above) or various restrictions have been imposed, can enter Georgia under a 14-day mandatory quarantine, but note that the costs of which must be covered by themselves.
If a citizen / person with permanent residence permit of the above 5 countries arrives by air from the EU country with which Georgia opens the border by reservation, or from the countries with which Georgia does not have an open border, as well as if he / she has a travel history of the mentioned 5 countries during the last 14 days Except in other countries, it is subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at its own expense.
It should be noted that business visits from all over the world will be carried out smoothly in advance, in accordance with the relevant form and in agreement with the relevant industry agency, click here to see form . Guests arriving in Georgia on a business visit are required to undergo PCR testing at their own expense when entering Georgia, at a customs checkpoint / border crossing point, or at the nearest customs control area, and at their own expense every 72 hours for the next 14 days. If a person is diagnosed with an immunoglobulin “G” as a result of the first PCR examination, he / she will be exempted from further examinations), or undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, also at his / her own expense. This does not apply to citizens of 5 EU member states / holders of residence permits with whom Georgia unconditionally opens its borders.
Other issues related to border crossing
The electronic form is filled in only by those citizens of Georgia who hold a permanent residence permit in the above-mentioned 5 countries, or are dual citizens.
Citizens of the EU country / persons with a residence permit with whom the border is opened with a certain reservation do not fill in the electronic form, as they are required to pass a 14-day quarantine.
It is not necessary to conduct a preliminary PCR examination before leaving for Georgia. The conclusion reflecting the laboratory research conducted abroad will not be accepted as a substitute for PCR research to be conducted in Georgia on the necessary principle and / or mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Citizens / persons with residence permits from EU member states: Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Slovenia will have to go through a 14-day quarantine if they enter Georgia with their own funds.
In relation to European countries that are not members of the European Union, the state border of Georgia is not opened, with the exception of business visits.
Citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia who enter from EU member states with whom the state border is opened with a reservation are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
Citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia who enter from EU member states with which Georgia has no open border are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
Citizens of Germany, France, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia who come from non-EU countries and other continents are subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at their own expense.
Georgian citizens coming from the European Union and other countries are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Exceptions are citizens of Georgia who hold a document certifying permanent residence in France, Germany, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, or at the same time hold the status of a citizen of these countries.
If a Georgian citizen with permanent residence in the above 5 countries arrives by air from the EU country with which Georgia opens the border by reservation (Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Iceland), or from countries with which Georgia does not have an open border, and if during the last 14 days has a travel history in countries other than the 5 mentioned countries, then a citizen of Georgia is subject to a 14-day mandatory quarantine at state expense.
- A citizen of Georgia who holds a residence permit in the EU member states (except for the 5 countries listed above) is subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
- Citizens of the EU member states for whom the Georgian border is opened have the right to enter the country through the land border according to the decree. Upon entry they are subject to quarantine at their own expense.
Preventive testing for the virus
- PCR testing is conducted at airports.
- Air airport PCR examination is subject to citizenship / residence permit of 5 EU countries, if he / she has expressed his / her permission to pass the test in advance (in the application).
- PCR-survey response will be known within a maximum of 24 hours, it is recommended that the person be in self-isolation before receiving the survey response.
- In response to the survey results, the person will receive information by e-mail within a maximum of 24 hours. In case of a positive answer, telephone communication will also be provided by the NCDC. The infected person will be transported to the appropriate medical facility.
- The sampling procedure for one person PCR examination varies within 5-10 minutes.
- Passengers at the airport undergo a PCR test with their consent.
- Guests arriving in Georgia on a business visit are required to undergo PCR testing at their own expense upon arrival in Georgia, at a customs checkpoint / border crossing point, or at the nearest customs control zone, and to conduct PCR examination at their own expense every 72 hours for the next 14 days ( If a person is diagnosed with an immunoglobulin “G” as a result of the first PCR examination, he / she will be exempted from further studies), or undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, also at his own expense. This does not apply to citizens of 5 EU member states / holders of residence permits with whom Georgia unconditionally opens its borders.
Quarantine is mandatory for citizens of Georgia and citizens of EU countries with which the state border is opened with a certain reservation.
Quarantine also applies to citizens of the above-mentioned 5 EU countries / persons with permanent residence permits who enter Georgia from countries with which we do not have an open border, or have a history of travel to countries other than these 5 countries during the last 14 days..
- In the case of Georgian citizens, the quarantine costs are covered by the state, and in the case of EU citizens, they themselves.
- The quarantine hotel can not be selected by the visitor.
- Transportation from the airport to the hotel is provided by the state. Leaving the hotel after a period of 14 days, in case of a negative result confirmed by PCR test.
- The person is obliged to be in the quarantine area for 14 days after crossing the border.
- A person undergoes PCR examination before leaving the quarantine hotel.
PCR examination is mandatory before leaving the hotel. In the case of EU citizens, the test fee is paid by the citizen himself, and in the case of Georgian citizens – by the state.
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