Useful information for Georgia

How to arrive

There are many ways to come to Georgia: by airplane, by car, by train or by boat.

 

1. FLY

There are 3 international airports in Georgia:

There are direct fly from many cities from around the world to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS), which is situated from 18km from the city center of Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.  Different air companies fly to Georgia from the different destination around the world:

Georgian Airways from: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Kazan, Kiev, London, Moscow, Paris, Prague, St. Patersburg, Tel Aviv, Ufa, Vienna, Voronez, Yerevan

Turkish Airlines: Istanbul, Ankara

Pegasus Airlines: Istanbul

Ukraine International Airlines: Kiev

Qatar Airways: Doha

Air Baltic: Riga

LOT: Warsaw

Air France: Paris

Lufthansa: Munich

Aegean Airlines: Athens

Belavia: Minsk

Azerbaijan Airlines: Baku

 

Direct flights to Kutaisi David the Builder Internaonal Airport (KUT) located 14 km distance from the city center: Wizz Air from Vienna, Brussels Charleroi, Larnaca, Prague, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg, Paris Beauvais, Berlin Schoenefeld, Dortmund, Memmingen / Munich West, Athens, Thessaloniki, Budapest, Bari, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumincino, Riga, Vilnius, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Katowice, Krakov, Warsaw Chopin, Wroclaw, Barcelona El Prat, London Luton.

 

Direct flights to Batumi International Airport (BUS), located 12 kilometers from the city center:

Turkish Airlines: Istanbul

Belavia: Minsk

 Georgien Airways: Tel-Aviv

 

Regarding your flight schedule or reservaon of air tickets, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

 

2. TRAIN

It is possible to enter in Georgia by train from Armenia and from Azerbaijan.

 

Yerevan (Armenia) – Tbilisi (Georgia) – in odd days - 21:30-07:50

Tbilisi (Georgia) - Yerevan (Armenia) - in even days - 20:20-06:55

Yerevan (Armenia) - Batumi (Georgia) / Batumi (Georgia) - Yerevan (Armenia) (seasonal, to check before leaving)

 

Baku (Azerbaidjan) - Tbilisi (Georgia) – every day - 21 :10- 10:25

Tbilisi (Georgia) - Baku (Azerbaidjan) – every day - 17:55- 07:20

 

Train schedule is not guaranteed, it might change. Regarding your train schedule or reservation of tickets, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

3. CAR

You can come to Georgia by car/coach from all the neighbor's countries crossing the borders:

 

From Armenia

Border Bagratashen/Sadakhlo (85 km from Tbilisi and 225 km from Yerevan)

Border Bavra/Ninotsminda (335 km from Tbilisi and 175 km from Yerevan)

 

From Azerbaijan

Border Balakan/Lagodekhi (180 km from Tbilisi and 415 km from Baku)

Border Red bridge (60 km from Tbilisi and 555 km from Baku)

 

From Turkey

Border Sarpi (415 km from Tbilisi and 1265 km from Istanbul)

Border Vale (230 km from Tbilisi and 1565 km from Istanbul)

Border Kartsakhi (230 km from Tbilisi and 1520 km from Istanbul)

 

From Russia

Border Lars/Kazbegi (166 km from Tbilisi and 1800 km from Moscow)

 

Regarding all kind of transports reservation, do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 

4. SEA

It is also possible to enter in Georgia by Black Sea:

To Batumi Port (400 km from Tbilisi) or to Poti Port (350 km from Tbilisi and 70 km from Batumi)

 

From Boulgary

Burgas – Batumi (Friday)

Varna – Poti

 

From Ukrain

Ilyichevsk – Batumi (Wednsday, Friday, Sunday)

 Ilyichevsk – Poti (Fridey)

Odessa – Batumi

Odessa – Poti

 

From Russia

Sochi – Batumi (Tuesday, Friday)

 

The schedule of ferry ships change often. Do not hesitate to contact us for all types of information.

Transportation / getting around

In Georgia there is a lot of possibility to move, as by public transport also by private transport.

 

TRANSFER TO / FROM THE AIRPORT

Transfer from the airport to the city center (Tbilisi, Batumi or Kutaisi) is possible with public transport (bus and / or train) as well as with private transport. We remain in your disposal in the case of utility of private transport.

 

TRANSPORT BETWEEN CITY

Train

The ferrous network binds the eastern part of Georgia with the western part. The main train is Tbilisi-Batumi, which runs twice a day, every day.

 

Tbilisi – Batumi :

Every morning : 08:00 - 13:00

Every evening : 17:35 - 22:35

 

Batumi – Tbilisi :

Every morning : 07:55 -12:50

Every evening : 18:00 – 23:00

 

Minibus

Minibuses connect almost every point of Georgia. It is a public transport uncomfortable but practical. Several minibus stations exist in Tbilisi and in each city.

 

 

Helicopter

In Georgia there are several airports that operate domestic flights:

Aerodrome "Natakhtari" - located 35 km north of the center of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

Mestia Airport - located 5 km east of the center of Mestia, Svaneti region, northwestern Georgia.

Ambrolaouri Airport - located 3km north of Ambrolaouri city center, Ratcha region, northwestern Georgia.

Mimino Airport - located 7 km north-east of Telavi center, Kakheti region, east of Georgia.

 

Tbilisi - Batumi - almost every day;

Natakhtari - Ambrolaouri - 2-3 times a week;

Nathakhtai - Mestia - 4-5 times a week;

Kutaisi - Mestia - 2 times a week.

 

Flight schedules change often. Do not hesitate to contact us for information and tickets.

 

Car

Car rental is possible in Georgia. The main highway, E60, which links Tbilisi to Batumi is under construction. The roads are rather maintained, not paying. In certain areas a good 4x4 car is mandatory.

Do not hesitate to contact us for information and for car rental.

 

Important! Permitted blood alcohol level: 0.3 ppm. In the event of an accident, notify the police for the establishment of the report.

 

Taxi

Taxi is a very easy and not very expensive transportation in Georgia. It is used rather to move in city, but it is possible also to use it for the displacement between city. It is possible to pay in cash by Taxi or credit card using several international applications of Taxi.

 

Distances

Tbilisi - Baku: 578 km                                   Tbilisi - Batumi: 375 km 

Tbilisi - Yerevan: 273 km                               Tbilisi - Koutaisi: 228 km  

Tbilisi - Poti: 323 km                                     Tbilissi - Borjomi: 158 km

Entry formality / Visa

Check online if you need visa to travel to Georgia.

 

Visa Free

Pleasant innovation: Citizens of European Union and of some others countries need no Visa for entering Georgia.

If you wish to visit Georgia for a short period of time, you can book the ticket for the first plane.

So, the issue "Visa to Georgia" is settled.

 

Citizens of Member States of the European Union may enter Georgia with a travel document, as well as with an identity card issued by a Member State of the European Union. The identity card shall contain the name, surname, date of birth and a photo of the person.

 

eVisa

The citizens of other countries are invited to get the e-visa online. It takes not less than 5 working days to make a decision on a visa application. We are at your disposal to assist you in your efforts.

 

Attention! Entry into Georgia is strictly prohibited for persons holding a visa issued by the de facto authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia or a stamp indicating a stay in one of the two occupied regions of Georgia . They expose themselves to the risk of immediate arrest for illegal entry into the country.

Prohibition of importation of Medicines

Instructions on the importation of psychotropic drugs into Georgia

The importation of psychotropic drugs is subject to strict regulation. It concerns all narcotics, including drugs containing codeine, benzodiazepine, opium, tramadol, morphine, cannabis, etc.

 

The law provides for entry arrangements with this type of psychotropic substances and medicines for the personal use of travelers. The traveler must have in his possession the following documents:

  • Photocopy of the prescription translated into English and certified by an authorized agency according to the rule determined by the laws of the country from where a natural person is traveling. Prescription should include the following information:
    • Natural person’s Name, Surname, gender and age
    • Diagnosis
    • Brand and generic names of the narcotic drug and/or psychotropic substance
    • Dosage form
    • Quantity of tablets, ampoules and etc
    • Method of use and duration of treatment
  • Certificate of physician issuing prescription, translated into English and certified according to the rule established by the laws of the country of departure
  • Document signed and sealed by an authorized person (legalized) certifying authenticity of the prescription and certificate and issued by a competent authority of the country of departure. Such a document should include the following information:
    • Name of the authority
    • Juridical address
    • Contact person
    • Phone number
    • Country of destination

 

The list of the medicaments is very variable. So, please, check the Revenue Services of Georgia webpage for newest information.

 

If these types of drugs are needed during the trip, please check the information about it before coming. We are at your disposal in case of any questions.

Health

Immunizations

There are no mandatory vacines for Georgia.
For recommended vaccinations, visit the Institut Pasteur web page.


 
Emergency calls: 112
 

Warning! The imposition of certain medicines in Georgia is strictly forbidden. See more information at top.

Finance

Exchange rate
1 GEL (Georgian Lari) = 100 Tetri
1 EURO = 3.00 GEL (03/11/2019)
1 USD = 2.68 GEL (03/11/2019)
Check the official LARI exchange rate here.

 

Exchange
The exchange takes place easily in the country, in the many bureaux de change of the big cities.
Attention: only bring tickets in good condition, otherwise they can be refused.
There are also many distributors in which you can directly withdraw cash.

Exchange offices are working 24/7 at airports.

 

Banks
Banks operate in Georgia from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00. Each bank has an agency that works 24 hours / 7 days.

Time

Georgia is in the GMT zone + 4h.

Compared to Europe there is the difference + 2 hours or +3 hours according to the period of year, because in Georgia there is no change of schedule.
 

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Opening time:

Official working hours in Georgia are from 10:00 to 18:00, from Monday to Friday.

The National Museum of Georgia, which unifies almost all museums in Georgia, works from 10:00 to 18:00, every day except Monday.

 

Holidays:

January 1st - New Year's Day
January 2nd - Second day of the year
January 7 - Orthodox Christmas
January 19 - Baptism Day of Christ
March 3 - Mother's Day
March 8 - International Women's Rights Day
April 9 - National Unity Day
Variable - Orthodox Passover, Easter Monday (April 27th and 28th in 2019)
May 9 - Feast of Victory on Fascism
May 12 - Saint Andrew's Day
May 26 - Independence Day
August 28 - Dormition
October 14 - Day of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (Mtskheta)
November 23 - Feast of Saint George

Communication

Emergency calls: 112

 

Phone calls
To call Georgia from abroad:
1 - dial the country code + 995
2 - dial the city codes (322 for Tbilisi, for example) or the mobile operator (599 for Magti, 577 for Geocell, etc.)
3 - dial 6 numbers of your correspondent

 

Code of Major Cities in Georgia:

  • Tbilisi : 322

  • Akhaltsikhe: 365

  • Batumi : 422

  • Borjomi : 367

  • Gori : 370

  • Kobuleti: 426

  • Kutaisi: 431

  • Mtskheta: 373

  • Photi: 493

  • Rustavi: 341

  • Stephantsminda: 345 

  • Telavi : 35

 

To call abroad from Georgia:

 

1 - dial the number for international calls (00)
2 - dial the country code (33 for France, for example)

 

 

 

The post office

The post office in Georgia has been renewed and developed after the development of the Internet for that post is not very popular in Georgia. One of the slogans of the post was "გახადე ურთიერთობა ხელშესახები" "Making contact tangible!", which describes very well the role of the post in Georgia.

You could find postcards everywhere in the tourist area, stamps are also available in some tourist shops. To send letters use post boxes located in the streets or arrive directly at the post office.

 

 

Internet

In hotels and restaurants there is always the internet with the connection of good level. In the street (in parks and in tourist areas) there is free public Wi-Fi Tbilisi Loves You, which can be used in case of emergency.

The domain of the country is .ge.

Languages

The official language in Georgia is Georgian. The English language is widely spoken in the tourist area and in the service sector. In general and especially in certain region Russian as Armenian and Azeri are also spoken.

Men

Demography
Total population of Georgia is 3,729,600 (2018).
Here, several ethical people coexist. The majority are Georgian (86.8%), followed by Azeris (6.2%), Armenian (4.5%), Russians (0.7%) and others (2.8%) (2014).

 

Religion
Besides ethnicity, several religions are also present.
The official religion is Orthodoxy and the majority of the population is Orthodox (83.9%), followed by Muslims (9.9%), Armenian Gregorians (3.9%) and Catholics (0.8%). , Jews (0.1%) and representatives of other religions (0.8%). 0.6% of the population is not religious at all. (According to the description of 2002).

Good manners

Visit of the monasteries
To visit churches and especially monasteries, which are very much in Georgia, women are invited to wear long skirts and to cover their hair, men - long pantalones. Almost in all cases the long skirts and the scarves are lent to the ladies at the entrance.
 
Guest gift
When you are invited, it will be better to bring sweets or chocolates rather than wine, especially if you go to the party and / or village.

Tips
This gesture of thanks is left to your appreciation.