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Travel Information

Visa Requirements

Valid passports are required for visitors of all nationalities. There is no visa requirement for those who hold a passport issued by the United States of America, Canada, Japan, Israel, member countries of European Union, the Russian Federation, GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), etc. Nationalities from CIS countries, except those holding passports from Turkmenistan do not require a visa.

For more information, please visit the web-site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia:

www.mfa.gov.ge

http://mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_ id=ENG&sec_id=96&info_id=10474

 

Getting There

By air

Direct flights to Tbilisi are available from many European and Asian cities. Non-stop flights can be taken from Amsterdam, Munich, Riga, Vienna, Frankfurt, Prague, Par-is, Warsaw, Istanbul, Dubai, Tel-Aviv, Athens, Baku, Rome, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Kiev, Minsk, Alma-Ata, Astana, Aktau, Tehran, Urumqi, Athens, London, Alma-Ata, Doha and Erbil.

Batumi International Airport

Direct flights to Batumi are available from Tbilisi, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Minsk, Moscow-Dom, Kiev.

Kutaisi International Airport

Direct flights to Kutaisi are available from Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkov, Warsaw, Katowice, Moscow.

By land

Daily buses mainly to Tbilisi depart from Baku, Istanbul, Ankara, Trabzon, Yerevan and Athens.

By Train

Georgia is connected to Armenia and Azerbaijan. Trains from Baku are available every day and for more information and timetables, please visit www.railway.ge

By Sea

Georgia can be accessed by weekly ferries from Ukrainian ports of Ilychevsk and Odessa.

 

Accommodation

Major cities like Tbilisi and Batumi offer hotels of all categories from international four-star, to home-stays. In rural regions accommodation is primarily three-star family hotels, bed and breakfast and home-stays.

Cuisine

There are many excellent restaurants in Tbilisi serving both traditional Georgian and international cuisine, while restaurants in different regions of the country mainly offer traditional dishes.

Climate

The climate of the country is extremely diverse, considering the nation’s small size. The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range plays an important role in moderating Georgia’s climate, protecting the nation against cold air from the north, while the Lesser Caucasus Mountains protect against from the very dry, hot air from the south. Average temperatures in summer range from 19 °C to 22 °C, and in winter from 1.5 °C to 3 °C.

 

Currency

The official currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari usually indicated as GEL. the Lari is subdivided into 100 Tetri. One GEL equals 0.46 Euros or 0.60 U.S. Dollars (as of January 2012). Major hotels accept credit cards, but please check outside the main cities. Cash point machines are avail-able throughout major towns and cities.

Electricity

Electrical current – 220 Volts, 50 Hz. EU standard plugs work throughout Georgia.

Communications

The country code is +995 and the area code for Tbilisi is 322. Georgian mobile operators (Geocell, MagtiCom and Bee-line) cover almost the whole territory of the country and there are many WI-FI zones that enable visitors to use the internet for free.

Health

For the emergency services please call 112 – the Emergency Management Department.