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Visa requirements


Valid passports are required for visitors of all nationalities. There is no visa requirement for those who hold a passport from the United States of America, Canada, Japan, Israel, Lebanon, member countries of European Union, GCC countries, etc. Nationalities from CIS countries, except those holding passports from the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan, do not require a visa. For more information please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia www.mfa.gov.ge

 

Getting there

 

  • BY AIR - Direct flights to Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi are available from many European and Asian cities. Non-stop flights can be taken from Amsterdam, Munich, Riga, Vienna, Frankfurt, Prague, Paris, Warsaw, Istanbul, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Athens, Baku, Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Kiev, Minsk, Almaty, Astana, Aktau, Tehran and Urumqi.
  • 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 is accessible by ferry every week from the Ukrainian ports of Ilychevsk and Odessa.

Currency


The official currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari (GEL). The Lari is subdivided into 100 Tetri. One GEL equals 0.46 Euros or 0.60 U.S. Dollars (as of January 2013). Major hotels accept credit cards, but please check outside the main cities. Cash point ma¬chines are available 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 Beeline) cover almost the whole territory of the country and there are many WI-FI zones that enable visitors to use the internet for free.

 

Emergency services

 

As with undertaking any form of travel, adequate insurance is strongly advised. Georgia has excellent medical facilities. For the emergency services please call 112, which is 24 hour emergency response center, under the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“112” receives emergency calls from all over Georgia via single emergency number – 1-1-2 and it unites three emergency response centers in Georgia including:

  • Fire / Rescue
  • Patrol Police
  • Medical Emergency

1-1-2 is reachable from both mobile and fixed phones, even if there is no balance on the phone or sim-card is missing on mobile phone. All calls to 1-1-2 are free of charge.

 

Accommodation


Major cities like Tbilisi and Batumi of fer 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.

 

Climate

 

The climate warm and pleasant; Mediterranean-like on Black Sea coast. Average temperatures in summer range from 19 °C to 22 °C, and in winter from 1.5 °C to 3 °C.