Georgia Travel Information
Georgian authorities have introduced state of
emergency with restrictions on freedom of movement
internally and in/out of the country. The state of
emergency will at least last until 22 May. For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
Security in Georgia is relatively good as long as you
take common precautions and use common sense.
Tbilisi used to be a city with a lot of profit crime,
but the situation has improved much in recent years.
There is still a lot of begging. It is important to take
good care of valuables such as money, passports, jewelry
and photo equipment. The safe in the hotel should be
used. At night, it is recommended to take a taxi if you
are considering going longer distances.
There is more risk associated with moving in traffic
than you are used to in Norway. The speed is often high
and the vehicles poor. There is a lower threshold for
taking - and exposing others to - risks in traffic.
Motorists usually do not stop for pedestrians.
Along the administrative boundary of the Abkhasia
breakaway republic, one should be aware of land mines.
It is urged to exercise great care along the
administrative boundary line to the South Ossetia
breakaway republic. The boundary line is not always
visible and there have been cases where people who have
unconsciously crossed this have been arrested by South
Ossetian de-facto authorities.
If you are traveling in the mountains in the north,
it is recommended that you be accompanied by well-known
people, as well as bring good equipment. The weather in
the mountains changes very suddenly. In some villages in
the mountains, criminal activity may occur across the
- Countryaah: Tbilisi is the capital
of Georgia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
In general, you should consult with celebrities about
wildlife or other matters to be aware of before
embarking on nature walks in Georgia.
Political demonstrations take place regularly,
especially in Tbilisi, and clashes between police and
protesters occur. It is recommended to avoid areas where
political demonstrations are taking place.
Georgia is located in an earthquake exposed area.
Major earthquakes have occurred in neighboring Turkey
and Armenia. The Adzhara region on the Black Sea coast
is at times flood exposed. Groundgrass also occurs
occasionally in exposed areas, especially after large
amounts of rainfall.
The following general precautions are recommended for
short or long stays in the country:
- Use common sense
- Register at no
- If a crisis situation arises, contact the
embassy in Tbilsi
- Anyone visiting Georgia should have
comprehensive travel insurance
- Listen to local advice and follow the local
- Always carry identification
- Avoid large crowds such as political mass
demonstrations and demonstrations, as well as places
where political demonstrations have been announced
- Show caution in traffic, where many accidents
Outside the working hours of the consulate and
embassy, travelers can contact - UD's 24-hour
operating center on Tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail:
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to Georgia for
stays of up to one year. If you have any questions, you
can contact the Georgia Embassy in Oslo. For more
information on entry rules for Norwegians, see
information from the Georgian Ministry of Foreign
Upon entry/transit to Georgia, the following valid
documents are accepted in addition to passports:
- Emergency passport
- refugee travel document (green travel document)
- travel document for people staying on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document)
It is not possible to cross the border between
Georgia and Russia without traveling through areas
covered by the Foreign Ministry's official travel advice
for the North Caucasus or similarly for Abkhazia. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore advises against
any travel over land between Georgia and Russia.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Cases of
coronavirus infection in Georgia have been identified.
The country has introduced a state of emergency with
restrictions on freedom of movement internally and
in/out of the country. It is not possible for foreign
nationals to enter the country. The state of emergency
will at least last until 22 May 2020.
The state of emergency means that there are very few
opportunities to leave the country. If you are located
in Georgia and would like information on travel options,
please contact the Embassy by emailing [email protected]
Norwegian travelers who are still in Georgia should
keep abreast of how the situation is developing. Follow
local authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on
how to deal with the situation. Note that nightly
curfews, roadside checkpoints and other strict
contamination measures have been introduced. Violation
or lack of respect for these can lead to prosecution.
Georgia authorities have created the Prevention of
Coronavirus Spread in Georgia collection site. Note that
information in English may be sparse.
Norwegian citizens residing in Georgia who are
experiencing symptoms of covid-19 are asked to call the
ordinary emergency number in Georgia, 112.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
For entry into Georgia, vaccination should be
vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough,
poliomyelitis and hepatitis A. Admission to local
hospitals is not recommended, but there are medical
centers used by the international community:
MediClubGeorgia, Medical Center Cito and IMSS Clinic.
The National Insurance Scheme does not cover health
services for tourist stays and it is therefore strongly
recommended to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
when traveling to Georgia.
There are many pharmacies in Tbilisi where you can
get both medical goods, cosmetics and the like. Some
items that you get without a prescription in Norway can
often be prescription in Georgia.
Vaccination against typhoid fever is recommended for
longer stays. Depending on the nature of your stay,
additional vaccines may be recommended.
HIV, tuberculosis and syphilis are a major challenge
in Georgia as in other countries in the region.
For more information on vaccinations, see the website
of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
International telephone code +995 (+32 for Tbilisi).
The GSM coverage is good, even in the country. The time
difference between Norway and Georgia is + two hours in
summer and + three hours in winter.
Georgian is the official language, with its own
alphabet. Many Georgians speak Russian, and some will
also speak English, especially in Tbilisi.
The majority of the population belongs to the
Georgian Orthodox Church. The dress style is mainly
western, but it is expected to cover the legs (both for
men and women) if one wishes to visit one of Georgia's
many churches. Here, women must also cover their hair.
Power: Frequent and long-term power outages were
previously common, but this is now significantly
improved. The voltage variation can be large. The power
supply is the best in the capital.
Transport: Public communication is cheap but of
varying quality. Many foreigners use taxis, even on
longer day trips outside the capital. It is wise to ask
for a price before getting into the taxi. Taxi company
009 offers advance booking and usually offers reasonable
prices. In Tbilisi, the taxify app is an effective way
to book taxis.
Credit Cards: Most cards can be used, such as
MasterCard and Visa at some of the hotels and at major
supermarkets. Cash must be used in regular stores. The
currency unit in Georgia is lari (GEL). In July 2019,
the rate is 1 GEL = 3.03 NOK.
Holidays: January 7 - Orthodox Christmas, January 19
- Revelation, Orthodox Easter - date varies from year to
year but only coincides exceptionally with
Protestant/Catholic Easter, April 9 - Independence and
Memorial Day, May 26 - Independence Day, 28 August - St.
Mary's Day (Mariamoba), October 14 - Svetitskhovlba
(celebration of First Christian Church in Georgia),
November 23 - St. Georg's Day.
Normal opening hours are 1000-1800. Banks: 0930 -
Emergency number: Police, ambulance and fire
department - 112