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Georgia country information

Georgia map
Area: 69,700 sq km
Population: 4,630,841
Population density: 66 per sq km
Capital: Tbilisi
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British No
Australian Yes
Canadian No
Other EU No


Passport valid for at least six months from date of application required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

All visitors must register with the police within three days of arrival.


Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days except:
(a) nationals of Australia who do require a visa.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa Note

(a) Passengers on cruise ships which stay on a Georgian port for less than 72 hours do not require a visa. (b) For stays over 90 days nationals will need to apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit from the civil registration agency of the ministry of justice in Georgia. (c) Journalists now need to seek accreditation from the ministry of foreign affairs in Georgia before applying for a visa. (d) Armenian and Azerbaijani visas are no longer valid for transit through Georgia.  

Types of Visa and Cost

Ordinary: US$30 (single-entry, 90 day); US$45 (double-entry, 90 day); US$50 (multiple-entry, 90 day); Transit: US$5 (single-entry); US$10 (double-entry); Residence Permit: US$50.


Tourist visas are valid for three months from date of issue. Multiple-entry visas are valid for 12 months from date of issue for stays of up to three months each. Transit visas are normally valid for a maximum of three days (provided transit passengers are also holding valid onward or return documentation).

Applications to:

Individual travellers should apply to the embassy (or consular section at embassy) or send their application by post; see Contact Addresses. Nationals of countries where there is no Georgian diplomatic representation may obtain visas for US$10 at Tbilisi international airport, where a 24-hour service is provided by the Visa Branch of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (tel: (32) 284 698; website: ). Visitors should note that this service is only applicable for short-stay visits. Visa Consular services are also available at Batumi and Kutaisi airports and the ports of Batumi and Poti. It is also recommended that the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be informed in advance of the visitor's planned visit by the inviting party.

Tourist travellers must submit all documentation to the tour operator making the travel arrangements.

Working Days Required

Two to five for personal applications; two weeks to one month for multiple-entry visas; postal applicants must allow at least three to four working days for the return of passport and visa. If urgent, single- and double-entry visas can be processed the next working day during opening hours. Multiple-entry visas can also be processed, if urgent, within two weeks. An additional fee is required to process visas urgently. Note: Applications should be made no later than three working days and not earlier than three months from the date of departure.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

Airzena Georgian Airlines (A9) (website: ), the national airline, operates regular flights from Athens, Frankfurt/M, Kiev, Moscow, Paris, Prague, Tel Aviv and Vienna.

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Tbilisi to is 6 hours 45 minutes; and from New York is 15 hours (both times include stopovers).

Main Airports

Tbilisi (TBS) is 18km (11 miles) east of Tbilisi city centre. To/from the airport: Mini-buses and taxis are available to the city centre (journey time - 30 minutes), state buses run throughout the day (website: ). Facilities: Bureaux de change, bars, restaurants, duty-free shops. In winter, power failures may affect the airport.
Departure Tax

Getting There by Water

Main ports: Batumi and Poti. Batumi and Poti provide international connections with sea ports in Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia.

Getting There by Rail

The Transcaucasian railway operates overnight services between Baku (Azerbaijan) and Yerevan (Armenia). The main line runs towards the Russian Federation through Georgia along the Black Sea coast.

The Silk Road Express also runs a service from Baku to Tbilisi.

War in the breakaway region of Abkhazia has adversely affected Georgia's rail link with Russia, and it is currently not available.

Getting There by Road

Access is from Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan via the Dariali Gorge. The Russia-Georgia checkpoint at Kazbegi (the Georgian Military Highway), Tskhinvali (the Roki Tunnel) and routes across the Georgian-Abkhaz boarder are currently closed.
Cycling & Maps
Cost of living
Food & drink
Bike shops

My Velo
Belinski st.
0108 Tbilisi
Tel: +995 32 987747

There is supposed to be a bike mechanic at the velodrome, close to Marianishvili metro station.
The shop is open at irregular hours, the owner's name Rouicha.

climate chart Tbilisi
Road distances
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