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Country Overview

Georgia

Facts and Figures

Official name: Georgia
Area: 69 700 sq. Km
Population: 4 385 400
Capital: Tbilisi
Main cities: Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi, Telavi, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Poti
Time zone: GMT + 4:00
Country code: GEO
Calling code: +995 (+995 32 – for Tbilisi)
Internet code: .ge
Official language: Georgian
Political structure: Democratic Republic

Geography

Georgia is located in a region known as the Caucasus at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Georgia shares borders with Russia (to the North), Azerbaijan (to the South-East), Armenia (to the South) and Turkey (to the south-west).

Climate

Georgia’s climate is diverse; although, it is warm and pleasant throughout most of the country. The Greater Caucasus Mountains influence the climate of Georgia by keeping cold northern winds away. The Lesser Caucasus Mountains partially protect the country form dry and hot air masses from the South. Winters are short and rather mild. Spring and Autumn are the wettest seasons, Winter and Summer – the driest. The average temperature in summer is between 20-24 degrees Celsius, in winter 2-4. Humidity is lower.

 

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Visa

For detailed information please visit www.mfa.gov.ge

There are no visa requirements for visitors from many nations. A passport valid for at least 6 months is required for all nationalities. There is no visa needed for stays up to 360 days for nationals of:

  • The European Union
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • Lichtenstein
  • Norway
  • Israel
  • The Holy See
  • Turkey
  • Principality of Andorra
  • San-Marino
  • Republic of Iceland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • State of Kuwait
  • South Korea
  • State of Qatar
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Oman

 

Those from nations that required a visa to enter the country can apply for one at the Georgian consulates in their country of origin or upon arrival at Tbilisi International Airport; or at the following checkpoints at the border with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey: Sarpi and Vale checkpoints at the border of Turkey, Matsimi and Tsiteli Khidi (Red Bridge) at the border of Azerbaijan and Sadakhlo at the border of Armenia.

Please note: at present, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not controlled by the central government of Georgia. Therefore, travelling to these regions is not advisable, because your security cannot be guaranteed. Travelling within the territory of Georgia on an Abkhazian visa is also prohibited.

Get to Georgia by Air, Road, Sea

By Air:

Georgia has a very convenient geographic location; making it very easy to reach by all types of transportation. It takes only 3-4 hours to reach Georgia from the center of Europe by plane. There are non-stop flights to the capital of Georgia (Tbilisi) from: Aktau; Alma-Ata, Amsterdam, Athens, Baku, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kharkov, Kiev, London, Minsk, Munich, Paris, Prague, Riga, Tel-Aviv, Vienna, Yerevan. Daily flights are available from Kiev, Munich, Istanbul and Baku. There are also flights from other cities three-four times a week.

By Bus:

Daily buses to Tbilisi depart from Baku, Istanbul, Ankara, Trabzon and Yerevan. There are everyday departures from numerous cites of Armenia: Yerevan, Vanadzori, Stepanavi, Gumri, Artek, Spitak; Azerbaijan: Baku; Turkey: Istanbul, Trabzon. From Athens, buses depart several times a week.

By Train:

There are International connections available from Azerbaijan and Armenia. For more information visit the website: www.railway.ge and www.info-tbilisi.com

By Car:

One can reach Georgia by car from Europe as well as from Asia. Georgia has highways connecting it directly to Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. Crossing the border from these three countries is free of charges.

By The Sea:

Another pleasant option for reaching Georgia is by sea. There are two main ports available in Batumi and Poti.

Local Transportation

Taxi

You can contact an English-speaking Taxi service at (+995 5 97) 142881

Metro (underground)

The Metro can be used to get around in Tbilisi (the capital of Georgia). Hours of operation are from 6 am to 12 pm. Fare for traveling by metro is 0.5 GEL (50 Tetri). Please note: you must buy a plastic public transport card (price – 2GEL) that can be used for buses, Metro and mini-vans; you must however have the card to access the Metro, but not buses and vans. It is possible to add credit to your card at Metro stations or conveniently located automated pay-boxes throughout the city.

Local Railway

Connections are available everyday from Tbilisi to the following cities: Ozurgeti, Makhinjauri, Zugdidi, Vale and Poti. Please visit: www.railway.ge

Buses

You can also use so called yellow buses to get around. The fare is 0.5 GEL (50 Tetri), coins or card are accepted. Travel by mini-van is also an option; they can be hailed by raising your hand after which it will stop and pick you up. The maximum fare is 80 Tetri (coins or card). Please note that the bus and subway fare is paid via control-cash devices. Therefore, it is forbidden to pay the bus driver directly. You should pay the fare (use the pay-box as you enter the bus) as soon as you get on the bus. Please, note that you’ll be charged 15 GEL if you are caught without a ticket/recipe (the pay-box gives a recipe after payment).

Local Flights

Flights are Available from Tbilisi international Airport to Batumi Airport several times a week. Please visit: www.tbilisiairport.com

Car rental service

You can use a car rental service in Tbilisi from the following car rental companies:

 

MEDICAL SERVICE (English Speaking)

MediClub Georgia

Phone number: (+995 ) 32 225- 1991
Web http://www.mediclubgeorgia.ge/default.aspx

 

WHERE TO STAY

Holiday Inn Tbilisi

Business hotel
Addr: 1, 26 May Square
Tel: +995 32 230 00 99
Website: http://www.hi-tbilisi.com

Betsy’s Hotel
With Marvellous Tbilisi Views
Addr: 32/34 Makashvili St. Tbilisi
Tel: +995 32 293 14 04; +995 32 292 39 96 Fax: +995 32 99 93 11
Website: http://www.betsyshotel.com

Sheraton Metechi Palace
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
Addr: 20 Telavi St. Tbilisi
Tel: +995 32 277 20 20; Fax: +995 32 277 21 20
Website: http://www.sheraton.com/tbilisi

No12 Boutique Hotel
12 Vakhtang Beridze (Khodasheni)
0105 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: +995 32 2552212; +995 574 74 80 07
Website: http://www.no12hotel.com/

 

WHERE TO BUY FOOD

Hypermarket Goodwill – Website: http://goodwill.ge/?lng=eng

 

ENTERTEINMENT

Billiard Clubs

CLUB 12 TABLES – Tbilisi ,12a Kazbegi Ave

CLASSIC 13 – Tbilisi ,Kazbegi Avenue 44

RIO – Tbilisi ,45 Vazha-Pshavela Ave.

UNIVERS – Tbilisi ,77 Kostava St.

Night Clubs

TWO SIDE – Bambis Rigi 7, Tbilisi

KALAKURI – 13 Shavteli St. Tbilisi

BEATLES CLUB – 25 Kostava St, Tbilisi

BAMBA ROOMS – 12 Bambis rigi, Tbilisi

 

WHERE TO GO

Tour Operators