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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visa Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Diplomatic Representations
Georgian Embassies and Consulates abroad.
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
For further information, please consult the City Hall of T'bilisi.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Tbilisi (TBS) 19 km / 12 miles GEL 20-USD 16 / 30 min GEL 35 / 30-40 min - -

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
The Georgians use road transport a lot. Georgia has good road infrastructures.

The railway is also a good means of transport linking Georgia to Russia and the other nations of the Caucasus.

The airplane is a practical means of moving around inside the country.

Rail Companies
Georgian Railways

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Georgian Airways Major No Yes
Sky Georgia Major No Yes
Aeroflot Major No Yes
Lufthansa Major No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
For short distances, the bus is the most practical means of transport; for longer distances, the train is preferable.
Road Maps
Mappy
Find an Itinerary
Maplandia

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The historical monuments of  Mtskheta, or Upper Svaneti, the village of Ushguli.
Cultural
Georgia is one of the most ancient nations in the world; it has several sites which are listed UNESCO World Heritage sites, such as: the Cathedral of Bagrati and the Gelati monastery, the historical monuments of  Mtskheta, or  Upper Svaneti.
Nature
National Park of Borjomi - KharagauliKolkheti National Park, Tusheti National Park.

 

Religious
Cathedral of Bagrati and the Gelati monastery, theJvari monastery, the cathedral of Svetitskhoveli.
Thermal
Georgia has long been a nation of spas; you can find spas in Tskhaltubo, Abastumani, Tsagveri, Tsumi or Java.
Beach
The western part of Georgia is on the Black Sea. The Georgian coast is renowned for its beaches covered with palm trees and eucalyptus.
Winter Sports
You can ski in the resorts of Gudauri and Bakuriani .
Outdoor Activities
Canoeing, hiking, jet-skiing.
Shopping
Caucasian carpets, Georgian wine, chacha (a liqueur), kinzhal (a Georgian knife).
Tourism Organizations
Ministry of Tourism

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There are no vaccination requirements for short stays; however, for a long stay, an anti-rabies vaccination is strongly advised. There is a risk of malaria (P. vivax exclusively) from July to October in the South East of the country.

You are advised to avoid eating raw or undercooked foods, and to drink only bottled or filtered water.

 

For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Medical facilities and health information in Georgia
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Foreign Affairs Canada
US State Department
 

Emergency Numbers

Police 02
Medical emergencies 03 or 901
Firemen 01
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In T'bilisi (GMT+3 (in winter), GMT+4 (in summer))
Summer Time Period
From June to September.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
There is great diversity in Georgia's climate. The western part is humid and subtropical, while the eastern part has a continental climate characterized by quite cold winters and hot summers. The temperature ranges between 0 and 5°C in winter, and between 30 and 35° in summer. The coldest month is January. May and June are the wettest months.
For Further Information
Climate in Georgia
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Foreign visitors usually like khachapuri which is a quiche filled with slightly salted cheese, and muzhuzi which is a dish of boiled pigs' trotters with vinegar. You should also taste kharcho which is a mutton and rice soup.
Drinks
Georgia is the oldest wine producing region in the world. It is worth mentioning mukhuzani, tetra (the yellow color of straw), tsinandali and teliani.
Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Georgian Lari
ISO Code
GEL
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The Georgian Lari (GEL) = 100 tetri.
Notes: GEL 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1. Coins: 50, 20, 10, and 5 tetri.
Possible Means of Payment
Foreign currency can be exchanged for Georgian Laris at banks and in bureaux de change.

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Speaking

Official Language
Georgian 71%
Note: Abkhaz is the official language in Abkhazia.
Other Languages Spoken
Russian 9%, Armenian 7%, Azeri 6%, Others 7%.
Business Language
Russian and English.
Getting Some Knowledge
Learn Georgian.
Free Translation Tools
Translate : Free translation from English-Georgian and Vice-versa
Translation Directory : Free translation directory for English-Georgian
Sito Personale : Free dictionary English-Georgian

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Real Estate agencies in Georgia
Sublet
Real Estate

Sublet
Real Estate
Makler
To Find a Job
Job in Georgia
Job Geo
Act
Job.ge

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