Georgia Re-opens its Land Borders to Private Citizens
Since the start of June, Georgia’s land borders have finally reopened. Here’s a summary of what you need to know if you’re planning a trip.
Due to Covid precautions, Georgia’s land borders closed to most foreign citizens way back on March 18, 2020. However, as of June 1, 2021, the frontiers have reopened, according to agenda.ge and other news outlets. Citizens of the EU countries and 26 other nationalities (including most CIS nationals) can cross using the simplified entry procedure by filling out the registration form here. At the border, you’ll be expected to give details of your proposed contact details and to give your “travel history,” i.e., all countries visited during the last 14 days. If India is one of these places, you will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival. Other nationalities need to use the Business Entry form here and apply ten days in advance.
Within 72 hours of arriving at the frontier checkpoint, you’ll need to have had an officially documented PCR test, preferably with a scan-able QR code, to expedite its verification. On day three of your stay in Georgia, you’ll have to have another PCR test (at your own expense) to prove that you are Covid-free. Some sources have recommended Synevo Laboratory as providing such tests within Georgia.
A fuller summary of the rules and caveats is available here, and it’s worth bearing in mind that the rules are due for possible revision on June 14, 2021, so if travelling shortly before that time, contact one of the hotlines relevant to your nationality.