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COVID-19 updates

On this page we’re sharing the updates on the current COVID-19 situation in Georgia, related to tourism. We’re also sending these updates to anyone who has booked with us in 2020.


Update 25 June 2021

Face masks are no longer required when you are in outdoor spaces. The curfew will be lifted from 1st of July.
Bars, cafes and restaurants will now close from midnight.


Latest Status (April/May/June) 2021

Any person traveling from any country (by air) with a proof of full vaccination can enter Georgia freely. There is no need for PCR tests. Land borders opened on 1st of June, and a PCR test is required there even if you’re vaccinated.

Residents of the following countries can enter Georgia with a PCR test not older than 72 hours.

  • All EU member states
  • Israel
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain
  • Turkey
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus
  • Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan
  • United Kingdom (added 24 April)
  • China, Japan, Korea, Oman

On the third day after entry another PCR test needs to be taken, the costs are around 100-150GEL per person (~ €25-€40). This can be done on many locations in Tbilisi or in the regions (see for example: https://synevo.ge/laboratories/ and a list of all testing labs: https://stopcov.ge/en/PCR)
You do not have to quarantine during the first 3 days.

Children under 10 years old are exempted from PCR test requirements to enter Georgia and on the third day after arrival.

A form should be filled in prior to arrival: https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/

Official information: https://mfa.gov.ge/MainNav/CoVID-19-sakitkhebi/sazgvris-kvetis-regulaciebi.aspx?lang=en-US

Daily life in Georgia

Updated June 3 2021

There are currently still some restrictions in daily life, of which the main ones are:

  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory outdoors and inside public areas
  • Curfew from 23:00 – 04:00 throughout the country (food delivery is still allowed, travel to airport as well with a permit)
  • Restaurants and bars are open
  • Shopping malls and museums are open
  • Hotels are open and guests can use their facilities such as pools and saunas

Camping during curfew hours is a grey area. Movement both by foot and vehicle is prohibited, as well as being present in ‘public places’. What exactly is defined as a public place is not clear.
It is pretty easy to find spots to camp where you won’t be seen by anyone. Of course you can also stay on private properties, for example campsites, farmers’ land, etc, where the curfew does not apply.
Both us and quite a few of our guests have camped now during curfew and we have not heard of any problems with doing so.
This is the official text of the law: “In order for the population to remain at their places of residence, the movement of people on foot and by a vehicle, as well as their presence at public places, shall be prohibited throughout the entire territory of the country from 23:00 to 04:00.”

Travel Update February 1st 2021

The Georgian government has finally announced new guidelines for entering the country, which we will share with you below. We will start with the good news 🙂

As of today, February 1st, regular international flights are resuming and restrictions on air travel have been lifted. We have no concrete information yet as for which airlines start flying again and from which destinations. We expect that in the coming months more information will become available. 

Starting from today as well, citizens of all foreign countries who have been vaccinated will be able to enter Georgia without any restrictions. There is no concrete information yet about the practical implementation of this, and how to prove vaccination when entering the country. We expect to hear more on this in the coming weeks/months, and will update you accordingly.

Non-vaccinated citizens and residents of the EU, the USA, Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain can enter if they have a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours. On the third day after arrival in Georgia, getting a second PCR test is mandatory. PCR tests can be done in most major cities throughout the country (for a list, see for example: https://synevo.ge/laboratories/).
You can move freely in the first three days after arrival, there is no need to quarantine!  

For citizens and residents from other countries than mentioned above, the rules have not changed and special business permits and/or quarantine is still mandatory. 

While this all is very good news for those who want to travel to Georgia this year, please keep in mind that the rules might change at any point in time if the cases rise again. Currently there are still restrictions in daily life in Georgia; there is a partial lockdown and a curfew during the night. These restrictions are being lifted as the situation gets better here, but they could be reinstated if the situation deteriorates again.

Because everything is still so unpredictable, our flexible COVID cancellation policy is still applicable for all bookings made for the coming season. You can cancel your booking at no cost up to 48 hours before departure. If you cancel a booking between 48 hours and 30 days before your trip, we will issue you a travel credit. Any bookings cancelled more than 30 days in advance will be issued a full refund.

Feel free to reach out to us in case you have any questions left.

Travel Update August 17th 2020

We’d like to share with you the latest update to the travel restrictions set in place by the Georgian government. We are sorry to say that once again the date to reopen international flights to Georgia has been postponed. While the Georgian government previously stated that flights would resume from the 1st of September, it seems they have had to reassess this option again. 

The latest announcement from the government is that international flights will not resume until the 1st of October. Flights between Tbilisi and Riga (Latvia), Munich (Germany), and Paris (France) will continue unchanged for residents and citizens of these countries, and they will have no restrictions to enter. 

We will continue to update you as soon as we hear any more official news. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Travel Update July 8th 2020

We want to update you about the recent developments regarding Georgia’s border opening. This morning a press conference was held, announcing that the Georgian border will open for residents of the following countries: Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, starting from today. However, most likely flight will only be restored from 1st of August.

It will be required to fill out an electronic form specifying one’s travel activities of the 14 days before the flight. In case of prior visits to high-risk countries, or measured temperatures higher than 37 degrees, a mandatory PCR test will need to be taken at the airport

The border will not open for countries that do not allow Georgian citizens back. Currently those are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Norway, Malta, Finland, Switzerland, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary.

It must be noted that negotiations are still ongoing for countries not listed above, and the list of allowed countries can be changed again.

We will send you an update again when there is more news!


Travel Update June 25th 2020

First of all we’d like to apologise for the lack of updates. Up until today, we haven’t had any more updates from the Georgian government in relation to the reopening of international travel.

While the government previously stated that borders would reopen from the 1st of July, they have had to reassess their decision due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide. 

The latest announcement from the government is that it’s extremely likely that regular flights will not be allowed into Georgia before the end of July. It is still possible that the global situation will improve in the coming weeks and borders open sooner than expected, but once again this is unlikely.

We will continue to update you as soon as we hear any more official news. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Travel Update June 4th 2020

We’d like to update you on the recent developments in Georgia regarding COVID-19 and the intention of the government to reopen the borders for international tourists. We’d also like to explain the safety measures we as a company are taking, and will  try to answer some of your frequently asked questions.

First of all it is good to note that Georgia has been dealing pretty well with the coronavirus, and was able to keep active cases below 400 during the past months. This was mainly thanks to the quick closure of schools, non-essential services, and borders, in addition to strict quarantine and curfew measures. Now, as the pandemic starts to get more under control, the government has set its goal to open the borders for international tourists again on the 1st of July.

Before giving you the good news we’d like to stress that there is still an ongoing pandemic. This means that government imposed rules and regulations are likely to change on a daily basis, which you’ll have to adapt your travel plans to accordingly. Even though we are looking forward to welcoming you here it’s important that you think twice on whether you’re able to travel with such uncertainty at every step of the way. 

At this point in time the Georgian government has announced that the borders will open to travellers from certain countries with low levels of the virus, although they haven’t confirmed which countries yet. Israel, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece and the Baltic states are expected to be among the first countries, but there has been no official confirmation of this yet. 

Guests from some countries will be required to show a negative COVID-test taken within 72 hours of their intended arrival in Georgia, although there is no official confirmation of which countries yet. You can also expect thermo-screening in a lot of places, including the airport. 

International flights to Georgia are planned to recommence from the 1st of July, however there may still be cancellations or last minute schedule changes. We strongly recommend checking the available information on your airline’s website and contacting them to verify your options. 

How does travelling in Georgia look like right now? 

At the moment of writing, corona-measures are being lifted. Restaurants and shops are opening, with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Hotels are opening again, and have to comply with strict hygienic rules, and measure temperatures of all guests.


Life in the country-side and in the mountains seems to be the same as before, but some regions and villages are still under quarantine. There will be significantly less tourists in the country in general. 

In all public areas, like supermarkets, you’ll be required to wear a face mask and keep 2 meters distance. We recommend bringing a good supply of disposable masks with you, as getting them here could be difficult and limited in quantities.

What is Overlando doing? 

Your health is very important to us. We’re committed to complying with the strict hygiene recommendations that the government has set for tour companies. As per our usual procedure we clean each vehicle, the bed sheets, pots and pans, etc. thoroughly after each rental.
In addition to that we’ll disinfect all surfaces after and before each rental, paying special attention to those surfaces that are frequently touched. We will also provide disinfectants in all our vehicles.

We will update all of our guests with the latest information regarding regions under quarantine, travel plan feasibility, as well as the appropriate safety measures to observe. 

Travelling to neighboring countries

The land borders with both Armenia and Azerbaijan will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Neither of these countries has handled the Coronavirus crisis as well as Georgia, which unfortunately means that they may be closed off for some time.

Cancellation policy
Given the unpredictable circumstances we have introduced a flexible cancellation policy, as a compromise for all affected travellers. We are providing this flexible cancellation option as it’s very possible that anyone who has a booking or is thinking of booking within the coming months may not be able to go through with their holiday plans.

  • If you cancel your booking more than 30 days in advance you will receive the full deposit back. You can also rebook for other dates, provided there is availability.
     
  • If you cancel your booking between 30 days and 48 hours in advance we will issue a travel credit voucher equal to the deposit amount, that you can use for a future booking.
  • If you cancel within 48 hours before your booking we will charge a cancellation fee equal to your deposit. 


We are keeping the calendars on our website up to date with the availability, to check, please visit our website

As it stands right now it’s extremely difficult to tell whether any holidays to Georgia within July will be realistically possible. We don’t want to come off as overly optimistic, nor overly pessimistic – we’re trying to give you the facts as we receive them to allow you to make informed decisions relating to your travel plans.

Everything that we have mentioned within this update is valid as of the 4th of June 2020. As soon as there is more official information from the government, we will update you again.

Feel free to reach out to us in case you have any questions left.

Stay safe and greetings from Tbilisi!

More information

https://georgia.travel/en_US/article/covid-travel-alert

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/on-the-black-sea-georgia-rebrands-itself-as-a-holiday-haven-from-the-pandemic/2020/05/29/a41ffd0e-9f6d-11ea-be06-af5514ee0385_story.html

https://stopcov.ge/en/

Travel Update March 17th 2020

First of all, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We’re reaching out to you to inform you about the current COVID-19 situation in Georgia, and the measures taken. From 18th of March onwards, Georgia has closed its borders for all foreigners. This measure is currently still in force, and no date is given yet as for when the borders open again. As COVID-19 is developing at such an unpredictably rapid pace, it’s taken us all by surprise. We understand that some of you need to cancel their bookings in the coming time. We will obviously try to make your road trip still happen when the situation has calmed down again.Given the circumstances we are introducing a flexible cancellation policy, as a compromise for all affected travellers. 

  • If you cancel your booking more than 30 days in advance, you will receive the full deposit back. Of course you can also rebook for other dates, provided availability.
     
  • If you cancel your booking between 30 days and 48 hours in advance, we will issue a travel credit equal to the deposit amount, that you can use for a future booking.

 We thank you for your understanding in these difficult times. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if there are any important changes. Official information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia can be found on their website. It is regulary updated with all new and changed regulations: https://mfa.gov.ge/Home.aspx?lang=en-US.
The following website contains all information regarding the current measures and COVID related statistics in Georgia: https://stopcov.ge/en  Feel free to reach out to us in case you have any questions left. Stay safe and greetings from Tbilisi,