- Reviewed: 19 March 2020, 13:55 NZDT
- Still current at: 9 April 2020
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There have been confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Georgia.
Local authorities in countries and territories with confirmed cases of COVID-19 may impose containment measures including travel restrictions and quarantine requirements to prevent the spread of the virus.
Such measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All travellers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend that all travellers consult the official website or the nearest embassy or consulate of your country or territory of destination to find out about any border controls and other measures that may apply to you.
For information on countries and territories which have COVID-19 related border restrictions affecting foreign nationals, including travellers in transit, please check the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website before you travel. IATA provides a comprehensive list of all countries and territories that have imposed COVID-19 related border restrictions and is being continually updated.
As part of its response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak, the New Zealand Government has some temporary travel restrictions in place in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Ministry of Health website for up to date information.
Protests and demonstrations can occur in Georgia, particularly in the capital Tbilisi. New Zealanders in Georgia are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as they have the potential to escalate with little warning.
Terrorist attacks continue to occur globally and attacks in Georgia cannot be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate and target areas frequented by foreigners.
New Zealanders in Georgia are advised to monitor the media for information on potential threats to safety and security and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.
Petty crime occurs in Georgia, including pickpocketing and bag snatching. Violent crime against foreigners has been reported in the past, including robbery, mugging, home invasion, carjacking and sexual assault.
New Zealanders in Georgia are advised to stay alert to their surroundings and take steps to ensure their safety, including vigilance when travelling or walking after dark, and keeping your mobile phone charged and with you at all times. It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as electronic devices, cameras and jewellery. Only use licenced or official marked taxis, avoid hailing taxis on the street, and agree to a price before starting the journey.
General travel advice
It is illegal under Georgian law to enter Georgia from Russia, via Abkhazia or South Ossetia. If your passport contains stamps from the separatist authorities, this may be considered an illegal entry by the Georgian authorities and could lead to imprisonment. You should not attempt to enter or leave Georgia via the land borders with Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, or North Ossetia. We advise against all travel to these areas.
Foreign nationals have been detained on arrival for possession of prescription or over-the-counter medicines. You should carry a doctor’s prescription if you intend to travel with medicine and declare the items on your customs declaration form. For more information, see the Government of Georgia’s website.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
Photography of government buildings or military establishments can cause issues. If in doubt, don’t take a picture or ask permission.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Georgia should have comprehensive travel insurance that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Georgia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland is accredited to Georgia
See our regional advice for Central Asia
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