Entry & Exit Formalities
Georgia has standard European customs rules. All visitors may bring in 200 cigarettes and up to 4L of alcohol tax free. There are no restrictions on the import of currency. Prescription medicines should be accompanied by a letter from your doctor or a prescription.
Generally not required for stays of up to one year. Those who need visas can apply online at www.evisa.gov.ge.
- Citizens of more than 90 countries and territories, listed at www.geoconsul.gov.ge, can enter Georgia without a visa for stays of up to one year.
- Citizens of EU countries may enter Georgia with a national identity card instead of a passport; all other nationalities must carry their passport.
- Non-visa-free nationalities must obtain a visa in advance. For 'short-term' visits (up to 30 days), this is easiest done through the e-Visa Portal (www.evisa.gov.ge), where you upload documents and pay US$20.40 online by Visa or MasterCard. You receive the visa by email within five working days.
- Short-term visas can also be – and longer-term visas must be – applied for at a Georgian consular office in your country of citizenship or residence. See www.geoconsul.gov.ge.
- Entering Abkhazia or South Ossetia from Russia is considered a crime under Georgian law, punishable by a heavy fine or possible imprisonment. If you do this, don’t try to continue into undisputed Georgia from either of the breakaway regions.