From its green valley’s spread with vineyards to its ancient churches and watchtowers perched in eccentric mountain scenery, Georgia is one of the most gorgeous countries on earth and a splendid canvas for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, skiers, rafters and explorers of every kind. Equally distinctive are its proud, high-spirited, cultured people. Georgia privileges to be the birthplace of wine.
Georgia is famous for its all year round travel opportunities. Depending on the activities pursued travellers find it attractive to visit basically any time of the year. Spring (starting from April till early June) and autumn (from September to late November) are the best seasons for those who prefer cultural and historical tours, as the weather is mostly warm, with occasional wind and rain. Summer is great in Georgia, especially if you decide to spend it trekking high in the mountains of Svaneti, Kazbegi or Tusheti, or travel to the Western part of the country to enjoy the Black Sea. Winter time is very popular among ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Gudauri and Bakuriani winter resorts are the first to pop up in mind.
Citizens of more than 90 countries do not require visa to visit Georgia for tourism purposes. These include all European Union and CIS member states, USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Brazil and others. If you have not found your residency in the list, you will be required to obtain a short-term entry-visa. Applicants might need to provide confirmation of their travel purposes, such as hotels, flights reservations, booked Georgia tour schedule, etc. The application process can be made online.
The table below highlights the distance between the cities, major tourist attractions and basic border crossing points in Georgia:
|Cities / Places||Distance, km|
|Tbilisi – Mtskheta||20|
|Tbilisi – Telavi||100|
|Tbilisi – Sighnaghi||115|
|Tbilisi – Stepantsminda (Kazbegi)||150|
|Tbilisi – Gudauri||120|
|Tbilisi – Gori||80|
|Tbilisi – Borjomi||155|
|Tbilisi – Uplistsikhe (cave town)||90|
|Tbilisi – Kutaisi||230|
|Tbilisi – Mestia||460|
|Tbilisi – Batumi||365|
|Stepantsminda (Kazbegi) – Gori||180|
|Telavi – Kutaisi||310|
|Tbilisi – Vardzia (cave town)||260|
|Tbilisi – David Gareja (monastery)||80|
|Borjomi – Akhaltsikhe (Rabat fortress)||55|
|Tbilisi – Sadakhlo (border with Armenia)||75|
|Tbilisi – Dariali (border with Russia)||160|
|Tbilisi – Lagodekhi (border with Azerbaijan)||160|
|Tbilisi – Sarpi (border with Turkey)||385|
There is no cash limit a visitor may bring to Georgia. But if the amount exceeds 30,000 GEL (Georgian Lari) or its equivalent it is necessary to fill out a custom declaration form and declare your money. For more information on custom regulations in Georgia please see here
National currency of Georgia is Lari (GEL). One lari consists of 100 tetri. Currently there are lari banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 denominations, and coins of 1 and 2 laris. More information about currencies used in Georgia is available here.
There are a number of vegetarian friendly dishes in traditional Georgian cuisine. Among the most popular dishes are Khachapuri (cheese filled pies or cheese filled breads that vary depending on the region), Khinkali (Georgian dumplings; make sure you order them with either cheese, mushrooms or vegetables), Lobio or Lobiani (bean stew served in a clay jar), baked mushrooms with Sulguni cheese (traditionally served in a clay pot), Churchkhella (Georgian candy made from grape jelly and nut), Jonjoli (pickled shrub flowers), walnut paste and some more.
In Georgia the following mobile operators provide communication services: - MAGTI - GeoCell - Beeline
Yes, foreign citizens can subscribe to any of Georgian mobile operators. ID or passport is required for subscription.
Georgian traditional wine making process is different from that of European wines. Winemaking traditions that count 8000 years of history, today mainly concentrated in Kakheti, Eastern region of the country. The major distinguishing feature is that wine is fermented and stored in Qvevris – egg-shaped earthenware vessels. Qvevri is buried under the ground, that way an optimal temperature for ageing and storage is guaranteed. Traditional Qvevri wines are unique in their composition and have rich distinctive bouquet and taste. The most widespread are dry and semi-dry red and white wines. Click here to find more about the traditional way of Georgian winemaking.
All major cities of Georgia have street signs in two languages, Georgian and English. There are also English language direction signs and brief explanatory notes in most tourist places like Tbilisi old town, center of Batumi, or main tourist attractions throughout the country.
VISA, MasterCard cards are accepted almost everywhere in Georgia.
Yes, lari can be exchanged in Tbilisi international airport, as well as at any other international airports or train stations in Georgia, or at any currency exchange booths throughout the country. Exchange booths mostly operate with the following currencies: US dollar, Euro, Turkish lira, UK pound, Russian ruble. Depending on the amount to be exchanged you may be required to present your ID.
There is no general dress-code or any other clothing limitations in Georgia, except for when you visit religious places like Church or Monastery. Women have to cover their legs, head, and shoulders. Men are required to cover their legs.