GEORGIA FAQ

Where is the country of Georgia?

Georgia is in the east coast of the Black Sea and in the south of the famous Caucasus Mountains. Its neighboring countries are Russia (north), Azerbaijan (east), Turkey and Armenia (south).

Is Georgia in Europe or Asia?

There is no definitive answer to this question. Georgia is right on the verge of Europe and Asia.
There are a few different definitions that attribute Georgia either to Europe or Asia.  
Georgians themselves believe to be Europeans, but we would say they have taken a bit from both worlds, which is one of the reasons why this country so amazingly diverse and colorful.

Is Georgia the country in the European Union?

Georgia is not a member of the Europian Union, but it enjoys visa-free travel with EU and strives to become its member in the foreseeable future.

What are Georgia’s visa requirements?

Visitors from more than 90 countries, including British, EU or American nationals, do not need a visa to enter Georgia for up to 1 year. Tourists of other nationalities who don’t have a visa-free agreement with Georgia need to apply for a visa in advance. Travelers can find all the necessary information on the web page of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

What is the best time to visit Georgia?

Georgia is almost equally good for tourism all year round, but it all still depends on travelers’ preferences.
Spring (April to early June) and autumn (September to the middle of November) are characterized with most pleasant, milder weather, perfectly suitable for cultural and historical tours.
Summer is the best time for those travelers who want to explore gorgeous high altitude villages and Caucasus mountains and enjoy Georgia’s thermal spas or Black Sea beaches.
Winter, of course (early December through April), is a greater tourist boom time for Georgia’s skiing destinations.

What are the best places to visit in Georgia?

This, of course, is the most frequent question we hear, but it also is the hardest one. There are so many wonderful things to see in Georgia that it’s almost impossible to fit all of them in a single trip. We suggest taking a careful look at the Georgia Destinations page on our website, where we have sorted for you by categories the best places in Georgia, including best vacation spots and most popular cities to visit. This will give you a better Idea about where to go and/or what to see in Georgia as a first preference.

What are the best things to do in Georgia?

Again, if you wonder what is there to do in Georgia, we suggest visiting our Georgia Activities page,  where we have carefully sorted for you by categories the best stuff to do in Georgia. You will find quite a large spectrum of Activities with careful descriptions that will make it much easier for you to decide what to do in this wonderful country.

Is Georgia safe?

YES, Georgia is totally safe for tourists to visit. The crime rate in Georgia’s is one of the lowest in Europe. There are only two areas of Georgia that most of Europian Foreign Offices discourage tourists to visit – the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
There is an official 24-hour tourist hotline operated by National Tourism Administration of Georgia: 0800800909; +995 591 965002 (Viber/WhatsApp).

How much cash is allowed to bring to Georgia?

There is no such restriction, but travelers crossing the border do need to declare any cash amount that exceeds 30,000 GEL.

Is Georgian food suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, Georgian cuisine offers plenty of choices for vegetarians and vegans alike. Any middle-class restaurant should be able to offer you strictly plant-based food.

Are Georgians friendly?

Georgian people are exceptionally hospitable and they are generally very friendly towards visitors of any race and nationality. Hospitality is rooted in Georgian traditions. “Stumari Gvtisaa” – “a guest is a gift from God”, say Georgians, and even a poor family will hardly ever take a guest without great respect and care.

What is the currency in Georgia?

The local currency in Georgia is the Lari (GEL), which is fairly stable. One lari is divided up into 100 Tetri. You can currently buy around 2.6 GEL per 1 US dollar. The exchange is never a problem and is accessible for tourists almost everywhere.  

Are credit cards accepted in Georgia?

Major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard) are accepted almost everywhere in Georgia, but in some remote towns or villages cash is king.

Are there car rental services in Georgia?

Yes, car rental services are available for both, locals and tourists, but most of them provide pick-up and drop-off options only in major cities (Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi). Tour Guide Georgia provides car rental service all around the country, but you can only rent a car with a driver.

Are there any dress-code rules in Georgia?

There are no dress-code rules in Georgia, except for Churches or other religious institutions, where women are generally required to cover their head and shoulders, and men are advised to cover their legs.

What is the voltage in Georgia?

The voltage in Georgia is 220V, so If you do need to operate strictly 110/120V devices you will certainly need a voltage converter.

Can tourists subscribe for Georgian mobile operator?

Yes, foreign visitors can subscribe to any of the Georgian mobile operators’ services. Tourists should submit their official ID, travel document or passports.

Is traveling to Georgia cheap?

Traveling to Georgia can be very affordable. Cost of living in Georgia is, in general, at least 50% less than that in Europe. With that said, there are still plenty of tourist places (hotels, restaurants, clubs, casinos, etc.) in this country that are by no means less fancy than those in Europe.