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Visa Information

Citizens of most of countries do no require visa for entering the territory of Georgia (list of countries citizens of which must obtain visa before entering to the territory of Georgia see below).

Citizens of the below listed countries and stateless person permanently residing in these countries must obtain visa before entering to the territory of Georgia.

  1. Arab Republic of Egypt
  2. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  3. Burkina Faso
  4. Central African Republic
  5. Commonwealth of Dominica
  6. Co-operative Republic of Guyana
  7. Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  8. Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
  9. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  10. Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  11. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  12. Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  13. Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  14. Federal Republic of Nigeria
  15. Federal Republic of Somalia
  16. Federated States of Micronesia
  17. Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis
  18. Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  19. Gabonese Republic
  20. Grenada
  21. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  22. Independent State of Papua New Guinea
  23. Independent State of Samoa
  24. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  25. Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  26. Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  27. Jamaica
  28. Kingdom of Bhutan
  29. Kingdom of Cambodia
  30. Kingdom of Lesotho
  31. Kingdom of Morocco
  32. Kingdom of Swaziland
  33. Kingdom of Tonga
  34. Lao People's Democratic Republic
  35. Libya
  36. Mongolia
  37. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  38. People's Republic of Bangladesh
  39. People's Republic of China
  40. Plurinational State of Bolivia
  41. Republic of Angola
  42. Republic of Benin
  43. Republic of Burundi
  44. Republic of Cabo Verde
  45. Republic of Cameroon
  46. Republic of Chad
  47. Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
  48. Republic of Cuba
  49. Republic of Djibouti
  50. Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  51. Republic of Fiji
  52. Republic of Ghana
  53. Republic of Guatemala
  54. Republic of Guinea
  55. Republic of Guinea-Bissau
  56. Republic of Haiti
  57. Republic of India
  58. Republic of Indonesia
  59. Republic of Iraq
  60. Republic of Kenya
  61. Republic of Kiribati
  62. Republic of Liberia
  63. Republic of Madagascar
  64. Republic of Malawi
  65. Republic of Mali
  66. Republic of Mozambique
  67. Republic of Namibia
  68. Republic of Nicaragua
  69. Republic of Niger
  70. Republic of Palau
  71. Republic of Paraguay
  72. Republic of Peru
  73. Republic of Rwanda
  74. Republic of Senegal
  75. Republic of Sierra Leone
  76. Republic of South Sudan
  77. Republic of Suriname
  78. Republic of the Congo
  79. Republic of the Gambia
  80. Republic of the Maldives
  81. Republic of the Marshall Islands
  82. Republic of the Philippines
  83. Republic of the Sudan
  84. Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  85. Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  86. Republic of Uganda
  87. Republic of Vanuatu
  88. Republic of Yemen
  89. Republic of Zambia
  90. Republic of Zimbabwe
  91. Saint Lucia
  92. Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  93. Solomon Islands
  94. State of Eritrea
  95. Syrian Arab Republic
  96. Togolese Republic
  97. Tunisian Republic
  98. Tuvalu
  99. Union of the Comoros
  100. United Republic of Tanzania

Foreign citizens willing to obtain a short-term visa have a possibility to apply for Georgian visa via “e-visa portal” without visiting Georgian Diplomatic Missions or Consular Offices.

Applicants who register their applications for short-term visa using the E-Visa Portal must present the following documents:

  • Fully completed visa application form;
  • Travel document;
  • Personal photo according to ICAO standards ;
  • A receipt confirming the payment of a fine must be presented if a fine has been imposed on an alien for an illegal stay on the territory of Georgia;
  • Applicants who register their applications online using the E-visa Portal must pay the visa fee of 20 US dollar +2% service fee with a credit/debit card (MasterCard or Visa) during the application process.

Please, follow the link to submit application form for e-visa:  https://www.evisa.gov.ge/GeoVisa/

  • An alien may apply for short-term visa to a nearby Diplomatic Mission or consular office of Georgia in accordance with citizenship.

If you are staying in a third state, you may apply for visa to the diplomatic mission or consular office located in the country of residence, only in case if you have a valid multiple-entry visa or a valid residence permit of the country of residence. In issuing visas to such category of aliens, the effective term of the above visa or residence permit of the country of residence must be 3 (three) months longer than visa that an alien has required.

Applicants who submit their applications for short-term visa through Georgian Diplomatic Mission or Consular Office must present the following documents:

Invitation form - to be Issued by a Georgian Citizen and a Person Possessing Residence Permit in Georgia;

Invitation form - to be Issued by a Legal Entity Registered in Georgia;

Please follow the link to find the list of Diplomatic Missions and Consular Offices of Georgia abroad

 

 

 

Tbilisi is the capital city of the country of Georgia and straddles the banks of the Mtkvari river. The city covers an area of 726km² (280.3 square miles) and has a rapidly growing population of approximately 1,345,000.

 

Tbilisi lies in the centre of eastern Georgia, in the foothills of the Trialeti mountain range. According to Georgian legends, it was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali who, while hunting, shot a pheasant which fell into a warm spring and was either boiled or healed. Either way, the king was inspired to found a city on the site, and the name of the city derives from the Georgian word tbili meaning "warm".

Although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt some 29 times, the layout of the Old Town is largely intact with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around courtyards.

 

You can visit museums, art galleries,religious architecture, restaurants and cafes, etc. and get acquainted with rich history and culture of Georgia, and delicious Georgian cuisine.

Here are some of most interesting places listed:

  • Simon Janashia Museum, Rustaveli avenue 3,. Daily, except Monday, 11:00-16:00. This museum houses hundreds of thousands of Georgian and Caucasian artefacts of archaeology and ethnography. A permanent exposition chronologically follows the development of Georgia’s material culture from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century. The most valuable exhibits include Homo Ergaster fossils discovered at Dmanisi; the Akhalgori hoard of the 5th century BC which contains unique examples of jewellery, blending Achaemenid and local inspirations; a collection of approximately 80,000 coins, chiefly of Georgian minting; medieval icons and goldsmith pieces brought here from various archaeological sites in Georgia; a lapidary which includes one of the world’s richest collection of Urartian inscriptions, etc.
  • G. Chitaia Ethnographical Open-Air Museum, Tortoise’s pond lane. Daily, except Monday, 10:00-18:00. 70 houses and thrift buildings characteristic for the various parts of Georgia. 8000 household devices and samples of craft are exposed in the museum.
  • Numismatic Museum, G. Leonidze str.N3/5 (Building of the National Bank of Georgia). Coins dating back to the IV century BC, Kolkhian Tetries, antique coins, Arabian Dirham, coins of then Georgian kings Lasha-Girgi, Rusudan, Demetre I, Giorgi III, also the Turkish coins , Persian Abaz, Austrian and Polish Thalers.  
  • Museum of Art, L. Gudiashvili street 1,
  • Puppet Museum, Shavteli N 17a
  • Galaktion Tabidze Museum, Marjanishvili N 4. Daily except Su&Mo 11:00-17:00. The museum of the eminent Georgian poet, Galaktion Tabidze.  
  • Tiflis Avenue is an art centre and a gallery that represents a variety of Georgian artists working in different media. The gallery is located in an old town, on King Erekle II Street, where exhibitions of art are held regularly.
  • Mamadaviti, (south –west of Tbilisi on Mtatsminda). Constructed in 1859-1871, domed in 1879
  • Sioni Church, (upper Kala).  
  • Sameba Cathedral/Holy Trinity Cathedral Church. Constructed in 2002, the largest church in Georgia and one of the most grandiose orthodox churches. 101 meters high.
  • Metekhi Church
  • Anchiskhati - constructed by the king Dachi Ujarmeli in VI century
  • Kvashveti - Was constructed in 1910 and it is a copy of Samtavisi church of the 11th century
  • Synagogue, K. Leselidze street. Functioning synagogue constructed in 1910. Women and men are seated separately.  
  • Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures, (Mtatsminda Mountain, in the churchyard around St. David’s Church - Mamadaviti). Many famous writers, as well as the mother of Joseph Stalin, are buried here.  
  • Old Tbilisi. Perhaps one of the most distinctive pleasures of walking through the Old City, with its old-style balconies, ancient churches, winding streets, and charming shops. Be prepared to see a number of eclectic sights, from the abandoned streetcar near Erekle Street to the art galleries of Chardini Street to the stunning modern art lining Sioni Street. Sub-neighborhoods include Sololaki, with its elegant restaurants and art nouveau architecture, Old Tbilisi proper - with sites ranging from churches to mosques to sulfur baths, Betelmi - housing two of the city's oldest churches and the stunning vistas of the Narikala Fortress - and Mtsasminda, just up the mountain from Rustaveli Avenues, a more sedate, "livable" district filled with charming old houses and a number of families.  
  • Sulfur Baths. The bath district is called Abanotubani and is on the south side of the Metekhi bridge. It is easy to spot with its small domes on ground level. There are several small baths offering different levels of comfort. The baths are relatively small, and you may have to wait for a pool to become available. English service is not guaranteed. Massages are available; however, they are more like a washing, but well worth it for the experience. You should bring your own towel and beach sandals (available for a small fee). Some travelers have suggested the Royal Baths is a much better alternative to Sulfur Baths (they are next to each other).
  • Turtle Lake (Kus Tba), (Take a taxi or walk up from Saburtalo). This lake is located in the hilly outskirts of Tbilisi. A popular weekend getaway for families, the lake offers pedal-boat rentals as well as swimming Snackbars, restaurants and fruit cocktail shakers are available overlooking the lake. It's about an hour's pleasant walk from the Saburtalo district along country roads, passing the Ethnographical Museum, or a ten-to-fifteen minute cab ride from the center. While the lake itself isn't particularly nice, the views from the hike up to the lake makes it a worthwhile excursion. 
  • Lake Lisi (Lisis Tba). Much further out than Turtle Lake), Lake Lisi is much larger and more remote, with long, winding mountain walks surrounding the lake. Unlike Turtle Lake, the entire Lake Lisi is opened up for swimmers. Be warned - there aren't always taxis waiting to take you back.
  • Climb up to the Narikala Fortress. The crumbling ruins of this once-great fortress, standing alongside the Upper Betelmi Churches and the stunning Botanical gardens, offer panoramic views of the city below. But be warned - it's quite a steep climb - and while the lack of bureaucracy and guard-rails can be liberating for some, you may want to pay extra care to watch your step. Now, the best way to visit is by aerial tramway, a exciting experience with stunning views of the city. And you can enjoy the way down walking to the mosque and the baths. The usual metro card can be used.  
  • Botanical garden. National botanic garden of Georgia, lying in the Tsavkisis-Tskali Gorge near Narikala Fortres, has not only collection of plants, but is also a lovely park with with scenic waterfall which is great for a dip on a hot summers' day, although you need to avoid the guards.
  • TV antenna park (high on the hill).
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Old Tbilisi At Night

Rustaveli Avenue

Overlooking old district and the River

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Famed symbol of Tbilisi, Georgia - the Kartlis Deda in silhouette.

 

 

 

 


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