Georgia’s mix of natural beauty, medieval history and Soviet influences has made it one of Eastern Europe’s most fascinating destinations.
Long hidden behind ‘the curtain’, it has emerged, butterfly-like on travellers’ maps. Boasting hilltop churches, meandering cobbled streets, mountainscapes and a wine region the French would envy, Georgia is sure to capture your imagination.
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Georgia travel highlights
Sample the local tipple in the Telavi Wine Region
Take in stunning views on a hike to Chalato Glacier
Visit Stalin’s hometown in Gori
Enjoy a traditional homestay in Kutaisi
Georgia holiday information
Best time to visit Georgia
Geography and environment
Top 10 Georgian Gems
Health and safety
Georgia travel FAQs
Most nationalities do not currently require a visa for Georgia, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA & all EU member states. Visa free nationalities can now only stay "visa free' in Georgia for 30 days. However, all nationalities should check with the nearest embassy for the latest visa information as this may be subject to change at short notice.
For any questions regarding visas or supporting visa documents please get in touch with The Visa Machine on the following contacts:
If you have any trouble with the online form or want to chase up the status of your application for Visa Support Documents please contact The Visa Machine on email@example.com or during UK working hours on +44(0) 207 148 6402.
The Australian Visa Machine office can be contacted about actual Visa Applications (not Visa supporting documents) on firstname.lastname@example.org or on +61 (2) 61 452 265
Please note the Australian office cannot assist with Visa Supporting Documents and or chasers. These must be directed to the UK office.
Citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in the countries listed below may enter Georgia without a visa for short-term visit (Not exceeding 90 calendar days in any 180-day period).
More countries are listed on the official Ministry of Foreign Affairs website - https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/visaInformation
Tipping isn’t expected, but it’s welcome. When in a restaurant, just round up the bill.
There are plenty of internet cafes in Tbilisi but they’re harder to find outside the capital.
Georgia has good mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Georgia has western-style flushable toilets. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets and carry some paper with you, as the public toilets may not have any.
Bottle of soft drink = 1.50 GEL
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 2.50 GEL
Cup of coffee = 5 GEL
Simple lunch = 10 GEL
Three-course meal = 20 GEL
Short taxi ride = 3 GEL
Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 2 Jan New Year Holiday
- 7 Jan Orthodox Christmas
- 19 Jan Orthodox Epiphany
- 3 Mar Mother's Day
- 8 Mar International Women's Day
- 9 Apr Goergia's Independence Restoration Day
- 14 Apr Orthodox Good Friday
- 15 Apr Orthodox Holy Saturday
- 16 Apr Orthodox Easter
- 17 Apr Orthodox Easter Monday
- 9 May Victory Day
- 12 May Saint Andrew the First Called Day
- 26 May Independence Day
- 28 Aug Saint Mary's Day
- 14 Oct Svetitskhovloba
- 23 Nov Saint George's Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Georgia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/georgia/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Georgia
- Be considerate of Georgia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.