Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Georgia tightens restrictions on gatherings from Sep. 10 due to recent nationwide increase in coronavirus activity.

Alert Begins 10 Sep 2020 10:34 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Authorities in Georgia have tightened restrictions on gatherings that had been imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19); the move follows a recent nationwide increase in infection rates. As of Sept. 10, an existing ban on all indoor social events with more than 10 people in attendance has been expanded to include outdoor events as well. Most other COVID-related measures remain unchanged, however.

Regular international commercial flights remain suspended until at least Oct. 1. Flights between Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) and Munich Airport (MUC), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), and Riga International Airport (RIX) are exempt from the ban. International flights were previously slated to resume Sept. 1.

Officials are prohibiting entry to most foreign nationals, except for citizens and residents of France, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and Lithuania arriving on direct flights. Travelers from the aforementioned countries do not need to self-isolate upon entry. Citizens and residents of Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Sweden are also permitted to travel to Georgia; however, they must self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Business travelers of any nationality must apply for a permit before travel; successful applicants will need to present a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and be tested every 72 hours for 12 days during their stay or undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Citizens of Georgia are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Most businesses have been allowed to reopen, provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Individuals must wear protective face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including on public transport and in any other areas where social distancing is not possible.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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