Georgian lari (GEL)
Citizens of all European Union countries as well as of Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados,Belarus, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama,Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and CIS nations do not need a visa to visit Georgia for up to a year.
In addition, Turkish citizens and nationals of EU countries can use national ID cards instead of passports. Note: Georgian Airways are often hesitant about accepting ID cards for their flights which can lead to delays at the gate.
As of July 2013, Iranian citizens need to apply for a visa. Please note that people holding US/Schengen multiple entry visas of more than one year duration and have used them once are exempt from visa for 360 days.
If you’re not from one of the above countries, you can get an online visa. These are valid for multiple entries, with African and Asian (except East Timor) nationals being allowed to stay for 30 days in a 120-day period, and others for 90 days in a 180-day period.
Nationals of Nauru, Nicaragua, Syria and Venezuela need a visa from a Georgian embassy/consulate.
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Georgia is a small country situated on the crossroad of Europe and Asia. Its stunning scenery is a traveler’s paradise. The splendid selection of amazing natural wonders makes Georgia a one-of-a-kind destination. From the scenic and rugged snowy mountains, the eye-watering rivers, lakes, alpine meadows, and valleys to the canyon rivers and ancient caves, Georgia’s unspoiled natural beauty truly complements its unique culture.
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Georgia
- Great hospitality – the people of Georgia are welcoming and it is considered the safest country in Europe and 6th in the world. If you decide to sit and drink some local wine, sample the delicious locally produced food then stay overnight in a villager’s home, you’ll be treated with the utmost consideration.
- Gastronomy – the cuisine in Georgia is very unique, with both European and Middle Eastern influences. The national dish is called Khinkali, Churchkhela is national dessert and the traditional Georgian feast is called Supra.
- Wine – Georgia has a long history of winemaking and you can find hectares of vineyards with more than 500 different endemic species of grape, from which the best quality wine is made. Some popular Georgian wines include Saperavi, Rkatsiteli, Kindzmarauli, Khvanchkara, and Tvishi, and Usakhelauri.
- Culture – Georgia is a country of diverse culture, rich history and unique artifacts. In this country at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations, you can experience wonderful polyphonic music and Georgian folk dances.
- Architecture – Georgia’s traditional architecture is charming and you can find monasteries such as the Vardzia complex built in the 12th century, the Davit Gareja monastery caves of the feudal era carved into the rock and Uplistsikhe which is a cave town.
5 Activities to Enjoy in Georgia
- Hiking and Trekking – you can follow ancient trails along lush river valleys, past ancient stone towers and castles or catching your breath on high altitude mountain paths while hiking and trekking. The marvelous snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, varieties of animals, birds and flowers are simply magnificent.
- Mountaineering – Georgia offers you the best-in-Europe climbing opportunities. Mountains and snowy peaks of Caucasus build up the whole north border of Georgia. If you’re brave enough you can attempt scaling Georgia’s highest mountain, Shkhara.
- Biking – you can ride along high ridges or amble down elegant valleys. There are many places to enjoy the outdoor scenery while you breathe the fresh air and exercise your body.
- Recreational sports – Georgia has stunning water parks, marinas and recreation facilities where you can swim, whitewater raft, boat, or kayak. If you’re after a real thrill then you try skydiving, hang gliding, spelunking, rock climbing, zip lining, tree climbing, motorcycling or a 4x4 motor adventure.
- Shopping – Georgia has several shopping spots where you can find antique shops and boutiques, shopping malls and outlets as well as farmers and flea markets, gifts and souvenir shops.
5 Places to Visit in Georgia
- Cultural monuments – Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is mystical and holy, as according to the legend the Shroud of Christ is buried under the cathedral. Jvari Monastery is both the church and the monastery of VI century that is situated on the East of Mtskheta. Bagrati Cathedral is located on the Ukimerioni Hill in Kutaisi. Gelati monastery is the jewel of Georgian architecture.
- Stepantsminda – previously known as Kazbegi, Stepantsminda hosts the mythical Kazbegi Mountain. The town of Stepantsminda has several guesthouses where locals are happy to treat you like family. You will also discover the picturesque views of the mountains, and often the Gergeti Trinity Church.
- Tbilisi – this vibrant capital city spreads out on both banks of the Mtkvari River, and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Tbilisi has a burgeoning nightclub culture and some of the best sites include the Narikala fortress, Anchiskhati Basilica, Sioni Cathedral, and Church of Metekhi.
- Telavi – the capital of the Eastern province of Kakheti, is home to several of the region’s world-famous wineries, art museums and castles. Some of Telavi’s main attractions include Alaverdi St. George Cathedral, Gombori Pass, Shuamta Monasteries, and Batonis-Tsikhe Fortress.
- Gori, Sairme and Borjomi –There are many unique exhibits in Gori, including important historical artifacts. The health resort Sairme is a unique location offering healing springs, an ecologically clean environment, and beautiful nature. It is located in a subtropical mountainous area. Borjomi is famous for its mineral water industry and is also home to the most extensive ecologically-themed amusement park in the Caucasus.
Georgia offers something for every section of travelers. From exploring the country on a horseback to simply savoring the delicious Georgian cuisine, adventure seekers can indulge in the rich cultural history and mingle with welcoming locals. You can visit natural attractions and enjoy a one-of-a-kind holiday experience only unique to Georgia.
Georgia has diverse climate zones and is considered an all-year-round destination. Climate in Georgia is affected by subtropical influences from the west and Mediterranean influences from the east. Summers are sunny with reasonable highs and winter is cooler but the weather is never extreme.