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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best period to travel Georgia?

Georgia is famous for being a year-round travel destination. Travelers usually decide when to travel depending on the activities they favor. Spring (April till early June) and autumn (September till late November) are the best seasons for those who prefer cultural and historical tours as the weather is mostly warm with occasional wind and rain. Summer in Georgia is favored by those who decide to spend their trip trekking high up in the mountains of Svaneti, Kazbegi or Tusheti, or traveling to the Western part of the country to enjoy the Black Sea. Winter is the preferred season for ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Gudauri, Bakuriani, and Mestia are three of the most popular winter resorts in Georgia.

What is the currency in Georgia?

The official currency of Georgia is Lari (GEL). One Lari consists of 100 Tetri. Currently,the most commonly used banknotes are 5, 10, 20, and 50Lari; the1, 2, 100, and 200 Lari banknotes are rarely used. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 Tetri, as well as 1 and 2 Lari.

Is it possible to convert Georgian Lari (GEL) to Euros (EUR) or Dollars (USD) at departure?

Yes, Lari can be exchanged at Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) as well as any other international airport or train station in Georgia. It is also possible to convert it at any currency exchange booth in the country. Exchange booths mostly operate with the following currencies: US Dollar, Euro, Turkish Lira, UK Pound, and Russian Ruble. Depending on the amount to be exchanged, you may be required to present your ID.

Can Foreigners Own Property in Georgia?

Yes, they can. Unlike many countries around the world, foreigners who buy property in Georgia receive the same benefits as native Georgian buyers. All real estate sales in Georgia are made on a freehold basis. Therefore, foreign investors can purchase property directly in their own names without having to set up a Georgian company or undergo a similar process beforehand.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Georgia?

You most probably do not need a visa. Georgia has one of the most liberal visa regimes in the world, which is one of the reasons why tourism there is growing so rapidly. If you are a citizen of one of the EU, GCC, or former CIS countries, in addition to North America or Australasia, your passport will be stamped at Immigration when you arrive in Tbilisi. This will allow you to stay in the country for up to a year.

Can Foreigners Open Bank Accounts in Georgia?

Yes, and the process is very simple. The two largest banks in Georgia are Bank of Georgia and TBC Bank. Both banks are listed on the London Stock Exchange and are, therefore,completely secure.They have the largest network of branches and ATMs throughout Tbilisi and Georgia. To open a bank account, you only need a copy of your passport and a small fee to purchase a Visa or MasterCard debit card. There are no minimum balance requirements, and monthly fees are low. You can return to the branch within 24 hours to collect your card, which can be used internationally. In addition, both banks offer mobile and internet banking services so you are able to manage your money from anywhere in the world. Funds can be kept in GEL, USD, and EUR.

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