Georgia Travel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Georgia is one of those countries where people often have so many questions to ask you about. We’ve put together the most asked travel questions about the country of Georgia.

Is Georgia safe to visit?

This is the question we get asked the most by everyone. The answer is YES. Georgia is safe for tourists to visit.

Georgia’s crime rate is one of the lowest in Europe. Although any country in Europe will have some levels of petty theft, robbery, muggings etc – the levels of these in Georgia are lower than most European countries making it safe to visit any time of the year.

There are two areas of Georgia that the UK Foreign Office advises against visiting – the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. For more info, read here on the UK Foreign Office Website

Is Georgia in Europe or Asia?

There is not one definitive answer to this question. Georgia’s late Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania once famously said “I’m Georgian therefore I am European.”

There is one definition of Europe that uses the Caucasus Mountains as its border, which would mean that Georgia is in Asia. Some other definitions put Georgia and the Caucasus region in Europe.

Culturally, most Georgians believe themselves to be Europeans, but geographically, it could be argued that Georgia is actually in Asia. We would say that they have the best of both worlds, both East and West.

Is Georgia the country cheap?

Yes travelling in Georgia is cheap! If you’re coming from a Western country, for example Europe or USA then it will be much cheaper for you in Georgia. On average the cost of living is easily more than 50% cheaper than the UK. To give some example prices – you can get an AirBnb (one bedroom entire apartment) in Tbilisi for around £20-30 GBP per night, a beer (500ml) in a pub or bar may cost around £1.40, a dinner meal for 2 people (3 courses) in Tbilisi with a drink might cost around £20. Use this fun tool called Numbeo to find out how cheap things are in Georgia in your currency.

Is Georgia the country in the European Union?

The short answer is no. Georgia is not a candidate to join the European Union. Georgia’s links to the US, EU and NATO have been strengthened and they have attempted to move away from Russian influence.

Georgian politicians have expressed interest in joining the European Union but it’s not on the cards yet, it’s more a long term goal for Georgia.

Is Tbilisi worth visiting?

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Is Georgian food healthy? Is Georgian food spicy? What is Georgian food?

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Why does Georgia have an English flag?

In January 2004, the by now independent country of Georgia adopted the five cross flag. The flag has a white background with a centered red cross; in the center of each quarter is a further red cross. On first glance it looks similar to the St George’s Cross (the Union flag of the Kingdom of England).

Georgia hasn’t always been a united country, there were once a number of separate kingdoms in the Caucasus – they eventually formed to become current day Georgia. These independent kingdoms used to use white and cherry red colours for their military or royal flags, as there were no national flags at this time.

The five cross flag may have first emerged in the 14th century. In 1999 the Georgia legislature voted to make it the national flag, but the President at the time refused to sign the bill.

The five cross flag then became a national symbol for those opposing the government, and it was officially adopted in January 2004, after a new government had taken up leadership. It is now a fully fledged national symbol that most Georgians are proud of.

Are Georgians friendly?

Absolutely! Georgians are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people you are ever likely to meet. As an old Georgian phrase goes ‘Guests are sent by God’. Georgians take hospitality very seriously and love nothing more than hosting guests. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of a Georgian Supra (feast), or if you end up round a table with a Georgian offering you a shot glass of cha cha or some local wine. Georgians also love to chat or even have an animated debate (mostly on local politics), so feel free to get involved and have a good old talk with them.

Why visit Georgia the country?

Why visit Georgia? Well simply put, it is one of the most beautiful and ancient countries in the World. It’s where East meets West and has a completely unique blend of culture, people, customs and religions.

Stunning scenery: It has stunning scenery from mountains, to valleys, vineyards and ancient cities.

Wine: Georgia is the cradle of wine – one of the oldest wine making countries in the world (over 8000 years of viniculture). The traditional Georgian method of wine making involves large cone-shaped clay jugs buried in the ground that store the wine and allow it to mature (these are called kvevris). Read our Georgian wine guide and also our article on doing wine tours in Georgia.

History: Georgia has such a rich tapestry of history. For such a small country, so much has happened over the years there. Due to its beauty and also its location at the crossroads between the East and the West, it has been invaded countless times throughout its history. In fact, it is said that Tbilisi has been destroyed at least 29 times in its 1500 year history. You will notice that there are many cultural influences in Georgia: Turkish, Middle Eastern, Persian, Russian and many more. The history of this mythical land tells us why Georgia is such a fascinating cultural experience of a country. Read more on our history guide of Georgia.

Food: Food and hospitality form the modus operandi of Georgia. Georgian food is incredibly diverse, rich and tasty! Trying as many Georgian dishes as possible should be on your list of things to do in Georgia. You wouldn’t have experienced food quite like it in the West. The food in Georgia has a lot of regional specialities to offer, and food is consumed in abundance there (as is wine). The locals are famous for their Georgian supra‘s (feasts) – with long tables groaning with food, all headed up by a tamada (or toastmaster). Check out our Georgian food guide to start planning your culinary adventure.

Things to see and do: From horse riding or hiking in the mountains near Kazbegi, to soaking in the ancient sulphur baths of Old Tbilisi, or wine tasting in the rolling vineyards of Khaketi – there is something for everyone in this idyllic country. It’s also not a massive country so you can cover a lot of ground and can see a lot in a short amount of time from city, to beach, to mountains all in the space of a few hours.

Cost: You can holiday in Georgia on all budgets, from budget travel to luxury. Living costs are cheap and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by most costs here, from the low cost taxis to the cheap and tasty restaurants.

People: Last but not least, every country is judged by its people and Georgians are fascinating and most importantly kind people. They will welcome you with open arms and make your holiday in Georgia a pleasure.

Read our article here on the top 10 reasons why you should visit Georgia.

Is Batumi nice?

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Best Tbilisi hotels – which one should I choose?

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Is it safe to drive in Georgia?

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What is the currency in Georgia?

The currency in Georgia is the lari (GEL). One lari is divided up into 100 tetri.

The name lari is an old Georgian word meaning a hoard. The lari was introduced in 1995 and it has been a stable currency since then.

You can find banknotes in a number of denominations starting at 1 lari, up to 500 lari.

ATM’s are everywhere in Georgia and there are also money-exchange shops in most towns and cities so getting money out or exchanging should be very easy for you.

Many restaurants, hotels and shops take debit and credit cards, but in tiny towns or villages cash is king.

How do I get from Tbilisi airport to the city centre?

There are 3 main ways to get from Tbilisi airport to Tbilisi city centre:


The Taxi service at Tbilisi International Airport is available outside the terminal, just at the curb side of the Arrival Hall and they provide a 24 hour service. The journey time to the city center takes 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic. The Taxi fee relies on a taxi meter (From 30 to 50 GEL estimated fare). Do be wary here though as many drivers will say the meter is broken and will try and agree (an expensive) fair with you up front before you leave.

2. BUS

There is a public bus stop located in front of the Arrival hall and it provides transportation on route # 37 - Airport-Tbilisi City Center - Airport. It works – 24/7

A one way fee is 0.50 GEL


The Airport railway station is the cheapest and the easiest means of transportation as it connects Tbilisi central railway station with the airport. However trains are not regular, see the timetable below.

The station is located 70 meters from the airport building. With the new train station passengers can now get to the airport in 20 minutes. One way fare is 0,50 GEL.

Train Schedule
Tbilisi->Airport 7:55 AM
Airport->Tbilisi 8:35 AM
Tbilisi->Airport 4:55 PM
Airport->Tbilisi 5:40 PM

Do you need a visa to visit Georgia?

British, EU or American nationals don’t need a visa to enter Georgia for visits of up to 1 year. If you wish to stay for longer, you’ll need to apply for a long term visa. Contact the Embassy of Georgia in London or visit the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more details on entry requirements.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

In fact, Citizens of more than 90 countries, listed at the Georgian Geo Consul Website can enter the country of Georgia without a visa for stays of up to one year, you can check there if your country is on the list.

For other nationalities who don’t have a visa-free agreement with Georgia, you must obtain a visa in advance. For short visits (less than 30 days), this is best done through the official website, where you upload documents and pay roughly USD $20 online by credit card. You should then receive the visa by email within five working days.