• 200 cigarettes
• 3 litres of wine
• 10 litres of beer
• Personal goods equal to 100kg
• Imported goods weighing more than 20kg will be taxed at GEL1 per kilo.
• Tourists visiting the country are advised upon entry to complete a customs declaration form which should allow for the legal import of various personal items including Jewellery, cameras and computers. Travellers should keep hold of the completed form until after they have left the country.
• Illegal drugs
• Weapons, Explosives and ammunition-unless obtained permission to do so
• Knives and other deadly weapons
• Pornographic materials
• Objects of national importance –unless permission has been granted to do so
• Plants and animals
• All animals being imported into the country will require a veterinarian health certificate
• All personal medicines being imported into the country should be accompanied with a doctor’s statement to avoid being detained by the customs authorities.
• Cats, Dogs and other pets will require a veterinarian health certificate before being allowed entry.
• Pieces of art being imported or exported out of the country will need a photo of the object in question and a document signed by the Ministry of Culture granting permission for the objects to leave the country.
• Hunting rifles may be imported into the country providing the traveller has gained a valid Georgian hunting licence.
• No information available
• Articles of historical value
• Intellectual property
• Controlled drugs
• Weapon and firearms
• Plants and animals
• No information available
Basic health information for travelers to Georgia
• All tap and other native water sources should be considered highly infectious and avoided where possible. Travellers should stick to bottled water where possible and make sure that all local water is thoroughly boiled before being drunk. Any milk based products should be checked to make sure that they have been pasteurized first before being consumed.
• Meat, fish and vegetables should be well cooked and served hot to avoid any chance of contamination. Fruit should be peeled and pork best avoided. Food and drink served from vendors should be avoided for safety reasons.
• Various food and water based diseases are present in the country including Hepatitis A, Schistomiasis and Typhoid and travellers should obtain appropriate protection before beginning their journey. Cases of Malaria have been reported in the Southern eastern region of the country and travellers are urged to obtain plenty of insect repellent and wear protective clothing. Protection against Cholera and Polio are also advised prior to entering the country.
• HIV and Hepatitis B are endemic to the region and travellers should take all necessary precautions when dealing with bloody needles or when engaging in sexual activity.
• Cases of Rabies have been reported throughout the country and travellers should avoid approaching any wild dogs or cats whose bites might contain the disease. If bitten, travellers should immediately clean the wound and seek medical attention to check for signs of infection.
Transport to nearby countries may be required in the event of serious injury or illness and travellers should take out full travel and health insurance prior to beginning their journey.
• Some medicines may prove expensive or difficult to obtain in the country and travellers are advised to take along any medicines they may require for any already existing medical conditions providing such medicines are accompanied by a doctor’s certificate and can be legally imported into the country.
Basic security information for travelers to Georgia
• Crimes against foreign tourists have been reported to be on the increase and include incidents of violent theft and assault. Travellers are strongly advised to avoid travelling alone after dark in any sections of the country and to keep their passport and other valuable items in a safe location for the duration of their stay in the country. Visitors should also avoid obvious displays of wealth including Jewellery which might attract unwanted attention. Power cuts still sometimes occur and travellers should take along a torch in the event of a blackout.
• Travellers are strongly advised against visiting the South Ossetia and Abkhazia sections of the country which have recent histories of violence and rebellion and are still considered exceptionably dangerous. Any visitors to these regions should inform the nearest UK or foreign embassy of both their intended destination and likely route and exercise considerable caution at all times.
• Reports have surfaced regarding unexploded bombs and other deadly ordnance in areas in which fighting took place last August or in military installations where Russian troops were previously residing. Travellers should take care when travelling around the country and avoid these areas where signposted.
• Travellers planning to drive around Georgia can do so with any issued licence from an EU country or by obtaining an International Driving Licence. The overall standards of the roads in Georgia are considered very poor and visitors should avoid driving late at night as many of the countries roads are poorly lit and signposted and the chance of assault or an accident increases greatly. Adverse weather conditions may cause roads in the country to close unexpectedly and travellers should check the predicted weather forecasts before beginning their journey.
• Georgia employs a strict zero policy to drink driving and all travellers should keep a copy of their passports with them in the event of an encounter with the countries police and military services.
• Members of religious minorities have suffered occasional attacks throughout the country and travellers are advised to take care if discussing religious or political matters or if performing missionary work. Photos taken of important military, government or religious sites are illegal and will likely lead to arrest and removal by the security services.
• Georgia is situated in a seismic area and travellers should take all necessary precautions if involved in a disaster whilst visiting the country and to check the local news channel for any warnings prior to beginning your journey. Medical assistance may be limited if injured in rural or isolated sections of the country and travellers should inform either their friends or the nearest embassy to their planned destination in the event of sudden illness or injury. The temperature and humidity in the country can become extreme during the summer months and travellers should take plenty of bottled water and protection if visiting during this period.
• Homosexuality is not illegal in this country but may be frowned upon and overt displays of affection could lead to violence.
For further assistance please contact the Georgian Customs authorities directly. They will provide the latest information about customs regulations and export-import procedures.
Georgian Customs contact information
For additional information about travel restrictions, security warnings, political updates, and basic travel guidelines, please contact the nearest Georgian Embassy.
List of Georgian Embassies all over the world: http://georgia.visahq.co.uk/embassy/United-Kingdom/
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