The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range influencing Georgia’s climate, protects the country from cold air masses from the North, whereas the Lesser Caucasus Mountains partially protect the region from the influence of dry and hot air masses from the South – resulting in mild and ideal climate. Spring showers end in March and April, transiting to sunny and warm weather in May – temperature taking start from 19 degrees rising up to 25-28 degrees by the end of the month (Celsius).
Currency & Banking
The official currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari usually indicated as GEL. Lari is subdivided into 100 Tetris (smallest unit of currency in Georgia). Current exchange rates – 1 USD = 2.7 GEL; 1 EUR = 2.9 GEL (supposedly will change during active travel season).
Major hotels, most of the restaurants, bars and cafes accept credit cards, but please check outside the main cities. Cash point machines are available throughout major towns and cities.
Electric current in Georgia is 220 Volts, 50 Hz. Euro standard plugs work throughout Georgia – two-pole, round-pin domestic AC power plug. For English or some foreign appliances, it is advised to bring adapters for the plug.
Delegates are advised to get the travel and health insurance arranged in their home countries, prior to arriving to Georgia.
Opening hours shops
Almost all the shops are open seven days a week. 50% of the grocery stores are 24/7, the rest open early morning and work till 10-11 PM. Clothing and accessories shops and touristic kiosks mostly work from 11 PM till 8-10 PM. Almost all the pharmacies work 24/7 in main cities. Museums and theatres function 6 days a week – official day off is Monday.
Passports and visa
Valid passports are required for visitors of all nationalities. Georgia has a liberal visa regime; with visa waiver for the citizens of 94 countries for short term visits (Not exceeding 90 calendar days in any 180-day period). Citizens from mostly all EU and former CIS countries can enter the country visa-free.
For more information please visit the website of The Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Georgia Standard Time is +4 hours to UTC (Universal Time Coordinated).
Most of the places have service included in the final paycheck, usually 10%. However, keep an eye on a receipt, some venues keep tipping up to guests.
Taxi service is relatively affordable in Tbilisi. There are many cab calling services and also a mobile application – Taxify. Taxify works with a numerator, while most of the taxi services just have fixed tariffs according to destinations.
There is a public transport available in Tbilisi. Intercity travel is better to arrange with the aid of local guide or travel consultant. In Some cases it is affordable to get a private transfer. Busses leave to almost all Georgian destinations from several local stations: Didube, Ortachala, Tbilisi Central, Isani Metro.
Metro buses and Georgian railway cover some destinations, it is possible to check timetables and make booking online.
Georgia is a friendly and safe place. Pickpocketing and burglar cases are down to almost zero. Keep an eye on your documents and belongings, no guarantee you might get them back after losing, sometimes it’s hard to keep track while traveling around Georgia.
Local police is friendly and ready to come for aid in any case.
Emergency call for police, ER and rescue services – T. 112
Toll-free hotline for tourists – T. 0 800 800 909
Taxify application – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ee.mtakso.client&hl=en
Metro buses – http://geometro.ge/ge/about
Georgian railway – http://www.railway.ge/?lang=eng
Tbilisi Public transport – http://ttc.com.ge/
National Museums – http://museum.ge/
Travel information center – http://georgia.travel/
Medical center in Tbilisi and major cities – https://evex.ge/ge/
BTL Georgia guarantees providing safe logistics and accommodation for delegates throughout the meeting and related events. For any personal loss or damage – organization takes no responsibility.