Visa Requirements for Georgia, Eastern Europe
Visitors to Georgia must obtain a visa from Georgian diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, or one of the countries whose citizens can obtain an e-Visa. Visitors must hold a passport valid for the period of intended stay.
No visa requirement for EU citizens
Countries in green are allowed a full 1-year stay without a VISA
The Old and The New
As in most European cities around central and eastern Europe, there is a blend of historic architecture and new modern buildings, with many of the older buildings having been refurbished.
There is an estimated quarter of the buildings, houses, farms, factories across the country left in ruin, following Soviet collapse.
In Tbilisi one can find derelict, graffiti-covered apartment blocks with rusting balustrades (complete with a clothes washing line), directly alongside a 5-Radisson 5 Hotel, for example. It is part of the country's many contrasts, and charm!
Georgia by Nature
Georgia (Georgian: საქართველო), romanized: Sakartvelo; is a transcontinental country at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia.
It is part of the Caucasus region, bounded by the Black Sea to the west, Russia to the north and east, Turkey to the southwest, Armenia to the south, and by Azerbaijan to the southeast.
The country covers an area of 69,700 square kilometres (26,900 square miles), and has a population of 3.7 million people.
Tbilisi is its capital as well as its largest city, home to roughly a third of the Georgian population.
Crime in Georgia:
The country of Georgia in general, including the city of Tbilisi, is safe overall, with considerably low crime rates. You can safely catch trains and taxis and walk the streets at night.
Riding/driving in Georgia:
Georgia has a bad reputation for reckless and highly impatient drivers. You can expect to suddenly find a car in your lane in oncoming traffic. Its also commonplace to find dogs, pigs, and cows wandering the streets in rural areas and small towns. Be vigilant of all road hazards in Georgia.
Because of its location on the crossroads between Europe and Asia, and its proximity to the lucrative Silk Road, throughout history Tbilisi was a point of contention among various global powers. The city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, neoclassical, Beaux Arts, Art Nouveau, Stalinist and the Modern structures.
Historically, Tbilisi has been home to people of multiple cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, though it is overwhelmingly Eastern Orthodox Christian.
Its notable tourist destinations include cathedrals Sameba and Sioni, Freedom Square, Rustaveli Avenue and Agmashenebeli Avenue, medieval Narikala Fortress, the pseudo-Moorish Opera Theater, and the Georgian National Museum. The climate in Tbilisi mostly ranges from 20 to 32 °C (68 to 90 °F) in the summer and −1 to 7 °C (30 to 45 °F) in the winter.
GEL (Georgian Lari)