Georgia


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Geography

Georgia is a mountainous country bordered by Russia in the north, Turkey in the southeast, Armenia in the south, Azerbaijan in the east and by the Black Sea in the west, which forms a 330km long coastline. The country is crossed by the ranges of the Greater Caucasus (highest peak: Mt Kazbek, 5,047m). Enclosed high valleys, wide basins, health spas with famous mineral waters, caves and waterfalls combine in this land of varied landscapes and striking beauty.

Electric Supply and Plugs

Voltage 220-240. Plugs used are the European 2 pin round style.

Time Zone

GMT + 4hrs

Language

The official language is Georgian, the only language in the Ibera Caucasian family written in ancient script, with its own unique alphabet. Russian, Armenian, Azeri, Ossetian and Abkhazian are also spoken.

Climate

Daytime temperatures in the lower valleys will vary between 20ºC and 25ºC in the summer months.The weather in summer is generally excellent - with hot days, clear skies and little rain. In the mountain villages at around 2000 metres elevation, the night time temperature will fall to 10ºC. As with any mountain region, cooler conditions and stormy weather cannot be ruled out at any time of year. In Tbilisi temperatures are much hotter in the summer months and can reach well into the 30's.

Currency

Lari (GEL) = 100 tetri. Notes are in denominations of GEL100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 tetri.

Visa Requirements

No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days by holders of the following passports: United Kingdom, Ireland and all other EU member states, United States of America. Holders of passports not on the above list should contact their nearest Georgian Embassy to see if a visa is required. All passport holders should check for up to date information before travel.

Vaccinations

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. A very good online resource is the UK National Health Travellers website at fitfortravel.nhs.uk

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