On this page we’re sharing the updates on the current COVID-19 situation in Georgia, related to tourism. We’re also sending these updates to anyone who has booked with us in 2020.
Travel Update June 25th 2020
First of all we’d like to apologise for the lack of updates. Up until today, we haven’t had any more updates from the Georgian government in relation to the reopening of international travel.
While the government previously stated that borders would reopen from the 1st of July, they have had to reassess their decision due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases worldwide.
The latest announcement from the government is that it’s extremely likely that regular flights will not be allowed into Georgia before the end of July. It is still possible that the global situation will improve in the coming weeks and borders open sooner than expected, but once again this is unlikely.
We will continue to update you as soon as we hear any more official news. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
Travel Update June 4th 2020
We’d like to update you on the recent developments in Georgia regarding COVID-19 and the intention of the government to reopen the borders for international tourists. We’d also like to explain the safety measures we as a company are taking, and will try to answer some of your frequently asked questions.
First of all it is good to note that Georgia has been dealing pretty well with the coronavirus, and was able to keep active cases below 400 during the past months. This was mainly thanks to the quick closure of schools, non-essential services, and borders, in addition to strict quarantine and curfew measures. Now, as the pandemic starts to get more under control, the government has set its goal to open the borders for international tourists again on the 1st of July.
Before giving you the good news we’d like to stress that there is still an ongoing pandemic. This means that government imposed rules and regulations are likely to change on a daily basis, which you’ll have to adapt your travel plans to accordingly. Even though we are looking forward to welcoming you here it’s important that you think twice on whether you’re able to travel with such uncertainty at every step of the way.
At this point in time the Georgian government has announced that the borders will open to travellers from certain countries with low levels of the virus, although they haven’t confirmed which countries yet. Israel, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Greece and the Baltic states are expected to be among the first countries, but there has been no official confirmation of this yet.
Guests from some countries will be required to show a negative COVID-test taken within 72 hours of their intended arrival in Georgia, although there is no official confirmation of which countries yet. You can also expect thermo-screening in a lot of places, including the airport.
International flights to Georgia are planned to recommence from the 1st of July, however there may still be cancellations or last minute schedule changes. We strongly recommend checking the available information on your airline’s website and contacting them to verify your options.
How does travelling in Georgia look like right now?
At the moment of writing, corona-measures are being lifted. Restaurants and shops are opening, with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Hotels are opening again, and have to comply with strict hygienic rules, and measure temperatures of all guests.
Life in the country-side and in the mountains seems to be the same as before, but some regions and villages are still under quarantine. There will be significantly less tourists in the country in general.
In all public areas, like supermarkets, you’ll be required to wear a face mask and keep 2 meters distance. We recommend bringing a good supply of disposable masks with you, as getting them here could be difficult and limited in quantities.
What is Overlando doing?
Your health is very important to us. We’re committed to complying with the strict hygiene recommendations that the government has set for tour companies. As per our usual procedure we clean each vehicle, the bed sheets, pots and pans, etc. thoroughly after each rental.
In addition to that we’ll disinfect all surfaces after and before each rental, paying special attention to those surfaces that are frequently touched. We will also provide disinfectants in all our vehicles.
We will update all of our guests with the latest information regarding regions under quarantine, travel plan feasibility, as well as the appropriate safety measures to observe.
Travelling to neighboring countries
The land borders with both Armenia and Azerbaijan will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Neither of these countries has handled the Coronavirus crisis as well as Georgia, which unfortunately means that they may be closed off for some time.
Given the unpredictable circumstances we have introduced a flexible cancellation policy, as a compromise for all affected travellers. We are providing this flexible cancellation option as it’s very possible that anyone who has a booking or is thinking of booking within the coming months may not be able to go through with their holiday plans.
- If you cancel your booking more than 30 days in advance you will receive the full deposit back. You can also rebook for other dates, provided there is availability.
- If you cancel your booking between 30 days and 48 hours in advance we will issue a travel credit voucher equal to the deposit amount, that you can use for a future booking.
- If you cancel within 48 hours before your booking we will charge a cancellation fee equal to your deposit.
We are keeping the calendars on our website up to date with the availability, to check, please visit our website.
As it stands right now it’s extremely difficult to tell whether any holidays to Georgia within July will be realistically possible. We don’t want to come off as overly optimistic, nor overly pessimistic – we’re trying to give you the facts as we receive them to allow you to make informed decisions relating to your travel plans.
Everything that we have mentioned within this update is valid as of the 4th of June 2020. As soon as there is more official information from the government, we will update you again.
Feel free to reach out to us in case you have any questions left.
Stay safe and greetings from Tbilisi!
Travel Update March 17th 2020
First of all, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. We’re reaching out to you to inform you about the current COVID-19 situation in Georgia, and the measures taken. From 18th of March onwards, Georgia has closed its borders for all foreigners. This measure is currently still in force, and no date is given yet as for when the borders open again. As COVID-19 is developing at such an unpredictably rapid pace, it’s taken us all by surprise. We understand that some of you need to cancel their bookings in the coming time. We will obviously try to make your road trip still happen when the situation has calmed down again.Given the circumstances we are introducing a flexible cancellation policy, as a compromise for all affected travellers.
- If you cancel your booking more than 30 days in advance, you will receive the full deposit back. Of course you can also rebook for other dates, provided availability.
- If you cancel your booking between 30 days and 48 hours in advance, we will issue a travel credit equal to the deposit amount, that you can use for a future booking.
We thank you for your understanding in these difficult times. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if there are any important changes. Official information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia can be found on their website. It is regulary updated with all new and changed regulations: https://mfa.gov.ge/Home.aspx?lang=en-US.
The following website contains all information regarding the current measures and COVID related statistics in Georgia: https://stopcov.ge/en Feel free to reach out to us in case you have any questions left. Stay safe and greetings from Tbilisi,