Things to Consider Before Traveling to Georgia
Without doubt, before traveling to a country, there are travel tips you might want to consider. Accordingly, below, are the things you should know before traveling to Georgia. If you have more questions about traveling to Georgia, do not hesitate to contact us at Travelopersia. We would be happy to guide you to your trip to one of the unique gems of the Caucasus.
Visa for Georgia
There are about 98 countries whose citizens can travel to Georgia without a Visa for 1 full year. It is notable that there are exceptions in the duration of stay for some of these countries. Other foreigners can apply for a short term or long term Visa depending on the purpose of their visit. We will talk about ways of applying for a Georgian Visa, its rules, documents, and more in another blog post.
How to get to Georgia?
One of the most common ways of traveling to Georgia is by plane. You can book flights that either land at Tbilisi or Kutaisi International Airports. From Tbilisi International Airport, you can get to city center by the bus or the online Taxi App, Yandex Taxi. As for Kutaisi, there are also bus services that can take you from Kutaisi International Airport to Tbilisi.
If you are traveling to Georgia from Armenia or Azerbaijan, you can take the train. You can also use local bus services which are called Marshrutka. From the Train Station and the Bus Stations, you can easily get to Tbilisi by Metro. After three stops, from just near the metro station, you will arrive at the famous liberty Square.
How to get around Georgia?
In different cities, especially in Tbilisi, you will be walking, since most attractions are within walking distance of each other. You can also use the metro and bus services between and through the cities. For this, you can check out different routes on Tbilisi public transport company. For using the local transport services, you need to buy a card. With this card, you can also use Cable Cars to get to attractions such as Narikala fortress. As another option, you can book a driver guide or rent a car for your journey around this country.
Dress code in Georgia
Overall, Georgia does not have a dress code. The people of this country range from followers of Christianity, Islam to paganism. Though, the majority of them are orthodox Christians. You should only keep in mind the following if you want to visit the churches of the country. For entering an Orthodox Church the dress code is as below:
- Women should wear a head scarf and a long dress at least down to the knee length. They should also have something to cover their shoulders with.
- Men should wear long trousers and take their hats off upon entering the church. They should also wear something that keeps their shoulders unrevealed.
What is the language spoken by the locals in Georgia?
The locals speak Georgians which is a Kartvelian language. It is better to know some basic phrases in Georgian for traveling around the country. However, people can speak English in central cities such as in Tbilisi, Batumi, and Kutaisi. Azerbaijani and Russian are other languages spoken by a minority of people and mainly immigrants.
Mobile Service and Internet
Magti, Geocell, and Beeline are the three main mobile providers in Georgia. Each of these providers can offer you a variety of mobile internet bundles. It is worth mentioning that the service and data is better in central cities than remote areas. For a quality internet, you can use the WI-FI in cafes, bars, restaurants, and accommodations.
Exchange and currency
The official currency of the country is Georgian Lari. Notably, the abbreviation for Georgian Lari is GEL. Upon your arrival at Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi airports, you can find currency exchange places. Plus, all Georgian Banks provide exchange services. Also, you can exchange money at special places around the central cities. The exchange rate might be accordingly better this way since there is no service fee included.