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Georgia’s Reforms Associates website called FactCheck researched this very topic in 2014: Conclusion Our research has established that in Georgia certain professions have nationality restrictions due to national and public interests. In order to bring in a verdict, we must also take international experience into consideration. Both strict and ...


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When I stayed in Tbilisi a few years ago I met quite a few people from African countries and Americans of African descent. In the circles I moved in they were all accepted 100% the same as the people of other skin colours in Georgia. Now my circle was the kind of people that owned and ran backpacker hostels and student bars, so might not be representative. ...


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When I was in Borjomi last month, I met a couple who had hired a taxi to go from Akhaltsikhe to Batumi via the mountain road. Unfortunately I cannot remember how much they paid, but it is certainly realistic to do so. They got the tourist office in Borjomi to find the taxi for them; you can probably do the same at the Batumi tourist office. It is no more ...


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I am Georgian and simply we love tourists, anyone outside our country who wants to visit anything related to Georgia we appreciate it alot. This country is very hiddend from the media and only shown wars back when there was Stalin and most people think its part of Russia. Hospitality is a massive thing in Georgia, if you were black ,green or any colour ...


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I drove this route in a Lada Niva. It's not dangerous at all and not so mountainous as you might think. The biggest part of the road from Batumi to Akhaltsikhe is not asphalted but is wide enough to allow cars to drive in both directions without any risks and can be done with any kind of car / bus. The part from Akhaltsikhe to Borjomi is in very good ...


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Metro Turizm runs two direct buses a day. Lüks Karadeniz runs one bus a day. It seems like both leave from the central Ortachala Bus Station. It's helpful to know Tbilisi (Gerogria) = Tiflis (Gürcistan) in Turkish for their search fields.


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The only legal way to enter Abkhazia is from the territory of Zugdidi Municipality. No other way! Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states, that in all other cases you will inevitably violate the law and fall under criminal resonsibility by Georgian laws.


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I visited Georgia last year on valid UK 5 years visa on Pakistani passport without any Georgian visa, also the immigration Georgia sent me a link which was really helpful. If you have a valid visa/residence permit from UK,USA,canada,new Zealand, Australia, any EU country or residence permit in Saudi Arabia,Oman,Qatar,Bahrain,Kuwait,Uae you may enter Georgia ...


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I don't see any problem at all at finding a cab at Navtlugi or wherever you want in Tbilisi. Just rise you hand on the road and any free car will stop near you. And also I am sure that plenty of cabs reside on the Navtlugi station. However, if you want to be super safe, you can call taxi by phone with following numbers: 2 717 717 291 14 14 2939 100 ...


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Given the designation of the train it is unlikely that Georgian Railway system will give you anything different than the Azerbaijan's Railway booking system so there are no other stops between Rustavi and Tbilisi. As far as Tbilisi-Uzl is concerned it actually is short for "Тбилиси Узловая" (Tbilisi Hub for lack of better translation) which is a name for a ...


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This is absolutely untrue. The ONLY legal way to enter occupied territories is to enter Georgia first through official checkpoint, and then visit Abkhazia or, God forbid, South Ossetia through, again, official Georgian temporary checkpoint. My Czech friend did this last year and had no problems whatsoever. But if you have Abkhazian stamp from Psou or any ...


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As of June 2016, I can confirm that a foreign non-resident can apply and receive a tourist visa to Russia in Tbilisi, Georgia. I've just picked mine up from the consulate. The process wasn't simple, and the application is long, but it is possible. There are some additional requirements for Australian citizens, requiring the application to be completed in ...


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Yes! It opened in October 2015: Official Georgian announcement. I learned of this and borrowed the image from a post on Quora about interesting border crossings.


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Here also a big fan of Georgia ánd of hot springs. I never heard of 'Tskaltubo' before but I'll take it into consideration to visit when I'll be there again. However, I do know about a hot spring close to Vardzia. It's run by an older woman and her family. I don't think it's often visited by tourists but for me it was one of the highlights of my journey ...


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It's called Tskaltubo and they've built/restored couple of new spas there recently (one of their websites). Pretty cheap even by Georgian standards.


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With Pakistani passport, you do need a visa to visit Georgia. Unfortunately, I'm having hard time finding anything useful on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and, hence I'm not able to confirm whether visa on arrival is an option for you (it is for citizens of many countries).1 You can try calling the border control in Tbilisi Airport ...


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No, you don't: if you've used your USA visa at least once, you can enter Georgia visa-free for 90 days. Foreign nationals who have a multiple entry US, EU or Schengen member states visas, which have validity for one year or more and had been used once at least, can enter or stay on the territory of Georgia without visa up to 90 days, within the validity ...


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I doubt that you'd have problems, provided you don't do anything suspicious. I've lived in Georgia all my life and have yet to hear of anyone, especially a tourist, being caught for that. Having said that, you should definitely be on your guard in Abkhazia. Although a place of untold beauty and definitely worth a visit, it's a militarized territory with non-...


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I once read an article in a surf magazine, maybe Surfer's Path about surfing the Black sea coast line around Sinop. I've been to Black Sea coastline in the winter. There were nice waves.


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The scheme for Iranians to visit Georgia visa-free was cancelled on the 2nd July 2013. Unless they qualify for an exemption, Iranian citizens now need a visa (which can be obtained online). This arose from two issues: First, the USA suggesting to Georgia that they should not let Iranians come into the country so easily; and second, Georgia's long-term desire ...


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When I commented I have worked from memory based on the first report on http://caravanistan.com/visa/azerbaijan/ which said: June 2014: no more visas in Batumi! Earlier in June they did not offer visas without LOI, now it seems they do not hand out visas at all anymore. So my comment was outdated because some time after that report there were reports ...


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No, there is no scenario in which some sort of Georgian permit or visa opens any special access to the Schengen area. It is true that Georgia grants visa-free access to Schengen visa holders, but it only goes one way, Schengen countries do not recognize Georgian visas.


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Have a look at this link. You apply for visa online, and then physically get it by reporting to a consular service within 3 days of entering the country (you get an entry permit sent to your email which you use to actually enter). I would not advise trying to obtain visa/entry at the border, unless you are exempt from visa by Abkhazia. Also take note of the ...


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There are currently no international flights to Crimea due to European and US sanctions. Your only two choices are: Fly via Russia. Kayak shows flights for around $250 from Tbilisi to Simferopol Take a boat from Batumi to Sochi ($70). From Sochi take a flight to Simferopol ($75) There are also potential options over land, but they're not cheaper.


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I've traveled in Eastern Turkey last summer and also entered Turkey from Georgia. In Batumi you need to take the mini bus at Tbilisi Square. (https://goo.gl/maps/igPYhibW1xP2) You need to find the bus that goes to Sarpi (the border town). You 'll be dropped at the border office. Go through the border control. On the other side taxis will take you to Hopa....


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How about Tel Aviv? I've seen plenty of both surfers and windsurfers there during my stays. Some magazines even place it as one of the top cities for surfing. Getting there over land is nigh impossible, but you might have some luck getting a ferry from Turkey to Cyprus and from Cyprus to Israel.



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