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Citizens of Georgia aged 60 and above, who will get vaccinated with the first dose against COVID-19 through 31st December 2021, will be paid 200 GEL as a one-off promotional supplement.

The Social Service Agency receives information on the vaccinated individuals twice a month (on the 1st and 15th dates of every month) and payment is made within 5 business days from receiving such information.

Bank accounts of eligible individuals get credited with a one-off promotional supplement within the scope of a standing agreement concluded with Liberty Bank JSC.

As for the individuals in the age range of 60-65 years, not classified as pensioners, the Social Service Agency will open bank accounts for them within the scope of a standing agreement with Liberty Bank JSC.

Citizens of Georgia, who will be vaccinated with the first dose at the end of December 2021, will receive the one-off promotional supplement in 2022.

Georgia Joins a Common COVID-Passport Space Uniting 49 Countries

From now on Citizens of Georgia can already travel to 27 member states of EU and 22 non-member states solely with their COVID Passport and COVID Card issued in Georgia. To use the digital COVID Certificate https://ec.europa.eu/.../eu-digital-covid-certificate_en, citizens of Georgia should download a Georgia e-Health application from App Store at https://apps.apple.com/ge/app/georgia-e-health/id1590322048 or Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moh.geehealth and get registered in a simple and easy manner.

Application evidence information about the status (vaccinated or not, tested or not, ever infected with a coronavirus or not) of an individual.

If and when a citizen fails to download the application for any reason, s/he should visit the House of Justice and get a COVID Card. If and when a citizen had received such a card prior to November 17, it is essential to have it updated.

In any case, individuals should check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia at https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/ka/newsFeed/nId/292  before travelling to other countries to get informed about the policies/regulations pursued by them towards citizens of Georgia.

Common signs of infection include fever, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache and muscle pain, general fatigue, feeling of shortness of breath or dyspnoea at rest (which you had not experienced earlier).

- shortness of breath

- pain and/or feeling of pressure in chest

- confusion

- inability to wake or stay awake

- unusual paleness/bluish lips or face

COVID-19 infected is a person having a disease confirmed by laboratory test (PCR) or rapid antigen test.

►  I have not had any interaction with an infected individual, but what shall I do if still experience symptoms characteristic to COVID-19?

- Reach out to your GP. Coughs and fever are characteristic to other viral infections as well. So, if you cough, catch a cold or are feverish, it still does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19. Nevertheless, to the extent possible, try to stay in isolation for several days. As a rule, symptoms caused by other viral infections disappear in 3-5 days if performing in a standard manner.

►  If I had an interaction with an infected individual and experience symptoms soon after?

- Move to isolation for 5 days from such interaction. Reach out to the emergency hotline at 112 or your GP, who will redirect you for testing to start with.

The high risk contact is a person who within 48 hours before manifestation of the symptoms or before taking sample for laboratory testing:

·  Had a direct contact with COVID-19 infected confirmed case with distance less than 1 meter and with duration more than 15 minutes;

·  Had physical contact with COVID-19 confirmed person;

·  Had unprotected contact with droplets produced by COVID-19 patient (e.g. while coughing or sneezing);

·  Was in closed area (e.g. home, classroom, meeting room, hospital waiting room, etc.) with COVID-19 confirmed person for more than 15 minutes.

► Move to isolation (may be administered at home or a respective isolation hotel) during 5 days from the most recent contact. Besides, you are strictly recommended to wear a facemask for the following 6-12 days.

► Observe your health condition and if you experience symptoms characteristic to COVID-19, reach out to the emergency hotline at 112 or your GP, who will redirect you for testing to start with.

► If you prove test-positive for COVID-19, the medical doctor will make a decision on the treatment or hospitalization by taking into account your health condition and symptoms.

► If your test result is negative, continue isolation by adhering to its rules. If you do not experience any suspicious signs characteristic to COVID-19 within the period of self-isolation, such isolation ends on the 5th day from its start.

► Following individuals are not subject to quarantine, but are strictly recommended to wear a facemask for 10 days from the end of a contact with an infected individual:

• Individuals vaccinated with a booster dose;

• Fully vaccinated individuals, during 14-90 days from the second dose of the vaccination;

• Also individuals recovered from COVID infection, during 60 days from the moment of such recovery. 

 

If you can stay completely isolating in your own home, stay home. Utilization of common rest room is admissible when hygienic norms are observed. If the relevant conditions are not available, call 112 and you will be transferred to COVID hotel.

-  Don’t go out;

-  Don’t receive guests;

-  Have physical contact with family members only in case of absolute necessity, for as less as possible period of time and observing physical distancing; using face masks is necessary for all persons being in contact with each other; 

-  Utilize separate kitchen utensils, bed sheets, hygienic items.

through respiratory droplets and through the contact e.g while coughing, sneezing, shaking hands, touching face and eyes with unwashed hands, through close contact with an infected person.

The person becomes the source of infection during 2 days (48 hours) before manifestation of the symptoms.

The most effective way of protection from coronavirus is vaccination.

Please consider the following additional recommendations for prevention of the disease:

·  Avoid crowded places

·  Wear face masks in closed areas, in crowded places, while being in contact with those having COVID-19 symptoms.  

·  Observe 2-meter physical distancing rule (even when using face masks).

Frequently wash hands with soap and water (during 40-60 seconds) or using 70% alcohol based liquids (during 20-40 seconds).

​The incubation period of COVID-19 (the time between exposure to the virus and the first symptom onset) is on average 5-6 days, but can be as long as 14 days.

I move to self-isolation regime (as early as possible from the moment I learn about the diagnosis of a person I had been in contact with).

Timeframe of a quarantine is deemed to be 5 days for unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals. In addition, they are given a strict recommendation to wear a facemask for the following 6-12 days. Same applies to individuals not vaccinated with a booster dose, if more than 90 days have passed since the second dose of the vaccine. Also, aforementioned rules of quarantine also apply to individuals, who are found to have a time lapse of 60 days from the contraction with COVID infection.

Reminder: Following individuals are not subject to quarantine, but are strictly recommended to wear a facemask for 10 days from the end of a contact with an infected individual:

• Individuals vaccinated with a booster dose;

• Fully vaccinated individuals, during 14-90 days from the second dose of the vaccination;

• Also individuals recovered from COVID infection, during 60 days from the moment of such recovery.

 

-  In order to identify the disease an antigen rapid test or PCR test used that detect virus in nasopharyngeal swab.

- Antibody test COVID-19 IgM/IgG is a rapid test that detects antibodies in blood, serum and plasm. This test is not recommended for the patients without symptoms and on early onset, since the antibodies are produced on the 5th and the 14th day after manifestation of the symptoms.

Contract your family doctor.

The State finances the laboratory services for the groups subject to mandatory testing (Resolution #975), including:

·   The patient placed at in-patient facility (including day patient facility and emergency) regardless symptoms;

The patient placed in any medical facility diagnosed with pneumonia or the patient with fever, accompanied with signs of respiratory disease. Or at the decision of the doctor, the patient only with fever and/or other clinical signs (including testing of ambulatory patients, with strict observation of self-isolation regulations up to receiving test results);

Medical personnel;

The patients on dialysis and serving them medical personnel;

The personnel and beneficiaries of the facilities for the persons under state care;

The persons entering Georgia, the persons coming from occupied territories being in quarantine zones, serving personnel and others;

Detailed information can be seen at:  https://matsne.gov.ge/ka/document/view/4896450?publication=9

Any non-vaccinated or not fully vaccinated person travelling from abroad, who instead of 8-day self-isolation is obliged to conduct PCR test on his/her own expense  https://matsne.gov.ge/ka/document/download/4877009/112/ge/pdf?fbclid=IwAR2vaeYB2wiM6LPAzwj90v0k23xku9QSnotr2GCqhn9qjRxpjH6HVZLH49I

In other cases, if you conduct test at your own discretion, the test is fee-based.

​Contact a family doctor and get registered for smear collection. Antigen rapid testing is possible at the laboratories that can be found at the following link: https://stopcov.ge/ka/klinikebi

-  If you need planned medical assistance call you doctor, who will provide you with medical care with observation of infection control rules or provides you with the guidance on the steps to be taken.

- In case of need of emergency medical assistance, call 112.

First of all, all family members living with the coronavirus positive person should stay in isolation. If your family member receive treatment at home, based on the doctor’s decision, some rules should be observed with the purpose to reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus:

-  Frequently air the room by opening the window/door to outdoor area. All family members should wear face masks while being in contact with an infected person.   Maximally limit the physical contact with infected person and do it only in cases of necessity. Suspected infected person uses own personal kitchen utensils and household items.

-  If possible suspected infected person uses separate bathroom and toilet. Otherwise, after using the shared toilet, the surfaces should be cleaned with disinfectors. 

-  Surfaces in shared areas should be cleaned with alcohol-based liquids (60-80%) as frequently as possible. 

-   At-home treatment decision is made by a family doctor, if a patient with confirmed COVID-19 case experience mild disease or the disease goes without symptoms. At the same time, it is necessary to have the conditions to ensure self-isolation.

-  If the person has mild symptoms or do not have the symptoms, but self-isolation conditions can not be observed, after contacting 112, he/she will be transferred to COVID-19 hotel.

- The decision on home treatment is made by a family doctor, based on a general condition of the patient, in accordance with the approved protocol.

The decision on hospitalization as well as treatment at home decision is made only by physician’s assessment which is based on the patient’s condition.

► Isolation of an asymptomatic or lightly infected  patient  ends after 7 calendar days from the confirmation of COVID-19. In a case like this, it is not necessary to get a negative test result. Besides, at least 24 hours should have passed from the disappearance of light symptoms. It is still strictly recommended to wear a facemask for 5 days from the end of isolation.

► Isolation of mildly or acutely infected patients remains unchanged and defined to end at least 10 calendar days from the date when a confirming test sample was taken.

Clearly improved condition should be witnessed in the most recent 24 hours. Uniform use of a facemask is strictly recommended in the following 5 days from the end of such isolation.

► As for such facilities of strategic importance, as:

• Healthcare facilities;

• General educational establishments;

• Ministries of Internal Affairs, Justice and Defense, along with their system institutions;

• State Security Service;

• General prosecution system of Georgia;

• Inland Revenue Service and Financial Investigation Service - –legal entities of public law (LEPL) of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia;

Isolation of asymptomatic and lightly infected staffers ends on the 6th day from the confirmation of COVID-19, if civil servants are found in deficit and by taking the insight of the employers into consideration. Negative express test results are essential for ending such isolation. Besides, at least 24 hours should have passed from the disappearance of the symptoms. Uniform use of a facemask is strictly recommended for the following 5 days from the end of such isolation.

► Decision on the end of isolation is made by a treating medical doctor by taking into account the health condition of the patient.

 

The recommendation is issued by an attending physician with consideration of patient’s condition.

- Strictly observe self-isolation rules;

- Don’t go out;

- Don’t receive guests;

- Have physical contact with family members only in case of absolute necessity, for as less as possible period of time and observing physical distancing; using face masks is necessary for all persons being in contact with each other; 

- Utilize separate kitchen utensils, bed sheets, hygiene items;  

- Frequently air the room by opening the window/door to outdoor area

-  Don’t take medicines without doctor’s agreement. Treatment for COVID-19 is symptomatic and information on safe for you medicines for management of the disease will be provided to you by a doctor.

-   Stay physically active when possible while staying in a room;

- Take liquids of indoor temperature at the quantity recommended by a doctor.

-   If the person placed in quarantine zone is employed, the Ministry of Health is authorized to issue the certificate equal to sick leave certificate upon request.

-   In case of treatment at inpatient clinic the certificate is issued by the clinic and when treated at home, the certificate is issued by the relevant online clinic.

Regulations for Crossing the Georgian Border in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic

Entry rules for COVID-19 vaccinated visitors

Citizens of all countries, traveling from any country are able to enter Georgia, if they:

While traveling by air present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia.

While crossing the land and sea border of Georgia present the document confirming the full course (two doses, one dose in case of Johnson&Johnson) of any COVID-19 vaccination at the border checkpoints of Georgia, as well as the negative PCR test taken in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia.

*Except for any person traveling from the Republic of India (regardless of citizenship and full course of vaccination) as well as persons having a history of travel to the Republic of India for the last 14 days. They are subject to a negative PCR test conducted in the last 72 hours prior to the visit to Georgia at the border and then - a mandatory 14-day quarantine (in the case of foreigners, at their own expense).

 

Entry rules for non-vaccinated visitors

Georgian citizens:

1) Georgian citizens presenting the negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to the visit, will be subject to either 8-day self-isolation or to the optional PCR examination at their own expense on the 3rd day of their stay in Georgia. If self-isolation is not possible, they will be subject to a mandatory quarantine;

2) If Georgian citizens fail to submit the document confirming the PCR examination at the border, they will be placed in self-isolation for 8 days, and if self-isolation is not possible, they will be subject to a mandatory quarantine.

 

For foreigners:

Citizens and residence permit holders of the following states may enter Georgia by air, land and sea under the conditions mentioned below:

🔷 European Union Member States

🔷 State of Israel

🔷 Republic of Turkey

🔷 Swiss Confederation

🔷 Kingdom of Norway

🔷 United States of America

🔷 Canada

🔷 The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

🔷 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

🔷 State of Qatar

🔷 State of Kuwait

🔷 United Arab Emirates

🔷 Kingdom of Bahrein

🔷 Republic of Armenia

🔷 Republic of Azerbaijan

🔷 Ukraine

🔷 Republic of Moldova

🔷 Republic of Kazakhstan

🔷 Russian Federation

🔷 Republic of Belarus

🔷 Republic of Uzbekistan

🔷 Republic of Tajikistan

🔷 Republic of Kyrgyzstan

🔷 Turkmenistan

🔷 People’s Republic of China

🔷 Japan

🔷 Republic of Korea

🔷 The Sultanate of Oman

 

They must travel directly from the above-mentioned countries, including transit travel through third countries;

At the border checkpoint of Georgia they must present a PCR-examination certificate conducted in the last 72 hours prior to the travel to Georgia;

On the 3rd day of their stay, they are obliged to undergo PCR-examination at their own expense;

Before crossing the state border, they must complete the special application form, indicating the travel history of the last 14 days, contact details (address, phone number, email etc.) https://registration.gov.ge/pub/form/8_protocol_for_arrivals_in_georgia/tk6157/​;

All individuals who have travelled to the Republic of India within the last 14 days will be placed in a mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon entry at their own expense. In this case, PCR-examination on 3rd day of their stay will be waived. 

 

Except for the above-mentioned categories, the restrictions on entry to Georgia do not apply to:

Representatives of the diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to Georgia and their family members;

Family members of Georgian citizens, despite their nationality.

Persons arriving in Georgia as part of humanitarian mission – if a trip of such mission (doctors, volunteers, etc.) to Georgia becomes a necessity;

Individuals who have been granted the status of stateless person by the respective authorities of Georgia;

Individuals holding status-neutral ID card or travel documents;  

Individuals having a refugee status in Georgia;

Members of official delegations (will be decided on a case-to-case basis);  

Train and truck drivers, involved in international road traffic, international railway personnel, involved in in the carriage of goods by rail, as well as the members of the aircraft crew.

 

See also:

- Procedures for foreign students entering Georgia – https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/newsFeed/nId/249 

- Information on foreign citizens traveling to Georgia on business purpose – https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/newsFeed/nId/225 

- Information regarding the project "Remotely from Georgia" – https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/en/newsFeed/nId/194 

This information is renewable and should be checked at embassies/consulates of the countries to be visited before planning trip. 

All COVID-19 medical services are fee-based for the citizens of foreign countries.

- Elderlies

- People with chronic diseases (especially cardio-vascular diseases, chronic pulmonary diseases, diabetes mellitus, overweight, oncological pathologies, HIV/AIDS etc.)

The patients without symptoms are also the source of infection spread though due to absence of symptoms the intensity of virus excretion is less.

It’s possible. That’s why the course of the disease should be closely monitored and in case of aggravation of the conditions, the family doctor should be immediately contacted.

Yes, it is possible.

- Public Safety Management Center - 112

- Governmental hotline - 144

-  Health Ministry’s hotline -1505

-  National Center for Disease Control - 116-001

Implementation of isolation decision towards a person is ensured by the relevant units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs, within its competence, in case of availability of the corresponding facts or/and information, is authorized to control observance of isolation regulations by a person being in isolation (self-isolation, quarantine), which also includes verification of his/her physical presence on the place, making periodical phone calls and performing other means of monitoring directly envisaged be Georgian Law.

The need for PCR test is identified by a family doctor. PCR test is free when is conducted by a reference of a family doctor.

Information on family doctor/medical facility is available at : https://ambulatoria.moh.gov.ge/

Or you can call hotline: 15-05. If you utilize private insurance, please contact insurance company.

COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way to end the pandemic. Vaccination reduces the risk of infection, and subsequently morbidity and mortality risks. Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination is proved by the cycle of multi-phased clinical trials and experience of the countries where introduction of vaccination has taken place.

WHO, Public Health Institutions, and qualified doctors recommend COVID-19 vaccination!

Vaccination is also recommended in case you have already had COVID-19, since according to available evidences, solid immunity does not develop after the disease and a person is still at risk of reinfection.

In Georgia vaccination is free of charge and voluntary.

Vaccination is accessible for Georgian citizens over 18.

Registration/booking a queue is possible at the registration portal: https://booking.moh.gov.ge/

The instructions are available at: https://fb.watch/4c2mI8hKtj/

Hotline 15 22 provides citizens with information on COVID-19 vaccination. Working hours are 09:00 - 23:00, every day, including Saturdays and Sundays. Information is also available at:

WWW.STOPCOV.GE

WWW.MOH.GOV.GE

WWW.NCDC.GE

COVID-19 frequently asked questions and answers:  http://test.ncdc.ge/Handlers/GetFile.ashx?ID=2a2a89e3-f026-4c4a-b32b-0dcb2fcb4d13 

  • Confirmed Coronavirus Cases - 1 655 221 , Within the past 24 hours - 51
  • Recovered - 1 637 293 , Within the past 24 hours - 95
  • Fatal outcome - 16 811 , Within the past 24 hours - 1
  • 4 638 test have been administered within the last 24 hours, out of which 3 223 were antigen-based express tests, while 1 415 - PCR tests.
  • Test positivity rates: 1.1% daily, 0.99% over the past 14 days, 0.84% over the past 7 days
  • 2 882 587 vaccinated in all, daily vaccination rate at 38
  • Under Hospital Supervision - 286

Data will be updated on a daily basis

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