Guidance

Living in Georgia

Advice for British people living in Georgia, including information on health, education, residence requirements and more.

Overview

This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Georgia, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals.

Coronavirus

You should follow the advice of Georgia’s government and your local authority. You can also read our Georgia travel advice for latest guidance.

For information on vaccines abroad, see our COVID-19 travel guidance.

Health

All state hospitals and state clinics provide treatment regardless of nationality. The emergency number in Georgia is 112. Although Georgia is listed on the website of the NHS trust as country with the reciprocal agreement, this does not work in practice as there is no reciprocal agreement between the two countries in place.

The NHS has information for people moving abroad.

You can check the list of medical facilities in Georgia here.

Education

The website for the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia has detailed information on education system in Georgia.

Employment and recognised qualifications

British citizens can apply to work in Georgia. Applications for Work resident permits are submitted through Public Service Hall.

If you are in Georgia for more than 183 days and take up any form of paid employment, you are automatically liable for income tax and must inform the Revenue Service of your employment, whether you are on a visitor’s permit or work resident permit. Non-compliance will be fined.

Labour and Employment Policy in Georgia can be found on the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia website

Entry and residence requirements

British nationals can enter Georgia visa free for up to 360 days. If they wish to stay longer they can apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit from the Public Service Development Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia through Public Service Hall.

If you overstay in Georgia without a valid permit you may be deported and banned from re-entering Georgian territory for up to 1 year.

Your British passport should be valid for the proposed duration of intended stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.More information on entry and residence requirements can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia website.

Driving licences and vehicles

British driving licences are accepted in Georgia. More information can be found on the Service Agency at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia website (see “Useful Information” section).

Money and tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

If you are in Georgia for more than 183 days and take up any form of paid employment, you are automatically liable for income tax. Information about taxes in Georgia can be obtained from the Revenue Service of Georgia website.

British citizens can open a bank account in any Georgian bank by providing photographic identification. Information about taxes in Georgia can be obtained from the Revenue Service of Georgia website.

Guidance on bringing medication into Georgia

British citizens can seek further advice from the Embassy of Georgia in the United Kingdom

Sponsoring family members

Guidance can be obtained from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia or from the Embassy of Georgia in the United Kingdom or by telephoning the ministry hotline (032) 2 945 000 (for in-country calls only).

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCDO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 20 November 2013
Last updated 23 March 2021 + show all updates
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