Living in Georgia
Advice for British people living in Georgia, including information on health, education, residence requirements and more.
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.
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 website for the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia has detailed information on education system in Georgia.
Employment and recognised qualifications
Only those British citizens coming to Georgia for a diplomatic posting require entry visas with a work permit in order to work in Georgia, prior to receiving an accreditation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. All others can remain in Georgia visa free for up to 360 days. The ministry hotline is (032) 2 945 000 (for in-country calls only).
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 . If a British national overstays without a valid permit, they are likely to 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 website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
Driving licences and vehicles
British Driving Licences are accepted in Georgia. More information can be found on the website for Service Agency at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (see “Useful Information” section).
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 website of the Revenue Service of Georgia.
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).
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 FCO 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
Related guides: Notarial and documentary services guide for Georgia