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Expat advice & guidance on living and working in Georgia

Expat advice & guidance on living and working in Georgia

Living in Georgia

Georgia is not a very well known country, however expats who have lived there in the past absolutely fall on love with the country and the culture. The people speak Georgian and Rusiian and the youngsters tend to also be quite proficient in English too. We have some great advice for anyone moving to Georgia to become an expat.


Expat Clubs

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Albania and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com.

International Schools 

QSI International School of Tbilisi
QSI International School of Tbilisi, is a private non-profit institution that opened in August of 1995 and offers a high quality education in the English language for elementary and secondary students. The warm and welcoming school community make it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI.
Address: Village Zurgovani, Tbilisi, Georgia, 0126
Tel: +995 32 253 7670, +995 32 253 7671, +995 32 253 7672, +995 32 253 7674
Fax: +995 32 232 2607
Email: tbilisi@qsi.org
Website: www.qsi.org/schoolpages/grg/home/
Buckswood International School
Buckswood Tbilisi provides secondary education to students from grades 1 to 12 (ages: 6 – 18) and also provides an Early Years Foundation Stage (pre-school) Course for children 4 or 5 years old. Instruction is in Georgian and English. Academically Buckswood offers GCSE and A Level programs plus full EFL tuition.
Curriculum: GCSE, A Levels, EFL
Address: 52 Rustaveli Street, Tskneti, Tbilisi, 0189
Tel: +995 877 992 993
Email: Info@Buckswood.Ge
Website: buckswood.ge/new/en/home

Local News in English

The Georgian Times
In November 1993, the trilingual weekly newspaper “The Georgian Times” was created. Its aim was to support Georgia's morality and ideals, providing constant encouragement and filling an informational vacuum, then and now, and sharing insight with the world about problems and challenges faced in modern Georgia.
Website: www.geotimes.ge/index.php?lang=eng
Civil.ge is a daily news online service devoted to delivering quality news about Georgia. Civil.ge was founded by the UN Association of Georgia, a Georgian non-governmental organization in 2001. Civil.ge is currently supported by Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM), an initiative funded by the EU and administered by UNDP. Published in three languages (Georgian, English, Russian), Civil.ge has a history of editorial and political independence.
Website: www.civil.ge/eng
Georgia Today
Georgia Today is an independent English-language newspaper, published weekly since 2000. Georgia Today is distributed throughout Georgia and internationally, and has an office on the East Coast USA. With the largest distribution area and the highest quality of printing and layout, we pride ourselves on Georgia Today’s reliability, professionalism and constant striving for improvement.
Website: www.georgiatoday.ge/index.php
The Messenger Online
The Messenger, published daily in Tbilisi, is the Georgia's leading English language daily newspaper.
Website: www.messenger.com.ge/
Georgian News TV
Georgian News TV is the first English-speaking news channel in Georgia, provided by the Palitra Media House - the largest independent publishing house in the country. With their brand new internet television site, they serve both English-speaking audiences in Georgia and abroad with breaking stories and with features relevant to the English speaking community.
Website: www.georgianews.ge

Country Information 

Capital City:Tbilisi
Other Important Cities:
Currency: Lari (ლ) (GEL)
Language: Georgian
Calling Code: +995
Internet TLD: .ge

Electricity: The country runs on 220V 50Hz. Telasi is an electricity distributor in Georgia.
Address: Vani Str. 3, Tbilisi 0154, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 277 99 99
Fax: +995 32 277 99 81
Email: telasi@telasi.ge
Website: www.telasi.ge/en
Emergency Numbers:   
 Ambulance: 112
Fire: 112
Police: 112
Country Information

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Nationals from North America, Europe, some Middle East territories and Australia may enter and stay in the country for 360 days. Nationals from Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey may enter and stay for 90 days. Most nationals from the African, Asian, and some in South America may obtain a visa on-arrival. The rest will have to obtain a visa from a Georgian embassy or consulate in their home or host country.
Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has outlined these visa regulations on their site.


The more popular areas in Georgia are Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi. Expats have a range of options with accommodations: hotels, apartments, homestays, bed and breakfasts. The recommended way of looking for listings is through real estate agencies. The online real estate site, Rentals.ge, provides an extensive database of listings throughout Georgia: www.rentals.ge

Driving License

Expats may use their domestic license and an international license to drive legally in Georgia, for up to one year. For more information on driving in Georgia please visit: www.adcidl.com/Driving-in-Georgia.html


Medical treatments and facilities in Georgia are up to Western standard however they are limited. Most facilities are located with Tbilisi and Batumi. Medical costs are also expensive. A comprehensive travel and health insurance is recommended to cover or reimburse and costs incurred.

Cigna Global Health Options
Cigna provides international insurance coverage for expats.
Website: www.cignaglobal.com
CITO Medical Centre
Address: 40 Paliashvili St, Tbilisi, 179, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 251948
Fax: +995 32 251 952
Centre of Clinical Medicine
Address: 255 Tsotne Dadiani Street, Tbilisi, 180, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 667 370, +995 32 717 274
Fax: +995 32 698 605
City Hospital No. 2
Address: Constitution Street 2, Tbilisi, 380025, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 913 119, +995 32 913 242
Fax: +995 32 253 938
Frontline Medical Services
Address: Arakishvili Street, 2 ,Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 25 19 48, +995 32 25 19 51
Fax: +995 32 25 19 52
R. Gudushauri Hospital
Address: Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 529 863
State Medical University Hospital
Address: Kazbegi Street 19, Tbilisi, 380009, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 951 227
Fax: +995 32 290 492

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