There are now at least 3 ways to get to Georgia from Belarus:
- Direct flights (via Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Batumi);
- By bus (with various travel agencies);
- And also via Russia, North Ossetia and the Upper Lars checkpoint (with many transfers).
I would choose the first option. But you are already watching. It all depends on your budget, luck and how much you want to bully yourself on the road. In this article, I will talk about each of them in turn. Therefore, all the pros and cons here will be obvious.
Rules for entering Georgia
From June 15, 2022, the Georgian side has canceled all restrictions on the entry of tourists. Now, in order to get into the country of wine and khinkali, you only need a passport and a good mood. Of course, things change very quickly. And I fully admit that COVID-19 may again climb out of its cold and gloomy grave. So before you continue, scroll through this article. There I collect all the latest news about entry rules.
Russia is a separate story. If you are going to go to Georgia by land, do not forget about it too. In 2022, it introduced restrictions on the entry of foreigners from third countries. Therefore, Belarusians could enter the Russian Federation, cross its territory and safely get into Georgia. But now there were problems with the way back (!) -iz-belarusi-chetyre-varianta-blog-antona-borodachjova-e0b1a8b.png” alt=”How to get to Georgia from Belarus: four options | Anton Borodachev's blog” />
News from people.onliner.by dated June 10, 2022.
The bans were lifted only on June 14, 2022. At the moment, “the restriction on entry into the Russian Federation is no longer applied to citizens of Belarus entering the Russian Federation from the territories of third countries.” Formally, everything is fine. But I don't know if the Russians will come up with something else. Therefore, when choosing a land route, remember that Belarus and Georgia do not border each other. And on your way there will be another country with its own rules.
Planes from Minsk to Georgia
And now let's move on to transport issues … Georgia from Belarus.
All you need to do is go to this site and find the right tickets.
There are direct flights to Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi. The price for all directions is VERY DIFFERENT. If you look for flights in advance, you can fly round-trip for 250 euros. But buying tickets right before the trip, you can get the same price for a one-way flight!
How to save on a flight?
I personally know two ways. But they are both unreliable.
The first is to wait for promotions and sales. In the last couple of years, Belavia has consistently arranged discounts on January 25, December 27 and March 5 (for your birthday). If you are confident in your karma, you can wait for these dates. In the meantime, take the kittens out of the trees, take the grandmothers across the road and pray that this sale really happens.
An example of the last sale on December 27
The second option is more reliable. Check flights from Minsk to Kutaisi.
Often this airport offers the best fares. And from the capital of Imereti, you can go further by bus Georgian Bus. They will take you directly from Kutaisi airport to Tbilisi or Batumi. For exact prices and timetables, visit georgianbus.com.
The route through Moscow and Vladikavkaz
Another way to get to Georgia cheaply is to go through Russia. In this case, the entire road will be divided into three segments:
- Minsk – Moscow;
- Moscow – Vladikavkaz;< /li>
The first part of the route can be traveled by the Lastochka train. It's cheap and relatively fast. See the website poezd.rw.by for tickets and schedule. At the moment they cost 90 BYN.
The main advantage of this option is the abundance of cheap tickets from Moscow to Vladikavkaz. Of course, I can't promise anything. But here it is absolutely realistic to find flights for 3000 RUB (40€) one way.
Look for specific flights here.
At the moment, planes of such companies as S7, Nordwind, as well as the Pobeda low-cost airline fly to North Ossetia.
If you have some special dislike for airplanes in your soul then take a look at this site. Tickets for buses and trains in Russia are sold here. Buses cover the distance to Ossetia in 24 hours. Trains – for 38. Regular prices 3600 – 4600 RUB.
The last spurt is a segment of the journey from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi.
But there is one catch here – the Verkhny Lars crossing is located in the mountains, so it is often closed due to weather conditions. He may not work “until the evening”, or he may not work for 2 days. Therefore, after arriving in Ossetia, immediately dive into the telegram channel t.me/VerhniyLars or into the VK group vk.com/vrlars< /em>. There you can check the status of the checkpoint.
As for transport, buses run from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi. You can view the schedule and buy tickets in advance here.
How to get to Georgia from Minsk by bus?
There are also bus routes to Georgia from Belarus. But they are irregular. There are more flights in summer. In winter, on the contrary, there are almost no trips.
I myself found literally several companies that organize such trips on a regular basis. These are:
- Visit Tour (vt.by)
- LLC “Your trace » (+375 29 138-37-37/+375 29 238-67-38)
- And Favorite Travel (favorit-travel .by).
In addition, closer to the summer there are many companies that sell tickets to Georgia along with tours. You can see the current options on the website holiday.by. This is one of the largest Belarusian sites selling tours.
What are the disadvantages of such trips? Firstly, you will get to Georgia by bus. And this is still travel-masochism. Secondly, a one-way trip will take almost 3 days! And this is travel-masochism triple. If that suits you, go ahead. But it seems to me that on the way back, you will forget that you had a rest.
How to plan your route in Georgia?
Read my articles and choose for yourself those places that you like more. You can find them here. There are many stories about old Tbilisi, sunny Batumi, disgusting Kutaisi, mineral Borjomi and many other cities.
Also pay attention to the tours in the windows below. Even if you're not going to buy anything, take a look anyway. This way you can better define for yourself a list of places that you would like to see first.
How to rent a car in Georgia? A point that is very important
Georgia is a beautiful country. But many interesting points here can be reached either by a rented car or by taxi with some kind of local guide. I can't drive. Therefore, we ourselves traveled around the country with this man (with a mustache, like Yakubovich).
This is how we got to the Akhaltsikhe fortress, the cave mountain Vardzia, countless different observation platforms in the mountains and old signal towers. But, of course, all these trips cost us a decent amount.
Renting a car will be cheaper. Especially if you are traveling with the whole family. You can see the exact prices here. A good friend of mine said that this is the best car rental site in Georgia.
After the introduction of the sanction, I still did not understand how AIRBNB and Booking.com would work for us now. If you, too, something did not work out with this holy couple, try to look for housing here on this site. There are many good options for apartments, and payments are made from all cards.
Another good site is Ostrovok.ru. It specializes in hotels and hotels. So if you like their apartments more, then you can look there too.
As for ourselves, we have already rented dozens of apartments and hotels in Georgia. The last time we stayed in Tbilisi was at the Piazza Hotel. And in Batumi they rented these nameless apartments on Sheriff Khimshiashvili Street. If you have not decided on housing yet — you can start your search with them.
Insurance in Georgia
If you want really good insurance, then buy it here. It costs like a house in Kvariati, but they have the best service, the best doctors and a humane attitude towards clients.
For more information about what the Georgian healthcare system is like and how we ourselves were treated in Batumi, I wrote in the article at the link below.
At the end of the article, I will leave here the contacts of the Georgian Embassy in Minsk. Now the rules of travel are changing very quickly. If you have any questions, you can always call their consular department and find out everything directly.
Address of the Embassy of Georgia in Minsk – Svobody Square, 4.
Consular department phone< /em> – +375 (17) 319-61-93 (while the voice on the phone is chatting in Georgian — you can immediately press 1).
You can also read the latest news on their official Facebook page . Embassy staff respond fairly quickly.
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