In consideration of the new strain of coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom (UK), the Inter-Agency Coordination Council of the Government of Georgia has decided to impose a 12-day mandatory quarantine requirement on any individual, including citizens of Georgia, with a UK travel history within the last 14 days, upon their entry to Georgia.
As Berdia Sichinava, Deputy Head of the Task Force operating at the Inter-Agency Coordination Council ,announced at the press briefing held after the meeting of the Council today, it is noteworthy that UK is not included in the list of 18 countries indicated in the Government Decree that permitted the entry of citizens and permanent residence holders to Georgia with applicable terms and conditions, nor is there a direct flight with the UK at present.
“Hence, this decision applies to citizens of Georgia and business visitors, whose travel history within the past 14 days includes the UK, as well as citizens and residents of all those 18 countries that are entitled to enter Georgia with respective terms and conditions,” Sichinava announced.
The Council is actively working with subject-matter experts, specialists, epidemiologists and business owners to ease the imposed COVID restrictions from December 24.
“We all see that the COVID restrictions imposed on November 28 had a direct impact on slowing the community transfer rate and stability of the pandemic situation. Thus, it is the responsibility of the authorities as well as the private sector and each citizen of the country to maintain the achieved results and the price paid for it by the country every single day. Therefore, the decision on the matter, which will be announced in the near future, is going to be made with utmost caution,” noted Sichinava.
By Ana Dumbadze