The change, announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 15 June, returns the country’s border policy to pre-pandemic levels.
Prior to the announcement, travellers visiting Georgia were required to present certification proving that they were fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of their departure for the country.
For travellers that had received their full vaccination against Covid-19, there was previously only a requirement to show their vaccination certificate upon arrival into Georgia – which would have allowed them entry without the need to undergo any Covid testing or quarantine.
Unlike some other countries, Georgia did not accept proof of recovery certificates as a valid alternative to testing or vaccination.
Canada eases outbound testing requirements
The Canadian government has also announced that it will ease some of its coronavirus travel restrictions from 20 June.
From that date, domestic and outbound international travellers will no longer need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
However inbound foreign nationals coming to Canada will still be required to be vaccinated under the new rules, unless exempt. Unvaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents returning to the country are also still required to provide a negative test result and a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, submitting a second test result on day eight of quarantine.
Masks are still mandatory onboard all Canadian flights and interprovincial trains, and vaccine mandates also remain in place for passengers and crew travelling on cruise ships which dock in Canada.
Canada remains comparatively cautious in its approach to easing pandemic-era travel restrictions at its borders. By comparison, the UK dropped all remaining testing requirements for international travel on 11 February.