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Tbilisi Restaurants and Pubs crisis on April 2021

Early April 2021. Catholic Easter, a period in which the city of Tbilisi saw an extraordinary incoming of tourists, at least until 2020 since the covid-19 pandemic, the lockdowns and various restrictions have ditched an exponentially growing market for over three years.

Shardeni street in Tbilisi on April 2021 – ©Alessandro Sanna – phototbilisi.com

The 7 million tourists are a distant memory. Only a few sporadic people and small groups of intrepid vacationers survivors meet on the almost deserted streets of the historic center under a shining sunny day.

Restaurant empty in Shardeni street – ©Alessandro Sanna – phototbilisi.com

We have photographed everything to make you better understand the surreal situation that still does not see an end after a year.

To notice this disaster it is enough to take a walk in the street of restaurants of the old city, the famous Shardeni street. Empty chairs and tables and lots of rent and sale signs point make a feeling of desolation, a sense of loneliness in what used to be one of the busiest places in the city  during the night and day.

KGB restaurant one of the most famous meeting places ©Alessandro Sanna – phototbilisi.com

A lot of decorations and ornaments have been removed from many places, taking the time back more than ten years. The takeaway service does not work in this area. It was the area of ​​the tourist refreshment, of the daytime and evening meetings, that of the crowd bath, the walk among the people.

The famous Cafe Konka in Tbilisi ©Alessandro Sanna – phototbilisi.com

In this photo reportage, you can get an idea of ​​the situation, while still admiring the beauty of a city like Tbilisi that hopes to rise soon. The complete photo shoot on phototbilisi.com

An empty Meidan square in the late morning ©Alessandro Sanna – phototbilisi.com

Wedding for foreigners in slow reopening ?

 

Last March 2020 nobody was expecting  the situation was going so negative for the hundreds foreigners couples wishing to get married in Tbilisi.

Update 28 October 2020

At today , Georgia is not open for regular international flights till 1st November 2020. This date has been already postponed  several times and apparently will be again postponed having a look to the world pandemic situation. Let’s cross fingers.

At the moment Georgia is out the green list of safe countries due to the high daily cases since the mid of October.

Only arrivals from the following countries by selected and authorized direct flights are allowed:

  • Germany 🇩🇪
  • France 🇫🇷
  • Latvia 🇱🇻
  • Lithuania 🇱🇹
  • Estonia 🇪🇪

All travellers are required to fill in a pre-registration form before travel.  Except citizens/Resident in those 5 countries, everybody arriving in Georgia is required to self-quarantine 12 days at their expenses.

Updated on 08, September, 2020: According to the decision of the Interagency Coordination Council, all foreigners entering Georgia, including from those 5 countries which Georgia has opened borders unconditionally (Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia), will be required to present PCR test results from the proceeding 72 hours as of September 15.

Update on 09, September: Social gatherings of more than 10 people as wedding will be banned in Georgia starting from the 10th September.  So only the couple with the 2 witnesses and one photographer can be allowed. Facial mask is mandatory.

Georgia does not reopen borders with No-Eu countries, with business visit being the only exception.

You can find the Frequently asked question going to the official Governament website at this link.

It should be noted that the rules imposed by countries are constantly being reviewed, so a citizen must have a close look at the rules of a host country before purchasing an air ticket and departing.

Of course spending 8 days quarantine on arrival cannot be consider a normal holiday and this restriction requires  a staying of almost 3 weeks to perform the wedding procedure in Tbilisi for no resident people.

This update is dated 28th, October, 2020.

Next update  will be on 07th November or before if Government will announce any changement.