Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the State of Emergency

🔹 If visiting a healthcare facility (for child birth, dialysis, chemo-therapy, hormone-therapy, urgent dentistry) or when checking out of a clinic:

 Patient/accompanying individual may get to a healthcare facility/medical doctor on the grounds of an evidence issued by such healthcare facility/medical doctor (such evidence may be issued as a hard or digital copy, including an image exchanged via smartphone communication) at any time of the day.

 If a visit to a medical doctor is required, evidence of an appointment/need is issued by such medical doctor. Such evidence should indicate the time of a visit and type of vehicle intended for transportation. Such evidence is issued for the specific vehicle to transport the individual for the indicated purpose in the referred time slot.

 Referred evidence may be issued in an electronic manner, including an image exchanged by smartphones.

 Same procedures apply for issuing applicable evidence by a medical doctor when a patient is checking out of a healthcare facility, requiring transportation home. In such cases a medical doctor issues an evidence with an indication of a vehicle, identity of the driver and time of a check-out from the healthcare facility.

 

🔹 Consultations with a Village Doctor:

Rural population may get health-related consultations from a village doctor, who may issue a document in evidence of a need to visit a pharmacy. Such evidence should indicate the time of appointment, identity of the driver and type of vehicle to be used for transportation. Such evidence is issued for the specific vehicle to transport the individual for the indicated purpose in the referred time slot.

 

🔹 Staff transportation to/from healthcare facilities:

 Staff of a healthcare facility may drive or be driven to/from work if they present an evidence of employment at such a healthcare facility issued by the latter.

 Staff of a healthcare facility may be transported by a different individual, if s/he holds an evidence issued by such healthcare facility.

 Evidence should be authorized with a wet seal and should indicate personal data of the authorized individual (personal number, full name), position, transportation route and number plates of the vehicle.

 

🔹 Enforcement of quarantine at healthcare facilities:

 All the healthcare facilities operating throughout Georgia are placed under the quarantine, which implies no admission of family members or visitors to patients getting medical treatment at such healthcare facilities.

 Family members may bring food or personal items to patients getting medical treatment at healthcare facilities on the grounds of an evidence permitting transportation for the referred need issued by such healthcare facility on its own stationery, bearing an official seal and signature of the managing official of such healthcare facility. Such evidence should indicate the purpose (delivery of food, personal items to a specific patient, along with a trajectory of mobility, residential address and location of the healthcare facility, date and hour of transportation, model of the vehicle and number plates, as well as the identity and personal identification number of the driver - if required). Such evidence on the delivery of food/personal items is sent by electronic mail or hard copy to the individual transporting such goods to the patient, or presented to a policeman on the screen of the smartphone (as an image).

 After delivering the items to the designated healthcare facility, the latter should put its seal on the evidence made in writing to acknowledge that items/food have been delivered. If an individual has no hard copy of such evidence, healthcare facility should print it out, sign and seal it or issue a new one evidencing that the individual has indeed delivered food/personal items to the patient treated at the healthcare facility.

 

🔹 Mobility of patients with autistic spectrum:

Patients with autistic spectrum may get driven by taking into account the specific nature of their condition. In such cases a driver/accompanying person should present an evidence issued by a medical doctor or a health certificate, including those in the electronic format (e.g. including an image exchanged via smartphone communication)

 

🔹 Mobility of individuals engaged in commodity distribution:

No specialized permission is required for driving trucks intended for the distribution of commodities. Individuals should drive M2/M3 type of vehicles for distribution of commodities.

 

🔹 Delivery Service:

Delivery of food, groceries and medication from retail outlets to consumers is a permitted service.

 

🔹 Mobility related to funerals and burials:

In cases of funerals and burials, mobility of family members is permitted for the specific purpose (needs related to funerals and burials). In such cases they should bear evidence of death issued by a healthcare facility/medical doctor (electronic copies are also acceptable).

 

🔹 Rural mobility for land cultivation needs:

Mobility in a passenger vehicle is permitted in the regions of Georgia from 06:00 to 08:00 and from 18:00 to 19:00 until April 27, 2020 for land cultivation needs.

 

🔹 Mobility for commodity distribution of grocery shops operating in rural areas:

Owners of grocery stores operating in villages should apply for permits at local municipalities to get authorized in the supply/delivery of food in passenger vehicles.

 

🔹 Mobility for veterinarian service delivery:

 Staff transportation of veterinarian service delivery outlets and plant protection means/sales facilities is permitted.

 Such outlets and facilities should approach the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia to seek guidance on the topics related to their transportation.

 

🔹 Mobility for customs clearance of cargo:

 Duly authorized individual is entitled to drive or be driven for the execution of procedures related to the customs clearance of transit or other types of cargo shipment if respective evidence is presented in relation with such targeted transportation of cargo.

 Electronic copies of evidences are sufficient (e.g. including an image exchanged via smartphone communication) to be presented.

Any and all mechanically operated passenger vehicles are restricted, except for motorcycles.

Yes, restriction applies to taxi.

If you are engaged in a permitted economic activity, you should approach the respective line ministry to get a pass (e.g. Ministry of Agriculture or Ministry of Economy).

If you are engaged in an economic activity, which is not supervised by any line ministry, but transportation is conditioned by an extreme necessity of your work, you should call the Government Hotline at 144.

Your transportation from home to work and back should be ensured by your employer.

Entrepreneur engaged in a permitted economic activity is obliged to ensure the staff transportation in a micro-bus (Vehicle Type: M2) and/or a regular-size bus (Vehicle Type: M3). To get the referred permission, such entrepreneur shall approach the respective municipality. The latter shall set a route for staff transportation in M2 or M3 vehicle in agreement with the Virus Response Task Force.

Transportation is permitted for getting a medical service.

If you experience clear signs of need in terms of medical services (e.g. childbirth  has started, have a fracture, etc.), transportation is permitted to get a medical service (with an accompanying individual).

If you require transportation for an essential scheduled medical service (e.g. dialyses, cancer disease treatment, etc.), you should carry an evidence of such requirement issued by a healthcare facility.

If you do not have such evidence, you should first call the treating doctor/healthcare facility that will communicate your data to the Ministry of Health (MOH) via electronic means if medical assistance is proven required.   On the grounds of such communication you will be issued an electronic permission of  targeted transportation. If you fail to receive it, District Office of the Social Service Agency (SSA) – a legal entity of public law (LEPL) - will deliver it to the designated healthcare facility for you.

Transportation for the delivery of food/medication from a grocery store or pharmacy to customers is permitted. Therefore, you may use the so-called Delivery Service.

Entry to a cemetery is prohibited. Restriction does not apply to burial services though, in the case of which you may enter the premises and walk around the cemetery.

Entry to a cemetery is prohibited throughout the country.

Individuals are obliged to wear a face mask in any and all closed spaces (e.g. pharmacies, grocery stores, etc.).

For seasonal agro-industrial activities operation of only agricultural machinery or hardware is permitted (e.g. tractors, combines, etc.).

No, vehicle should only be driven for work.

Yes, you may drive your colleagues to/from work by complying to rules stipulated for passenger transportation.

Individuals whose places of domicile are registered in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi and Batumi will fail to exit these cities (boundaries of referred municipalities) from 21:00 of April 15, 2020.

After restrictions get enforced only those individuals will be entitled to exit Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi and Batumi, whose place of domicile is registered in other municipalities (e.g. Khashuri). Nevertheless, individuals will fail to re-enter these cities (boundaries of referred municipalities) after exiting them for places of their registered domicile.

Only those individuals whose place of domicile is registered in Tbilisi, Rustavi, Kutaisi and Batumi (rather than an actual place of residence) will be entitled to enter these cities (boundaries of referred municipalities).

Citizens, whose actual place of residence or registered domicile is adjacent to or in close economic linkage with cities placed under lockdown (Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Batumi, Rustavi) (e.g. Tsodoreti, Mukhat Tskaro, Nafetvrebi, etc.) shall call the Government Hotline at 144 when a necessity of mobility arises.

Lockdown shall last for 10 days, though its timeline depends on the penetration of the epidemic.

 

Individuals requiring mobility to get healthcare services shall call the Hotline at 11505.

For work-related needs – as an exception – mobility is permitted. In such cases respective institutions, enterprises, businesses shall approach the Cabinet Ministers of the relevant profile, who will seek consent of the Operating Task Force on the permission of mobility in view of individuals referred in the submitted application.

Personal identification document shall be presented along with an evidence of work assignment if commuting to/from the duty station (e.g. medical doctors, attorneys at law, etc.).

Movement in  a light vehicle (including a taxi) is permitted if only 3 (three) people are in the car,  including 2 (two)  in the back seat. Besides, movement of both pedestrians and vehicles is totally banned from 21:00 to 06:00.

Movement of only 3 (three) people is permitted in a light vehicle. This restriction applies to families as well, including children.

More than 3 (three) people may only gather to perform the permitted economic activities, including the sale of food and medication/pharmaceuticals and by consideration of specific nature of facilities by practicing social distance of no less than 2 (two) meters, in line with recommendations issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

 

This restriction does not apply to the gathering of people at healthcare facilities, public institutions, defense forces, special penitentiary institutions, law-enforcement bodies for performing their duties, as well as for construction and infrastructure works.

 

People aged over 70 (seventy) may only leave home if they go to buy food and medication/pharmaceuticals, to get medical treatment if they cannot get such services without leaving home.

This restriction does not apply to staff of healthcare facilities.

 

Movement is totally prohibited from 21:00 to 06:00 throughout the country for pedestrians and vehicles.

If a person aged over 70 (seventy) is single, s/he gets support and assistance from the Ministry of Economy (MOE) (Mail Service of Georgia) and Ministry of Health (MOH), along with local municipalities. In such cases, citizens should call the hotline - 144.

 

Any individual at any time should carry a personal identification card outdoors.

In such cases, carry other document that makes identification possible, e.g. your driving licence.

If a person aged below 16 (sixteen) is found to violate the regime imposed by the State of Emergency, administrative charges are brought against his/her parent or other lawful representative of the child.

 

Outdoor movement is prohibited during the Curfew.

 

Only pharmacies will operate at night after 21:00  and only those individuals will have the right to get their services who are entitled to move outdoor from 21:00 to 06:00 (e.g. policemen, doctors and other individuals, who have the permission to move outdoor on the grounds of their professional duties).

You should yourself ensure the transportation of your staff from home to work and back in a mini/regular bus and restriction of 3 (three) people does not apply to such movement. Consent on such transportation should be obtained from the municipality. This provision does not apply to the movement of staff in light vehicles, which is subject to a restriction of 3 (three) people.

 

Yes, only in those cases if a car takes only 3 (three) people including the driver.  Apart from you, two people should be seated in the back. In additionmovement is totally prohibited from 21:00 to 06:00 throughout the country 

Yes, indeed.

 

Anything apart from the following activities is restricted:

1. Operation of healthcare facilities;

2. Retail sale of food/fodder, animal and plant products, veterinarian medication, pesticides and agriculture chemicals, seeds and plant materials, also their production, storage, wholesale trade and distribution, production of packaging materials and containers for food;

3. Flour mills, bakeries, diary production and collection of milk;

4. Production, transmission, distribution, supply of power energy, natural gas, water; supply of  petrol, diesel fuel, liquid gas; also service rendering related to telecommunication, mail and waste management;

5. Operation of commercial banks;

6. Providers of payment and settlement services and their agents, which render services through self-service booths;

7. Work of payment system operators;

8. ATMs, self-service booths, work related to a seamless operation of post terminals;

9. Operation of Micro-Finance Organizations (MFOs);

10. Supply/sale of banking and finance products/services;

11. Production, distribution, sale of goods for medical use and pharmaceuticals;

12. Land cultivation and agriculture works, also activities related to cattle-breeding and poultry;

13. Services related to transportation in light vehicles – taxis (Category N1);

14. Food delivery services;

15. Private security services;

16. Work of attorneys at law;

17. Operation of technical service providers for vehicle repairs;

18. Printed media booths.

Apart from the above-listed, Government Resolutions will periodically define additional economic activities that become critically essential during the State of Emergency. Every amendment to the present regulation is published in the Official Gazette and made available at the following link:

https://matsne.gov.ge/ka/document/search?query=StopCoV&type=all&covDocs=1&sort=publishDate_desc 

All such exceptional activities should be performed in strict compliance with recommendations issued by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

 

 

Of course, not.

Public transport is suspended throughout the country altogether.

Movement is only possible if a company permitted to operate in the State of Emergency will itself ensure the staff transportation from home to work and back in micro/regular buses. In addition, such companies should get a consent on staff transportation from their respective municipalities.

Yes, indeed.