Ukrainians in Georgia: how to get humanitarian status, financial aid and medical services
From the first days of the full-scale invasion, Georgia has supported Ukraine and offered asylum to Ukrainians fleeing the war. According to the Embassy of Ukraine, there are currently about 30,000 refugees in Georgia. We have prepared a checklist of things that Ukrainians should know about.
What documents are required to enter Georgia?
Currently, there are simplified rules for crossing the border, so you will only need a passport (foreign or domestic) or other identification document. If you have children, it is recommended to have at least a birth certificate with you.
Attention! If you do not have any documents, take with you invalid or damaged copies or photos of documents.
Citizens of Ukraine can enter Georgia without a visa and stay in the country for 1 full year.
We recommend that you get advice from the Patrol Police Department in advance by calling +995 32 241 42 42.
Remember that the company Interpreters Unlimited will translate documents for refugees free of charge, and the "Public Forum in Support of Ukraine" provides remote translations in Georgian and Russian (details by phone +995 595 60 60 11).
Refugee status or humanitarian status in Georgia
In order to obtain refugee status or humanitarian status, you can write an application at the border or apply to any other state authority upon entering Georgia. However, the Department of Migration is the main body responsible for processing the asylum procedure.
Address: 16 MikheYila Gahokidze Street, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Working hours: Monday-Friday/9:00-18:00.
You can contact by phone +995 598 08 00 97 or by e-mail [email protected].
Refugees can also receive consultations regarding the acquisition of humanitarian status by contacting:
• Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at +995 32 2185123 or by email at [email protected].
• "Rights of Georgia" organization at +995593111405 or by e-mail [email protected].
Pay attention! In Tbilisi and Kutaisi, Ukrainians can travel by municipal transport for free. A passport of a citizen of Ukraine must be presented for travel.
Receiving humanitarian aid
Volunteer points where you can get food, clothes and necessities for free are operating in several cities of Georgia.
• 7 Tsotne Dadiani Street (Karvasla shopping center, room A204)
Choose to Help
(Clothing, medicine, hygiene items, food)
Monday Friday, 12:00-19:00
• Bochorma Street 29, 10 minutes on foot from the metro station "300 Aragveli"
(Clothing, hygiene products, medicine)
• Avlabari, Holy Trinity Cathedral (Sameba), basement floor
(Helps refugees with clothes and shoes, toys, food and baby food, hygiene products, medicines. It also provides informational support and, upon request, has resources to provide psychological support to refugees)
+995 599 567 143
• 23 Bethlehem street
Emigration for Action
(Medicines, purchases as needed)
• Akakiya Tsereteli 123, 24th floor.
Emmaus Organization Geo
(Clothes, household items, dishes, children's folding beds)
• 7 Mgaloblishvili Street
Cultural and humanitarian foundation "Sukhumi"
(Clothing, medicines, hygiene products. The fund will also provide psychological and legal assistance)
• 46 Parnavaza Mepe Street (at the intersection of Parnavaza Mepe and Gamsakhurdia Streets)
(Clothing, hygiene products, food. Volunteers provide temporary accommodation in Adjara and provide medical services).
+995577 30 20 04.
In addition, some catering establishments offer discounted services to Ukrainian guests. The list of restaurants can be found here.
Where can Ukrainians find asylum in Georgia?
Refugees from Ukraine can apply for free housing. Where can I go?
• Call the hotline of the Ministry of IDPs from the occupied territories of Georgia, labor, health care and social protection at 1505;
• Contact "Caritas of Georgia" by phone +995 591 71 48 97. Volunteers of the organization will offer you accommodation in a refugee shelter;
• Fill out the questionnaire from the Open Society Foundation. With the support of the public sector, donor organizations, businesses and Georgian volunteers, you will be found housing;
Free psychological help
There are several organizations in Georgia that provide psychological counseling to Ukrainians. Including:
• Center "Empathy", tel. +995 599 88 54 28 or +995 599 88 54 68;
• Caucasian Institute of Gestalt Therapy and Family Psychotherapy. To arrange a consultation, call +995 599 25 79 72;
• Consultations organized in partnership with the Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT). Details will be provided to you by phone +995 577 22 68 68.
You can get acquainted with the full list of free psychological consultations by following the link.
In addition, you can use counseling for children in the following organizations:
• Georgian-German center of complex medicine "Therapy House", tel. +995 599 10 95 02;
• Studio "Modi". Book a consultation by calling +995 593 27 04 03;
• "Children of Georgia" organization. Get help by phone +995 558 48 58 14;
• Association "Trust". You will receive detailed information by calling +995 555 26 70 86.
Social assistance for Ukrainians in Georgia and employment
Families who arrived in Georgia after February 1 receive cash payments for three months: 300 GEL per family, plus 45 GEL for each other family member. In order to issue a payment, it is necessary to write an application to the social service body.
For addresses of social services throughout Georgia, see the link.
Where to look for work?
You can find various offers in the restaurant, construction, medical and other fields for citizens of Ukraine here.
You can also search for a job on the website - https://jobs.ge/en/ukraine/.
Ukrainians who came to Georgia from February 1 to November 1, 2022, and are permanently in the country can use the free medical system. Free services include:
• Emergency medical care, childbirth, emergency immunization.
• Immunization (vaccination against infections caused by various bacteria and viruses).
• Treatment of tuberculosis and HIV infection/AIDS, including provision of specific drugs.
• Maternal and child health, including antenatal care and newborn screening.
• Mental health.
• Treatment of diabetes, including medication.
• Treatment of patients with rare diseases and diseases subject to permanent replacement therapy.
• Treatment of the novel coronavirus disease Covid-19, including testing, vaccination, hospitalization and home treatment.
Pay attention! There are private clinics in Georgia that offer citizens of Ukraine various types of medical services free of charge or with discounts. More about which clinics offer Ukrainians free treatment here.
Free legal consultations
Ukrainians who have decided to settle in Georgia have the opportunity to contact several private companies and organizations that provide free consultations. Including:
• Chargeishvili Law Inn
+995 591 913 830 (WhatsApp only).
• JG Counselors (for civil law)
• Online consultation in Ukrainian - http://bit.ly/3ExYi3iPMCG
• PMGG (free consultations on business and taxation issues)
+995577 17 06 60
• Center for human rights
+995593 755 444; +995555 787 755; +995599 395 984
• "Safari" (legal consultation for women)
0322 30 76 03, 599 40 76 03
• Legal aid service
Hotline: 1485 or +99532 2920055
In addition, citizens of Ukraine can order legal consultations from the partners of Visit Ukraine. Registration of the service is available at the link.
Education and socialization for adults and children
There are no Ukrainian classes in Georgia. Schoolchildren can attend the so-called "Ukrainian sector", which operates in several schools in Batumi and Tbilisi. Detailed information on the registration of children and other general education issues can be found here.
Public kindergartens in Tbilisi are free. Addresses and contacts of Tbilisi Kindergartens in Ukrainian can be found at https://bit.ly/3KAsLz8.
For more details, please contact the Tbilisi Kindergarten Management Agency at +995 322 37 82 43 or [email protected].
Entrance to the Tbilisi Zoo and state museums and sports complexes is free. Volunteers from the Playground.tbi association work for children (to participate, subscribe to the Instagram group @playground.tbi or the Telegram channel https://t.me/playgroundtbi).
In addition, the municipal sports complexes of Tbilisi are free. See their list and addresses at the link.
If you do not have the opportunity to hire a babysitter, and you need to leave your child in a safe place for a few hours, there is a free children's club "HAPPY ME" in Tbilisi. Join the club's Telegram channel https://t.me/KidsclubHappyME and fill out the registration form, which is periodically published on the same channel.
In addition, every Thursday at 19:00 there is an opportunity to visit the Ukrainian club "Under the lamp", where friendly conversations in Ukrainian, literary evenings, a library of Ukrainian books for children and adults and many other entertainments await you.
Address: "Fenix" Art Center, 18 Rustaveli Avenue, Tbilisi.
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The simultaneous stay of visitors in the hotel lobby not more than one person per 10 square meters of serviceable area is allowed.
Persons can visit hotels and stay there (outside hotel room) only if they wear respirator or face mask (including homemade mask), so that the nose and mouth are covered.
Hotel guests are obliged to keep the 1.5 meters distance.
Online check-in making in advance is recommended to avoid queues at check-in to hotel.
Meals in hotels are provided through meals delivery service to rooms upon prior order or at hotel restaurants situated inside or in open areas, provided the distance of at least 1.5 meters between seats at adjacent tables.
Not more than 4 clients are allowed to stay at the table (excluding children under 14 years old). Unless these tables are separated by a special partition;
Self-serve is not allowed.