Georgia demands coronavirus PCR test from travellers from Switzerland, Norway, Denmark

  • Georgia had already introduced the same rules for travellers from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Austria. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 14 Mar 2020 - 18:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

Travellers from Switzerland, Norway and Denmark will have to present a PCR test for the coronavirus while arriving in Georgia, otherwise they will be placed under mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Earlier Georgia introduced the same rules for travellers from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Austria.

The decision was made by the Inter-Agency Coordination Council led by Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. Photo: Government of Georgia/Facebook

Starting today Georgia will close borders with neighbouring Armenia and Azerbaijan for ten days to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well.

Movement will also be temporarily restricted at the Sarpi customs checkpoint that is located in the south-west of Georgia on the border with Turkey. However, Vale and Kartsakhi customs checkpoints will operate as usual.

No restrictions will apply to cargo transportation. 

Earlier today Georgia confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 increasing the total number of infected individuals to 30. 

Head of the Georgian National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze (R) and his deputy Paata Imnadze also attended the meeting of the Council. Photo: Government of Georgia/Facebook

Amiran Gamkrelidze reported at a news briefing today that the new cases of COVID-19 are still connected with Italy. He said although this can be considered as internal transmission, there is still no need to announce national emergency in Georgia.

United States President Donald Trump officially declared national emergency yesterday, allowing the US health officials "to waive applicable rules and regulations to give doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers maximum flexibility to respond to the virus and care for patients".

Meanwhile in Georgia, President Salome Zurabishvili discussed the epidemiological situation in the country with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in telephone conversation yesterday.

The WHO labelled the China-born coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11.