Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Natela Turnava, announced that Georgia and Armenia have reopened the railway transportation, which was interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic and the first train will depart from Yerevan to go to Batumi on June 15.
Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Natela Turnava, who made a statement to the press after the government’s session, said that Georgia and Armenia reopened the railway transportation that was interrupted by the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the first train from Yerevan to Batumi will take place on 15th of June.
Turnava said, “I would like to say that the railway connection between Armenia and Georgia has resumed. On June 15th, the first train will depart from Yerevan via Tbilisi to Batumi. This means that tourists from our allied neighboring state go to Georgia, to our Black Sea resorts, to our capital and other tourist destinations.”
Passenger trains between the two countries have not been operating since March 2020. In a statement made by the Georgian Railways administration to the Russian press, it was stated that the resumption date of the Yerevan–Tbilisi–Yerevan train, which was suspended due to the pandemic, is not yet certain.
As of the 1st of June, Georgia opened its road borders with its closest neighbors which were closed since March last year. People from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkey who have completed the full course of vaccination will be able to enter Georgia by presenting a negative PCR test at the border.
Persons who cannot present the document confirming their vaccination upon entry into Georgia will also be able to cross the border by presenting the negative PCR test certificate made at the latest 72 hours in advance and undertake the obligation to retest within 3 days.
As of February 1st, the ban on scheduled flights in Georgia has been lifted.