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EMBASSY/CONSULATE ADDRESSES

Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: designate to the United States--Temuri Yakobashvili
Embassy: 2209 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 387-2390
Fax: (202) 393-6060

US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador:Richard B. Norland
Embassy: 11 George Balanchine Street, Tbilisi, Georgia, 0131
Telephone: (995-32) 27-70-00.
Fax: (995-32) 53-23-10.


Embassy and Consulate Web Sites for Georgia
Embassy of Georgia in Washington DC, U.S.A.
Embassy of the United States of America in Tbilisi, Georgia
Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations in New York, U.S.A.


FOREIGN RELATIONS

U.S.-GEORGIA RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Georgia in 1992 following Georgia’s 1991 independence from the Soviet Union. Since 1991, Georgia has made impressive progress fighting corruption, developing modern state institutions, and enhancing global security. The United States is committed to helping Georgia deepen Euro-Atlantic ties and strengthen its democratic institutions. The United States supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, and does not recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two regions of Georgia currently occupied by Russia. As a participant of the Geneva International Discussions on the conflict in Georgia, the United States continues to play an active role in support of these principles.

The strength of U.S.-Georgia relations is codified in the 2009 U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership. The U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission comprises four bilateral working groups on priority areas identified in the Charter: democracy; defense and security; economic, trade, and energy issues; and people-to-people and cultural exchanges. In addition to holding a high-level plenary session of the Commission each year, senior-level U.S. and Georgian policymakers lead yearly meetings of each working group to review commitments, update activities, and establish future objectives. Since the signing of the Charter, the United States and Georgia have strengthened their mutual cooperation based on U.S. support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its commitment to further democratic and economic reforms.

U.S. Assistance to Georgia

U.S. Government assistance to Georgia supports the consolidation of Georgia's democracy; its eventual integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions; progress toward a peacefully unified nation, secure in its borders; and further development of its free-market economy. A fact sheet on U.S. assistance to Georgia can be found here.

Bilateral Economic Relations

The United States and Georgia seek to identify opportunities for U.S. businesses to invest in Georgia, and for both countries to sell goods and services to each other. They have signed a bilateral investment treaty and a bilateral trade and investment framework agreement. Georgia can export many products duty-free to the United States under the Generalized System of Preferences program. Through a high-level trade and investment dialogue, the two countries have discussed a range of options to improve economic cooperation and bilateral trade, including the possibility of a free trade agreement. They have also discussed ways to improve Georgia’s business climate to attract more investment, underscoring the importance of continued improvements in rule of law, respect for labor rights, and protecting intellectual property rights. From 2006 to 2011, a Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact helped promote Georgian enterprise and economic growth. Georgia is currently working with the MCC to finalize the design of a second compact, focused instead on education.

Georgia's Membership in International Organizations

Georgia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Georgia also is an observer to the Organization of American States and a participant in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Partnership for Peace program.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia is Richard B. Norland; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Georgia maintains an embassy in the United States at 2209 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 387-2390.

More information about Georgia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Georgia Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Georgia Page
U.S. Embassy: Georgia
USAID Georgia Page
History of U.S. Relations With Georgia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information




TRAVEL ADVISORIES

To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Georgia check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.


TRAVEL TIPS

Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (GEL) Lari
Electrical TBA
Telephones Country Code 995, City Code Sukhumi 122+5D, Batumi 222+5D, Golet 310+5D



Weather
Georgia has hot summers with mild winters except in the more alpine areas where temperatures are much lower.

Airports / Air Access
The international airport in Tbilisi has flights to and from major European, Middle Eastern and former Soviet cities. For Silk Road sites far from the capital there are air or road transport links. Both Vani and the Gonia Fortress are not far from local airports.

Road Conditions / Infrastructure
The road network is almost universally asphalt; however, petrol can sometimes be hard to obtain outside of the capital, so ensure you are well supplied before you head to the countryside.


CUSTOMS/DUTIES

Tobacco................................250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco

Liquor....................................1 litre of spirits; 2 litres of wine

Perfume.................................reasonable amount for personal use

Cameras................................no restrictions

Film.......................................reasonalbe for personal use

Gifts......................................reasonable quantity

Currency................................no restrictions

Prohibited imports...................military weapons and ammunition, narcotics and drug paraphenalia, pornography, loose pearls and anything owned by a third party that is to be carried in for that third party.

Prohibited exports...................as prohibited imports, as well as annulled securities, state loan certificates, lottery tickets, works of art and antiques (unless granted permission by the ministry of culture), saiga horns, siberian stag, punctuate and red deer antlers (unless on organized hunting trip), and punctuate deer skins

Note: on entering the country, tourist are advised to complete a customs declaration form, which they would retain until departure. this allows for the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables (such as jewellery, cameras, computers, etc.) which must be registered on the declaration form. customs inspections can be long and detailed.



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