Georgia welcomes first international tourists in country amid coronavirus pandemic

Georgia welcomes first international tourists in country amid coronavirus pandemic

BAKU, Azerbaijan, August 5

By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:

First foreign tourists have already appeared on the streets of Georgia, said the Minister of Economy Natia Turnava, Trend reports citing Georgian media.

She made the remark after meeting of the Interagency Coordination Council.

In her words, the vast majority of the passengers arriving in Georgia are tourists, as it is not only an attractive destination, but also a safe country.

"We've partially opened regular flights in August. German airliner Lufthansa is performing flights, the first flight of Air France will be carried out on August 9, and on August 6, the first flight of Airbaltic will be performed on the route Riga-Tbilisi," she said.

In addition, Georgia's Airzena operates commercial charters, with up to 16 commercial charters scheduled for the month, she added.

"Most recently, for example, a flight from Paris has arrived. We continue to negotiate with other companies and will gradually open other possible flights, but, of course, considering the epidemiological situation in the first place," the minister said.

According to her, the vast majority of passengers who have recently arrived from Munich and Paris are international visitors.

"Therefore, we will be able to see the long-awaited foreign tourists in the streets. This is very important," said Turnava.

Georgia has already received the first tourists since the coronavirus lockdown. On August 3, German airline Lufthansa carried out the first flight from Tbilisi to Munich, while on August 4 Air France resumed flights.

As many as 188 passengers arrived from Munich to Tbilisi and another 188 visitors came from Paris.

Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Mariam Kvrivishvili said these tourists are now traveling in Georgia without first going through 14-day quarantine.

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