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Georgia Currency


Lari (GEL) = 100 tetri. Notes are in denominations of GEL100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 tetri.


Credit cards:

Credit cards are accepted in certain hotels, restaurants and shops in Tbilisi.


ATMs are common in Georgia.

Travellers cheques:

Euros or US Dollars are recommended.

Banking hours:

Mon-Fri 1000-1800.

Currency restriction:

The import and export of local or foreign currency is unrestricted. However, amounts exceeding GEL30,000 or equivalent must be declared.

Currency exchange:

Euros, Roubles or US Dollars can be exchanged at special exchange shops, found throughout Tbilisi, while other currencies must be exchanged in banks.

Cash is the preferred method of payment, and visitors are advised to carry notes in small denominations. Visitors are also advised to carry US Dollars in cash.

Euros and Russian Roubles are also in use. There is unlikely to be a substantial difference between rates offered by banks or bureaux de change.