A land of endless wonders, unspoilt by modern tourism and still retaining its authentic character – Georgia. Once experienced, it will stay with you forever. Exploring Georgia is a constant pleasure. For walkers and hikers the country is sheer heaven, while botanists and bird-watchers will be simply enthralled and archaeologists can’t decide which of the numerous ancient findings to visit first.

With the towering Caucasus Mountains forming the border between Europe and Asia, Georgia has long been an important contact zone. In this mystical land you will be captivated by a thrilling blend of eastern enigma and western elegance. The traditions of the East and West meet in Georgia to form a culture unlike any other in the world.

The following legend adequately describes Georgia’s great natural beauty: When God apportioned the Earth to all the peoples of the world, the Georgians arrived late. The Lord asked them why they were tardy. The Georgians replied that they had stopped on the way to drink and raise their glasses in praise of Him. God was so pleased with their response that He gave the Georgians the part of the Earth that He had been reserving for himself. A visit to Georgia will confirm that this legend is indeed true: Georgia is a natural paradise.

  • Area

    69,700 sq.km

  • Population

    3.7 million

    Georgians – 85%, Azeris – 7%, Armenians – 6%, Russians – 2%

  • Capital

    Tbilisi

    Population: 1.1 million

  • Language

    Georgian (state), most people also speak Russian and English

  • Religion

    Georgian Orthodox (main), Catholic, Muslim, Armenian Gregorian, Jewish

  • Currency

    Lari (GEL)

    1 USD = 2.4 GEL, 1 EURO = 2.6 GEL

  • Time

    + 4 hrs GMT (Winter Time), + 3 hrs GMT (Summer Time)

  • Climate

    In West Georgia the dominant subtropical climate features high humidity and heavy precipitation, while East Georgia has a more continental and drier climate. The alpine zone begins at about 2,100 meters; above 3,600 meters snow and ice are present year-round. The average summer temperatures range from 20°C to 24°C, average winter temperatures range from 2°C to 4°C.

  • Airports

    Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport – 25 km from Tbilisi Center
    David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport – 25 km from Kutaisi Center
    Alexander Kartveli Batumi International Airport – 10 km from Batumi Center

  • Main Towns

    Batumi (154,000)
    Kutaisi (149,000)
    Rustavi (125,000)
    Poti (42,000)

  • High Peaks

    Shkhara (5068m)
    Janga (5059m)
    Kazbegi (5047m)

  • Main Rivers

    • Mtkvari (Kura) 1515km (351km in Georgia)
    • Alazani 407km (390km in Georgia)
    • Rioni 333km
  • Main Lakes

    • Paravani (38 sq.km, depth – 3.3m, 2073m above sea-level),
    • Tabatskuri (14 sq.km, depth – 40m, 2000m above sea-level),
    • Keli (1,3 sq.km. depth – 63m, 2900m above sea-level),
    • Ritsa (1,5 sq.km. depth – 101m, 880m sea-level)
  • Electricity

    220 V, 50 Hz. two round-pin plugs are used

  • Museums

    Opening hours 11:00 – 16:00 (closed on Monday)

  • Banks

    Opening hours 10:00 – 17:30 (10:00 – 14:00 on Saturday)

  • Shops & Restaurants

    Shops: Open daily 10:00 – 18:00

    Restaurants: Open daily 11:00 – till midnight

  • Visa Requirements

    Please note that, citizens permanently residing in the following countries: Member States of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan, Kingdom of Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Thailand, Lebanese Republic, Malaysia, New Zeeland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Turkey, Israel, State of Kuwait, State of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, Swiss Confederation, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA may enter and stay in Georgia without a visa for 90 days in any 180 day period.

    Here is the full list of the visa exempted countries: https://www.geoconsul.gov.ge/HtmlPage/Html/View?id=25&lang=Eng

    Aliens who are holders of valid visas or/and residence permits of UK, Canada, USA, EU member countries, Japan, Australia, New Zeeland, Republic of Korea, Israel, State of Kuwait, State of Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, U.A.E may enter and stay in Georgia for 90 days in any 180 day period.

    To enter and stay in Georgia, appropriate visa or/and residence permit should be valid at the moment of crossing the Georgian border. This should be verified with the travel document or/and other relevant document.

    Travellers can obtain Georgian Visa at the Georgian Embassy / Consulate office or apply for electronic visa.

    Georgia will no longer issue landing visas at the airport or borders from September 1, 2014.

    All visitors who need visas for Georgia will need to obtain visa in advance, which they should represent during border crossing.

    For more information please visit the website: www.evisa.gov.ge

Important Dates NEWER

July 25, 2017
Special Session and Tutorials Proposals

August 1, 2017
Notification of Special Session Acceptance

September 5, 2017
Paper Submissions

October 10, 2017
Notification of Paper Acceptance

October 25, 2017
Camera-Ready Paper Submission

NEW

Extended versions of selected ICECS 2017 papers will be invited to submit to a special issue of TCAS 1.

Contact

For inquiries, please e-mail to icecs2017@isikun.edu.tr.