Get ready for your trip to Georgia. Order your Georgian Lari at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more GEL cash to spend. Have your Georgian Lari banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
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Travel advise: payments in Georgia
Jet off well-informed to Georgia. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in the Republic of Georgia.
In cities and bigger towns, most supermarkets and larger stores in Georgia will be able to accept international card payments. However this isn't the case for many smaller shops or shops in rural areas.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments. In addition your bank's GEL to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money.
Before using your bank card for payments in Georgia, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
We recommend that you take cash with you on your trip to Georgia. You'll need cash to buy food or take a taxi in Georgia. There are plenty of ATM's in Georgia but these will charge a fee and often have bad exchange rates.
If you plan to travel around in Georgia, make sure to take plenty of cash with you. Especially if you head to more rural areas or the Russian occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Expect to pay 3-5 Lari for a coffee in Georgia. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Georgia costs around 50 lari per person. Georgian food is amazing, as is the wine, and 50 lari is great value for money.
Overall, prices in Georgia are much lower than prices in the UK. The cost of living in Georgia is around 50-60% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
It's common practice in Georgia to leave a tip, especially so in the touristic areas of Tblisi. You can round up the bill, adding 2-5 laris and leave a tip of around 5-10% of the bill.
Tipping should ideally be done in cash, even if the payment was made by card.
Banknotes in Georgia
There are currently two sets of banknotes circulating in Georgia. The newest series of Lari banknotes were issued in 2016-2017. They circulated along the older type of notes issued from 2002. Both are accepted in stores. Banknotes of 1 and 2 lari have been replaced by coins.
Banknotes circulating in Georgia are 5 GEL, 10 GEL, 20 GEL, 50 GEL, 100 GEL and 200 GEL.
Coins in Georgia
Georgian coins range from 1 tetri (0.01 GEL) to 5 GEL. Did you get back from Georgia with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Georgian Lari coins back to cash.
Georgia's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of Georgian Lari currency into or from Georgia, regardless of the amount. However you are only allowed to tack back up to $500 USD worth of foreign currency (other than Georgian Lari) when leaving Georgia.
Ordering Georgian Lari online
Order Georgian Lari online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Georgian Lari online.
Selling back Georgian Lari
If you have Georgian Lari to sell, follow this link to exchange Georgian Lari to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'GEL Georgian Lari'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Georgian Lari.