Mandatory health and accident insurance for tourists arriving in Georgia has been postponed until January 1, 2026.

In the third reading, the Parliament supported the amendment to the "Tourism" law, according to which tourists arriving in Georgia will not have the obligation to have health and accident insurance until January 1, 2026.

The draft was presented to the Parliament by the "Georgian Dream" deputies.

In accordance with the Law "On Tourism", tourists entering Georgia must have mandatory health and accident insurance. The mentioned condition should be implemented from June 1, 2024.

As the initiators of the project explain, a number of issues were identified during the development process of the resolution "On approval of the rules and conditions of mandatory health and accident insurance for tourists entering Georgia", which made it appropriate to suspend the corresponding requirement of the law until January 1, 2026.

"It is clear that the private sector needs additional time to adapt and is not ready for the expected changes at this stage.

The introduction and implementation of new regulations requires a multi-stage preparatory process - including proper informing of the private sector, as well as embassies and consulates of foreign countries, conducting information campaigns and carrying out other relevant measures, which will effectively help the sector in the process of adapting to the aforementioned changes", - the explanatory note of the draft law states.