Omani online commentators have been calling on each
other to avoid traveling to Georgia after two Omani families were reportedly
denied entry to the east European country last week.
With the trending hashtag #لا_تسافر_جورجيا (Don't travel to Georgia), hundreds of Twitter users weighed on the Georgian decision to return two Omani families who were planning to spend their vacations in Georgia.
"Warning: Don't think of traveling to Georgia. They mistreat Omani
families and return them from the airport without providing clarification. It
is true that they have full control over who they let in but this is
humiliating for us. My advice is don't accept such treatment for you or your
family and avoid traveling to Georgia."
Omai ambassador to Turkey, the decision followed Georgia's new COVID-19 travel restrictions which ban travelers from a number of countries, including Oman. However, he said such regulations should have been made clear by the airlines before families were boarded to the flight headed to Tiblisi.
The story was first reported by a Omani man on the 6th of January 2022, as he talked about
being returned and mistreated during their trip to Georgia last week.
"Are there job opportunities in
Georgia? No. Do you have relatives to visit there? No. Is there an exceptional
natural environment you can't find anywhere else? No. There are 200 other
countries in the world and yet you still insist on visiting Georgia despite the
mistreatment you hear about!"
this clarification, Omanis expressed anger towards the treatment reported by
the two Omani families, saying that people should reconsider travel plans to
Georgia in the future. Some users suggested that more Omanis think of domestic
tourism to avoid being mistreated by other countries.
Others stressed the importance of
checking out the latest travel updates in countries they plan to visit during
the pandemic, to avoid such incidents.