Stay Safe in Georgia
The majority of Georgia is extremely safe for visitors. Crime rates in the country are among the lowest in Europe.
Corruption, which was previously a major annoyance for visitors, has been much less apparent after the Rose Revolution. Because the notorious and corrupt traffic police have been dissolved, it is now safe and reasonable to trust the Georgian police. Police vehicles patrol the streets of Georgian cities and towns on a regular basis and can assist in the event of a car breakdown or any other issue on the road.
Seat belts are now required and rigorously enforced. Radars are placed at all major intersections, as well as on major streets and highways throughout the nation. Georgia, on the other hand, tops the South Caucasus in recorded road traffic accidents. According to a report published by the Georgian NGO Safe Driving Association, one person is wounded every hour in a traffic-related collision, and one person dies every 18 hours. According to the World Health Organization, there are 16.8 deaths per 100,000 people per year (compared to Azerbaijan at 13 and Armenia at 13.9).
For international tourists, the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs has some helpful information.
Women should be aware that many Georgian men do not consider “no” to be a definitive answer. They think that no equals maybe and that yes equals no. It is very unusual for guys to be extremely aggressive, particularly with foreign women. It is advisable to stick to groups and avoid smiling or paying attention to guys. When you go out, if you make a Georgian acquaintance or get to know a Georgian guy well, they will look after you. There are many good Georgian guys, but be cautious.
Things have eased down considerably in Tbilisi and the surrounding area in recent years. Although Tbilisi has been singled out for its (not always justified) reputation for street violence, mugging is a very uncommon occurrence.
Other crime-related risks in Tbilisi used to include apartment break-ins and carjacking, but the situation has improved significantly, and Georgia now has one of Europe’s lowest crime rates.
According to the evidence, Kutaisi, Georgia’s second biggest city, has crime rates that are considerably higher than the national average. After nightfall, it is essential to take extreme care in Kutaisi.
The separatist struggle between Adjara and the central government has concluded peacefully, and travel across the area is now completely secure. For tourists, once-rife corruption should now be a thing of the past. Customs clearance at the Sarpi-Hopa border crossing is now regular and uneventful for most visitors, but it may take two hours or more at times owing to large queues.
Georgia’s mountainous regions are isolated and underpoliced. Kazbegi, Svaneti, and Racha are the safest and easiest areas to visit in Georgia’s Upper Caucasus. Altitude sickness is the most dangerous threat in these areas.
Previous concerns about instability in Georgia’s northeast, along the border with Chechnya, have lessened, and the Pankisi Gorge is not as hazardous to visit as Abkhazia or South Ossetia.
Svaneti is one of Georgia’s most picturesque and mystical areas, yet its people, the Svans, are known for their strong independence and mistrust of strangers (as well as legendary hospitality for accepted guests). Travelers should take extreme care while visiting Svaneti, which is best seen with the assistance of a local guide.
Tusheti is Georgia’s most remote Caucasus mountain range. Due to the huge amount of snow, access is only allowed from June to October. Only a few families reside there year round.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia provide certain difficulties for visitors, South Ossetia more so than Abkhazia. Abkhazia is not difficult to visit if proper paperwork and border procedures are followed. South Ossetia is even more wild.
Stay Healthy in Georgia
Tick-borne encephalitis may occur, but only extremely infrequently and only if one spends time outside (not in towns). A careful tourist may want to get tetanus, polio, and diphtheria vaccines, although they are not strictly required. Giardia is a frequent infection among international tourists. The most probable method of contraction is:
- tap water
- swallowed water from lakes, rivers, pools, or jacuzzis
- raw fruits & vegetables
- unpasteurized milk or other dairy products
Tap water is usually safe to drink.
Because tobacco is relatively inexpensive in Western nations and many men smoke, passive smoking may be a major issue.
Accidents happen seldom.
There are numerous gyms and fitness facilities in Tbilisi with swimming pools and brand new training equipment where you may work out. They are considerably less common in other cities.