See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Georgia for information on U.S. – Georgia relations.
You need a valid passport to enter Georgia. U.S. citizens may enter and stay in Georgia without a visa for up to 365 days. Visit the Embassy of Georgia's website for most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Georgia.
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
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Crime: Take the same precautions against becoming a victim of crime as you would in any large city. Firearms are readily available in Georgia, assailants may be armed, and disputes with firearms could occur in areas visited by U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens have reported occurrences of sexual assault in Georgia. The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to take appropriate steps to enhance personal security, remain aware of your surroundings, and be aware of the risk of sexual assault while traveling.
Victims of Crime: U.S. citizens victim of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi.
Report crimes or emergencies to the local police by dialing 112 and contact the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) which operates a 24-hour emergency response center similar to 911 and transfers emergency calls to the fire and rescue service, police, or the nearest medical emergency center. Dispatchers speak Georgian and Russian, but they will transfer calls to English-speaking operators.
Remember that the local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Dual nationals: Under Georgian law, U.S.-Georgian dual national males between the ages of 18 and 27 may be subject to military conscription. For more information, please review the Ministry of Defense’s webpage.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Georgia. However, traditional cultural attitudes result in LGBTI individuals often facing discrimination and harassment. In the past, some members of religious and LGBTI minorities in Georgia have been targets of attacks. On May 17, 2013, protestors violently disrupted the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia rallies in Tbilisi, causing injuries to participants and police.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Accessibility and accommodations in Georgia are different from those in the United States. Georgian administrative code mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, very few public or private facilities are accessible. Public transportation offers no accommodation for persons with disabilities. There are few sidewalks outside of Tbilisi or Batumi.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Outside major cities, medical facilities in Georgia are limited. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of English-speaking doctors. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk due to inadequate medical facilities. Ensure food is cooked thoroughly to reduce the risk of food-borne illness.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Georgia to insure the medication is legal in Georgia. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Georgia differ significantly from those in the United States. Roads are frequently in poor condition with stretches of missing pavement and large potholes. Driving at night can be especially dangerous.
Traffic Laws: Vehicles drive on the right. Speed limits range from 80 to 110 km/hr on highways and 30 to 70 km/hr on urban thoroughfares. Motorists are not permitted to make right turns at red traffic lights.
Public Transportation: Public transportation, while inexpensive, may be unreliable and uncomfortable. Minibuses are dangerous.They are often overcrowded, poorly maintained, lack seatbelts, and are frequently involved in accidents.
Traveling by air: Regional airlines may experience prolonged delays, sudden cancellations, and overbooking. Air travel to Georgia on international carriers via Europe is typically more reliable. Ticketed passengers on flights departing from Georgia should reconfirm reservations with the airline 24 hours prior to departure.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Georgia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the Government of Georgia’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Georgia should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website, and the NGA broadcast warnings website, select “broadcast warnings”.