Georgia – too dangerous to visit?
05 December, 2018
Georgia – too dangerous to visit?
Since December, Canada has placed Georgia on the travel advisory list for security issues. Mainly because of the uncertain political situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. But also the rest of Georgia seems like a pretty rough place, when reading the security indicators released by the Canadian government.

Tensions are high in both breakaway regions. Unexploded ordnance, landmines and explosions may pose a risk in those parts of Abkhazia and South Ossetia where military operations have occurred, reads the advisory list.
Terrorists have carried out attacks in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. They typically use car bombs to target military and security facilities. Exercise a high level of personal security awareness at all times.

According to the Canadian government, travelers should avoid regions bordering Russia, including the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as to the areas surrounding them.

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Watch out: lively city with lots of suspicious dark corners

Fair enough, but how big is the radius that the authorities have in mind? For Canadian standards, 20 to 60 kilometers might be a small distance, but actually that’s how close the South Ossetian border is to Gori and Tbilisi respectively.

However, even Tbilisi seems to be a pretty suspicious destination, according to the travel advisory list. Or what do you imagine a place to be where it is common that locals invite tourists to bars for food and drinks, and then force them to pay a steep bill?

Furthermore, political demonstrations take place regularly in Georgia, especially in Tbilisi, reads the travel recommendations. Even peaceful demonstrations could turn violent at any time. Hopefully, you kept away from the capital last Sunday.

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Avoid places where people are politically active

In the future, avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations, advises the Canadian government.

That said, even farther away from the big city tourists apparently can’t feel safe in Georgia as accurate information on mountain conditions can be difficult to obtain, and weather is unpredictable. Thus, foreigners should never hike on their own, and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company. And for the worst case scenario, make sure you have bought a travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation, so the official advises.

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Treacherous mountain backdrop, photo courtesy: www.apa.gov.ge

The list of security issues closes with the pessimistic remark that traffic accidents are a common cause of injury and death in Georgia. Well, no arguing here.

If you’re still brave enough and plan to visit Georgia, find below some suggestions.

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