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Georgia, Republic of

Georgia is a constitutional republic with a developing economy. Tourist facilities outside of Tbilisi are not highly developed, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other countries are not yet available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Georgia for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Georgia
Continent: Asia
Capital City: Tbilisi
Boundary Countries:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Denta Plus Ltd (Tbilisi)

MediClub Georgia (Tbilisi)

Main Cities:

Tbilisi, Sokhumi, Sup’sa, Bat’umi, Gori, Rust’avi, Zugdidi, P’ot’I, Ts’khinvali, K’ut’aisi, Akhaik’alak’I, Akhalts’ikhe

Country Size: 69,700
Population: 4,646,003

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Georgian 71% (official), Russian 9%, Armenian 7%, Azeri 6%, other 7%
note: Abkhaz is the official language in Abkhazia

Currency: lari (GEL)
Predominant Religions:

Orthodox Christian 83.9%, Muslim 9.9%, Armenian-Gregorian 3.9%, Catholic 0.8%, other 0.8%, none 0.7%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 26 May (1918); note - 26 May 1918 was the date of independence from Soviet Russia, 9 April 1991 was the date of independence from the Soviet Union
Economic Status:

Georgia is a constitutional republic with a developing economy.

Security:

Ground Forces (includes National Guard), Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy Tbilisi
11 George Balanchine Street
Tbilisi, Georgia, 0131
Telephone: (995 32) 227-70-00
Document Requirements:

A passport is required. U.S. citizens visiting for 90 days or less do not need a visa to enter Georgia. For further information, please contact the Embassy of Georgia at 2209 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC, 20008 tel. (202) 387-2390, fax: (202) 393-4537. Visit the Embassy of Georgia web site at http://embassy.mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=GEO&sec_id=2&lang_id=ENG for the most current visa information.
Information on
dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  23, Airports w/paved runways:  19

Tbilisi International Airport (TBS/UGTB)
Tbilisi Airport, Georgia, 380058 Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Tel: +995 (8)32 43-31-21
Fax: +995 (8)32 77-96-24
E-mail: 
i.givi@wanex.ge
Customs, hours:  24 hours
Tel: +995 (8)32 94-74-96

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

US Dept. of State issued a TRAVEL WARNING for GEORGIA, which was updated on 9 April 2009.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_4327.html

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Georgia.  This Travel Warning replaces the one dated December 12, 2008 to note the possibility of violent demonstrations.

American citizens are urged not to travel to the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and to be aware that the potential exists for gunfire, increased risk of crime, and ongoing potential for violence in these and areas adjacent to these regions.

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi has limited travel for its employees in areas adjacent to the region of South Ossetia, to include all roads north of the M-1 (East/West Highway) that lead to the region of South Ossetia; areas adjacent to the region of Abkhazia, including the Tsalenjikha District of the Samegrelo Region; and the region of the Pankisi Gorge, north of the city Akhmeta, up to the border with Russia.

Unexploded ordnance continues to pose risks in the areas where fighting took place in August 2008, including around the city of Gori in the direction of the administrative boundary with South Ossetia.  Travel in some parts of western Georgia remains unpredictable

American citizens currently in Georgia are urged to continue to review their personal security situations and to take appropriate action to ensure their safety.  Given the recent upheaval in Georgia, American citizens should take precautions in case of an increase in violent crime.  Demonstrations can occur without notice and even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  The U.S. Embassy advises all Americans in Georgia to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  American citizens are encouraged to remain in close communication with the American Embassy in Tbilisi for more detailed information.

American citizens should monitor the U.S. Embassy web site, http://georgia.usembassy.gov/, and stay in contact with family and friends in the United States.  American citizens in Tbilisi may also tune in to Radio Syndicati at FM 104.3 or throughout Georgia at Radio Green Wave at FM 107.4 for updated U.S. Embassy Warden Message information.

Family members and friends unable to verify the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens in the affected area should call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or from other areas via a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 between 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  U.S. citizens in the area are urged to monitor the local news.  Those residing or traveling in Georgia are reminded to register with the U.S. Embassy either online at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ or in person at U.S. Embassy Tbilisi so they can obtain updated information on travel and security.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' web site at http://travel.state.gov/, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, Country Specific Information, and health information resources can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi is located at 11 George Balanchine Street (in Didi Dighomi), Tbilisi 0131, Georgia, tel: 995-32-27-70-00.  The after-hours emergency number is 995-99-57-39-69, or, if dialing locally on a mobile telephone, 899-57-39-69.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  17.36 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 76.3 years  (male 73/female 80.07)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Malaria, Hep A & B, Typhoid
Boosters: MMR, DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

It is recommended that travelers who intend to visit Georgia for at least two weeks get the hepatitis A vaccine and a pre-exposure rabies vaccine. Travelers are also encouraged to bring medicine to treat diarrhea, which regularly afflicts newcomers.Tickborne encephalitis occurs in the southern part of the nontropical forest belt in Europe and Asia. Travelers are at risk who visit or work in forested areas during the summer months and who consume unpasteurized dairy products. Vaccine for this disease is not available in the United States at this time. A number of rickettsial infections also occur in this region. Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or in immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical care in Georgia is limited.  There is a severe shortage of basic medical supplies, including disposable needles, anesthetics, and antibiotics. Georgian doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment before rendering medical services. 

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 1
Referrals: 18
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Outbreaks of diphtheria have been reported in states of the former Soviet Union. There is a vaccine available to prevent diphtheria.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +995
Internet Country Code:  .ge

 



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