How Safe Is Georgia for Travel?

Georgia
Safety Index:
63

Georgia FlagGeorgia : Safety by City

Georgia is a country located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, bound by the Black Sea to the west, and sharing its borders with Russia to the north, with Turkey and Armenia to the south, and with Azerbaijan to the southeast.

Geographically, Georgia is somewhat complex, since it contains two de facto independent regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which obtained limited international recognition after the Russo-Georgian War in 2008.

Georgia, as well as the majority of the rest of the world, considers these two regions to be Georgian territories under Russian occupation.

However, for a country of such small proportions and complex history, it offers a unique landscape, mixing high mountains with wine-growing valleys and Black Sea beaches, not to mention its culture and history: archaeologists have found the oldest known traces of wine production in Georgia.

There is something for everyone and all types of tourists can enjoy their own cup of tea in this country.

Georgia is rapidly developing when it comes to both crime and corruption, and with these improvements, the influx of tourists followed: starting in the mid-2000s, tourists have started visiting Georgia and its Black Sea coastline significantly more than ever before.

Warnings & Dangers in Georgia

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Georgia is overall safe to travel to, with considerably low crime rates and even pickpockets not being that much of an issue. However, it is advised that you remain vigilant at all times, especially when crossing the streets.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Transport is generally safe and reliable in Georgia, and it has improved significantly during the past decade, but be careful on public transport, since that's where pickpockets operate, and watch your valuables in Tbilisi metro.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpocketing exists in Georgia but it is not too big of an issue. There are specific areas to watch out for such as the Tbilisi metro and public transport that is notorious for pickpockets. Be careful and keep your valuables close by your side.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There are threats from natural disasters in Georgia, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe storms, wildfires and floods, happening regularly.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

It is not likely you will get mugged or kidnapped in Georgia. Crime rates are very low, and violent crime against tourists is highly unlikely. Still, don't let your guard down and stay away from dark and deserted areas of bigger cities.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Even though there haven't been any terrorist attacks in Georgia's recent history, they shouldn't be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There is the issue of scams in Georgia, just like in any other country, and the most common ones are credit card scams and online scams. Always negotiate everything in advance, double check your change and never pay anything upfront. Never accept drinks from strange people or leave your drink unattended.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Georgia is definitely safe for solitary female. Just use your common sense and have your wits with you. Avoid poorly lit and deserted areas at night and finding yourself in places filled with drunken people.

So... How Safe Is Georgia Really?

Georgia is generally safe for travelers, with crime rates among the lowest in Europe.

Both crime and corruption have been almost eradicated, although back in the day they represented a serious issue for Georgia.

However, it all changed after the Rose Revolution, and nowadays it is completely safe to trust the Georgian police.

There are pickpockets and petty theft on the streets of Georgia, and especially in the Tbilisi metro, but they are far less of a problem than in other countries in Europe, and in cases of trouble, there are police cars patrolling the streets of Georgian cities and towns regularly, and you can ask for help anytime.

There is, however, the issue of road safety.

Even though most of the Georgian roads have been paved, the railway has been fixed and generally, the traffic is much better than ever before, there is a danger from motorists that have zero tolerance for pedestrians.

They often disregard them completely, and the same applies for cars: if you find yourself at an intersection and you have the right of way, do not expect anyone to stop and let you cross the street – be it in front of a crosswalk or a green traffic light.

How Does Georgia Compare?

CountrySafety Index
Georgia63
Morocco54
Singapore90
Sweden83
Uruguay77
Switzerland89
South Korea82

Useful Information

  • Visas - Many countries do not need a visa to enter Georgia, and may stay without one for 360 days. Other countries do not need a visa for stays shorter than 90 days. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Georgian Lari is the official currency in Georgia. ATMs are available in most Georgian cities and towns, and as for credit cards, they are accepted at some hotels, restaurants and shops, but it's not that common outside of Tbilisi.
  • Weather - Georgia has mild and rainy climate on the coast and in the western areas, though it's more continental in the central and eastern inland areas. The mountain regions are colder, as expected. There is plenty of precipitation along the coast of the Black Sea and in the western plain.
  • Airports - Shota Rustaveli Tbilisi International Airport, formerly known as Novo Alexeyevka International Airport, is the main and busiest international airport in Georgia. It located 17 km southeast of the capital of Tbilisi.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Georgia since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Georgia Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 2° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 8° C
Apr 14° C
May 18° C
Jun 22° C
Jul 25° C
Aug 25° C
Sep 21° C
Oct 15° C
Nov 9° C
Dec 5° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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681319232831312620138
Low
°C
-2-1381216191915951
High
°F
434655667382888879685546
Low
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283037465461666659484134

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12 Reviews on Georgia

  1. Georgia is absolutely dangerous liar almost one of the most dangerous countries in da world.

    1. It is officially recognized by many agencies and countries as one of the safest republics.Police presence is high and streets are safe.You are telling absolute lies

    2. T
      Traveler says:

      Will someone remove this review as i is not genuine?

  2. T
    Traveler says:

    Crimes happen everywhere, including western Europe but in general, Georgia is one of the safest countries to visit in the world.

  3. When do hurricanes hit Georgia? The U.S. state of Georgia, absolutely. Not the country. Never been here, however just needed to comment on this. I know three people who’ve been to Georgia and never experienced any travel issues.

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      Andrew is stupid says:

      georgia is a country, not georgia state.

      Georgia (Georgian: საქართველო) is a country located in the Caucasus, at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bounded by the Black Sea to the west, by Russia to the north and east, by Turkey to the southwest, by Armenia to the south, and by Azerbaijan to the southeast. The country covers an area of 69,700 square kilometres (26,900 sq mi), and has a population of 3.7 million people (excluding the Russian-occupied Georgian territories). Georgia is a representative democracy governed as a unitary parliamentary republic. Tbilisi is its capital as well as its largest city, and is home to roughly a third of the Georgian population.

  4. M
    Martynas says:

    Very safe, welcoming country

    Been there, people are very welcoming, friendly. Got shocked by warm welcome, initially got suspicious, as it would rarely happen in western country. Definitely recommend visiting Batumi, Mestia, ushba mountain region. Adventurious country with great fresh food everywhere.

  5. O
    Ordinary lad says:

    Safe country in general

    I have been to Georgia for in November 2021, and i can assure to everyone that the country is safe in general and it ranks in number 7 of the UN index for the lowest crimes in the world which indicates how safe is this former soviet country is now , and the high presence of the Police in its major cities streets is notable.

    As an advice, I would encourage the tourists to avoid going to the Night clubs and strip clubs as the scam happens there when you try to leave the club you will be shocked by the expensive bill they will present it to you and if you refuse to pay then a gang of huge men will come toward you and start to threaten you of beating and rob you off, Other than that just be careful of public taxi drivers and use instead transfer applications such as Bolt and Yandex.

  6. So and so for me

    With things booming now between Russia and the rest of the world I wouldn’t go near Georgia until things settle down. My one and only experience with this country was rather flat but this was mostly because I had to stay two days in Tbilisi for a work-related meeting which left me with very little time to do some sightseeing. I’ve stayed at Courtyard by Mariott where the room service guy was rather unpleasant and grumpy but the rest of the personal staff was ok. The Old Town area felt gravely overcrowded, you could barely move around.

  7. Excellent

    I just got back from Georgia. I stayed in an apartment in Tbilisi. This is my second time coming. I spent about ten days traveling around the country and had no problems. The only inconvenience that can happen to you most often is the taxi transfer from the airport to Tbilisi. Taxi drivers are aggressive, annoying, they pull you by the sleeve and it often happens that they charge for the ride at multiple prices. I used the Bolt app so I didn’t have any problems. People are calm, kind … I’ll be back again.

    1. what was the date of your travel?

  8. M
    Marco t. says:

    Georgia is an amazing place. I have been traveling for seven years around the world. I have never felt such a warmth and love as I did in Georgia. People are so Genuine and so humble and welcoming, families are close and gather almost every day, it is a true example of how we should raise our kids to love and cherish family, these simple people will welcome strangers under their roof giving them shelter food, and a place to stay.
    Safety? I could never walk at 2:00 am in the streets freely without fear, of being killed or robbed anywhere, including in my own city. Do we say the United States is safe? Please visit Georgia and make comments about safety afterwords. My only advice is not to disrespect their Religion and not to disrespect women!
    Overall, yes there is good and bad everywhere, but honestly look around what is happening
    in other countries. Statistics show that being killed kidnapped and raped in the USA is way higher than in Europe.

Rated 4.08 / 5 based on 12 user reviews.

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