In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Georgia
Georgia is a relatively safe country and the western embassies recommend standard measures of precaution that you would take anywhere else in the world or in your country.
There are, however, two parts of the country that you should avoid – Southern Ossetia and Abkhazia. In fact, it would be best to avoid the areas that border with these parts as well.
These two regions of Georgia are not under the control of Georgian government following armed conflicts in the 1990s and 2000s. These two regions are controlled by local separatists who are backed by Russian government and it is recommended not to travel to these areas. The regions are still not settled and there are occasional terrorist attacks, as well as incidents that involve unexploded grenades and bombs that were left over after the conflicts.
Occasionally, there might be some protests in the country, mostly in the capital of Tbilisi and it is best to avoid those parts of the city to avoid any possible escalations.
In general, however, Georgia is as safe as any other European country and there are no special measures of precaution that you need to take.
Pickpocketing and similar property crimes are possible in areas that are crowded and where larger quantities of tourists can be found. You should hold on to your possessions tightly in such areas, just as you would in Berlin or Paris, for example.
Finally, you should be aware that the road infrastructure is not too good in some parts of the country and you are advised to travel exclusively by day in such areas.