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There is more than one place called Georgia:

Caucasus

  • Georgia (country) — the country

United States of America

  • Georgia (state) - a state in the South
  • Georgia (Vermont) - a town in the state of Vermont

Solomon Islands

  • New Georgia Islands

Islands of the Southern Ocean

  • South Georgia Island
The Amateur Traveler talks to Kathy from My Time To Travel about her recent trip to the Republic of Georgia. Kathy is a fan of mountains and Georgia has them in abundance because of its location between the Lesser and Greater Caucuses. She visited the Black Sea coast at Batumi, the capital of Tibilisi, the wine region, the cave city of Voronya and went part of the way up the legendary Georgia military highway into the Caucuses. Kathy talks about the history of Georgia and its location on the silk road, its religion and architecture.

Hear about travel to Atlanta, Georgia as the Amateur Traveler talks to return guest Chris Willis about his hometown. Chris has been on the show talking about distant and exotic places but this time we talk about the land of Margret Mitchell and Coca-Cola.

 

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Russia’s in the news a lot, but most of our images of it are hopelessly outdated Cold War cliches. The largest country in the world has 6.5 million square miles of mind-blowing mountains, lakes, dense forests and thriving cities. Here’s a selection of experiences to have in the nation.

Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from travelstoke®, a new app from Matador that connects you with fellow travelers and locals, and helps you build trip itineraries with spots that integrate seamlessly into Google Maps and Uber. Download the app to add any of the spots below directly to your future trips.

The Transsiberian

 The TranssiberianKhuzhir, RussiaMagic view over one of the must-do stops along The Transsiberean road #transsiberean #russia #trains

Travel the world’s longest and most famous train ride. Start in Moscow and make a number of stops on the way to either Vladivostok or Beijing through Mongolia.

Lake Baikal

 Lake BaikalIrkutsk, RussiaThe magic of Baikal in winter #extreme #snow #ice #russia

Baikal is the world’s deepest freshwater lake. If you come in winter, the lake will be completely frozen, peppered with picturesque cracks and bubbles of air. I’d recommend hiring a four wheel drive and cruising over the ice, you won’t forget that in a while.

The Circumbaikal Railway

 The circumbaikal railwayListvyanka, RussiaGet on the train at Listvyanka station and go around the deepest freshwater lake in the world. #railway #trains #siberia

To see more of Baikal you can take a Circum-Baikal railway. It does not actually circle the whole lake but it gives you a chance to get away from the more touristic places and find your own secret spot.

Curonian Spit

 Curonian SpitKonigsberg, RussiaYou can witness some peculiar ways of the nature not far from Kaliningrad, the most Western city of Russia #hiking

Curonian Spit separates Curonian Bay from the Baltic Sea. I recommend visiting The Dancing Forest — one of the strangest natural phenomena on Earth. The unusual pine forest is made of trees of various shapes, most of them twisted in circles and spirals, along the ground.

Red Square

 Red SquareMoskva, RussiaShow off your ice skating skills on the main square of Moscow! #sport #winter #iceskate

When in Russia, you won’t escape Red Square. So make it a little more entertaining. Every year Moscow builds skating rink on its central square. If you happen to be there, join the locals in one of the most popular winter activities!

Kola Peninsula

 Kola PeninsulaMurmansk, RussiaThe utmost north of Russia has fantastic landscapes #nature #extreme #snow

The Russian North might seem very stern, but here you can see one of nature’s greatest miracles — aurora borealis. Kola Peninsula behind the polar circle is the best place to see it, but if you are lucky you might even spot aurora borealis near St.Petersburg.

The Valley of Geysers

 The Valley of GeysersPetropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, RussiaFar far away and nine hours ahead of Moscow, there lies the land of volcanos, Kamchatka

Kamchatka Peninsula is on the bucket list of most Russians. The Kamchatka River and the surrounding central side valley are flanked by large volcanic belts containing around 160 volcanoes, 29 of them still active. The hazardous beauty of around ninety geysers and the highest active volcano in Russia gave the area its nickname: the Land of Fire and Ice. You can reach The Valley of Geysers only by helicopter, but it is absolutely worth the effort.

Kronotsky Nature Reserve

 Kronotsky Nature ReservePetropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, RussiaKronotsky Nature Reserve boasts over 800 bears – best place to meet this symbol of Russia #nationalpark #bears

The Kamchatka brown bear, also known as the Far Eastern brown bear, is native to the Anadyrsky District, the Kamchatka Peninsula, Karaginskiy Island, the Kuril Islands. One of the safest times to view bears in the wild is Kamchatka during salmon spawning season.

Mount Elbrus

 Mount ElbrusMineralnye Vody, RussiaDaily transfers from Mineralnye Vody through picturesque valleys to the highest peak of Europe (5642 m) #extreme #mountains

Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe, and one of the Seven Summits. It’s located just in Russia, though it is only a few miles/kilometers from the border of Georgia. Though Elbrus is the highest summit in Europe, it is one of the technically easiest of the higher peaks on the continent.

Moscow Metro

 Moscow MetroMoskva, RussiaCheck out some metro stations of 1930s – 1950s for the bronze statues, mosaics and marble colonnades.

Muscovites take their metro for granted, but they really shouldn’t as it is not only super efficient and fast it is also stunning. The 44 stations are part of the cultural heritage of the city.

Oymyakon Town

 Oymyakon TownOymyakonskiy ulus, RussiaOymyakon is for the bravest and the most cold-resistant.   #extreme #winter

Visit the coldest inhabited locality on the planet, Oymyakon village, where the average temperature in winter is -50F and lower.

Winter Palace

 Winter PalaceSankt-Peterburg, RussiaNow Winter Palace hosts one of the largest and most astonishing museums of the world, It just has everything and even more #gallery #history #palace

Now the main residence of Romanov dynasty, Winter Palace, is one of the largest museums in the world. While walking through Winter Palace it is easy to imagine yourself in belle epoch, dancing minuet or waltz.

Trinity Bridge

 Trinity bridgeSankt-Peterburg, RussiaTrinity bridge across the Neva River became a symbol of Saint Petersburg. It is opened every night to provide clearence for boat traffic.

Your experience of St.Petersburg won’t be complete without viewing the drawbridges. During June-July 22 bridges in St.Petersburg are drawn, cutting the connection between two parts of the city.

Cosmonaut Training Center

 Cosmonaut Training CenterKorolev, RussiaFind out if you can be an astronaut! (The tour has to be booked in advance).

Once communist space program was top secret. Now it is possible not only to learn all the details about space exploration, but you can visit the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

Sanduny

 SandunyMoskva, RussiaRussian banya is an important part of the culture and the social life. One of the oldest public banyas in Moscow is Sanduny in the historical building of the 19th century.

Banya (Russian sauna) is one of the oldest traditions of the country, dating back to the 10th century. There are public banyas in large cities, but locals prefer to have their own private banyas. An important part of the experience is socializing, after banya it is common to have take tea.

The Ural Mountains

 The Ural MountainsPerm, RussiaThe Urals are the world’s oldest mountain range on our planet. They separate Russia into the European and the Asian part.

The Ural Mountains are probably the richest mountain range of their size in the world. Trekking in The Urals requires a guide as the terrain is varied and the weather can change quickly without warning.

The Iset River

 The Iset RiverYekaterinburg, RussiaYekaterinburg’s best: embankments of the Iset river, museums, high rises, avant-garde architecture.

Visit Yekaterinburg, the hometown of Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin. Yekaterinburg is not only Russia’s forth-largest city, it is like a piece of conceptual art with a fascinating historical sub-text.

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Wander the historic winding lanes of Old Town, Georgia, slow down in Azerbaijan at an outdoor cafe, and take in the views at Armenia's mountaintop monasteries; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan and begin your journey now!

Inside the Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia & Azerbaijan Travel Guide:

Colour maps and images throughout

Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, people, landscape, architecture, greetings, etiquette Over 52 colour maps Covers Georgia, Tbilisi, Abkhazia, Adjara, Great Cauasus, Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Armenia, Terevan, Azerbaijan, Baku, Naxcivan, Nagorno-Karabakh and more.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards winner in Favorite Travel Guide category for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Georgia Atlas & Gazetteer

DeLorme

Wouldn't it be nice to always have exactly the right kind of map, whatever your needs may be? You will, with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series. These topographic atlases cover individual states with the most comprehensive detail available, including back roads, backwater lakes and streams, boat ramps, forests, wetlands, trailheads, campgrounds, public lands, prime hunting and fishing spots, and countless landmarks and points of interest. You'll also find a wealth of information on everything from family outings to wilderness adventures. The Atlas & Gazetteer is ideal for outdoor recreation, business travel, home or office reference, and countless other uses.Georgia Gazetteer categories» Attractions» Campgrounds» Freshwater Fishing» Golf Courses» Historic Sites» Hunting» Recreation Areas» Saltwater Fishing» Scenic Drives» Trails» Unique Natural FeaturesSuggested Uses» In-vehicle for everyday reference» Exploring back roads» Outdoor recreation preparation and navigation» Business travel» Planning vacations and leisure activities» Armchair journeys

Georgia Off the Beaten Path®: Discover Your Fun (Off the Beaten Path Series)

Janice Mcdonald

The essential source of information about the sights and sites travelers and locals want to see and experience--if only they knew about them! From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, these guides take the reader down the road less traveled.

Georgia Off the Beaten Path®, 10th: A Guide to Unique Places (Off the Beaten Path Series)

Janice McDonald

The essential source of information about the sights and sites travelers and locals want to see and experience--if only they knew about them! From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, these guides take the reader down the road less traveled.

Rand McNally Easy To Read: Georgia State Map

Rand McNally

Rand McNally's Easy To Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Georgia, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets.The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years. Regularly updated, full-color maps 43% larger map with a bigger type size than the Rand McNally Folded Map Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and more Mileage and driving times map Detailed index Convenient folded sizeDetailed maps of: Albany, Athens, Atlanta & Vicinity, Downtown Atlanta, Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, Macon, Savannah

Fodor's The Carolinas & Georgia (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Travel Guides

Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years. Filled with color photos as stunning as the region itself, Fodor's The Carolinas and Georgia delivers the best of the South from the pristine waters of the Outer Banks to genteel Charleston and bustling Atlanta and everywhere in between. Beaches, golf courses, mountains, Southern food, and historical and cultural sites keep travelers coming back. This travel guide includes:· Dozens of full-color maps · Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path· In-depth breakout features on plantations, Great Smoky Mountains, and Charleston's historic district· Coverage of The North Carolina Coast; Central North Carolina; Asheville and the North Carolina Mountains; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Myrtle Beach, SC, and the Grand Strand; Charleston, SC; Hiltonhead, SC, and the Lowcountry; The Midlands and the Upstate, SC; Savannah, GA; Georgia's Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee; Southwest Georgia; Atlanta, GA; Central and North Georgia Planning to focus your trip? Check out Fodor's travel guides to Charleston and Savannah.

Georgia Unforgettable (Minniehaha Falls cover)

photography by Robb Helfrick

View the beauty of the Peach State as you've never seen it before. From the coastal islands to the sculpted mountains, Georgia Unforgettable will leave a lasting impression. Featuring more than 143 color photographs from professional photographers Robb Helfrick and James Randklev, you will see Georgia's natural beauty and its historic architecture. Georgia Unforgettable showcases the state's true character and unique charm. From Savannah's historic squares to Atlanta's towering skyscrapers, and from the outer coastal islands to inland towns, come find out why Georgia is truly unforgettable. This book is identical to the Cumberland Island cover, except for the dust jacket.

Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain to Davenport Gap [Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee] (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

National Geographic Maps - Trails Illustrated

• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Topographic Map

The Springer Mountain to Davenport Gap Topographic Map Guide makes a perfect traveling companion when traversing the Georgia, southeastern Tennessee and southwestern North Carolina, section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). The southern most section of the A.T. which starts at Georgia's Springer Mountain and heads north into North Carolina and Tennessee, offers some of most physically challenging, but rewarding hiking along the entire trail. The A.T. through this area is located entirely within National Park and National Forest land, and follows the ridges and balds of the beautiful and biologically diverse Southern Appalachians.

Each A.T. Topographic Map Guide includes detailed topographic maps at a detail of 1 inch = 1 mile. Each page is centered on the A.T. and overlaps with the adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between shelters, camping areas, and trail access points. The map and trail profile provide a step by step visual guide to hiking the trail, mile by rugged mile. The Topographic Map Guide is built for all levels of hiking enthusiasts, from the day tripper to the multi month 'thru-hiker'. The front pages of the printed Topographic Map Guide include resupply information, town inset maps, camping options, and much more.

Every Topographic Map Guide is printed on "Backcountry Tough" waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation.

Other features found on this map include: A. Rufus Morgan Shelter, Blood Mountain, Blood Mountain Shelter, Blue Mountain Shelter, Bly Gap, Brown Fork Gap Shelter, Cable Gap Shelter, Carter Gap Shelter, Chattahoochee National Forest, Clayton, Clingmans Dome, Cold Spring Shelter, Cosby Knob Shelter, Davenport Gap Shelter, Deep Gap Shelter, Derrick Knob Shelter, Dicks Creek Gap, Double Spring Gap Shelter, Fontana Dam Shelter, Fontana Lake, Franklin, Gooch Mountain Shelter, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hawk Mountain Shelter, Helen, Icewater Spring Shelter, Long Branch Shelter, Low Gap Shelter, Mollies Ridge Shelter, Mount Collins Shelter, Mount Guyot, Muskrat Creek Shelter, Nantahala National Forest, Newfound Gap, Peck’s Corner Shelter, Plumorchard Gap Shelter, Rock Gap Shelter, Russell Field Shelter, Sassafras Gap Shelter, Siler Bald Shelter, Silers Bald Shelter, Spence Field Shelter, Springer Mountain, Springer Mountain Shelter, Standing Indian Shelter, Stover Creek Shelter, Suches, Tray Mountain Shelter, Tri-Corner Knob Shelter, Wayah Bald, Wayah Shelter, Wesser Bald Shelter, Whitley Gap Shelter, Woods Hole Shelter..

Map Scale = 1:63,360Folded Size = 4.25" x 9.25"

Exercise a high degree of caution; see also regional advisories.

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice. In the event of a crisis situation that requires evacuation, the Government of Canada’s policy is to provide safe transportation to the closest safe location. The Government of Canada will assist you in leaving a country or a region as a last resort, when all means of commercial or personal transportation have been exhausted. This service is provided on a cost-recovery basis. Onward travel is at your personal expense. Situations vary from one location to another, and there may be constraints on government resources that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide assistance, particularly in countries or regions where the potential for violent conflict or political instability is high.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia (see Advisory)

In August 2008 serious fighting broke out in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as in other parts of the country, including PotiGori, and northwest of Tbilisi. Russia and Georgia have since signed a ceasefire agreement, which has eased tensions in most of the country. However, tensions remain high in both breakaway regions. Exercise a high level of personal security awareness at all times.

Canadian officials may not be in a position to provide consular assistance to Canadians in these areas due to security concerns and travel restrictions.

Terrorism

Violence and terrorist incidents have occurred in the recent past, resulting in deaths and injuries. There have been a number of car bombings in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Targets are usually military and security facilities, but there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Violent crime and kidnappings

Muggings, home invasions, carjackings, sexual assaults and other violent crimes against foreigners occur, particularly in urban areas.

Kidnapping involving foreign residents and travellers is a serious problem throughout Georgia, including in regions bordering Russia. Travel in groups and do not walk or take the subway alone after dark. Vary routines and lock doors to cars and residences.

Exercise vigilance in crowded places, such as markets and public transportation facilities.

Avoid showing signs of affluence.

Demonstrations

Political demonstrations take place regularly in Georgia, especially in Tbilisi, and some have been violent in the past. These demonstrations may cause travel disruptions. Avoid all gatherings and demonstrations and stay away from areas where they occur, as they may turn violent without warning. You should also monitor local news reports and follow the advice of local authorities.

Petty crime

Petty crime such as pickpocketing and purse snatching occurs. Inadequate lighting in public places increases the likelihood of crime. Do not carry large amounts of cash and do not display signs of affluence. Keep valuables, passports and other travel documents in a secure place. There have been reports of credit card fraud and identity theft.

Transportation

Traffic accidents are a common cause of injury and death. Drive defensively. Poor road conditions, poor driving standards, insufficient road markings, and inadequate lighting create hazards. Avoid driving after dark. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are advised.

Avoid the Georgian Military Highway north of Gudauri.

Use only officially marked taxis and negotiate fares in advance. Do not share rides with strangers.

Exercise caution when travelling long-distance by train at night and alone. Do not leave the compartment unattended. Lock the  cabin door from the inside.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Regions bordering Russia

Do not enter or leave the country via the land border with Russia, specifically through Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Kabardino-Balkaria, or Karachay-Cherkessia. The main border crossing is currently closed, and the situation at other crossing points is uncertain. The sea border is also closed.

Landmines

Landmines and explosions have been reported. Unexploded ordnance may pose a risk in areas where military operations occurred. Defer travel to these areas until it is confirmed that the risk is no longer present.

Mountaineering and hiking

Do not travel alone. Use recognized groups and organizations. Accurate information on mountain conditions can be difficult to obtain. Weather in mountainous areas can be unpredictable.

General safety information

Standards of police practice may differ from those in Canada. If arrested for a crime, the conviction rate is high, regardless of whether you are guilty or not. 

Emergency services

Dial 022 for police and 099 for ambulance services.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Rabies

Rabies is a disease that attacks the central nervous system spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from a rabid animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (i.e., close contact with animals, occupational risk, and children).

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in Western Asia, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Western Asia. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Travellers' diarrhea
  • Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
  • Risk of developing travellers’ diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.
  • The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in Western Asia, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, malaria, Rift Valley fever, and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.


Malaria

Malaria

  • There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this country.
  • Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by mosquitoes. There is no vaccine against malaria.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. This includes covering up, using insect repellent and staying in well-screened, air-conditioned accommodations. You may also consider sleeping under an insecticide-treated bed net or pre-treating travel gear with insecticides.
  • Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. See a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic, preferably six weeks before you travel to discuss your options.

Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Certain infections found in some areas in Western Asia, like avian influenza and rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care provider.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Many, but not all, specialized medical services are available in Tbilisi. Medical facilities are limited outside of Tbilisi. Medical services can be expensive, and immediate cash payment is often required. Medical evacuation, which can be very expensive, may be necessary in the event of serious illness or injury.

Standards of medical rescue assistance may differ from those in Canada.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

An international driving permit is required.

Illegal or regulated activities

There is zero tolerance of drinking and driving.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Homosexual activity is legal but is not widely accepted in Georgian society.

Photography of military installations or government buildings may result in a penalty. Seek permission from local authorities before taking photographs.

A special licence issued by the Ministry of Culture (Department of Expertise and Evaluation) is necessary to export certain artwork, antiques, jewels and items considered to be of national heritage.

Dual nationality

Georgian-Canadians may be subject to military service. Seek advice from the nearest Georgian embassy.

Consult our publication entitled Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know for more information.

Surrogacy

Consult Citizenship and Immigration Canada's page on this subject for more information.

Money

The economy is primarily cash-based. The lari (GEL) is the only legal tender and there are legal limits on currency imports and exports. U.S. dollars and euros are widely accepted and exchanged for local currency. U.S. dollar traveller’s cheques (American Express, MasterCard and Visa Dollar) can be exchanged at international hotels or local banks. Credit cards are increasingly being used in Tbilisi’s upscale tourist hotels and restaurants, and automated banking machines can be found in major cities. Exchange facilities in Tbilisi are numerous and efficient, and deal in a variety of currencies, but not the Canadian dollar. Avoid unlicensed exchange facilities.

Climate

Georgia is located in an active seismic zone. An earthquake may cause landslides in affected areas, and strong aftershocks are possible up to one week after the initial quake.

Heavy rains may trigger floods and landslides.