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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and against all but essential travel to areas immediately adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The British government does not recognise the unilateral declarations of independence made by the de facto authorities in the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Consular support is not available in parts of Georgia where the FCO advise against all travel. See Local travel

Protests took place on 14 November in Tbilisi and other major cities including Batumi and Kutaisi and are likely to continue over the weekend. There are also plans for further demonstrations on 17 November including one outside of the Parliament building in Tbilisi. If you’re in the area, you should remain vigilant, stay away from any large gatherings and demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities.

The political situation in Georgia is generally calm, but small-scale demonstrations and opposition rallies are likely. See Political situation

Foreign nationals have been detained on arrival in Georgia for possession of medicines that would not normally be problematic in the UK or other countries. See Travelling with medicines

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Georgia. You may face difficulties if you cannot provide evidence of valid travel insurance on arrival. See Travel insurance

Take care when driving and if possible avoid driving at night. See Road travel

There is some risk from unexploded ordnance in areas along the Administrative Boundary Lines with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and near the border with Azerbaijan (Red Bridge area in particular). Areas where unexploded ordnance might be present are not always marked. See Local travel

Terrorist attacks in Georgia can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 112.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.