Choosing the right Georgia insurance to cover your trip is essential. Some areas of the country are still significantly troubled, and you will need specialist insurance if you are doing business or planning to travel in these areas. Make sure you have the right Georgia insurance before you leave.
Georgia insurance – quick facts
- Crime targeting foreigners is not uncommon
- There is some risk of unexploded ordnance left over from 2008 conflict with Russia
- International health insurance in Georgia is strongly advised, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- Road, rail and air travel can present hazards due to lower maintenance and safety standards
Get the right insurance for Georgia
- Specialist Georgia insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover all of your business liabilities in Georgia and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to limited medical facilities and potential risks to personal security, specialist Georgia insurance is advised for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs
Potential problems in Georgia
After the conflict with Russia, Georgia is looking towards a bright future – tourism and business are now enjoying substantial development. Combine this trend with the outstanding mountainous beauty of the country and a fascinating mix of cultural influences, and you have a destination that is steadily growing in popularity.
However, having the right Georgia insurance is still crucial.
Although the security situation is stable, there is tension in the areas of South Ossetia, Abkhazia, and bordering regions, and there have been incidents of violence and terrorism. The targets are usually military, but there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There have also been reports of landmines and explosions – unexploded ordnance still poses a risk in regions where military operations have taken place.
In other areas, petty crimes such as pickpocketing and purse snatching are common, especially in public places where there is inadequate lighting. In more urban areas, muggings, carjackings, assaults, and other violent crimes against foreigners are not uncommon.
The kidnapping of foreign residents and visitors has been a problem in the past. To avoid being targeted, travel in groups and do not walk or take the subway alone after dark. Vary your daily routine and keep doors to cars and homes securely locked. Most medical services are available in Tbilisi, but healthcare beyond the capital is limited. In the event of serious illness or injury, medical evacuation could be necessary, so make sure it is included in your Georgia health insurance.
To avoid contracting infectious diseases, travellers should drink bottled water, peel all fruits and vegetables, and avoid rare-cooked meat and unpasteurized products, including most food sold in the streets.
Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice
The FCO advise against all travel to specific regions and all but essential travel to some other regions. There is some risk from unexploded ordnance. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.