COVID-19 Information for Georgia

Last Updated: October 13, 2022 The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers . Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions . Entry and Exit Requirements: Are there COVID-related entry requirements for U.S. citizens? No A COVID-19 vaccination …

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Worldwide Caution – Al-Qa’ida Leader’s Death

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida. Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Event: The U.S. Embassy has seen calls for demonstrations in front of Parliament and in downtown Tbilisi on July 2 and 3.  Crowds have in the past and may block Rustaveli Avenue and other streets during demonstrations.  This can cause traffic disruptions and travel delays. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable. Confrontations …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

June 28, 2022 Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Event: Tbilisi Pride and other LGBTQI+ NGOs and supporters will hold several Pride Week events from June 28, 2022 through July 3, 2022 around the city of Tbilisi. Numerous road closures and police checkpoints are expected to be in place, making travel around the city difficult near these venues, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

June 24, 2022 Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Event: The U.S. Embassy has seen a call for a demonstration in downtown Tbilisi in the evening on June 24.  Crowds have in the past and may block Rustaveli Avenue and other streets during demonstrations. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable. Confrontations and violence among …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

June 16, 2022 Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Event: The U.S. Embassy has seen calls for demonstrations in front of Parliament, in Freedom Square, and in downtown Tbilisi on June 16 and 20.  Crowds have in the past and may block Rustaveli Avenue and other streets during demonstrations. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (June 11, 2022) Location: Countrywide Event:  As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. on June 12, 2022, the CDC will …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy (Tbilisi, Georgia) (May 17, 2022) Location:  Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  IDAHOBIT The U.S. Embassy has received multiple reports of groups calling for demonstrations and marches today across Tbilisi against the LGBTQI+ community.  These groups have indicated they will remain on the streets “until dark” to prevent the LGBTQI+ community from gathering in celebration of …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert – Drifting Mines in the Black Sea  Location:  Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia, Black Sea, Azov Sea Event:  Drifting Mines in the Black Sea There are confirmed reports of an undetermined number of drifting mines in the western Black Sea, at least four of which Turkish and Romanian authorities have intercepted.  Drifting mines pose a …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

(April 4, 2022) Location: Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The U.S. Embassy is currently tracking an expected demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable. Confrontations and violence among event attendees, counterdemonstrators, and police can occur with little or no warning. U.S. government personnel are advised …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia (downtown Tbilisi and in front of Parliament) Event:  The Embassy continues to see impromptu calls for demonstrations, in front of Parliament and in downtown Tbilisi, related to the current Ukraine crisis.  Crowds have blocked and may block Rustaveli Avenue and other streets. This can cause traffic disruptions and travel delays. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: The region Event:  The security situation in Ukraine continues to be unpredictable and may further deteriorate with little notice.  There is credible media reporting of Russian attacks in or near a number of major Ukrainian cities, and further Russian military action can occur at any time without warning. Although the Embassy is unaware of any specific …

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Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Tbilisi, Georgia  Event:  News outlets are reporting an earthquake south of Tbilisi.  U.S. citizens are reminded that Georgia is a high-activity seismic zone and experiences frequent earthquakes. While many earthquakes go unnoticed, Tbilisi experienced a fatal 4.5 magnitude earthquake in April 2002 which resulted in multiple deaths and damage to over 12,000 buildings.  If you’re not home …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (December 31, 2021)  Location: Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season there is the potential for increased crime and acts of violent extremism in Georgia. Planned attacks and criminal activity often occur in crowded public locations such as holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking a demonstration today, December 24, at 4:00 pm.  The announced gathering point is Marjanishvili metro station, continuing to the State Ombudsman’s office on at 80 D. Aghmashenebeli Avenue.  Police presence and security measures are expected. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable. Confrontations and violence …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking a planned large demonstration today, December 21, at 6:00 pm starting at First Republic Square and moving to Parliament and possibly Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. Police presence and security measures are expected. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable. Confrontations and violence among event …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia, countrywide Event:  On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States.  Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Tbilisi City Court area Event:  The Embassy is tracking a demonstration that has reportedly resulted in injuries and clashes between protesters and police near the Tbilisi City Court. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable and confrontations and violence among event attendees, counterdemonstrators, and police can occur with little or no …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Left and right embankment roads along the Mtkvari River, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking an announced protest that could have traffic implications across Tbilisi.  The protest organizers have announced that at 15:00, they intend to block the left and right embankment roads along the Mtkvari river.  The organizers have not announced the location that they …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of the Ministry of Justice and around Didube metro stop, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking demonstrations today (November 12, 2021) in front of the Ministry of Justice and around the Didube metro stop in downtown Tbilisi. The demonstrations have already resulted in reported road closures in the area. The Embassy …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking a demonstration expected today (November 8, 2021) at 8pm in front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi.  A police presence and security measures are already in the area. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable and confrontations and violence among event attendees, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia  Event:  The Embassy is tracking a demonstration today (November 7, 2021) in front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi.  Crowds have already begun blocking Rustaveli Avenue.  A police presence and stage are already in the area. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable and confrontations and …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Worldwide Event:  On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking an unexpected large demonstration today at 7pm in front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable and confrontations and violence among event attendees, counterdemonstrators, and police can occur with little or no warning. U.S. government …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

October 27, 2021 Location: Freedom Square, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking an expected large demonstration today at 5pm in Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds are unpredictable and confrontations and violence among event attendees, counterdemonstrators, and police can occur with little or no warning. U.S. government …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Throughout Georgia Event:  This is election weekend in Georgia.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution and stay observant to possible large crowds of people that may appear to be gathering or protesting.  Georgia has a history of unplanned spontaneous protests which can include violence related to elections.  Particular locations throughout Tbilisi, …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of the Parliament building, downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is tracking a demonstration today at 6pm in front of the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi, against the arrest and imprisonment of those involved in violent attacks on journalists in July 2021.  Several of the groups involved in violence on July 5th and 6th …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Chavchavadze Avenue, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The Embassy is monitoring an ongoing protest outside of the European Union building and the new Hilton Garden Inn located on Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake neighborhood of Tbilisi.  In the last week there have been violent confrontations among supporters of various political parties.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that large crowds …

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Weather Alert

Location: Mukhran Machavariani Street, Tbilisi, Georgia Event: On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze stated that the landslide rehabilitation work on Mukhran Machavariani Street has been completed. Please note that the U.S. Embassy has not had the opportunity to review any technical documents associated with the repairs performed and therefore cannot make a …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Some non-Georgian private citizens who are not permanent residents of Georgia are now eligible for vaccination by the Government of Georgia under its National Vaccination Plan.  Please refer to our COVID-19 page for more information and note that there will likely be a delay between this announcement and final approval of the relevant government …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event: In the wake of the violence of July 5th and 6th, Tbilisi is continuing to see a number of protests at Parliament and other government buildings around the city. Generally, these protests are beginning on Rustaveli at 6pm and continuing into the night, though there have been daytime protests as well. …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event: U.S. government personnel are advised of an ongoing protest of far-right and other groups that have been involved in recent violence in Tbilisi. Around 2,000 to 3,000 people have gathered on Rustaveli Avenue near the Parliament building. Based on recent events, U.S. government personnel are advised to anticipate violence at this …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

A protest is planned today, July 6, in front of the Parliament building at 20:00hrs tonight. U.S. Government personnel are advised that the demonstrators will protest the violent attacks on journalists yesterday that occurred during anti-LGBTQI+ protests. A far-right group that was involved in violence on July 5th and is opposed to LGBTQI+ rights has …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

VIOLENT PROTEST – DOWNTOWN TBILISI The Embassy is tracking multiple protests, including violent confrontations in front of the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi.  Protesters are also gathering at the Philharmonic, the April 9 Park, Rustaveli Metro, and in front of the Kashueti St. George church. These protests have been organized by groups opposed to LGBTQI+ rights. These groups …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Beginning on July 1, 2021, Tbilisi Pride and other LGBTQI+ organizations and supporters will host several Pride Week events around the city. Media reports anti-LGBTQI+ activists’ plan to disrupt this year’s Pride events, and there is a potential of violent confrontations. Many anti-LGBTQI+ activists have also expressed anti-American views. U.S. government …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Beginning on July 1, 2021, Tbilisi Pride and other LGBTQI+ organizations and supporters will host several Pride Week events around the city.   Media reports anti-LGBTQI+ activists’ plan to disrupt this year’s Pride events, and there is a potential of violent confrontations.  Many anti-LGBTQI+ activists have also expressed anti-American views. U.S. government …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

As we reported in December, the Government of Georgia announced that foreign citizens without a residency permit who were in the country legally on March 14, 2020, have been in the country for more than 365 days, and were not able to leave the country due to a qualifying reason may remain until July 1, …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy Tbilisi (May 25, 2021) Location:  Georgia Event:  U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  U.S. government personnel are advised to exercise caution while traveling through downtown Tbilisi. Police are blocking a section of Rustaveli Avenue leading toward Freedom Square due to protest activity. Plan ahead and expect delays this evening. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid large crowds and gatherings. Actions to Take: Avoid …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Downtown Tbilisi Event:  A large demonstration is planned for Sunday, May 23, at 1400 in First Republic Square (the area outside the Radisson Blu Hotel). U.S. government personnel are advised to expect road closures in that area and potential traffic disruption. As a reminder, even large gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into …

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Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near Mukhran Machavariani Street, on the way to BIST and Lisi Lake, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:   Reports of the earth cracking and shifting near Mukhran Machavariani Street raise the potential for a landslide. The area, on the way to the British International School of Tbilisi (BIST) and Lisi Lake, is extremely hazardous.  U.S. government personnel are …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (#2 on February 23, 2021)   Location: State Chancellery building near Freedom Square, Tbilisi Event:  A demonstration is scheduled for 3:00 PM today (February 23) at the State Chancellery building near Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area as there is …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Kakheti Highway near Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  Georgian police are conducting an operation at the United National Movement political party headquarters on Kakheti Highway (main route to the airport) on the outskirts of Tbilisi. Police have blocked the main highway and surrounding roads. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area as there is a …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Tbilisi and around Georgia Event:  Unplanned protests could arise in response to developments regarding the Prime Minister’s resignation and the possibility that the United National Movement opposition party chair could be detained.  While the Embassy is unaware of any scheduled demonstrations in connection with these developments, unannounced gatherings in reaction to these events may take …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Dighomi/Zurgovani areas, Tbilisi, Georgia Event:  The U.S. Embassy is aware of a few suspicious incidents in the Dighomi and Zurgovani areas over the last month.  These incidents involved unknown individuals asking young females to get into their vehicles.  In one case, the police conducted an investigation.  These incidents are good reminders that U.S. citizens in …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia, countrywide Event: This is a reminder to maintain a high level of security awareness during the holiday season. In recent years, transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe focused on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, New Years’ celebrations, shopping malls, airports, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  In response to the continued threat of COVID, the Government of Georgia has instituted new measures to try to control the spread of the disease.  The measures are described below. For the period from November 28 through January 31, the following restrictions are in effect countrywide except as noted below: Movement restriction between …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Georgia will hold runoff parliamentary elections tomorrow (November 21), which may generate pedestrian and vehicle traffic at polling stations throughout the country. Similar to the elections on October 31, large rallies and/or groups of people can appear without advance notice and this may occur throughout the country; street closures should be anticipated. U.S. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Security Alert for U.S. Citizens (November 9, 2020) Location: Major cities in Georgia, countrywide Event: Beginning today (November 9), the Georgian government will impose movement restrictions in major cities between the hours of 10pm and 5am in an effort to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please be aware that during the restricted time, the government will …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 8, 2020) Location: Outside of the Central Election Commission in Tbilisi Event: A demonstration is taking place five minutes south of the U.S. Embassy along Aghmashenebeli Avenue. Police are using riot control measures against a large number of protestors.  Sporadic, short notice or unannounced rallies or protests …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi Event: Reports indicate that a demonstration may occur in front of Parliament in downtown Tbilisi on Sunday, November 8 at 3pm. Sporadic, short notice or unannounced rallies or protests may continue to occur throughout the country in response to the Georgian parliamentary elections. U.S. Government personnel have been advised …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 1, 2020)   Location: Near Parliament in downtown Tbilisi Event: Reports indicate that a demonstration may occur near Parliament in downtown Tbilisi today (Sunday, November 1) at 4pm following the official announcement of parliamentary election results. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: In front of Parliament along Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi and throughout Georgia Event: Georgia will hold parliamentary elections today (Saturday, October 31), which may generate pedestrian and vehicle traffic at polling stations throughout the country. A large rally is scheduled in the afternoon in front of Parliament along Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi; …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi Event: A large scale political rally is scheduled for today (Thursday, October 29) at 6 pm at Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi. Anticipate heavy traffic congestion and street closures in the evening. As the Georgian parliamentary election will take place on Saturday, October 31, other sporadic rallies or protests …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Drop your ballots at the Embassy by noon on Friday, October 23

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Dropboxes are available at the public entrances to the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi and if you choose to drop off your ballot, it must be in a dropbox by noon on Friday, October 23. Dropoff is possible starting at 8:30 am. Place your …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Throughout Georgia, including Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi  Event: A motor rally by European Georgia (AOP) is expected today (Wednesday, October 21) throughout Georgia. The rally will impact downtown Tbilisi and will peak near Freedom Square today at approximately 8pm. Anticipate traffic congestion.  U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a large police …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration by the Alliance of Patriots (AOP) is expected to take place on Saturday, October 3 starting at approximately 5pm. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid areas with a large police presence, which is an indicator of large gatherings, and to exercise caution if in the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens-Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Locations and Events:  September 15 at 3:00 p.m.: A social media-based group will organize a demonstration against government restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic in front of the Georgian Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue. October 3: The Alliance of Patriots political party is staging a political rally near Parliament. October 20 at 7:00 p.m.:  The “Shame Movement” plans to hold a rally at Freedom Square in the vicinity of Parliament. …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Adjara region Event: Increased number of positive cases in the Adjara region, Georgia Due to the recent increased number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Adjara region, personnel should reconsider travel and/or take increased precautions before traveling to this region These increases are a strong reminder to wear masks, social distance, and wash hands …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #22 under COVID

VOTE: Request your ballot for November U.S. Presidential Election: If you are eligible to vote in the November U.S. Presidential Election, register for your absentee ballot. Go to  www.fvap.gov  for more info. Key links and FAQs also available on our website  here . ___________________ **Travel & COVID-19 ** See below for information on departing Georgia, entering Georgia, staying in Georgia, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #21 under COVID

VOTE: One Week Left to request your ballot for November U.S. Presidential Election: If you are eligible to vote, register for your absentee ballot by August 1. Go to  www.fvap.gov  for more info. Key links and FAQs also available on our website  here . ___________________ **Travel & COVID-19 ** See below for information on entering Georgia, departing Georgia, staying in Georgia, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #18 on Flights and More

(NEW) Restrictions on International Commercial Flights Extended until July 31. Yesterday, the Government of Georgia announced that restrictions on international commercial flights will remain in place until July 31, due to the current pandemic situation globally. Likewise, the entry ban for foreign citizens and mandatory 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving in the country from abroad …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #17 on COVID and More

Ambassador’s Virtual Town Hall: Thanks to those who tuned in on Wednesday or sent questions for our Virtual Town Hall as Ambassador Degnan and Consular staff discussed absentee voting, the current COVID situation and more. If you missed it, the recording is available on YouTube here and key information is repeated below. VOTING: Make your vote …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia   Location: Parliament-downtown Tbilisi, June 20, 2020 Event: A large rally entitled “Together Against Occupation” is scheduled to take place in front of the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi on Saturday, June 20 at approximately 1900 hours.  The event is being held to commemorate the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #16 on Flights

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #16 on Flights (June 12, 2020) Embassy Operations: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to provide passport, citizenship and emergency services for U.S. citizens, and emergency visa appointments on a very limited basis. Please  contact us  if you have any questions or to make an appointment. (UPDATE) Coming to Georgia in July: On …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Georgia COVID-19 Update #15

Message for U.S. Citizens: Georgia COVID-19 Update #15   Embassy Operations: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi continues to provide passport, citizenship, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, and emergency visa appointments on a very limited basis. Please  contact us  if you have any questions or to make an appointment. Status of Public and Commercial Services: The total …

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ALERT: State of Emergency Lifted; Some Restrictions Continue

Location: Georgia, countrywide   Event: The Georgian Government announced that the State of Emergency will be lifted as of midnight tonight, Friday, May 22, although some restrictions will remain in place. Wearing face coverings in closed areas and keeping a 2-meter social distance to prevent the spread of the virus are still mandatory. The nighttime curfew …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #13 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #13 on Flight Availability (May 20, 2020)   In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages and current status information are posted on the embassy’s website .  FLIGHTS: We are happy to share news that Georgian Airways has announced additional flights in June that may work for U.S. citizens still seeking …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #12 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #12 on Flight Availability (May 15, 2020)   In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages and current status information are posted on the embassy’s website .  IMPORTANT UPDATE ON FLIGHTS! Based on instructions from the Government of Georgia, no airline will operate regular commercial flights to/from Tbilisi until …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #11 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #11 on Flight Availability (May 11, 2020)   FLIGHTS: Shortly after our message last Friday , we learned that Georgian Airways added a few more flights for the upcoming weeks. The complete list we have today is below. Please consult a travel agent or airline representative to book these flights or find out what connections are …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #10 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #10 on Flight Availability (May 8, 2020)   In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages are posted on the embassy’s website .  FLIGHTS: Some airlines (Georgian, Qatar, Turkish, Aegean) have announced their intention to resume regular Tbilisi flights sometime between the end of May and beginning of July. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #9 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #9 on Flight Availability (April 30, 2020) In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages are posted on the embassy’s website .  FLIGHTS: The only upcoming flight with direct connecting flights to/from the U.S. is the May 7 Amsterdam flight. We strongly encourage U.S. citizens seeking to depart Georgia …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #8 New Flights Added

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #8 New Flights Added (April 22, 2020)   More flights: Minutes after sending our last message, we received news about a few more flights and changes. While we do not have details yet, but this may aid in your planning since these are larger airports with more connection possibilities:  05 May – Tbilisi to Athens 07 May – Tbilisi to Amsterdam 09 May …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #7 on Flight Availability

Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #7 on Flight Availability (April 22, 2020)    In Case You Missed It: All of our previous COVID-19 messages are posted on the  embassy’s website .   If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Georgia, are trying to get to the United States, and have not yet been in touch with the embassy  please contact us .   Getting to the Airport: Due to the current restrictions on local movement including the curfew and prohibition on …

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ALERT: Extension of Prohibition on Car Traffic until April 27; State of Emergency until May 22

ALERT: Extension of Prohibition on Car Traffic until April 27; State of Emergency until May 22 (April 21, 2020)   Location: Georgia, countrywide  Event: The Georgian government announced today that the prohibition on car traffic has been extended until 6:00am on Monday, April 27. This includes taxis but does not apply to cargo transportation and delivery …

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ALERT: Prohibition on Car Traffic starting 12 noon Friday, April 17

Location: Georgia, countrywide Event: The Georgian government has announced a complete prohibition of all car traffic beginning at noon (12 p.m.) on Friday April 17 through Tuesday April 21 (time TBD). This will include taxis.  The restriction does not apply to cargo transportation and delivery vehicles. Pedestrian movement is allowed. Although grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open, we recommend you use delivery services instead, which …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Virtual Town Hall Chat for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Kelly Degnan

Message for U.S. Citizens: SAVE THE DATE – Virtual Town Hall Chat for U.S. Citizens with Ambassador Kelly Degnan    U.S. citizens in Georgia are invited to participate in a “virtual” Town Hall Meeting and live, online chat opportunity with U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Kelly Degnan.  Submit your questions in advance to AskConsulTbilisi@state.gov , OR during the chat, you can log in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #3 on Flight Availability

IMPORTANT: If you are a U.S. citizen currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy now.  All U.S. citizens in Georgia: These are uncertain times, and the world is facing unprecedented challenges. Your safety and welfare are our highest priorities.  Please (please) enroll in our  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  so you will receive emails from …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  On March 30, the government of Georgia announced additional restrictive measures on movement and gatherings throughout the country in a continuing attempt to contain and curtail the outbreak of COVID-19.  The language of the announcement is available on its website (Georgian only). The restrictions include the following: Effective March 31 at 8:00 a.m., …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE #2 on Flight Availability

If you are currently in Georgia and are trying to get to the United States, please contact the embassy The U.S. Embassy has confirmed availability of seats on commercial flights leaving Georgia on the dates below. Please contact the airlines or a travel agent directly to book these flights. These are not U.S. government-operated or funded flights. Availability and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: New Flight Availability to London

The Embassy has received updated information regarding upcoming commercial outbound flights from Tbilisi on Georgian Airways. Seats should now be available for purchase on the following: 31 March – Tbilisi to Amsterdam 4 April – Tbilisi to London (NEW) If you are seeking to depart Georgia, contact Georgian Airways directly (head office located at Rustaveli Ave. #12, Tbilisi) or …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia Event:  Today, March 21, Georgia declared a state of emergency, allowing the government to take additional steps to minimize the risk of infection during the outbreak of COVID-19. WHAT THE STATE OF EMERGENCY MEANS: All retail outlets in the country will be closed except for pharmacy chains, grocery stores, gas stations, banking outlets, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (January 6, 2020)

Location: Georgia Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy has implemented additional security measures as a precaution.  U.S. government personnel are instructed to exercise a higher level of personal security awareness. The Embassy will continue to review …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Along Rustaveli Avenue and Freedom Square in downtown Tbilisi at approximately 3:00pm on Saturday, December 14 Event: A potentially large political rally is expected to take place.  Counterdemonstrations could occur as well, which may lead to confrontations.  Patrol Police may close Rustaveli Avenue from Republic to Freedom squares starting before 3:00pm until the rally …

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Security Awareness During the Holiday Season

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (December 9, 2019) Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi and in various locations around Georgia, November 15-17 Event: Potential for Ongoing Demonstration Activities Protest activity to continue today and throughout the weekend, especially around the Parliament building and Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi. In particular, multiple large demonstrations are anticipated on Sunday afternoon and evening (November …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Outside the Parliament building in downtown Tbilisi Event: Potential Protest Activity at Parliament building on November 14, 2019.  There have been calls for a larger demonstration at 19:00pm. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations and to prepare for anticipated traffic delays and disruptions in that area. Actions to …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia (November 7, 2019) Location: Cinema locations in Tbilisi and Batumi, November 8-10 at various showtimes between 7:00pm and 11:00pm. Event: Potential Protest Activity at Movie Screenings Various groups are calling for protests against the screening of the movie “And Then We Danced” in Georgia November 8 – 10.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

September 20, 2019 Location: Outside the Parliament building on Rustaveli Avenue in downtown Tbilisi Event: A demonstration is expected to take place at approximately 7:00pm today (Friday, September 20) to mark the three month anniversary since the protest activities on June 20.  Some streets may be closed.  U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Near the Administrative Boundary Line with Russian-occupied South Ossetia Event: In light of current events, we remind U.S. citizens to avoid traveling near the administrative boundary line (ABL) that divides South Ossetia from Tbilisi-administered territory.  U.S. Embassy personnel are restricted from traveling in the vicinity of the ABLs of the Russian-occupied regions of both …

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Ongoing Demonstration Activities in Downtown Tbilisi

Date/Location: Daily demonstrations around 7:00pm in front of the Parliament Building and along Rustaveli Avenue may continue in the foreseeable future. Event: The overall level of tension surrounding the protest events of the past week has decreased, but regular and/or sporadic demonstrations may continue. Be prepared for the possibility of road closures, a large police …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23: Possible protest activities in downtown Tbilisi, especially along Rustaveli Avenue in the vicinity of Parliament. Possible targeting of Americans at venues throughout the city known to attract American and European patrons. Event: Following the violent escalation of last night’s demonstrations in downtown Tbilisi, including use of tear …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

  Date/Location: Saturday, June 22: A parade and/or public event in downtown Tbilisi, exact location still to be confirmed. Event: Members and supporters of the LGBTQI community plan to hold a parade and/or public event to mark Pride Week on Saturday, June 22. We anticipate the event could draw sizable crowds. This is the first …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Date/Location: May 9:  Gathering near Vake Park at 10:00 am to commemorate World War II Victory Day May 17:  Possible rallies or marches at 5:00 pm near the State Chancellery of Georgia building and the Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi in support of Georgian “Family Purity Day” and/or LGBTQI rights May 19:  By-elections in the Mtatsminda …

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Security Awareness During the Holiday Season U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Georgia, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, we remind U.S. citizens that there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including in Georgia.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, …

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Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Georgia Event:  Lead in Local Spices – In recent testing of local spices, the U.S. Embassy found two samples (Khmeli Suneli and Yellow Flower) that significantly exceeded the World Health Organization’s recommended limit for lead contamination. Both were manufactured by GEO-Group and sold at Agrohub. In separate testing this year, the Georgian National Food …

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Voting in 2018 Elections

The November 6, 2018 mid-term U.S. election is fast approaching!  We encourage U.S. citizens who have registered as absentee voters to return their ballots ASAP. How to return your ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically (fax, email, or online). If your state requires you to mail in a paper ballot, …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location:  Downtown Tbilisi or Polling Stations on Election Day, October 28 Event: The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that impromptu or unannounced rallies or protests could occur in the days leading up to, or during the Georgian Presidential Election, scheduled for Sunday, October 28.  The City of Tbilisi has reported possible activity beginning today, October 19. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Tbilisi and Batumi, Georgia: Tbilisi (7pm): downtown near Dinamo Sports Arena, and then a march via Aghmashenebeli Avenue towards Marjanishvili Square Batumi (4pm): Tbeli Abuseridze Church on Javakhishvili Street, then moving towards Batumi City Hall Rose Garden, then along Kutaisi Street …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Downtown 51 Chavchavadze Avenue in the Vake District Event: The U.S. Embassy is aware that there will be numerous events and activities this evening (August 7) throughout downtown Tbilisi commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the 2008 Georgia-Russia War.  …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Avenue from Rose Revolution Square to Freedom Square There is a strong possibility that the area from Philharmonic Concert Hall to Freedom Square will be closed to vehicles and open only for pedestrians until the rallies are over. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia: Rustaveli Avenue from Rose Revolution Square to Freedom Square There is a strong possibility that the area from Philharmonic Concert Hall to Freedom Square will be closed to vehicles and open only for pedestrians until the rallies are over. …

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