Security Awareness during the Holiday Season

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Security Awareness during the Holiday Season

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi reminds U.S. citizens in Georgia to maintain their security awareness during the holiday season.  Note that in addition to New Year’s Eve, Georgians celebrate Christmas Day on January 7 in 2018.  Large holiday gatherings may provide an attractive target for criminals and terrorists.  U.S. citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and exercise good personal security practices.

Holiday parties could result in a higher number of inebriated drivers on the roads later at night and early in the morning.  Exercise caution when driving and plan responsibly if you plan to drink.

Individuals traveling alone and especially those who have been drinking alcohol may become easy targets for assault and robbery.  Use the buddy system and for your safety travel in groups.

Georgian holiday celebrations often include fireworks, professional or amateur, or even celebratory gunfire.  Exercise caution accordingly.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

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  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Georgia, located at 11 George Balanchine Street Tbilisi at + (995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30), after hours number +(995)(32) 227-7000, or by e-mail at , or visit the Embassy website at
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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