Security Message for U.S. Citizens (December 23, 2015): Holiday Season Security Awareness

United States Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Holiday Season Security Awareness

December 23, 2015

The U.S. Embassy Tbilisi reminds U.S. citizens in Georgia that, while the holidays are a festive time, there may also be increased security risks due to criminal activity, increased drunken driving, fireworks displays without adequate safety precautions, and the practice of celebratory gunfire.

The risk of petty crime is increased late at night and very early in the morning around bars, nightclubs, and other large gatherings.  Criminals may perceive people traveling alone or who have been drinking alcohol as easy targets, so consider using the buddy system as part of your personal security practices.

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, including reading the Safety and Security section of Georgia’s Country Specific Information page linked below.

For further information about security in Georgia:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Georgia’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Georgia located at 11 George Balanchine Street, at +995 (32) 227 7724, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens: +995 (32) 227 7000.
  • 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).