Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Recent Reports of Sexual Assaults

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi informs U.S. citizens that it has recently received several reports from victims of harassment and sexual assault in Tbilisi. Reported incidents have included verbal harassment and intimidating advances, unwanted touching and groping, and sexual assault, including rape. It does not appear that victims were targeted because they were U.S. citizens, but rather targets of opportunity. The reported incidents occurred in several Tbilisi neighborhoods, including the Vake neighborhood, on a trail around Lisi Lake, and in taxis.

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security, remain aware of your surroundings, and be aware of the risk of sexual assault while traveling. Use marked, registered taxis, and consider sitting in the back seat rather than the front. When possible, avoid traveling alone in secluded or unfamiliar areas. Keep your mobile phone charged and with you at all times, and, if you are the victim of an attempted assault or feel threatened, contact the local police emergency number by dialing 112.

For further information about security in Georgia:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Georgia 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 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is + 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).
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