Health & safety
Tbilisi has shaken off the very bad reputation it once had for muggings and street violence. We never felt endangered nor heard of any crimes affecting foreigners while researching this edition.
However, Western governments do warn that travellers may still be subject to petty theft and even assaults, urging care on the metro, in marshrutkas (minibuses), and off the main streets in the city centre and the Vake, Vere and Saburtalo districts, especially after dark. Taxis are inexpensive, so don’t hesitate to take one if you’re uneasy about walking or taking public transport.
Private Western-standard medical facilities, all with 24-hour emergency service, include these:
Curatio (921592, emergency 901; www.curatio.com; Vazha Pshavela 27B) Has English-speaking GPs and provides home visits, in-person consultations and free telephone consultations round the clock.
IMSS (920928; www.imss.ge; fax 920928; Makashvili 31) Consultations (US$80, follow-up US$40) and 24-hour Western-standard inpatient care available with UK- or US-trained doctors. All staff speak English.
MediClubGeorgia (251991, emergency 899581991; www.mcg.com.ge; Chavchavadzis gamziri 5) All doctors speak English.
Medicines are widely available at pharmacies (aptiaqi in Georgian, but often signed ‘Apotheka’). Even if your Western brand name is not stocked, they will usually have a chemically identical local version. Twenty-four-hour pharmacies include these:
Aversi (Pushkin 11)
Aversi (Chavchavadzis gamziri 54)
PMG (Marjanishvili 33)
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