Georgia risks

This item appears on page 22 of the April 2009 issue.

The Department of State warns travelers to Georgia not to go to the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and to be aware of the potential for gunfire, violence and increased risk of crime in the region.

The US Embassy in Tbilisi has limited travel for its employees in areas adjacent to South Ossetia, to include all roads north of the M-1 (East/West Highway) that lead to the region of South Ossetia; areas adjacent to Abkhazia, including the Tsalenjikha district of the Samegrelo region, and the region of the Pankisi Gorge, north of the city Akhmeta, up to the border with Russia.