Country in the Caucasus bordering Turkey, Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Former republic of the USSR with a unique language and alphabet.

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What language to use in Georgia (the country)? Is English widely spoken?

I don't speak Georgian. I have been told not to use the little Russian that I know because it might be problematic considering the edgy relationship with Russia. My question is which language should I ...
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Is the border between Georgia and Russia open to citizens of other countries?

I know the one border between the Republic of Georgia and Russia that is not in a rebel province was officially opened in the last couple of years... but reports are conflicting as to whether people ...
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Crossing from Georgia into Turkey

Going from Georgia into Turkey overland—can you do that without problems? (Assume no visa requirement for either country.) What border crossing points are there? Also, what are the public transport ...
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Name of Georgian lemonade?

This summer I ate in a Georgian restaurant in Krakow, Poland. The food was really good, but especially tasty was the Georgian lemonade. I can't remember the name, but a friend of mine is going to ...
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Is it possible for a tourist to visit South Ossetia?

South Ossetia is a rebel provice of the Republic of Georgia recognized and supported by Russia as an independent state since 2008 but recognized by most countries in the world as part of the Republic ...
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Do people in Georgia (the country) have any dislike of Muslims?

I'm an Egyptian medicine student, and I will be going to Georgia on an exchange program in February. I am a Muslim and I wear the head scarf, not black or anything, colorful headscarves with regular ...
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Will I need to take special precautions for spending the winter in Tbilisi, Georgia?

I'm on my way to Tbilisi Georgia where I plan to stay all winter and since I'm from a warm country I'd like to know how cold it will get and whether I will need to invest in some winter clothing and ...
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What are the bus (coach) connections from Thessaloniki, Greece to Tbilisi, Georgia?

Well I'm worried the bad weather has set in and I have to switch from hitchhiking to public transport. I know there are buses from Istanbul to Tbilisi but I wonder if there might even be a direct bus ...
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Ferry connection between Crimea (Ukraine) and Georgia?

Is there any reliable ferry connection between Crimea on Ukraine and Georgia? Does anyone have any information on that?
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Are there any ferries currently running on the Black Sea between Romania and the Republic of Georgia?

I plan to visit Romania and the Republic of Georgia this year and would love to consider the possibility of travelling between them on the Black Sea. I know both countries have various ports and have ...
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Are there open air hot springs in natural settings in the mountains of Georgia (the country)?

After we had our first snow here in Tbilisi a few days ago and then chatting with a Japanese friend online I started to wonder... I know Georgia has no shortage of mountains or natural mineral water ...
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Can I apply for a Russian visa from the Republic of Georgia?

I will be in the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus in a few months and am considering a side trip to Russia; either via the Black Sea to Sochi or across the one land border that is apparently open ...
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Has the Stalin Musem in Batumi shut down for good or will it reopen?

So there is a very famous Stalin Museum in Gori, Georgia and it is definitely going strong. But there is another far less well known Stalin Museum in Batumi, Georgia that I had heard mentioned ...
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Are there plans to reopen the cable cars / aerial tramways in Tbilisi Georgia?

In Tbilisi Georgia there used to be a network of aerial tramways / cable cars which operated in various parts of the city: Georgian National Academy of Sciences on Shota Rustaveli Avenue Vake Park ...
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Truth about Georgian tap water (aka. can you trust canidrinkthewater.org?)

There seems to be some contradictory information on Georgian tap water around. I was in Georgia recently (May 2012) for nearly a week, and mostly stayed in Tbilisi (in a hostel in an old building ...
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Can I apply for an Iranian visa in the Republic of Georgia?

I've done a bit of searching on the net and haven't come up with much. I intend to stay in the Republic of Georgia for a while and at some point take a trip to Iran. As an Australian citizen I ...
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Issues when camping during trek in Georgia?

What should I consider when planning to sleep in tents during trekking in Georgia? We plan to move for about 2 weeks to Georgia, about half that time in cities, half in the mountains. The tourist ...
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Does the Ukraine-Georgia ferry go via Russia and if so must I have a Russian visa even if I don't disembark?

Previously we had a question about ferries between Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia. The answer was that the company UkrFerry has such a route but I'm unsure of the details and the site seems to be ...
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Where can I exchange Georgian Lari in the United States?

I have some Georgian Lari and I'm going to the US in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone knew any outlets (in the cities mentioned) where I could exchange it for US dollars? So hard to find ...
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How can I contact the Visa Card office from Georgia? (The country in the Caucasus)

It seems I lost my wallet last night. So it's time to cancel my cards but I'm on the other side of the world. In my experience in the hospitality industry and having lost Visa cards twice before ...
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Trains between Tbilisi and Batumi

How to get by train from Tbilisi to Batumi (on the Black Sea coast)? There should be trains, but the "Traffic General Schedule" on Georgian Railway's site does not mention Batumi (except for a ...
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Trekking in Georgian Tusheti region? Safety?

We're planning a hiking trip to the Georgian Greater Caucasus. But does anybody know issues about safety? Terrorism (Chechnya, Dagestan just on the other side of the range)? Minefields along border ...
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Where is the closest free beach where free camping is permitted to Georgia, the country?

When winter is over in Tbilisi and I can start hitchhiking again it would be good to find a nice warm free beach to camp on for a while. I know there is Vama Veche on the Black Sea in Romania, but ...
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Are anti-influenza drugs containing pseudoephedrine legal in Georgia?

Are the drugs against influenza, that contains pseudoephedrine, legal in Georgia? Can I put them into my travel first-aid kit when traveling by plane? This drugs have worked very well for me when ...
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Ferry connection between Crimea - Kerch and Georgia?

Does anybody know if the ferry service is bacK? I will need it next spring - 2014.
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Crossing into South Ossetia (Tskhinvali) from Gori

I've been reading various conflicting information about visiting Tskhinvali. Are there buses or marshrutkas leaving Gori going into Tskhinvali? Would I have to get permission from the Ministry of ...
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Is it really permitted for travellers to work while visiting Georgia on a tourist visa?

Last night at a party with lots of expats and Georgians the topic came up that foreigners don't need any special visa or work permit to work in Georgia while they are visiting the country as tourists. ...
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Where can I find details of the bus between Tbilisi Georgia and Baku Azerbaijan?

WikiTravel and other easily Google-able sources tell me there are buses that run between the Georgian and Azeri capital cities, but no details. I'd like to know the follow for a Chinese guest who just ...
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Is it possible to visit Abkhazia by land from Georgia?

Is it possible currently (November 2011) to visit the rebel province of Abkhazia from the rest of the Republic of Georgia? (Russia regards it as independent since 2008 but most or all other countries ...
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What would be the closest place to surf to Tbilisi, Georgia?

Being an Australian and travelling a lot, people are always asking me if I can surf - apparently that's a stereotype of us. So right now I'm on the other side of the world in Tbilisi, Georgia and ...
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What is the price of ferries between Bulgaria and Georgia?

A previous question about Romania and Georgia mentioned that there are ferry connections between Bulgaria and Georgia. Somebody I've met at my new hostel is interested in just a ferry so I dug up that ...
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Which route did the old Tbilisi-Rostov train route take and is it closed only for political reasons?

This answer to the question about Tbilisi to Moscow mentions a train route that is currently not running between Tbilisi and Rostov. Where did this route cross the Georgia border and what other ...
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Is it possible to get a train from Georgia to Moscow?

I am thinking of doing a road trip to Georgia, dumping my car there then travelling to Moscow, to continue on the Trans-Siberian to Beijing. Does anyone know if its possible for me to travel over the ...
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One-Way Car Rental from Yerevan to Tbilisi

I would like to rent a car in Yerevan airport, drive it through Armenia, go to Georgia and leave the car in Tbilisi. Are there any companies who offer that kind of service?
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What time does the train from Yerevan arrive in Tbilisi?

Two friends of mine told me they were taking the train yesterday from Yerevan, which would travel overnight, and arrive today in Tbilisi. Unfortunately they didn't tell me what time the train is ...
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Are there money changing facilities at the Turkey/Georgia border, and how good are they?

Soon I hope to cross the border from Turkey to the Republic of Georgia and need to work out my money. To minimize horrendous and unavoidable bank fees I prefer to withdraw larger amounts less ...
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Does the country Georgia have a problem with bears, wolves, or dangerous feral dogs?

Are feral dogs or even wolves or bears present in the Georgian countryside these days? I'm about to hitchhike from Tbilsi to Anaklia and sleep in my tent along the way. Should I expect to encounter ...
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Is there a routes site that works properly for the Republic of Georgia?

We do have a question about alternatives to Google Maps, but it seems to focus on Eastern Europe and even though Georgia is culturally like Europe it's technically in either Western Asia, the Middle ...
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How to find “night and day” decongestant for a head cold when there's a language barrier?

So I've been in Tbilisi, Georgia for almost a week and the temperature is now dropping below zero Celsius sometimes and I have the dubious honour of being the first in my hostel to contract a head ...
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Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?

I've been doing some online searches for a friend staying in my hostel here in Batumi who wants to travel to Istanbul tomorrow. Now I know there are direct buses from various cities in Turkey to ...
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Is there any bus/coach travelling direct from Brussels, Belgium to Tbilisi, Georgia?

Is there any bus/coach travelling direct from Brussels, Belgium to Tbilisi, Georgia? Do you know any agency in Brussels who does this trip?
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How to get to Telavi from Tbilisi by public transport? (Georgia)

My traveller friend here in Tbilisi wants to go visit someone in Kakheti, probably in Telavi. But Georgia is not the most well documented travel destination and we're having trouble finding how to ...
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What international border crossings link Turkey, Georgia and Russia?

Looking to travel from Turkey into Georgia and then Russia with motocycle What international border crossings link Turkey Georgia and Russia? Is it possible to go by ferry from Turkey to Russia?
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Does Georgia (the country) have a museum or sculpture park of Soviet/Communist/Socialist art?

In Budapest, Hungary they have Memento Park. As covered in one of my previous questions, there is the Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. I recall reading that some other former communist ...
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What visa options does a Jordanian citizen have for staying in Georgia (the country) for longer than 30 days?

Unlike myself who can stay in Georgia for 360 days visa-free as a tourist, my friend travelling with a Jordanian passport is only given 30 days on a full-page visa in her passport. Possibly, if she ...
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What time does the Tbilisi to Istanbul bus depart?

I know there are buses running between Istanbul Turkey and Tbilisi Georgia. I know they take about 30 hours and cost about $35. What I don't know is what time they depart Tbilisi and what time ...
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How long can a citizen of Iran stay in Georgia (the country) as a tourist?

I have a friend from Iran here in Tbilisi wondering how long he can stay in the country. I know from another question here that as an Australian I can stay for 360 days, but that answer contains a ...
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Can I take motion sickness drugs with me that contain dimenhydratine, or can it be bought at the destination?

I have moderate motion sickness, especially in non-climatised buses, and the drugs that are working very well for me are those containing dimenhydratine. Is this substance legal in Georgia? Can I ...
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Status of David Gareja - rocky monastery on the top of the mountain

In summer last (2012) year I visited Georgia, and I was with my friends in David Gareja. They were tired, and I decided to climb a hill south of the monastery, on the top of which is a small chapel. A ...
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Mountain rescue and medical care in Georgia?

How does using the mountain rescue and medical care services (in case of emergency) work in Georgia? Is buying insurance required for an EU citizen? If so, how and where can I buy such insurance? I'm ...