Georgia

Georgia
Country: Georgia, a country at the intersection of Europe and Asia, is a former Soviet republic that’s home to Caucasus mountain villages and Black Sea beaches. It’s famous for Vardzia, a sprawling cave monastery dating to the 12th century, and the ancient wine-growing region Kakheti. The capital, Tbilisi, is known for the diverse architecture and mazelike, cobblestone streets of its old town.Its population is nearing 4 million and the primary language is Georgian. 
 
To access emergency services: Dial 112
 
Currency: Georgian lari (GEL)
 
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers:  Before traveling to Georgia, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well. 
 
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expend¬itures. It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu¬ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency. 
 
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers 
 
What to expect in a Georgian hospital: Many new hospitals have been opened in Georgia. They are supplied with new equipment that can be easily used by personnel. Medical treatments and facilities in Georgia are up to Western standard however they are limited. Most facilities are located in Tbilisi and Batumi. Medical costs are also expensive. A comprehensive travel and health insurance is recommended to cover or reimburse and costs incurred.
 
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.  
 
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Georgia: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
 
Georgia-specific helpful health resources: 
 
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC, or the World Health Organization for up-to-date travel notices. 
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