Germany has today included Georgia on a list of dangerous locations that it advises citizens not to travel to without proper precautions.
Among the reasons given for the reclassification was the threat of terrorism and crime, which Germany views as high. Further concerns were raised regarding the ongoing situations in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are also viewed as potential dangers.
In particular Germans were advised against visiting the breakaway regions of South Ossetia or Abkhazia, especially if attempting to cross over the Russian border.
In response to his country’s new status Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani stated that travellers and holidaymakers have little reason to be concerned by Germany’s actions, noting that the decision was influenced by events in the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two areas which his government views as being illegally occupied.
Georgia now sits alongside countries such as Libya, Yemen and South Sudan as locations German citizens are advised against travelling to.