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A few recommendations for tourists coming to Georgia

Georgia, like every country, has its own peculiarities, culture and traditions. The locals have always been characterized by hospitality and cordiality.

In order to make your trip perfect, and you do not get into different delicate situations, we recommend you to familiarize yourself with some unspoken rules.

Respect local customs and traditions

Clothing

  • When visiting temples and monasteries, dress modestly: cover your shoulders and knees.
  • It is not recommended to wear shorts, T-shirts with open shoulders, beachwear in tourist places.
  • It is not recommended for women to be in pants and with uncovered head when visiting temples.

Behavior

  • Do not speak in raised tones, Georgians appreciate politeness, so do not swear, especially to locals, do not use rude language even as a joke.
  • Do not take photos and videos in churches without permission.
  • Treat elders with respect.
  • Do not touch strangers, especially children.

Religion

  • Georgia is an Orthodox country. Avoid topics related to politics and religion in conversations with locals. Especially do not bring up topics about territorial conflicts.
  • Do not criticize the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Do not refuse to have a meal

feast in Georgia
  • Georgian feasting is an important part of the culture. If you are invited to a meal, don't refuse.
  • Politely taste all the food and drinks offered.
  • Don't be in a hurry to leave; feasts in Georgia can last several hours.
  • Do not criticize Georgian cuisine and dishes, even if you do not like them - Georgians are very proud of their cuisine.
  • Try not to leave food on your plate.

Be careful

  • It is not recommended to drink tap water in Georgia.
  • Buy bottled water.
  • Change money only in banks or authorized currency exchange points and avoid "changers" on the street
  • Do not leave a restaurant without paying. 
  • Leave 10-15% of the order amount as a tip, waiters in Georgia do not always include tips in the bill.
  • Try to avoid gypsies, of which there are plenty in Georgia.
  • Do not enter private property without permission. In rural areas this is especially important.
  • Do not break traffic rules, some drivers in Georgia can be quite aggressive. Be careful on the road, especially if you plan to rent a car.

Following these simple tips, you will be able to avoid unpleasant situations and make your trip to Georgia as comfortable, safe and interesting as possible.

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