Nowadays, it is possible to enter Abkhazia from both Georgia and Russia, and getting a visa is easy. The process and requirements are detailed below. For important border information see border crossings of Abkhazia.
Since April 1st, 2016, only passport holders of countries that recognize Abkhazia as a separate country are allowed a visa-free stay of up to 90 days. These are Transnistria, South Ossetia, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Nauru, Nicaragua and Russia.
Formerly visa-free nations (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine) now need to apply for a visa, like all other nationalities.
Visa types and fees
Single transit visa:
For a period up to 12 hours
For a period up to 24 hours
For a period up to 48 hours
For a period up to 72 hours
Single entry/exit visa:
For a period up to 10 days
For a period up to 30 days
For a period up to 1 year
Multiple entry/exit visa:
For a period up to 3 months
For a period up to 1 year
Up to 12 hours
Up to 24 hours
Up to 48 hours
Up to 72 hours
Up to 10 days
More than 10 days
50 USD for every 10 days
How to apply for a visa to Abkhazia
- Fill in the electronic application (doesn’t work well with Open Office).
- Send your application, together with a copy of your passport (6 months valid after entry)[email protected] or by fax to +7-840-226-39-48. Expect 3-5 business days processing time. In case of previous visits, this may be less. An entry permit letter for visiting the Republic of Abkhazia will be sent to your e-mail address or fax number.
- Have your confirmation letter printed to hand-in at the border.
- Upon your arrival in Abkhazia you must visit the Consular Service within 3 working days in order to receive the visa of the Republic of Abkhazia. The Entry Permit Letter (Clearance letter) only serves as an entrance permit to Abkhazia, it’s not the visa yet.
Visiting the Consular service of Abkhazia
Address: Sakharova 33, Sukhumi (no longer in the MFA building on Lakoba). The visa office is within the building of Repatratsia. Tel: +7 (840) 226-70-69.
The visa fee was previously to be paid in cash, in rubles, to the Consular Service. Nowadays, payment is made by credit card at the desk of the visa officer in Sukhumi’s consular office.
If you don’t have rubles there is an exchange office on Ayayra street (old Prospekt Mira) 1 min from the building. There is also a cash machine that accepts visa cards just opposite the exchange office as well as in other streets within a 10 minute walking radius.
Your visa will be printed as a separate sheet of paper and will not be stuck in your passport.
All updates and questions are welcomed in our Abkhazia visa forum topic.
Visa on arrival
A simplified procedure for obtaining an on-the-spot visa at the new Psou river check points on the Russian-Abkhaz border should have been implemented since mid-April, operating at all hours of the day, according to Georgia Today. We are still waiting for confirmation. Please contact us if you find out more.