There is no visa to South Ossetia, only a permission from the MFA that you are allowed to visit. Permission is granted based on the itinerary you submit, so you will get the amount of days needed to complete your itinerary. Once permission is granted, you will get an e-mail back.
There is no clearance letter like in Abkhazia, but border authorities will (hopefully) know you’re coming. There is no visa system, just a migration card given at entry. You need a multiple entry or double entry Russian visa in order to re-enter Russia. Entry from Georgia is not possible, see South Ossetia border crossings.
To apply for permission, you can send an e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected] (and no longer [email protected]). You can use the following e-mail template. More contacts can possibly be gleamed from the MFA website (hosted on the wonderful .su domain extension!).
To the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Of Republic of South Ossetia
Sanakoev David Georgievich
(Your phone number)
I am (full name). I want to visit Republic of South Ossetia as a tourist in a period from to .
Below this, write your exact entry and exit dates and the places you want to visit in a fairly detailed itinerary.
Date (Your Signature)