The one viable land crossing into Abkhazia is from Sochi in Russia. The airspace of Abkhazia is crossed by three international airways but due to the conflict with Georgia there are capacity limits on the utilization of sea and airspace. Sukhum airport is recognized as one of the most technically advanced in the territory of the CIS countries, Sukhum airport is not operational yet though there are plans to relaunch it in Summer 2009.
Visa to Abkhazia Those who wish to travel to Abkhazia are kindly requested to fill out and send Abkhaz visa application form directly to the ministry of foreign affairs of Abkhazia MFA of Abkhazia.www.mfaabkhazia.org
On receiving duly submitted documents Consular Service usually needs 5 working days to process the request. As soon as Clearance is ready an applicant will be contacted by the consular officer and entry permit letter will be sent to him/her by fax or e-mail.
The Entry Permit Letter (Clearance letter) only serves as entrance permit to Abkhazia.
Please note that after you enter the Republic of Abkhazia you need to proceed to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia to obtain the actual visa which will serve as an exit permit document. *If there is some information missing or application is not filled dully the Consular Service does not guarantee that visa will be granted.
There are two types of visas for Abkhazia: single and multi-entry and transit visas; Nationals of the CIS countries (Commonwealth of Independent States) can enter and leave Abkhazia without a visa:
NOTICE!!!: For those who travel to Abkhazia via Russia, the transit, double entry or multiple Russian visa is required in order to be eligible to re-enter territory of the Russian Federation after visiting Abkhazia