Abkhazia Travel Guide

The region of Abkhazia is divided into two major parts: the highly urban region to the north, known as Sukhumvit and the less developed Abkhazia to the south, known as Khmelnitska. Sukhumvit is home to the capital, Tblisi, and a large portion of Abkhazia's industrial growth is centered around Tblisi. Khmelnitska is the home of the Black Sea port of Naveri, where most of Abkhazia's sea shipping trade occurs.

Abkhazia Seaport

Abkhazia's most important industry is the sea port at Naveri. The port was built in 1969, and houses three dry-docked tugboats, as well as one factory ship. Tug boats have a long shore line and a cargo loading facility, as well as a large floating dry-dock. The tugboats are operated by a corporation called Torkalevsky, which is partially owned by the Khmelnitsk factories. Most of the factories manufacture coatings for everything from metal to electronics, and many of their products are exported to Russia.


From the airport, you can take buses or minibuses to reach the various destinations of Abkhazia; some of the major towns you will want to visit are Batrium, Ras Shamla, Sukhumvit, Tsemberiy and Sokhumi. Abkhazia's main markets are located in Sukhumvit, where the majority of the indigenous people still live. There is also a huge market in Tsemberiy, where large numbers of tourists from western Europe come to buy traditional carpets, wooden temple sculptures and pottery.

Abkhazi SIM Cards

If you stay at a hotel in Abkhazia, be sure to ask for a hotel in Sukhumvit with a local SIM card. This is because in the places in Abkhazia where there are shops that have local SIM cards (known as Kharkov sim cards in Russian), you won't be able to get yours out of one of the many kiosks in the local market. However, if you go out in the markets to purchase something, such as rubles or foreign currencies, you can use your existing Kharkov sim card to withdraw money. In addition to this, shops in Abkhazia that have local SIM cards also offer prepaid phone cards that can be used abroad.

Kharkov Temple

The most famous landmark of Abkhazia is the great Kharkov temple, which is located inside the city and is built of marble. It was destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilding it is a symbol of peace. Today, the temple is open to people who come to witness its light and is also for weddings.

Abkhazia Travel FAQs

Are vaccinations required before travelling to Abkhazia?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Abkhazia are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to Abkhazia?

For up to date information around safety and security in Abkhazia read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for Abkhazia.

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Best time to visit Abkhazia?

The best time to visit the region Abkhazia in Georgia is from june until september, when you will have a pleasant or warm temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in Abkhazia is 27°C in july and the lowest is 8°C in january.

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Do I need a Visa for Abkhazia?

The security clearance is not a visa but just the key to enter Abkhazia. Once you are in Abkhazia, you need to pick up your visa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sukhumi, within 2-3 days of your arrival.

See which forms you may need for entry into Abkhazia.

What currency do i need in Abkhazia?

The official currency of Abkhazia is the Russian Ruble (RUB). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Abkhazia you can grab amazing Russian Ruble deals via Wise.com (GBP to RUB).

What wildlife live in Abkhazia?

Abkhazia's lakes, streams, and sea are populated by great sturgeon, common sturgeon, mullet, Black Sea salmon, Pontic shad, five species of mullet, European plaice, Atlantic horse mackerel, spiny dogfish, mullets, European anchovies, and other fish species. A considerable amount of Black Sea salmon is spawned in Abkhazia's pure streams. Salmon and brown trout are the most traditionally and widely fished species.

What is the traditional food of Abkhazia?

One Abkhazian staple dish is mamalyga (abysta), or corn meal boiled in water with no salt added. Its high starch, vitamin B1, and fiber content makes it a very healthy food.

What Languages are spoken in Abkhazia?

Nowadays Abkhazian language is represented in Republic of Abkhazia by two dialects: they are - Abzuyian and Bzypian. The Abzuyian dialect is the basis of literary language. You can learn some basic Abzuyian before you travel to Abkhazia and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in Abkhazia?

The currency in Abkhazia is the Russian Ruble (In cafes and restaurants in the bill already included a service charge, as well as in hotels).

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Where can I find a local travel expert for Abkhazia?

Local Abkhazia travel experts are available.

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