DRI: Getting 10-day "visas" to enter the territory of Abkhazia is twice more expensive for ethnic Georgians
Entry into and exit from the territory of occupied Abkhazia is regulated by the law adopted by the de facto parliament of Abkhazia in 2016. The so-called legislative act "On entry into the Republic of Abkhazia and exit from the Republic of Abkhazia" establishes the list of documents necessary to enter Abkhazia and determines the types of visas.
Getting a visa to enter Abkhazia is difficult and involves several stages of procedure. According to the information available to the Democracy Research Institute, the procedure is particularly difficult for ethnic Georgians. The number of people who want to come to the territory of Abkhazia from the territory controlled by the central government is not small and the desire to come is mainly related to visiting the graves of ancestors or close relatives.
In order to move to the territory of occupied Abkhazia, ethnic Georgians have to get the so-called visa, which is usually issued for 10 days. According to the information available to the Democracy Research Institute, visas are not issued without a bribe, the amount of which is two times higher for ethnic Georgians.