Is it possible currently (November 2011) to visit the rebel province of Abkhazia from the rest of the Republic of Georgia? (Russia regards it as independent since 2008 but most or all other countries regard it as still part of Georgia)
I had heard that it was not allowed by the Georgian government and that soldiers would actively prevent anyone trying to do so.
But that was a while ago and things can and do change quickly and this is not a part of the world where such news quickly becomes known in western countries.
So can I now enter from Georgia and if so what kind of visa/permit would be needed?
If not I assume I can visit from Russia with of course a Russian visa but would I need any other kind of paperwork. And would Georgia let me back in with an Abkhazia stamp in my passport?
I'm not asking about whether any western country issues travel advisories asking me not to visit. I'm aware it's unstable to some degree or other. If there are documented killings or kidnappings of western tourists in the last year that may be relevant however.