Several online articles from late April 2021 (such as this one) indicate that travellers re-entering Russia from Abkhazia must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test. Assuming that this requirement is still in force—or if not, accounting for the possibility that it may be reimposed in the near future—where and how in Abkhazia can a foreign (i.e., non-Abkhaz, non-Russian) tourist get a PCR test that will be accepted by the Russian border and health authorities, and how much will it cost?

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    According to the Google translate version of e.g. this article, covid-19 testing is no longer required for tourists returning to Russia from Abkhazia. As you note, though, the situation could change at any time.
    – mlc
    May 18, 2021 at 1:17
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    @mlc That article describes the rules for "Russian tourists"; it says nothing about tourists without Russian citizenship. (And Russia generally does impose different COVID-related entry requirements for citizens and non-citizens, so it's not safe to assume that the rules for re-entry from Abkhazia apply to all travellers.)
    – Psychonaut
    May 18, 2021 at 6:39
  • Also the article does not say that you need to do a test while in Abkhazia. It is not said explicitly, but I suppose that the article is about standard procedure that every Russian citizen must do after returning from abroad. Namely, they need to do two tests when already in Russia, and stay in self-isolation until the results are available. If this is the case, then you don't need to do test in Abkhazia...
    – Petr
    May 18, 2021 at 7:15
  • ...so basically the article says that even if you go on a bus tour to Abkhazia, you have to follow all the regulations related to coming from another country to Russia, not something that is special for Abkhazia.
    – Petr
    May 18, 2021 at 7:16
  • Well, the current, default rule for non-Russians entering Russia is that they must present a negative PCR test before crossing the border. So if this default rule applies to entering Russia from Abkhazia, then my question about how to get a PCR test in Abkhazia is still very much relevant.
    – Psychonaut
    May 18, 2021 at 7:52


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