Currency and money in Abkhazia

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In Abkhazia is officially in the course of the Russian rouble. All calculations in the country in stores, money transfers, government payments, everything is made in rubles. In some tourist places accept dollars or euros, but the exchange rate calculations are not profitable, much more profitable everywhere to pay in rubles.

In addition to ruble in Abkhazia there is also the national currency of the apsaras, but as a means of payment, it is not used, and has value only to collectors.

What currency to take to Abkhazia

If you are coming from Russia, the need to go, of course, with rubles. No limit on the amount of imported currency, but the amount of cash currency in an equivalent more than 10 000 US dollars for one person subject to Declaration (see customs regulations Abkhazia).

If you are traveling to Abkhazia from Russia and you're holding dollars, euros or another currency, it is best to exchange it for rubles at home or on the territory of the Russian Federation. This can be done even on the way from the airport Adler in banks or exchange offices Adler. If this do not succeed, something will have to change dollars or euros in Abkhazia at an unfavorable rate. Besides currency exchange for rubles in Abkhazia tourists are not so simple, because banks are very few, and they work on an inconvenient schedule. Remain private exchange offices, but these are of course even more understated.

Plastic cards in Abkhazia

Plastic cards in Abkhazia inconvenient to use. To pay by card almost anywhere is impossible, except that when booking a hotel, sightseeing tours or tickets through the Internet. You can withdraw cash at ATMs of local banks or POS-terminals in banks, but very few of them. ATMs and branches of the Russian or foreign banks here. For cash withdrawals at ATMs additional fee is not charged (only the Commission of your Bank and the fee for conversion if the map is not the ruble), for withdrawal at POS-terminals removed 2% of the withdrawal amount.

Address of the Bank of Abkhazia for cash withdrawals or currency exchange

Gagra

  • "GAGRA-BANK", ul. Demerjian, 28-a, hours: 09:30-17:00, sat, sun – closed

Sukhum

  • "GARANT-BANK", Pushkin street, 21, hours: 09:30-17:00, sat, sun – closed
  • "KIBIT-Bank" Prospekt Leona, 9, hours: 09:30-17:00, sat, sun – closed
  • "SUKHUM-BANK", Avenue Leon, 31A, Eshba str., 166 (TC, "SUKHUM-MARKET"), mode of operation: 09:00-23:00, sat, sun – closed
  • "UNIVERSAL-BANK", Lakoba str., 31, hours: 09:30-17:00, sat, sun – closed
  • "Chernomorskij Bank of development", Lakoba str., 31, hours: 09.30 to 17.00, sat, sun – closed

ATMs in Abkhazia

Gagra

  • street Abasgia 57/1 ("UNIVERSAL-BANK")
  • street Abasgia, 55/4 (Sberbank of Republic of Abkhazia)
  • St. Vladislav Ardzinba, 165 ("SUKHUM-BANK")
  • St. Vladislav Ardzinba, 147. (building ATK)
  • street Demerjian, 28-A ("GAGRA-BANK")
  • street Demerjian, 35 (Amra Bank)

Sukhum

  • Ave Leona, 31A
  • Eshba str., 31
  • St. Confederate, 1
  • Universitetskaya str., 1
  • Aiaaira Avenue, 84
  • street Aidgylara, 10
  • Universal Bank
  • Pushkin street, 16
  • Eshba str., 166
  • Pushkin street, 21
  • street Lakoba, D. 31

Pitsunda

  • street Gitsba, 10

New Athos

  • Chanba street, 16 (at the ticket office in the lobby of the new Afon cave)

Gudauta

  • Avenue of Heroes 20 (Sberbank of Abkhazia)

Tips in Abkhazia

Tips in Abkhazia are not common. In cafes and restaurants in the bill already included a service charge, as well as in hotels. However, the failure to Deposit in a taxi, cafe, etc. is perceived with gratitude.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Alexander the Warrior July 29, 2019
Hello! Who like to arrive with a link to the border with Abkhazia and after. It is more profitable to take? And is it possible at Adler airport to purchase a SIM card for use in Abkhazia? Thanks in advance) ...
admin 30 July, 2019

No matter any of the two operators take, there is no difference. About airport can't tell always by car went. Only one note: immediately after crossing the border of the Russian SIM cards do not use, communications from America will cost, damn it. ...
Lelik.o77 4 August, 2019
Now stationed in Abkhazia under the New Athos, the village of Primorsko. Came here ( on their own, without a vehicle)to receive medical treatment. Crossed the border in 20 minutes, without personal inspection. 10 minutes of hydrogen sulfide, the source of healing mud. Highly recommend for joints and blood purification. What about respect, do not worry, here all have wifi. The SIM card put in airplane mode using 5 km after the border. The money is not removed... spoke calmly by telephone immediately after crossing the border( like a house). A lot of minibuses, the fare is cheap. Before Athos was 200 RUB., 1 hour 20 mins with a breeze. All Abkhazians are very friendly, always ready to help and give. If you do not stay in a hotel, very cheap. The private sector 350-500 RUB 2-bed room per day. You can negotiate with food. The food they serve is phenomenal! All a good journey. ...
aaaaal 6 August, 2019
Was in Abkhazia last year. Experience the best! the food is delicious, the people are friendly (contrary to rumors). And the sea...it's just a thrill. clean, unlike the dirty Anapa. Going to visit the country again this year. Many do not have time to look...
Mitya August 31, 2019
And I on the contrary came in. Last year went 40 thousand left there 3 weeks. I liked everything. It is clear that the service is not developed yet, but I try and it is captivating. ...
Chester September 8, 2019
Last year there 8 times dangled from Adler. To rent a house there was. Pros - sea, nature, sparsely populated, the nostalgia for the Soviet Union, the sights. Minus all the abandoned, bus, driving on the road dangerous, there are few shops, pretty boring. There was a bad incident in Sukhumi with local security forces in plain clothes, passed the house of Moscow, and I caught up with the car, it stopped me abses - took me for zakladka drugs:(, found a common language, even before the station was taken, on the transfer in Psou on this day, our border guards at the exit for no reason at all asked where I'm from (town of Abkhazia).
In my opinion the best location in Pitsunda, where Sands (fishery) and in Athens, they say there are still musra, but haven't been there yet. There are many stray dogs (lying crushed on the road and walk along the beaches), cows walk on the track, a lot of wine and chacha. Syringes on beaches. Turkish radio stations are audible. Breathe irregularly to Turkey. Echoes of war, all monuments and obelisks. Exotic still the same. But, in my opinion there mentally and spiritual people. And more freedom - there are no such restrictions in Russia, border crosses, as if a stone from his shoulders. Will go there again. For extreme relaxation. ...
Romantik November 20, 2019
Was in Abkhazia more than once. Although it was a long time ago. Me and the family arranged everything: sea, nature, air, attitude. I want to go back. ...
nausla 20 November, 2019
And judging by the old town square on your avatar, more like Prague.)) ...
Skyler 21 November, 2019

That's a hundred percent agree, I was there last time three years ago and apparently nothing has changed in that time. And greatly surprised the locals - had rented a house from private owners, so all the toilets and kitchen on the street, absolutely no comforts of home, but all in the hand of smartphones and all chatyatsya somewhere :lol: :lol: so amused by this fact :lol: ...
Swallow December 9, 2019
All I was thinking about Abkhazia, but after listening to friends - so you shouldn't go at all. As they say there are no special conditions, infrastructure, nothing. I do not know. At least in principle, we have in Sochi is not perfect everywhere, but it is still heart isn't in it yet. ...