I have Australian and US citizenship and plan on travelling from Georgia via Abkhazia to Russia. Has anyone actually crossed this border at the Inguri River? Once I have my Abkhazian "visa" permit, should I expect any real problems? Should I expect to have to pay bribes?
I am aware that this border crossing cannot be done in reverse which is why I will have a Russian "single entry visa" to leave at the other end at the Psou border crossing with Russia.
I am trying to avoid having to fly from Tbilisi to Moscow, only to make my way back down to the Psou border to enter Abkhazia with a double entry visa- this would be much more costly and time consuming.
I understand the rules may be quite different for citizens of Georgia and Russia so I'm really interested if somebody has experience crossing this border as a foreigner (particularly citizens of Australia or United States).
Thanks for your advice.