• Officially: Republic of South Ossetia
  • Capital: Tskhinvali


  • Population: 53,532
  • Time zone: UTC+3 (MSK)
  • Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)


  • Area: 3,900 km2 (1,500 sq mi)
  • Landlocked between Georgia and Russia


  • Driving side: Right
  • It is not possible to enter or exit South Ossetia from Georgia.
    • Overland you must enter and exit with Russia.
      • Russian double entry visa is therefore required.


  • South Ossetia is a country that seceded from — but is still claimed by — Georgia.
    • Many claim Russia annexed South Ossetia from Georgia.
  • The only UN members that recognise South Ossetia as a country are Russia, Nauru, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

Safety & Security

  • Unexploded land minds and ordinances are installed throughout the entirety country.
  • Terrorists activities target military and security facilities.
  • The UK Foreign Office recommends against all travel to South Ossetia. (2019)

Government Travel Advice


  • Wikivoyage
    • “It’s mountainous, wild isolation gives South Ossetia both reasons to visit and reasons to think twice about it.”