Updated: Feb 13, 2020
By: The PH Team
South Ossetia is an unrecognized country in the Caucasus Region. Once part of the Soviet Union, it secured de facto independence during the Russo-Georgia War and is internationally recognized as part of the latter.
The country is located deep in the Caucasus Mountains and can be accessed through only a single road leading from North Ossetia in Russia.
Unlike its cousin Abkhazia, the border with Georgia is completely closed and is not an option for tourists wishing to enter the unrecognized country.
Travelling to South Ossetia
Travelling to South Ossetia is not as simple as other unrecognized countries, and there are a number of reasons for this.
Firstly, as mentioned above, South Ossetia can only be accessed through neighbouring Russia, as the border with Georgia is completely closed.
Secondly, from Russia, there is only one road leading in and out of the country, through the territory of North Ossetia. As such, this requires most travellers to obtain both a Russian Visa and a South Ossetian entry-permit - both take time to obtain.
Travellers however, should not be discouraged by all of this red tape and physical and political obstacles to entering South Ossetia.This unrecognized country truly is a hidden-gem and a place that only a very small percentage of travellers will ever get the chance to see!
South Ossetia Tourism
For obvious reasons, South Ossetia is the least-visited of all unrecognized countries. It is a place that very few tourists ever make it to.
Although there are a lot of obstacles to travelling to South Ossetia, the unrecognized country is home to a unique culture, breathtaking natural beauty and offers unbeatable experiences for all types of travellers.
Unlike other post-Soviet unrecognized countries, South Ossetia does not benefit from large amounts of Russian tourism and therefore remains one of the most off-the-beaten-path places in the world.
Without a developed tourism infrastructure, South Ossetia is as natural as it gets!