Important Advices for the Ones Travelling to BiH

January 7, 2015 9:00 AM

sarajevo winterEntering Bosnia and Herzegovina

Foreign visitors do not normally require visas to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina . If required, visas are issued by diplomatic/consular offices of Bosnia and Herzegovina abroad. To check if you need visa and how to obtain one, visit Ministry of Foreign affairs website for more information. Valid passport is the only form of personal identification accepted by Bosnia and Herzegovina ‘s border authorities.


The currency of Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Bosnia and Herzegovina Konvertibilna Marka (BAM), with one BAM equalling 100 Pfening. The Central Bank’s adoption of a currency board in 1997 guarantees that the local currency is fully backed by hard currency (Euro) or gold. The currency board mechanism fixes the exchange rate at 1,95583 BAM to 1 Euro.

The current exchange rate between the BAM and various world currencies can be found at the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


There are no vaccination requirements for a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina , but it is worth being up to date with immunisations for hepatitis A, tetanus, diphtheria and typhoid. The health service is of a good standard. Certain countries have reciprocal medical arrangements whereby, in principal, you should not have to pay for any emergency treatment. There is a reciprocal healthcare agreement for British nationals. This entitles British passport holders to free hospital treatment and some dental treatment in Bosnia and Herzegovina .  Although British nationals are entitled to free treatment, in practice the healthcare authorities in Bosnia might not have the immediate resources to provide treatment without charging.  Medical and dental facilities, particularly outside Sarajevo and major towns are also limited. Therefore, visitors are advised to take out full travel and medical insurance before travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina.


It is quite safe to travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina . The level of crime is low, and crime against foreigners is particularly low. You should be aware of pickpockets in the tourist and pedestrian areas of Sarajevo and on public transport. You should remain vigilant and ensure personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure.

The risk of landmines has decreased in the last few years, as most mines remaining from the war are now clearly marked. However, you are still advised to exercise caution when travelling outside main cities and towns and, unless you have an experienced guide, avoid the open countryside and abandoned villages.


(Source: visitbosniaherzegovina)

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