Covid-19 Information

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The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

 

Country-Specific Information:
  • As of April 7, 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has 740 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • On March 19, 2020 the State Department raised its travel advisory to Level 4, advising U.S. citizens living abroad to avoid international travel. Many countries are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights.
  • Ticketing has closed for the flight that the U.S. Embassy arranged for U.S. citizens to depart the country. The flight will depart on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The State Department does not expect there to be another opportunity to depart until regular air travel resumes.
  • Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 17, 2020, the U.S Department of State began limiting its consular operations.
    • Effective April 2, 2020 routine passport and citizenship services overseas are suspended. In a critical situation, our embassy can assist with an emergency passport.
      • If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, expect significant delays receiving your passport and/or citizenship evidence.
      • The embassy still can assist with emergency services to U.S. citizens. Please visit our website for additional information.
    • Effective March 17, 2020, routine consular services (immigrant and non-immigrant visas, notary services) were suspended.
  • Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that foreign nationals whose residency in Bosnia and Herzegovina has or soon will lapse will be able to continue residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please visit www.sps.gov.ba for instructions on the process.
  • Educational institutions have been closed, public events cancelled, and spots for public gatherings – malls, restaurants, museums, and other non-essential public spaces – have been ordered closed.  Grocery stores, pharmacies, and related businesses remain open.
  • A curfew is in place throughout the country with persons under 18 and those over 65 years of age on a 24- hour curfew; it is from 2000-0500 for other age groups. Those over 65 are allowed out from 0800-1200, April 6-10 only.
  • In the Federation, all persons are required to cover their mouth and nose when out in public; in the Republika Srpska there is also a requirement to wear gloves.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
  • Sarajevo airport will close to all passenger traffic at 0600 on March 30, 2020. Other airports in the country are already closed. If your flight plans are disrupted, you should contact the airlines to discover alternatives. The U.S. government is not evacuating U.S. citizens from BiH.
  • The European Union (EU) has closed its borders to all non-European Union residents. Travel within the EU is very restricted, and many EU countries prohibit air transit by any traveler that doesn’t have EU residency.
  • Serbia, Montenegro, and Croatia have either severely restricted or completely closed their borders.
  • The BiH Council of Ministers updated travel restrictions:
    • As of March 24, 2020, foreign nationals are no longer be able to enter BiH unless they are residents of BiH. All who enter are subject to 14-day quarantine.
    • Travelers coming from China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, and Belgium are banned from entry.
Quarantine Information:
  • All BiH citizens and Foreigners entering the country face mandatory quarantine at the port of entry or self-isolation for 14 days.
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