Last updated: 09/21/21
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- The CDC rates the COVID-19 risk assessment for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as high and the State Department rates it as Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
- The Department of State and the CDC recommend unvaccinated travelers should avoid nonessential travel to BiH.
- Local restrictions are subject to change and vary based on jurisdiction.
- Follow local restrictions regarding indoor mask wearing, social distancing or limits on gatherings.
- Check local authorities for official information regarding specific closures and curfews. Police may fine individuals who do not comply with local regulations.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in BiH? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- All U.S.-bound international air travelers must show a negative COVID-19 test performed with 72 hours prior to boarding the aircraft. For detailed information see the following information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry.
- There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at SarajevoVisas@state.gov. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
- Private and public clinics throughout BiH perform PCR and serological COVID-19 tests. Payment is due in full at the time of the test and current prices are roughly 100 convertible marks (km) for PCR and 40km for antigen.
- Turnaround of results and availability of testing appointments vary based on the city yet clinics in most large cities have testing options daily and return results within 24 hours.
- A list of clinics known to provide COVID-19 testing in BiH can be found on our website here
- Public Health Centers (Dom Zdravlja) test symptomatic individuals regardless of nationality, free of charge. To arrange a test, contact your canton’s health center for additional guidance.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of BiH approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in BiH for U.S. citizens to receive? No
- Although the vaccine is not currently available for all, U.S. citizens with local health insurance are eligible and can sign up following instructions from their locality.
- Sarajevo Canton has announced that all residents of the Canton can receive the vaccine at “Zetra,” regardless of whether they have local health insurance. Check with them directly for more information. Click here for Canton Sarajevo’s vaccination registration page (Accessible only from local IP addresses.)
- Which vaccines are available in BiH? Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sinopharm
- Follow official local sources (also see Local Resources, below) for announcements about vaccines in your area.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- U.S. citizens wishing to enter BiH must have one of the following: a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) not older than 48 hours if coming from Europe and not older than 72 hours if arriving from other countries (including the United States); or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing full vaccination completed 10 days prior to arrival; or a doctor’s certificate of COVID-19 recovery in the period 10 to 180 days prior to arrival.
- Children until the age of seven, accompanied by a parent who meets the above conditions may enter without a COVID-19 test or certificate.
- Foreign nationals who are permanently or temporarily resident in BiH may enter without a COVID-19 test or certificate if returning from Croatia, Montenegro or Serbia with stays in those countries for less than 48 hours.
- Citizens of Croatia, Montenegro or Serbia may enter without a COVID-19 test or certificate when coming directly from those countries.
- The BiH Border Police website has detailed information on entry and exit requirements and exceptions. For the most up-to-date information, visit their website or contact them directly by calling their Operations Center at +387 33 755 300.
- Requirements and restrictions may change without advance notice.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No. See above.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
- See information above on entry requirements.
- Nations bordering BiH also maintain border restrictions. For questions regarding those, please visit the following websites:
- Croatia: Visit the Croatian Ministry of Interior website for more information.
- Montenegro: Visit the website of the Government of Montenegro
- Serbia: Visit the website of the Government of Serbia for additional information on these measures.
- On August 30, 2021, the European Council put the United States on its red list of third countries, thereby recommending to member states to restrict entry to vaccinated and essential U.S. travelers; it provided no specific guidance on whether member states should accept CDC vaccination cards
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required on public transit.
- Flight schedules are reduced from normal, and subject to change.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Police may fine individuals for violating curfew or social distancing guidelines and for failure to wear or improperly wearing a mask in public indoor or outdoor spaces.
- Police may fine businesses for improper social distancing, poor disinfection, or non-observance of reduced working hours.
- Per current U.S. government regulations, any person who has travelled across international borders in the last 10 days is barred entry to U.S. Embassy Sarajevo. Travel from Croatia, Serbia, or Montenegro by private vehicle is excepted.
- Consular customers who have been diagnosed COVID-19 positive in the last 10 days or have a close contact who has should reschedule to a later time after 10 days have passed. Please stay home if you have a fever (greater than 37.3 C), or otherwise feeling ill, including, but not limited to, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/smell.
- American Citizen Services is processing a limited number of notarials, passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) in addition to emergency services for U.S. citizens.
- As of May 21, 2021, U.S. citizens are able to use their expired U.S. passports to return to the U.S. through Dec. 31, 2021. See the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announcement for details.
- Visit the U.S. Embassy Visa page for details on visa processing. Regular visa processing is suspended.
- Visit the webpages of the Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH’s Crisis Staff Headquarters for the most up-to-date local information.
- Canton Sarajevo Dom Zdravlja COVID-19 Call Center works daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., +387 81 920 333
- Other links
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page for BiH
- BiH Service for Foreigner’s Affairs
- U.S. Embassy Belgrade COVID-19 information page
- U.S. Embassy Podgorica COVID-19 information page
- U.S. Embassy Zagreb COVID-19 information page