Last updated: 12/02/20
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) continues to see a high number of cases of COVID-19.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and cafes are open, along with most other businesses, yet must observe a curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
- Restrictions include limitations on the number of people who can attend public gatherings, requirements to wear masks in outdoor and indoor public spaces and on public transportation
- Local restrictions are subject to change and vary based on jurisdiction.
- Authorities have recently increased restrictions following a rise in cases
- We urge U.S. citizens to check with their airlines, tourist agencies, and/or BiH authorities prior to travel.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- U.S. citizens wishing to enter BiH must have a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) not older than 48 hours from the moment of entry.
- 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? Yes
- All travelers except BiH citizens and citizens of Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro when arriving from those countries must present a certificate of a negative PCR test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus test not older than 48 hours.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
- Nations bordering BiH also maintain border restrictions. For questions regarding those, please visit the following websites:
- Serbia: Visit the website of the Government of Serbia for additional information on these measures.
- Croatia: Visit the Croatian Ministry of Interior webpage for more information.
- Montenegro: Visit these pages for restrictions on travel to Montenegro: protective measures and list countries whose nationals may enter.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes, 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Private clinics around the country perform PCR (From ~140km) and serological (~40km) COVID-19 tests. Payment is due in full at the time of the test. Results are quick (usually within 24 hours).
- Public Health Centers (Dom Zdravlja) will test symptomatic individuals regardless of nationality, free of charge. They do not test asymptomatic people or provide test verification for travel purposes. To arrange a test, contact your canton’s health center for additional guidance.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required on public transit.
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 14 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 positive in the last 14 days or have a close contact who has should reschedule to a later time after 14 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 passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA) in addition to emergency services for U.S. citizens.
- 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.