Last updated: 01/19/22
*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
All air passengers 2 years or older with a flight departing to the US from a foreign country are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than 1 day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight.
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
- Do not travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH); the CDC rates the COVID-19 risk assessment for BiH as very high and the State Department rates it as Level 4: Do Not Travel.
- 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.
- Local restrictions are subject to change and vary based on jurisdiction.
- 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
- 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
- Eligible individuals (residents and/or persons with local health insurance) can sign up following instructions from their locality.
- Which vaccines are available in BiH? Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Moderna
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Consular operations have returned to near normal operations with the exception that there may be longer than expected wait times for some services.
- Visit our U.S. Citizen Services page or Visa page for details.
- 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.
- As of May 21, 2021, U.S. citizens are able to use their expired U.S. passports to return to the U.S. through March 31, 2022. See travel.state.gov for details.
- 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