Last updated: 09/14/20
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) continues to see a rise in cases of COVID-19.
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and cafes throughout the country are open, along with most other businesses. Restaurants and bars must close by 11:00pm.
- Social distance restrictions include limitations on the number of people who can attend public gatherings and a requirement to wear masks indoors, on public transportation, and in public areas when social distancing is not possible.
- The situation is fluid and restrictions may change without advance notice. 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? No
- Business travelers permitted entry by the BiH Border Police will need a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 virus test not older than 48 hours.
- BiH borders are open for citizens and residents of EU and Schengen countries with a negative SARS-CoV-2 virus test not older than 48 hours.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
- The Service for Foreigner’s Affairs is no longer extending stays for foreign nationals and has begun to issue fines for non-residents who remain beyond 90 days. Please visit Service for Foreigner’s Affairs for more information.
- 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? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Private clinics around the country perform PCR (~230km) 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 people with symptoms—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:
- For not wearing or improperly wearing a mask in a closed space (shopping malls, supermarkets, etc.) or outdoors where a two-meter distance cannot be observed (gatherings, lines in front of banks, etc.). Authorities may impose fines.
- Businesses may also be fined for improper social distancing, poor disinfection, or non-observance of reduced working hours.
- Per current U.S. government regulations, any person who has travelled over international borders by public transport (including airplane, bus, train, etc.) is barred from entry to U.S. Embassy Sarajevo until 14 days after conclusion of that travel.
- 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. While regular visa processing is suspended, a limited number of Immigrant Visa (IV) appointments are being scheduled in the IR1/2 and CR1/2 categories and Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) appointments are available for students (in the M, F, and J categories) and for some other emergency or mission critical exceptions (C1/D, K, O, E, I, and P).
- Visit the webpages of the Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH’s Crisis Staff Headquarters for the most up-to-date local information.