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 June 26, 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has nearly 3,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
Extension of Stay:
  • The Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is no longer extending stays for foreign nationals and has begun to issue fines for non-residents who have remained in BiH for more than the 90-day limit. If your stay was extended due to COVID-19 you will be expected to leave the country as soon as possible. Please visit www.sps.gov.ba for more information.
  • The Border Police will impose a fine for each day of overstay past 90 days.
  • Non-residents who were issued a “humanitarian extension of stay” by the Bosnian authorities previously are currently exempt from overstay penalties.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
  • Sarajevo airport has reopened to passenger traffic. As airlines resume flights, changes and cancellations may occur. Check with individual carriers for more information.
  • The European Union (EU) has closed its borders to all non-European Union residents.
    • Travel within the EU is restricted, and many EU countries prohibit air transit by any traveler that doesn’t have EU residency.
  • Both the Republika Srpska and the Federation have abolished self-isolation measures for people entering BiH.
    • Currently, only BiH citizens and residents, and citizens of Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro may enter the country.
  • There is still an entry ban for most non-resident foreign nationals, though some with special circumstances (e.g. For a business meeting, to a funeral, for medical treatment, or in the company of a BiH-citizen spouse) may enter. Special documentation and/or a negative COVID test may be required.
  • For the most up-to-date information, contact the Border Police of BiH directly by calling their Operations Center at +387 33 755 300.
  • Nations bordering BiH have decreased their border restrictions:
    • Serbia: All COVID-19 related entry restrictions are lifted for both Serbian and foreign citizens. Visit the website of the Government of Serbia for additional information on these measures.
    • Croatia: Borders are still closed to most foreign nationals, with limited exceptions (including tourism when certain conditions are met). Those who enter from BiH are subject to a 14-day self-isolation period. If you need to transit through or travel to Croatia, please review the Croatian Ministry of Interior Border Police Q&A to learn whether you are eligible to enter Croatia and contact them directly if you have further questions.
    • Montenegro: Borders have opened to foreign nationals with restrictions, including a negative PCR test for people entering from BiH. The government of Montenegro’s has an updated list here.
Quarantine Information:
U.S. Embassy Consular Operations:
  • Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 17, 2020, the U.S Department of State has limited 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) are suspended.
Local Conditions:
  • This is a fluid situation, between and within each entity. Please check with local government where you are, but general guidelines are below.
  • Business closures
    • Most public events remain cancelled and public gatherings face limitations on total number of people present.
    • Nursing homes in the Republika Srpska may be tightening restrictions on visitors and movement of residents. Check with individual facilities for details.
    • Restaurant and cafes throughout the country are open, along with most other businesses. There are still social distance restrictions in place.
    • Grocery stores and pharmacies are open, and masks are required indoors.
  • Masks Masks or scarves are no longer required when social distancing measures can be observed. Masks should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
  • Curfews 
    • Both the Federation and the Republika Srpska have ended their curfews for individuals of all ages.
  • Overseas Voting
    • U.S. citizens living overseas can vote absentee in their state’s upcoming election, no matter where they are. For additional information on registering to vote and potential changes to your state’s election due to COVID-19, visit Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) (FVAP.gov/COVID-19).
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