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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (March 25, 2020)
March 25, 2020

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Event: The Bosnian authorities confirmed 131 cases of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

On March 17, 2020, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina released a Notice regarding the potential for COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The language of the Notice is available on its website.

The Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. Bosnia has barred admission to travelers who have recently visited China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Iran, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, and Belgium. Visit the website of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina for additional information on these measures.

The government of BiH has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Schools and universities are closed until further notice, sporting events, festivals, large gatherings have been banned. A curfew is in place throughout the country with persons under 18 and those over 65 years of age on a 24-hour curfew. In the Federation, all persons are restricted between 1800 and 0500 through March 30. In the Republika Srpska the curfew is from 2000 until 0500 through March 31. The entity-level governments of the Federation and the Republika Srpska have implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit the webpages of the Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH’s Crisis Staff Headquarters for updated information.

Effective March 17, 2020 U.S. Embassy Sarajevo has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

State local government actions: Spots for public gatherings – malls, restaurants, museums, and other non-essential public spaces – have been ordered closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and related businesses remain open.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.