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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (March 27, 2020)
March 27, 2020

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Event: The Bosnian authorities confirmed 226 cases of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Bosnia has barred admission to foreign nationals who do not have residency in BiH. All who enter the country are subject to a 14-day quarantine, either at the port of entry or in self-isolation.

The government of BiH has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Sarajevo airport will close to commercial passenger travel at 0600 on Monday, March 30, 2020 and the last scheduled commercial flight departed BiH on March 27, 2020. 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.

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.

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.

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.  Taxi drivers are limited to one passenger and both must wear masks.  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.

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 United States.