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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (May 29, 2020)
May 29, 2020

Title: Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (29 May, 2020)

Note:  These alerts will be sent each week.  Visit our U.S. embassy COVID-19 webpage for updated information as it is released.

Location:  Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)

Event:  The Bosnian authorities confirmed nearly 2,500 cases of COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Social Distancing: 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. This is a fluid situation, between and within each entity. Please check with local government where you are, but general guidelines are below. 

Curfew: Both the Federation and the Republika Srpska have ended their curfews for individuals of all ages.

Public Gatherings:  Restaurant and cafes throughout the country are open or opening, along with most other businesses.  There are still social distance restrictions in many places and masks are required in public areas.

Travel: All airports in the country remain closed.  Sarajevo International Airport is scheduled to open next week, but it is uncertain which airlines will resume flights and when their first flights will be scheduled.  Check with individual carriers for more information.

Entry/Exit: BiH abolished self-isolation measures for those permitted entry. The BiH Council of Ministers has announced that it will allow entry to the citizens of Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro as of June 1. There is still a ban to entry for non-resident foreign nationals. Those 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 foreign nationals, with limited exceptions. 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. The government of Montenegro’s has an updated list here.


Extension of Stay: Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that foreign nationals currently in BiH whose residency in BiH has already lapsed (or soon will) need to act now to continue residing in BiH.  Please visit www.sps.gov.ba for instructions on the process.

Consular Operations: The U.S Department of State began limiting its consular operations on March 17, 2020 as part of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Please visit our website for additional information. Routine consular services (immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, notary services) are suspended. Routine U.S. passport and citizenship services overseas are also suspended; in a critical situation, our embassy can assist with emergency services to U.S. citizens.

  • U.S. citizens in need of an emergency passport: email SarajevoACS@state.gov.
  • Those waiting for previously applied for a passport should expect significant delays receiving your passport.

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).

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued:

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

Actions to Take: