Foreign travel advice

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

Travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina is subject to entry restrictions

  • British Nationals, including residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, need a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result not older than 48 hours in order to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina, unless they fall into an exempt category.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There was an earthquake in Croatia on 29 December that was felt strongly in parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. You should follow the advice of local authorities. See Natural Disasters.

There is a general threat from terrorism. There may be increased security in place over the festive period, including at Christmas markets and other major events that might attract large crowds. You should remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Around 9,000 British nationals visit Bosnia and Herzegovina every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Unexploded landmines remain a real danger, particularly in isolated areas in the mountains and countryside. Flooding and landslides in previous years have moved minefields and destroyed some of the minefield markings. For latest updates on mines see the Mine Action Centre website. See Local travel

If you are travelling by road, check local information before setting off.

For information on weather conditions, see meteoalarm pages for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. See Terrorism

High levels of air pollution can occur in Bosnia and Herzegovina. See Health

The level of crime against foreigners is generally low, but you should beware of pickpockets in cities and on public transport, and take particular care in areas known to be popular with tourists. See Crime

You can contact the emergency services by calling 122 (police), 123 (fire) or 124 (ambulance).

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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