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European Championship Qualifier Bosnia and Herzegovina v Wales travel advice

Travel advice for Wales supporters travelling to Zenica for the Bosnia and Herzegovina v Wales match on Saturday 10 October

Stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica
Stadium Bilino Polje in Zenica

Advice for supporters travelling to Bosnia and Herzegovina for Wales national team match with Bosnia and Herzegovina national team on 10 October

Date: Saturday 10 October

Venue: Bilino Polje stadium, Zenica

Kick off time: 8.45pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but your passport should be valid for the period you intend to stay in the country
  • British Nationals are allowed to enter and stay in Bosnia without a visa for a maximum of 180 days, provided you have a valid passport
  • if you’re staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina for less than 72 hours, there’s no need to register your stay with the Services for Foreigners
  • if you’re staying for more than 72 hours, you’ll need to register with the Services for Foreigners. Anyone staying in a hotel, hostel or a motel should be registered by default, so there’s no need to do anything. If you’re staying in a private accommodation, ask your landlord to help you with registration if necessary
  • your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is NOT valid in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so travel insurance is essential, even if you’re only going for one night - it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • you must carry a photo ID with you at all times – please make sure you keep your passport safe and carry a copy if needed
  • if you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document from the British Embassy in Sarajevo. You’ll need to supply a police report, flight reservation and one photo. The fee is £95 (payable by debit/credit card only) or BAM 266.00 (local currency, payable in cash only)

Getting to the stadium

  • most Wales supporters will be based in Sarajevo in the days before the match and on match day will meet in the afternoon at Café Tito. At 5:45pm Wales supporters will travel by coach under police escort to Zenica. Anyone who hasn’t managed to buy a ticket for the match is advised not to get on the buses to Zenica, but rather to stay in Sarajevo
  • the Wales supporters arriving in Zenica by coach from Sarajevo will be in a cordoned off zone along the river that leads to the area above behind the goals. Supporters who travel independently to the game will need to get into the cordoned off area on the night of the match
  • the police have advised supporters who are in Zenica on match day and not travelling by coach from Sarajevo not to expect special police protection other that that provided by default to any other citizen
  • Bilino polje stadium can be easily found in the center of Zenica. If you’re arriving by car from Sarajevo, you‘ll enter Zenica near the Hotel Zenica; the stadium is just half a mile from there
  • if you’re arriving by public bus, you‘ll get off just above the Energopetrol gas station which is just half mile from the stadium. From the city centre the stadium is walkable within 7 minutes or less with practically no need for public transport
  • Bilino Polje Stadium Zenica - map
  • Caffe Tito Sarajevo - map

At the match

  • Wales supporters will be in segregated areas
  • access to the stadium from the cordoned off area should be easy - there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles; to avoid missing the start of the match, get to the cordoned fan area at least an hour before the match
  • in addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK, the following restrictions will apply at the stadium: no bottles and cans are allowed in the ground and alcohol is banned within the stadium; everyone will be searched at the entrance


Important to note is that the UK is not in the Green Card system that covers Bosnia and Herzegovina, so you will need to purchase the Border Insurance for your vehicle at the Border Crossing.

As in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport - only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposits. Be especially careful around Trebevic area when leaving your car, as anything left on the seats might attract attention.

Contact the British Embassy in Sarajevo

British Embassy Sarajevo, Hamdije Cemerlica 39a, 71000 Sarajevo

Telephone +387 33 282 200 (also for out of hours emergencies)

Office hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm and 8.30am to 2.30pm on Friday

For more information please visit British Embassy Sarajevo website

Emergency services numbers

Police 122

Fire 123

Ambulance 124

Breakdown assistance 1282

Further information

Published 7 October 2015