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UEFA Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland travel advice

Travel advice for supporters travelling to Sarajevo for the Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland UEFA Nations League match on Monday 15 October 2018.

UEFA Nations League Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland travel advice

Date: Monday 15 October

Venue: Grbavica stadium, Sarajevo

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 must be valid for full three months after 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 within 6 months, 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. You can register online here
  • your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is NOT valid in Bosnia and Herzegovina, so comprehensive 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 rather carry a copy of it
  • if you lose your passport, you’ll need to get an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) from the British Embassy Sarajevo. You’ll need to supply a police report for stolen passport, travel itinerary and one photo. The fee is £100 (payable by debit/credit card only) or BAM 233.00 (local currency, payable in cash only)

Getting to the stadium

  • Northern Irish supporters will be based in Sarajevo in the days before the match and on the match day, they will meet at Café Tito
  • the police will accompany the fans all the way from Café Tito to Grbavica Stadium once the gates open
  • traffic will be blocked in the area around Grbavica Stadium (Grbavica and Hrasno areas)

At the match

  • Northern Irish supporters will be in separate area of the stadium
  • access to the stadium should be easy - there will be ticket checks and body searches at the entrance to the turnstiles
  • 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


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.

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 the British Embassy Sarajevo website

Emergency services numbers

  • Police 122
  • Fire 123
  • Ambulance 124
  • Breakdown assistance 1282

Further information

Published 10 October 2018