The British Embassy Sarajevo is the official representation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

We are developing and maintaining relations between the two countries on a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic issues of interest to both countries.

We are working in Bosnia and Herzegovina to help reform areas including the rule of law, justice, anti-corruption and defence, to meet conditions for EU and NATO membership. As well as the office in Sarajevo, we have a branch office in Banja Luka.

Our services

Emergency consular assistance (24 hours)

For emergency assistance, such as in the event of the death, assault, arrest or hospitalisation of a British national, call the Embassy on +387 33 282 200 and follow the instructions to be connected with consular officers.

Emergency travel documents

If your passport is lost, stolen, expired or otherwise unavailable, and you need to travel in the near future, then we may be able to provide an emergency travel document (ETD).

If you are due to travel in the next 48 hours, you should contact us as immediately on the emergency consular assistance number above.

For all other applications, please check what you must bring with you and then make an appointment with us using the links below.

Please call us for advice before making an appointment if:

  • you have never applied for a British passport before
  • you are applying on behalf of a child.

An emergency travel document does not guarantee entry to every country.

Read what an emergency travel document does.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in British Embassy Sarajevo

Travel advice

Visit our Bosnia and Herzegovina travel advice, for information and news updates, to ensure you stay safe and avoid problems whilst living or visiting the country.


For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.

Please note that our consulates can’t deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.


This Embassy does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.

Healthcare in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Embassy has a guide for British nationals living, or planning to live, in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the different ways to access healthcare and provides a list of medical facilities.

Death of a British national

The Embassy can provide support and advice following the death of a British national in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Embassy has a bereavement guide and provides a list of funeral directors.

Notarial and documentary services

Where local notaries can provide services, the British Embassy does not provide them because in many cases local notaries or lawyers can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

Read more about the notarial and documentary services we do provide, including how to book an appointment.

UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

Births, deaths and marriages

Information on how you can register a birth or death which occurred overseas, and legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Legalisation Service

How to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine so it can be accepted by foreign authorities by the UK Legalisation Office.

Lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers and interpreters who may be able to help you with legal advice or official transactions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please note that inclusion on this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government.

British Nationals detained or imprisoned in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Embassy can provide help if you are arrested abroad.

The Embassy can provide further support following the detention of a British National and provides a prisoner information guide to help them and their families understand the local system in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Living in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Useful information for British nationals living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including where to find information on services provided by others.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above, for British nationals needing emergency consular assistance, we can:

For people needing assistance on the above matters please contact the Consular Section by calling us on +387 33 282 200 or sending an email to

What our Embassy cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money
  • make travel arrangements for you, find you work, accommodation, or make business arrangements on your behalf
  • get involved in private disputes over property, employment, commercial or other matters
  • renew or replace a full British passport

Our people

Edward Ferguson

Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Contact us

British Embassy Sarajevo

39a, Hamdije Cemerlica street
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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British Embassy (Consular Services)

39a, Hamdije Cemerlica street
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Embassy office in Banja Luka

8, Simeuna Djaka street
78000 Banja Luka
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Ministry of Defence Section

39a, Hamdije Cemerlica street
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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UK Trade & Investment Bosnia and Herzegovina

39a, Hamdije Cemerlica street
71000 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

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