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Bosnia and Herzegovina Reopening For Tourism Guide

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On July 16, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina lifted travel bans on several countries and started officially reopening the nation for tourism. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina is now allowing all countries and passengers to visit, but there are some important entry requirements every traveler needs to be aware of before arriving.

We go over the countries currently permitted to enter BiH, plus all covid-related entry requirements below.

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Update Sept 12:

Since the original publishing of this article back in July, major updates have been made to entry rules. Originally, only EU, Schengen and neighboring nations were permitted to enter. Now, as of September 12, ALL nations are permitted to enter under normal visa rules, providing they have a negative PCR test. More info below. 

Who Can Currently Travel To Bosnia and Herzegovina?

All nations. 

All nations can once again visit BiH under normal visa/immigration rules.  97 countries can visit BiH without a visa. 

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Entry Requirements for Bosnia and Herzegovina

PCR Test

All tourists arriving into BiH must bring a negative PCR test taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival. 

Reports have mentioned that citizens returning home, and residents of Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia do not need the test. As this can change very quickly and without notice, we still recommend travellers coming from those areas bring a test.

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We spoke directly with the BiH Ministry of Tourism, confirming that as of September 12, all covid-related country bans had been removed. They confirmed: 

“That is correct, the borders are now open. All are welcome to visit our country. But yes, the test is obligated – 48 hour PCR test.”

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Travelers should also expect requiring masks worn on the inbound flight and at the airport, temperature screenings done upon arrival, and having valid travel health insurance that covers covid.

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Flights into Bosnia and Herzegovina

The airport in Sarajevo (SJJ) has reopened, although not all normal routes have resumed yet.

Many cities have already resumed regular flights into Sarajevo, incuding:

  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Cologne
  • Belgrade
  • Zagreb
  • Istanbul
  • Stuttgart
  • Dubai
  • Kuwait City
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What’s Open in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tourists will find many businesses open, although working hours might be reduced, as well as lowered capacity limits. Cafes and restaurants started reopening in May.

Throughout the fall/winter, many services and businesses have stayed open without lockdowns like some of Europe has seen, but instead, a nightly curfew of 11:00 pm to 5:00 am has been in effect.

The wearing of masks in  indoor and outdoor public spaces is required.

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Read More: See all countries in Europe that are open for travel, what companies have travel insurance policies that cover covid, and countries that are now allowing American and Canadian tourists. 

Sources:  ba.usembassy.gov  / Sarajevo Times / Bosnia border police / 2nd Sarajevo Times article / fmoit.gov.ba / Direct interview with the consulate

Disclaimer: Bosnia Herzegovina’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Originally published August 6, 2020 with updates


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andrewevenstar

Friday 22nd of January 2021

i went to bosnia for 2 weeks. it was so amazing. great people, amazing food and very interesting culture. i went to mostar, sarajevo, bjelašnica, and travnik. thank you and your blog for everything!

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 22nd of January 2021

That is so great to hear! :)

andrewevenstar

Friday 18th of December 2020

Now that Croatia is closed and Serbia seems very limited --- I have chosen Bosnia :) --- as of today, the requirements for a USA visitor is still negative PCR test done within 48 hours, correct?! Mostar looks beautiful!

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 18th of December 2020

With the info we have, yes, that seems to still be the valid entry requirement! Bon voyage!

Gam

Saturday 7th of November 2020

Is it required to have health insurance that covers covid to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina? Will entry be refused if you have no health insurance at all?

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 8th of November 2020

No, it is not mandatory for entry, just suggested

Alex

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Hi Kashlee, Could you tell me if it's compulsory to have a negative PCR test if I'm Russian citizen who spent last 28 days in Serbia, but now is willing to move to BiH for a couple of days? Thanks in advance! Best regards, Alex

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 31st of October 2020

Hi Alex, like I said in the article, I have heard reports of Serbia not needing one for BiH, but not having done it myself I can't know for sure ;)

Rose

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi Rose, The post explains how PCR testing is needed instead