Bosnia and Herzegovina
Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Regular passport: visa not required
Diplomatic passport: visa not required
Official passport: visa not required
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address: ul. Radnička 30, 71000 Sarajevo
Telephone: +387 33 668 191; +387 33 206 848
Fax: +387 33 668 189
Out-of-hours hotline: +387 603 210 397
Office hours: 08.30 - 16.30 h
Tel.: +387 33 203 115
Open hours for citizens: every working day, 09:00 - 12:00 h
Е-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sofia
Address: 1, Alexander Zhendov Str., 1113 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 973 37 75
Fax number: +359 2 973 37 29
E-mail: [email protected]
Bosnian Convertible Mark (ВАМ)
1,95583 ВАМ = 1 EUR
Official languages: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian
National Holiday: there is no national holiday officially accepted by all nationalities
Crime and security
Because of the significant number of unregistered weapons in the population, conflicts with local population should be avoided. It is advisable to not leave the private cars and trucks unattended, including at paid parking.
Goods of non-commercial nature, gifts and souvenirs worth up to 200 convertible marks may be imported duty-free in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the personal luggage.
200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco and alcoholic beverages - 2 litres of wine or 1 litre of hard liquor can also be imported duty-free.
For more detailed information on customs requirements please check HERE.
Specifics of legislation
While you are travelling in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you are subject to its laws. Рhotographing military or secure installations including airports, bridges, government checkpoints and troops is forbidden. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography is a crime. Persons violating Bosnia and Herzegovina’s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bosnia and Herzegovina are severe, including long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Short beams should be lit throughout the year. In the period October 1 to April 15 vehicles must have winter equipment such as winter tires, chains, etc.
Bulgarian citizens must have travel and medical insurance for an amount of at least 30,000 EUR, valid for the period of travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In big cities the level of medical care is good. Small towns and villages are often unable to provide adequate medical care or hospitalization.
Travel papers and visas
Valid identity card or passport.
Bulgarian citizens can enter repeatedly the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina without visa for a total of 90 days within a period of 180 days.
Currently in Bosnia and Herzegovina there are still about 220,000 unexploded landmines. It is extremely important not to walk on a soft surface in unverified areas and abandoned buildings, and not to ignore the areas fenced by yellow tape and marked with "МИНЕ / MINE” signs. Avoid stops along the road, entering the bushes, do not go beyond the designated parking areas for recreation, walking or hiking.
Police is organising frequent checks on foreign-registered vehicles. Along with the driving license the green card of the car is also inspected.
The Embassy advises travellers in case of any problem on the way, to call 112. It is imperative to strictly adhere to speed limits on the road.
There is an increased number of beggars and thieves in the places frequented by tourists, therefore, it is recommended to stick to a tourist group and pay particular attention to the protection of personal belongings.
Breaking into apartments and stealing property is very common, especially if it is know that they are occupied by foreigners.
Bulgarian identity documents
Consular Office of the Embassy in Sarajevo has the technical capability to collect biometric data and therefore, applications for all types of Bulgarian identity documents - passports, identity cards, driving license and a temporary passport are accepted.
Legalisation and certification
By virtue of the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a successor of the former Yugoslavia, which has a bilateral treaty for legal aid, the acts / documents drawn up in each of the two countries, do not require any further legalisation in order to serve before the institutions of the other country.