Zoran Galić, Director of Border Police


Zoran Galić, Director of Border Police  

Dear visitors!

The first multi-ethnic law enforcement agency was established in BiH 16 years ago. Since then, Border Police of BiH has become organisationally and functionally stable, complete and efficient in performing the given tasks. Border control and surveillance are conducted in accordance with the EU standards and regulations. Though we are structured in accordance with modern European border polices, and capable to perform all tasks within our competence, we strive to change for the better. Моre>>>

FAQ

Do I need authorization for crossing of the state border of a minor citizen of BiH?

Article 8 Paragraph (2) of the Law on Travel Documents (“Official Gazette of BiH", No. 4/97, 1/99, 9/99, 27/00, 32/00, 19/01, 47/04 , 53/07, 15/08, 33/08, 39/08 and 60/13) foresees that the passport bearer – citizen of BiH, under the age of 14, i.e. a person of non-working age, can travel abroad accompanied by one or both parents, or by a legal representative, i.e. a guardian.

The passport bearer - citizen of BiH, under the age of 14, must have consent of either parents, or a legal representative, i.e. a guardian, certified by the competent authority, when travelling accompanied by another person.

According to the valid Law on Travel Documents of BiH, for minors, i.e. persons of non-working age, a request for issuance of passport is submitted by one of the parents, with consent of the other parent, or other legal representative.

Exceptionally, passports are issued in the following cases:

  • a) If one of the parents is registered as a missing person,
  • b) If residence of one of the parents is unknown,
  • c) If one of the parents is not available for the authority competent for passport issuance,
  • d) If one of the parents was assigned guardianship by a court decision, unless the same decision demands consent of both parents for passport issuance and travel of the child.

Therefore, there is no legal obligation to have a written consent of the other parent, when travelling abroad, i.e. there are no obstacles for the passport bearer – citizen of BiH, under the age of 14, to travel with one of the parents or a legal representative, i.e. a guardian.

Written consent could be required during control conducted by the authorities of the destination country, or transit country, therefore we recommend checking with diplomatic and consular representations of those countries, before the actual travelling.

Can BiH citizens travel to Montenegro (Republic Serbia), with a valid ID card?

Article 1 Paragraph (1) of the Agreement between Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Council of Ministers of Serbia and Montenegro on Conditions for Travelling of the Citizens of the Two Countries („Official Gazette of BiH – International Agreements“, No. 10/04) regulates that the contracting parties’ citizens can enter the territory of the other contracting party with ID card or passport, without a visa, at all border crossing points open for international traffic, as well as to stay in that country up to 90 days since the entry day.

In accordance with the aforementioned, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina can use valid ID card for crossing the border, when travelling to Montenegro. All other questions about stay in Montenegro must be addressed to the Embassy of Montenegro in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Is authorisation to drive a motor vehicle required for crossing (entry/exit) of the state border of Bosnia and Herzegovina

We are hereby informing you that, in accordance with provisions of the Law on Border Control ('Official Gazette of BiH' No. 53/09, 54/10 and 47/14) and the Law on Traffic Safety Basics on the Roads of BiH ('Official Gazette of BiH' No. 06/6, 75/6, 44/7, 84/9, 48/10, 18/13i), no obligation of possession is regulated, i.e. no authorisation to drive another person's motor vehicle  is required for crossing (entry/exit) the state border of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Moreover, we take this opportunity to inform you that the Law on Traffic Safety Basics on the Roads of BiH regulates that, when driving a motor vehicle with a trailer vehicle registered in a foreign state, the driver is obliged to possess a valid vehicle registration certificate, registration plates for the vehicle issued by the competent authority of the state in which the vehicle was registered, international  code of the state and international vehicle liability insurance, valid on the BiH territory (green card or border security policy).

 

What documents are required for a minor foreigner, when crossing the BiH state border?

Article 25 Paragraph (1) of the Rulebook on Entry and Stay of Aliens („Official Gazette of BiH“, No. 27/13), states that a foreigner under the age of 14, with a valid passport, can cross the BiH state border accompanied by one or both parents, a legal representative or a guardian, i.e. a person authorized to accompany him, with a signed and certified consent of parents, the legal representative or the guardian.

A minor travelling unaccompanied must have a certified consent of parents, a legal representative or a guardian. The consent or authorization contains: personal details of the minor and the legal representative or the guardian, personal details of his companion – if he is travelling accompanied, purpose and period of stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, time period for which the consent or authorization is given, and signature of the consent/authorization giver. This document must be in one of the official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or in English with translation in one of the official languages in Bosnia and Herzegovina, certified by a court translator.

It is considered that a foreign minor has a legal representative consent if:

  • a) He is travelling by plane and has a handling advice for unaccompanied minor, issued by the aircraft operator,
  • b) As a part of school trip, he is on the list of the school trip participants, certified by the competent school institution, or
  • c) He is participating in a sports, cultural or similar manifestation and is on the list of participants.

Can a BiH citizen travel to Republic Croatia with ID card?

Following accession of Republic Croatia to European Union, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina must have a valid passport for entry and visa-free stay up to 90 days on the territory of Republic Croatia.