CONDITIONS FOR THE ENTRY INTO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

FOREIGNERS

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted a Decision on declaring a natural or other disaster on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (‘Official Gazette of BiH’, 18/20), due to the danger of an epidemic of infectious disease caused by new coronavirus (COVID-19), in order to reduce the risk of accelerated spread of infection in Bosnia and Herzegovina and enable the engagement of additional resources to respond to this public health threat.

In order to prevent and suppress the spread of the SARS-COV-2 virus, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina also adopted a DECISION ON PRESCRIBING ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS FOR THE ENTRY OF FOREIGNERS INTO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, as well as DECISION ON AMENDMENT OF THE DECISION ON PRESCRIBING ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS FOR THE ENTRY OF FOREIGNERS INTO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (‘Official Gazette of BiH', 36/21’).

 

CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

 

(Article 2)

A foreigner who meets conditions for entry to BiH prescribed by Law on Aliens, may enter BiH if he/she at the BiH Border Crossing Points presents any of the following:

  • negative PCR test or rapid antigen test on SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours if he/she comes from an European country, and if he/she comes from another country, not older than 72 hours until arrival at the border crossing point ofBosnia and Herzegovina,

  • certificate that a person has received the second dose of vaccine for COVID-19 before more than 14 days before the arrival to a Border Crossing Point of BiH or has received one dose before 14 days and more before the arrival to a Border Crossing Point of BiH, if it is a single dose vaccine,

  • certificate issued by doctor showing that he/she has recovered from COVID-19 in the previous period from 14 to 180 days until the arrival to a Border Crossing Point of BiH.

(Article 3)

Exemptions from Article 2 of the Decision, foreigners who may enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without presenting a negative test result or certificates are:

    • citizens of Montenegro, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia, when they enter Bosnia and Herzegovina directly from the country of which they are citizens, as well as their minor children and spouses who are citizens of other countries,

    • the crew and cabin crew of the aircraft whose final destination is Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    • drivers and co-drivers of freight vehicles when performing international transport of goods by road, provided that their stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina does not last longer than 12 hours,

    • crews of freight trains and ships in international traffic,

    • diplomatic and consular staff and staff of international organizations in the performance of their official duties, who must have and present an appropriate valid passport upon entering Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    • civil protection services and teams when their entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina is urgent and cannot be postponed,

    • members of the military forces of the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty and other states participating in the Partnership for Peace and members of the NATO and EUFOR Headquarters in Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    • heads of states and governments and members of their delegations whose arrival and departure from Bosnia and Herzegovina have been announced to Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, through diplomatic channels or through protocols of the competent authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    • foreigners transiting through the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the purpose of returning to the country of usual residence, without staying in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    • a minor foreigner whose parent is a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a foreigner who is the spouse of a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

    • children under the age of seven travelling with parents or guardians, if their parents or guardians possess negative PCR or rapid antigen test on SARS-CoV-2, or certificate on vaccination or certificate showing that he/she has recovered from COVID-19,

    • foreigners authorised to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina temporarily or permanently, if they are returning to Bosnia and Herzegovina after exit and stay only in Montenegro, the Republic of Croatia and/or the Republic of Serbia, provided that total duration of their stay in the above countries has not been longer than 48 hours since they left the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which could be proved by exiting stamp, i.e. entering stamp in a travel document ofthe foreigner,

    • foreigners – citizens of the Republic of Turkey crossing the state border of Bosnia and Herzegovina daily due to construction of the bridge Rača in the framework of realization of the Project motorway/expressway Sarajevo-Beograd-Sarajevo. Ministry of Communication and Transport of BiH shall submit to the BiH Border Police a certified list of nationals of the Republic of Turkey Border Police hired as workers for construction of the Rača Bridge within the above mentioned Project, including their names, surnames and number of travel document they use for crossing of the BiH border; as well as certificate that the Project is implemented according to signed Agreement on Cooperation regarding realisation of the Project motorway/expressway road Sarajevo-Beograd-Sarajevo (“Official Gazette BiH – International Agreements”, no. 13/20).

By the Decision on prescribing additional conditions for the entry of foreigners into BiH, it is not prescribed what kind/type of PCR or antigen tests, i.e. form of tests or certificates is required to present at the border crossing points during intended entry to BiH, and it is possible to present them in printed or electronic form.

 

Remarks: Currently, when entering Bosnia and Herzegovina, no quarantine or self-isolation measures are prescribed, while upon entering Bosnia and Herzegovina, all persons are obliged to follow the instructions and respect all orders of the competent epidemiological and health authorities (social distance, protective masks, hand disinfection, etc.).