Citizens of the Republic of Croatia may enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a valid passport or personal ID from June 1, 2020.
In addition to the requirements for other countries, citizens of the Republic of Croatia must fulfill some requirements to be able to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina. For example, they must register with the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the country where they are staying.
Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Diplomatic Cooperation on March 19, 2019. The memorandum provides for cooperation between their diplomatic missions with an aim to further develop relations between the two states.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in Western Europe with a population of about 3 million people. It is surrounded by the Republic of Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro. Its capital city is Sarajevo.
They have been governed as one country since December 14, 1995 after years of conflict that broke out when Yugoslavia collapsed. In 1992, ethnic tensions emerged following the election of a president who was not accepted by some ethnic groups. This led to war breaking out which lasted three years and claimed 100,000 lives.
Non-biometric passport holders from Bosnia and Herzegovina must get a visa to enter Croatia. The same rule applies to citizens of the European Union, North America, and most other countries.
Croatia allows its citizens to stay in the country for a maximum period of 90 days per entry permit. If you plan to stay in Croatia for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a new entry permit.
If you are only passing through Croatia, or if you are applying for a single-entry visa, you can obtain a "Bosnia and Herzegovina tourist card". This card is valid for two years. You must show it when you enter the country.
The card does not allow you to work in Croatia but it does give access to reduced-price buses and trains between major cities. It also gives you a 10% discount at various sights and museums across Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The card costs 40 kunas (about $5). To obtain one, you must have a Bosnian identity card or proof that you are a resident of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
According to the Henley Passport Index, Croatian residents enjoyed visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 173 nations and territories as of April 13th, 2021, placing the Croatian passport 16th in the world (tied with Bulgaria).
Croatia has maintained a strong relationship with its European partners since it joined the EU in 2004. In fact, the country's visa policy is defined by EU law and cannot be changed without unanimous agreement from all member states. However, even though Croatia has signed up to this policy, some countries may still deny entry to their citizens if they have not complied with international obligations, such as UN conventions or NATO decisions.
There are five types of visas that can be applied for from Croatian embassies or consulates: tourist visas, business/work permits, student permits, long-stay visas (for workers), and permanent residence permits. The best place to start when planning your trip is with our How long does a visa extend after entry into Croatia? Article.
According to the Henley Passport Index, Croatian nationals enjoyed visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 173 countries and territories as of April 13th, 2021, putting the Croatian passport 16th in the world (tied with Bulgaria) and the lowest of among European Union member states. Only Israeli citizens can visit more visa-free countries.
Previously, Croatian citizens had unlimited visa-free travel to 97 countries and territories around the world. But on March 3rd, 2019, the government announced it was suspending its visa-free policy for new applicants and those seeking a renewal. The move is expected to come into effect on October 1st, 2019.
Croatia joins China, Russia, and Turkey as the only countries in Europe that do not offer visa-free travel to citizens of other EU countries.
However, if you are from one of the 28 European countries that participate in the EU's electronic system for traveler's checks called ETIAS, then you will be eligible for a free short-term visa. This applies to travelers who have an ETIAS-certified document when they enter Croatia. More information on how to obtain this document can be found on the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition to these requirements, each country has its own visa regulations that you must follow when applying for a visa.
Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina and remain for up to 90 days during a six-month period. Other nationals can check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina's website, www.mvp.gov.ba, to see whether they need a visa. In addition, there are no specific restrictions on traveling to areas outside of Sarajevo where violence is reported.
Bosnia and Herzegovina uses the euro as its currency. Australian dollars are accepted in most places but coins have to be in BAM notes. There are banking hours on weekdays that usually follow European hours. Waiting rooms and other public spaces have computers with internet access so you can check email or use social media while you wait.
An international flight into Sarajevo comes in handy for travelers who want to cover more ground. The city center is just a few minutes away by foot and buses run throughout the day between the airport and central Sarajevo. If you plan to visit several towns, consider taking a bus tour because these leave when full and stop at all the major sights.
The best time to visit is between April and October, when the weather is good and there aren't any major festivals or events going on.
You can get around Sarajevo easily on foot or by using the public transportation system known as "buses".
Citizens of the United States who visit Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for tourism do not need visas if their stay is less than 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least three months following your date of departure from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Consular Section of the US Embassy in Sarajevo is unable to help with visa applications. Interested parties should contact the BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs or check the BiH Diplomatic Mission in Washington, DC.
Bosnia and Herzegovina allows visitors to take their bicycles on the bus, train, or plane, provided they are carried in the passenger compartment of a vehicle registered to them. Bicycles cannot be left in the public area of buses or trains, nor can they be thrown out of a vehicle. If you are stopped by police because your bike did not meet the transportation regulations, they will let you go without charging you a fine. However, it is best to carry your bicycle with you wherever you go in order to avoid any problems.
Most tourists who visit Bosnia come to see the city of Sarajevo and its surrounding areas.