US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to terrorism and land mines. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.

Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 3 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 2 blank pages in their passport for any entry stamp that will be required. A visa is not required as long as you do not stay in the country more than 3 months.

US Embassy/Consulate

[387] (33) 704-000; US Embassy in Sarajevo, 1 Robert C. Frasure Street, 71000, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;;

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

Ambulance: 124; Fire: 123; Police: 122


See WHO recommendations


Hot summers and cool winters; areas of high elevation have short, cool summers and long, severe winters; mild, rainy winters along coast

Currency (Code)

Konvertibilna markas (BAM)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F

Plug Type CPlug Type F

Major Languages

Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian

Major Religions

Muslim 50.7%, Orthodox 30.7%, Roman Catholic 15.2%, atheist 0.8%. Agnostic 0.3%, other 1.2%, undeclared/no answer 1.1%

Time Difference

UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time); daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March, ends last Sunday in October

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Sarajevo; Mostar (includes Old Bridge); Blagaj; Pocitelj; Kravica Waterfalls; Stecci Medieval tombstone graveyard; Medjugorje

Major Sports

Soccer, basketball

Cultural Practices

Most hostels will request you to remove shoes before entering.

Tipping Guidelines

It is common to leave a 10-15% tip for good restaurant service. Bartenders and wait staff do not include a tip on the bill. Taxi drivers will often round their fare up, but a few extra markas will go a long way. A tip of 50 cents (USD) a night is appropriate for hotel maid staff.


Wood-carved items, copper cookware and brassware, ceramics, handmade carpets, hand-embroidered clothing and linens, leather boxes, liquor

Traditional Cuisine

Ćevapi — grilled ground beef kebabs served with chopped raw onions

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022