Bosnia and Herzegovina Basics

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The Basics


Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October).

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Money: The currency in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the Konvertibilna Marka (BAM), comprised of 100 pfeninga. Some Euro notes (but not coins) are accepted. The Euro and US Dollar are the preferred foreign currencies. Credit cards are not always accepted but ATMs are available in the major cities. Banking hours are from Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm.

Currency Exchange Rates

BAM1.00 = USD 0.56GBP 0.46CAD 0.75AUD 0.83ZAR 8.51EUR 0.51NZD 0.89
Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.

Language: Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian are the official languages. English and German are also widely spoken and understood.

Entry requirements for Americans: US nationals require a passport valid for at least 3 months following the departure date from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A visa is required for visits exceeding 90 days.

Entry requirements for UK nationals: UK nationals require a passport valid for at least three months following the departure date from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A visa is required for visits exceeding 90 days.

Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadians require a passport valid for at least 3 months following the departure date from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A visa is required for visits exceeding 90 days.

Entry requirements for Australians: Australians require a passport valid for at least 3 months following the departure date from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A visa is required for visits exceeding 90 days.

Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals require a valid passport and a visa. South Africans who hold a Schengen visa or multiple-entry visa from certain countries will be allowed to stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 30 days.

Entry requirements for New Zealanders: New Zealand citizens require a passport valid for at least 3 months following the departure date from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A visa is required for visits exceeding 90 days.

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals require a passport valid for at least three months following the departure date from Bosnia and Herzegovina. A visa is required for visits exceeding 90 days.

Passport/Visa Note: Travellers are advised to hold return or onward tickets, all documents required for their next destination, and sufficient funds, as well as a valid passport. It is recommended that passports be valid for a minimum of 3 months after departure from destination. Visa requirements vary depending on nationality.

Travel Health: While there are no serious health risks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are recommended, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations. A typhoid vaccination is also advisable for travellers who may eat or drink outside the main restaurants and hotels. Travellers should take out comprehensive medical insurance.

Tipping: Tipping in bars and restaurants is expected, usually five to 10 percent of the total bill.

Safety Information: Most visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina are trouble free but there is an underlying threat from terrorism and attacks could occur in places frequented by travellers. Take normal precautions to avoid mugging, bag-snatching and pick-pocketing. Travellers are urged to avoid public demonstrations.

Local Customs: The local people observe very traditional hosting etiquette, often offering guests cigarettes, coffee and sweets. The war and politics are not generally welcome topics of conversation, and such subjects should be broached with caution. Alcohol should not be consumed in the company of Muslims.

Business: Business is conducted in quite a formal manner and shaking hands is a common greeting. Business cards are required and translation facilities are available on request. Business hours are generally 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Government offices tend to close earlier.

Communications: The international access code for Bosnia and Herzegovina is +387. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). Public phones, cell phone reception and internet connections are available in most places, with internet cafés located in the main towns.

Duty Free: Travellers may import 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco, 1 litre of spirits over 22 percent and 2 litres of wine, 60ml of perfume and gifts to the value of US$ 113 without incurring customs duty.