Living in Europe | Medical care | Bosnia and Herzegovina

All Bosnian employees undergo regular health checks to ensure that they are physically capable to do their jobs and that they will not transmit any disease or injure anyone. People in the food industry are particularly checked and random health and safety checks for the premises are held often. Food providers are held to the highest standards. A Bosnian kitchen is expected to be spotless and food safety is very important.

All tap water in Sarajevo is clean, pure and most definitely safe. However in other parts of Bosnia, especially the Posavina Region and Eastern Bosnia, drinking tap water is highly discouraged as it is the cause of illness. Boiled tap water is still not safe to drink. Most cities in these regions have tap areas (especially near hospitals) with clearly marked labels reading "Water for drinking". This water is safe to drink as well as bottled water you can buy in shops and from street vendors.

Be aware of the harmful thick smog that blankets cities such as Sarajevo, Zenica, Tuzla, Brčko and Visoko. If you are an asthmatic or sensitive on the lungs, be sure to wear a medical mask as to avoid illness and wrecking your trip. Air pollution is caused by emissions from industry, motor vehicles and burning of rubbish, which is very common around the country. It is worst during the winter time in Sarajevo when soot covers the basin. It is recommended to escape to the mountains on bad days, and to breathe clean air found above the "smogbank".

Since the food is very rich, some extra exercise may help

Citizens of countries with which B&H has signed social security agreements,  during his stay in RS, BiH can use health care in accordance with the agreement.

List of these country: Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Hungary, Turkey, the Netherlands, Austria Germany, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Slovakia.

Before coming in Republic of Srpska, they should take out the necessary forms in their countries, on the basis of which they will be issued in the Republic of Srpska’s hospital list. The necessary procedures before coming to the RS should be informed in more detail in the countries from which they come. Health care services can be used in healthcare facilities that have an agreement with the Health Insurance Fund of Republif of Srpska, and the scope of rights is given to the patient's record. When using the insured health services of countries with which B&H has signed the agreement, foreigners  are obliged to adhere to the procedures set forth by the Republic of Srpska, and that before the use of health care by the organizational units of the Fund requested the issuance of the form (hospital list).

For insured Austria and Slovenia, the European insurance card is valid for health insurance. Citizens of those countries may use the services of all public health institutions.

If you are coming from a country that has not signed a contract with our country, you have at disposal a large number of private clinics and clinics that are in compliance with all international health standards.

More information about insurance, see your security service, or on the following pages:

Health Insurance Fund of the Republic of Srpska:

Health Insurance and Reinsurance of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina: