Visa formalities

Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina regulated exemption from visa provision obligation and visa regime, and determined the states whose citizens can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina using a document other than passport, by Decision on Visas (published on 23 October 2008 in the Official Gazette RS no. 100/08).

Entry and exit from the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina is easy if you have the appropriate documentation. Procedures are standard. 

Nationals of the following states may enter into Bosnia and Herzegovina with a passport or a valid identity card proving identity and citizenship of:  

  • Member State of the European Union

  • State signatory to the Schengen Agreement

  • Andorra, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Serbia, the Holy See and Swiss Confederation


Detailed information on citizens of other countries that are exempted from visas for entry and short-term stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, can be found here.


Most other visitors need a visa which can be obtained at embassies and consular offices of Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout the world. Officially, the people who are in Bosnia and Herzegovina entered with visas should be registered with the police within 24 hours of departure.


If you are crossing Bosnia and Herzegovina border by car, it is necessary to possess the evidence of registration of the vehicle, proof of ownership of the vehicle and evidence of ownership of automobile liability insurance that is valid for the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. If your insurance does not apply in Bosnia and Herzegovina it is necessary to buy insurance at the border crossing.


The minimum amount of financial resources required for the stay of foreigners on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina is BAM 150.00 (or equivalent in freely convertible foreign currency) - for each day of the intended stay.


List of embassies and consular missions of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the world

List of foreign embassies and consular missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina


The visa application form (pdf) 

Rulebook on the procedure of visa issuance in diplomatic and consular missions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and technical matters regarding conditions for the issuance of airport transit visas (Visa A) and transit visas (Visa B)
Rulebook on the issuance of long stay visas (Visa D) and the procedure of issuing these visas


Visa expiration

Request for visa expiration date extension is to be submitted to an authority of the Ministry of the Interior, competent for foreign citizens' matters, according to place of temporary residence of foreign citizen.

Visa expiration date is to be extended for the period of up to 90 days.