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Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel Information

According to pharmacylib, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnian/Croatian: Bosna i Hercegovina, Serbian: Босна и Херцеговина) consists of the regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, both of which are in Europe. Bosnia and Herzegovina was created in 1992 with the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Bosnia and Herzegovina borders Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. The capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina is Sarajevo. A number of major cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are: Zenica, Mostar and Srebrenica.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is mainly known for the genocide that took place there in 1992 to 1995. Bosnian Serbs did not agree with the declaration of independence in 1992. The army of the Bosnian Serbs then entered several Bosnian towns (particularly in eastern Bosnia bordering Serbia) and massacred, imprisoned the non-Serb population there in prison camps or expelled. In 1995, a mass murder took place in Srebrenica, killing approximately 8,000 Muslim men and boys. After this incident, international action was taken and the Dayton Convention was drawn up. This was the end of the so-called Bosnian war. See rrrjewelry for travel destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The country is still recovering from this war. This can still be seen in many buildings that have never been rebuilt. Despite this, there is still a lot to experience for the tourist. The country is known for its grilled meat and fish dishes. In Bosnia and Herzegovina there are also several mountains where you can go mountaineering and skiing. You can also find beautiful waterfalls in the mountains. In addition, there are many beautiful old towns with impressive architecture.

Where is Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Travel information of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Official name: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Continent: Europe
Area: 51,197 km²
Capital: Sarajevo
Country code: BA, BIH
Population: 3,824,782 inhabitants (2021)
Government: Federal Republic
Highest point: 2,386 m (Maglić)
Distance (Amsterdam – Sarajevo): 1,374 km
Flight time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Bosnia and Herzegovina that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Most of the country has a continental climate: hot summers and harsh winters with lots of cold and snowfall. In the summer the temperatures are between 23 and 28 degrees and in the winter the temperatures are between -5 and 10 degrees. Mild earthquakes also occur regularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These rarely cause a nuisance.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. In these months you have summer temperatures and you can also enjoy nature that is in full bloom.

Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian are the official languages ​​of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Would you like to translate from or into Bosnian, Serbian and/or Croatian for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina for less than 90 days.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, payments are made with the Bosnian Convertible Mark (BAM). In addition, the euro is also accepted in many places.
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Bosnia and Herzegovina are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -51% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (70% cheaper), food (47% cheaper), imported beer in catering (56% cheaper), cigarettes (61% cheaper) and public transport (71% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina it is customary to tip because wages are very low. Good service is about 5-10% tip.

Time difference
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Bosnia and Herzegovina is the same as in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Bosnia and Herzegovina on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Bosnia and Herzegovina you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 122
– Fire Brigade: 123
– Ambulance: 124
With a GSM, you can also use the international numbers 911 and 112.

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap because of the chlorine content. You can drink safely from the many sources in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Bosnia and Herzegovina end
Official website of Bosnia and Herzegovina:

The country code (international access code) to call someone in Bosnia and Herzegovina is 00387 or +387.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Bosnia and Herzegovina? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

An overview of all public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Bosnia and Herzegovina?
At you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Bosnia and Herzegovina is emerging as a tourist destination?
…The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in the capital Sarajevo?
…Bosnia and Herzegovina has a coastline of no more than 21 km?
…The first trams in Europe drove in Sarajavo?
…More than 200,000 mines are still buried in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

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