Visa policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Visitors to Bosnia and Herzegovina must obtain a visa from one of the Bosnia and Herzegovina diplomatic missions unless they are citizens of one of the visa-exempt countries.

As an applicant country for membership in the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina maintains visa policy similar to the visa policy of the Schengen Area.

Bosnia and Herzegovina grants visa-free entry to all Schengen Annex II nationalities except Kosovo and it also grants visa-free entry to several additional countries - Azerbaijan, China, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia and Turkey.

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Visa policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visa exemption

Ordinary passports

Holders of ordinary passports of the following countries and territories (including resident stateless persons and refugees) may enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without a visa for the following period:[1][2]

90 days

90 days within any 180 days

90 days within any 6 months

30 days within any 60 days

ID - May enter with an ID card (including Irish passport card) in lieu of a passport.
# - Up to a maximum stay of 180 days per year.

Substitute visa

Valid multiple entry visa holders and residents of the European Union, Schengen Area member states, and United States of America can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without a visa for a maximum stay of 30 days.[3][4] This is not applicable to holders of Kosovan passport.[5]

Non-ordinary passports

In addition to countries whose citizens are visa-exempt, holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Belarus, China, Cuba, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia and holders of only diplomatic passports of Algeria and Armenia do not require a visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Visa is also not required for stateless persons and refugees residing in countries whose citizens do not require a visa for Bosnia and Herzegovina (except for countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean).[6]


Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens may enter without a visa some of the countries whose citizens are granted visa-free access to Bosnia and Herzegovina but require a visa for Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brunei, Canada, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada (grants visa on arrival), Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Kuwait, Mauritius (grants visa on arrival), Marshall Islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Paraguay, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu (grants visa on arrival), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Venezuela.

Visitors statistics

Most visitors arriving to Bosnia and Herzegovina on short-term basis are from the following countries of nationality:[7]

Country 2018 2017
 Croatia 116,823 96,986
 Turkey 90,749 85,416
 Serbia 88,797 77,867
 Slovenia 65,002 55,527
 Germany 50,402 34,612
 South Korea 45,388 52,056
 Italy 44,979 43,718
 Poland 39,811 39,551
 United Arab Emirates 35,255 33,896
 United States 28,187 25,926
 Austria 26,560 23,889
Total 1,052,898 923,221

See also


  1. ^ "Visa information".
  2. ^ "Visa and passport". Timatic. International Air Transport Association through Emirates. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. ^ Decision on Visas (PDF) (Decision, 17). 18 December 2014.
  4. ^ Decision on Visas-Amendments (PDF) (Decision, 2). 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "TOURISM STATISTICS Cumulative data, January - December 2018" (PDF). Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHAS). Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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