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Last update 03 May 2022Diplomatic missions

Risk index

Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)

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Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address: ul. Radnička 30, 71000 Sarajevo
Telephone: +387 33 668 191; +387 33 206 848
Fax: +387 33 668 189
Out-of-hours hotline: +387 603 210 397
Office hours: 08.30 - 16.30 h
Consular section
Tel.: +387 33 203 115
Open hours for citizens: every working day, 09:00 - 12:00 h
Е-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/bosniaherzegovina

Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sofia
Address: 1, Alexander Zhendov Str., 1113 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 973 37 75
Fax number: +359 2 973 37 29
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

general information

Local currency

Bosnian Convertible Mark (ВАМ)

1,95583 ВАМ = 1 EUR

Interesting facts

Capital: Sarajevo

Official languages: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian

National Holiday: there is no national holiday officially accepted by all nationalities

Crime and security

Because of the significant number of unregistered weapons in the population, conflicts with local population should be avoided. It is advisable to not leave the private cars and trucks unattended, including at paid parking.

Customs requirements

Goods of non-commercial nature, gifts and souvenirs worth up to 200 convertible marks may be imported duty-free in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the personal luggage.

200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco and alcoholic beverages - 2 litres of wine or 1 litre of hard liquor can also be imported duty-free.

For more detailed information on customs requirements please check  HERE.

Specifics of legislation

While you are travelling in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you are subject to its laws. Рhotographing military or secure installations including airports, bridges, government checkpoints and troops is forbidden. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography is a crime. Persons violating Bosnia and Herzegovina’s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Bosnia and Herzegovina are severe, including long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Road traffic

Short beams should be lit throughout the year. In the period October 1 to April 15 vehicles must have winter equipment such as winter tires, chains, etc.

Healthcare

Bulgarian citizens must have travel and medical insurance for an amount of at least 30,000 EUR, valid for the period of travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In big cities the level of medical care is good. Small towns and villages are often unable to provide adequate medical care or hospitalization.

Travel papers and visas

 

Valid identity card or passport.

Bulgarian citizens can enter repeatedly the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina without visa for a total of 90 days within a period of 180 days.

Practical advice

Currently in Bosnia and Herzegovina there are still about 220,000 unexploded landmines. It is extremely important not to walk on a soft surface in unverified areas and abandoned buildings, and not to ignore the areas fenced by yellow tape and marked with "МИНЕ / MINE” signs. Avoid stops along the road, entering the bushes, do not go beyond the designated parking areas for recreation, walking or hiking.

Police is organising frequent checks on foreign-registered vehicles. Along with the driving license the green card of the car is also inspected.

The Embassy advises travellers in case of any problem on the way, to call 112. It is imperative to strictly adhere to speed limits on the road.

There is an increased number of beggars and thieves in the places frequented by tourists, therefore, it is recommended to stick to a tourist group and pay particular attention to the protection of personal belongings.

Breaking into apartments and stealing property is very common, especially if it is know that they are occupied by foreigners.

Bulgarian citizens may enter BiH if he/she at the BiH Border Crossing Points presents any of the following documents:
- negative PCR test or rapid antigen test on SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours if he/she comes from a European country, and if he/she comes from another country, not older than 72 hours until arrival at the border crossing point of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- certificate that a person has received the second dose of vaccine for COVID-19 before more than 14 days before the arrival at the Border Crossing Point of BiH or has received one dose before 14 days and more before the arrival at the Border Crossing Point of BiH, if it is a single dose vaccine;
- certificate issued by doctor showing that he/she has recovered from COVID-19 in the previous period from 14 to 180 days until the arrival to a Border Crossing Point of BiH.
Exemptions from the rule of presenting a negative test result or certificates are:
- the crew and cabin crew of the aircraft whose final destination is Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- drivers and co-drivers of freight vehicles when performing international transport of goods by road, provided that their stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina does not last longer than 12 hours;
- crews of freight trains and ships in international traffic;
- diplomatic and consular staff and staff of international organizations in the performance of their official duties, who must have and present an appropriate valid passport upon entering Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- civil protection services and teams when their entry into Bosnia and Herzegovina is urgent and cannot be postponed;
- members of the military forces of the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty and other states participating in the Partnership for Peace and members of the NATO and EUFOR Headquarters in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- heads of states and governments and members of their delegations whose arrival and departure from Bosnia and Herzegovina have been announced to Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina, through diplomatic channels or through protocols of the competent authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- foreigners transiting through the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the purpose of returning to the country of usual residence, without staying in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- a minor foreigner whose parent is a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a foreigner who is the spouse of a citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- children under the age of seven travelling with parents or guardians, if their parents or guardians possess negative PCR or rapid antigen test on SARS-CoV-2, or certificate on vaccination or certificate showing that he/she has recovered from COVID-19.
When entering in Bosnia and Herzegovina, no quarantine or self-isolation measures are prescribed, while upon entering in Bosnia and Herzegovina, all persons are obliged to follow the instructions and respect all orders of the competent epidemiological and health authorities (social distance, protective masks, hand disinfection, etc.).

 

Competitive service

 

Bulgarian identity documents

Consular Office of the Embassy in Sarajevo has the technical capability to collect biometric data and therefore, applications for all types of Bulgarian identity documents - passports, identity cards, driving license and a temporary passport are accepted.

Legalisation and certification

By virtue of the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina is a successor of the former Yugoslavia, which has a bilateral treaty for legal aid, the acts / documents drawn up in each of the two countries, do not require any further legalisation in order to serve before the institutions of the other country.

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