Everything you need to know about a Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa
citizens can visit Bosnia and Herzegovina without a visa and stay in the
country for up to a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period.
you land in the nation, immigration officers will stamp your passport with the
granted stay period. If you do not have this stamp, you may be fined by the
Border Police when exiting Bosnia and Herzegovina.
should ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months when you
arrive in Bosnian or Herzegovinan airports.
Additionally, you should ensure that
you carry proof of sufficient funds and a detailed itinerary about your
subsequent travel plans.
Important points to note
You can use UK Emergency Travel Documents to enter, exit, or transit via Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Once you are in the country, you have to register with the local police within three days of arrival. Usually, hotels and registered hostels carry out the registration process.
If your intended stay period in Bosnia and Herzegovina exceeds 90 days, you have to apply for a residency permit through the Border Police.
The officers will request you to present a valid passport and a British Police document that proves you have zero criminal records in the United Kingdom. You can get this document from a local police authority in the UK prior to your travel dates.
Minors aged below 18 years, who are traveling alone or with adults who are not their parents, must carry a notarized letter (containing the accompanying adult’s name) from their parents, which clearly states that permission has been given for travel.
Again, the name of the accompanying adult must be clearly stated.
Again, if only one parent is with the minor and especially if both the surnames of the travelers are different, then the parent must be able to produce a notarized letter from the other parent giving permission to travel.
Visa requirements for foreigners
If you do not belong to any of the visa-exempt countries under the Bosnian visa-free policy and are residing in the UK, you should first contact the Bosnian Embassy in London on what type of visa you need.
Since Bosnia is an applicant seeking membership in the European Union, it follows a similar visa policy as that of the Schengen Area. It grants entry without a visa to all Schengen nationalities as well as to countries of Azerbaijan, Bahrain, China, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Russia, and Turkey. In fact, Bosnia allows visa-free entry to citizens of 97 territories.
Now, if you are sure that you do need an entry visa, you should know about the general visas offered by Bosnian authorities. Below are the major visa categories:
- Transit visa
- Short-term visa
- Long-term visa
You would require the following list of documents for all types of visas:
- A completed and signed visa application form
- A passport or a UK residence permit that is valid for a minimum of three months from the visa expiry date
- One recent, passport-size photograph
- Comprehensive travel health insurance that covers the entire duration of stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Return or onward travel tickets or detailed travel itinerary
- Proof of employment or education in the form of a signed letter from the applicant’s
- employer or academic institute. Self-employed applicants can submit a letter from his/her solicitor, accountant or bank manager. Unemployed applicants can share their social benefit booklet and retired applicants should present their pension book
- Proof of financial stability in the form of the last bank statement
Please carry the following supporting documents along with the above-listed primary documents as per your respective visa type:
Transit visa or visa B (available in single and double entries and valid for a maximum stay of up to five days)
- An entry permit or visa for the next country on the itinerary
- Proof of travel in the form of bus or rail tickets. Those who are taking their own vehicle should present a registration document, evidence of legal ownership of the vehicle, and insurance papers
- A green card (if applicable)
Short-term visa or visa C (available in single and multiple entries and offers validities of up to 90 days. It is issued for visits involving business, tourism, private visit)
- A signed and stamped voucher, in original and containing the applicant’s name, from an authorized travel agency or hotel in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Private visit visa
- An original invitation letter from the host who is a Bosnia and Herzegovina citizen or a resident with a residence permit valid for one year and staying in the nation for a family reunion. This letter should be certified by a competent authority in B&H such as the local Ministry of Security’s Service for Foreigners in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- A letter of invitation in original from a domestic or foreign Bosnian company which is certified by the competent authority like the Ministry of Security’s Service for Foreigners in Bosnia and Herzegovina
- An original cover letter from the employer describing the purpose of visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Long-term visa or visa D (available in single or multiple entries and valid for up to 90 days)
- All the primary documents and supporting documents listed under Visa C
Visas for minors
- The application form must have signatures of both the parents
- If one parent is unavailable, he/she needs to submit a letter of agreement for the child to travel, which is certified by the notary public. This should be accompanied by a copy of his/her passport
- Applicant’s birth certificate, in original and a notarized copy, which has names of both the parents
- An original or a certified/notarized copy of a letter from the school, confirming that the applicant is enrolled in that institute
Once you have the documents ready, you can lodge an application through the consular section of the embassy in person. If approved, the stamped passport should reach you within three working days.
However, if you apply for a visa D, you should make an application at least three months in advance from your intended day of travel.
You have to pay a non-refundable visa administration fee prior to submitting the application. Once you arrive at the embassy, you will receive a payslip payable to “Embassy of Bosnia and
Herzegovina”. Fees are not accepted in cash or cheques.