BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a mountainous playground that is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination. This long-forgotten jewel of southern Europe is now third in the world in terms of tourism growth rate, and it is easy to see why. Stunning landscapes combined with historical and cultural heritage make it one of the most fascinating countries to visit in Europe.

 

In the capital of Sarajevo, you will find cobblestone streets lined by an intriguing mix of religious edifices and lively cafés. Away from the city are many other delights, such as the medieval town of Jajce, with its citadel and the Old Bridge of Mostar.

 

Adventure-seekers will most certainly not run out of things to do in the unspoiled Sutjeska National Park. Avid skiers flock to the slopes of the Bjelasnica and Igman mountains. Water adventures are also popular, with majestic rivers crisscrossing scenic destinations throughout the country.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Bosnia and Herzegovina has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals or residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Nationals of Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro may also enter the country as of June 1. Diplomats and consular staff, civil servants coming for employment, border workers, military personnel, heads of states and their delegations, travelers in transit to their home countries, and travelers with special permits to stay or transit in the country may also enter.Bosnia and Herzegovina's borders are open for citizens and residents of the US, EU and Schengen countries with a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (this does not apply to Croatian citizens).For other non-resident foreign nationals, there is still an entry ban, though some with special circumstances (e.g. for a business meeting, for a funeral, for medical treatment, or in the company of a BiH-citizen spouse) may enter. Special documentation and/or a negative COVID test may be required.Check here for more information.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Sarajevo
  • Currency: Convertible Mark (BAM)
  • Area: 51,129 sq km
  • Population: 3,324 million (2018)
  • Language: Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian
  • Religion: Muslims 50.7%, Orthodox Christians 30.75%, Roman Catholics 15.19%, others 3.36%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 Jan New Year’s Day.
  • 6 Jan – 7 Jan Orthodox Christmas.
  • 15 Jan Orthodox New Year.
  • 27 Jan St Sava’s Day.
  • 1 Mar Independence Day.
  • 1 May Labor Day.
  • 1 Nov All Saints’ Day.
  • 25 Nov National Statehood Day (regional)
  • 25 Dec Christmas.

(Also, Christian Easter, Assumption Day.)

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Bosnia and Herzegovina is characterised by several distinct climate types: temperate continental of the northern and central regions; sub-mountainous and mountainous, and Adriatic and modified Adriatic climate. Rainfall is largely constant throughout the year, however the seasonal onset and distribution of rainfall over the past two decades has reportedly been highly variable, causing unexpected flooding and periods of drought, along with high temperatures.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Bosnia and Herzegovina is from December until April. It is a relatively cheap ski destination in comparison to Western Europe.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina is from May to September. With 275 hikes and 4 nature trails, there's no shortage of outdoor activities!

BEACH:

At first, Bosnia and Herzegovina may appear to be landlocked, however, there is a short 20 km long coastline with a handful of beautiful beaches and beach resorts! The best beach weather is from May to September.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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WHERE TO GO

 
  • Kayak the Unac and Krivaja rivers

  • Explore the extreme canyoning routes of the Rakitnica and Bjela rivers

  • Ski at Bjelasnica and Jahorina, both close to Sarajevo

  • Trek and hike the beautiful peaks, including Stjeska National Park, which is home to the nation’s highest, Maglic Mountain

  • Go fly fishing and boating on the Bihac, Sanica, and Sana rivers

  • Take a day trip around the historical districts of the two largest cities, Sarajevo and Banja Luka, both of which contain stunning ancient fortresses, monasteries and mosques

  • Visit Neum, the country’s only beach

  • Sightsee on the old Ottoman bridge in Mostar

  • Join in the festivities of the Winter Festival and Sarajevo Festival

  • Tour Roman and prehistoric sites around the country, including Badanj Cave, Neretva, and Mogorjelo

  • Traverse the Bosnian Kingdom Trail

 

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