The migration policy of Bosnia and Herzegovina is very loyal to Russian citizens: from now on, “Russo tourists” can visit the country without visas. Formalities are reduced to a minimum: to cross the border, a passport valid at the time of departure from the country is sufficient, a travel voucher is not required. In some cases, border guard officers may ask for additional documents, but in practice this happens extremely rarely. Another nice moment is the opportunity to go to neighboring Montenegro (where a visa is also not required). But to visit Croatia, you need to have a Croatian or a valid Schengen visa. According to petwithsupplies, Sarajevo is one of the largest cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Entry into the country
To cross the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina, you will need a foreign passport, the validity of which overlaps the date of the intended departure from the country.
It is also necessary to have return tickets on hand, or tickets to a third country during a transit trip, an insurance policy with coverage of at least 30,000 EUR and proof of sufficient funds for the entire trip – cash or credit card. These documents may be asked to be presented at passport control, however, as a rule, this does not happen.
Period of visa-free stay
Important: the period of visa-free stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina should not exceed 30 days during each period of 60 days from the date of first entry into the country. The visa-free entry rule does not apply to persons who are going to work on the territory of the republic – in this case, it is necessary to obtain a work visa in advance at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Moscow.
Documents for minors
If a child enters Bosnia and Herzegovina accompanied by one parent, a notarized consent from the second parent is required, and if traveling alone or in the company of third parties, a similar consent from both parents is required.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Hotels
The situation with resettlement in Bosnia and Herzegovina is rather ambiguous, which is to blame for the long “Soviet” past without thoughts of comfortable tourism and the legacy of the Balkan conflict. In general hotels in the countrya little, the available ones are either cheap and absolutely no frills, or “with a claim”, but expensive compared to neighboring Croatia or Montenegro. Category – from two to four “stars”, which, based on the real set of services, is very subjective. There are practically no “fives” in Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the same time, in recent years, more and more private pensions have appeared, nice, with home furnishings and cuisine and at an affordable price. The largest selection of hotels is in Sarajevo, Mostar, Banja Luka and Neum; in other cities of the country with accommodation there may be problems. Backpackers can stay in hostels and hostels, active tourists in rental cars can stay in suburban motels, which often offer unexpectedly high quality services at low rates.
Mains voltage 220 V, 50 Hz. Two-pin sockets, no adapter required. There are frequent night power outages in the winter – in the outback it is more noticeable, while in the capital and large cities, each hotel has its own generator.
The currency of the country is the Convertible Mark (BAM), 1 mark is equal to 100 fenings. Current exchange rate: 1 BAM = 31.2 RUB (1 USD = 1.85 BAM, 1 EUR = 1.94 BAM).
Despite having their own currency, tourists can pay in euros almost everywhere – not only in hotels, but also in ordinary shops, restaurants and gas stations. For this reason, it is better to bring European currency into the country, since US dollars are not accepted in cash everywhere, and they will have to be exchanged for Bosnian marks.
You can exchange currency for stamps at banks, exchange offices, at the hotel reception. Receipts for the exchange must be kept, as when leaving the country they will be required for the reverse exchange of stamps for euros. In the capital and tourist cities, there will be no problems with withdrawing funds from a bank card (Visa and Mastercard systems), but when traveling around the country, it is better to stock up on cash.
Banks are open from 8:00 to 19:00 from Monday to Friday.
Tips are standard – 10% of the bill, they are optional, but desirable.
Useful phone numbers
Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Moscow: st. Mosfilmovskaya, 50 building 1; tel.: (499) 147-64-88, 147-64-89.
Embassy of Russia in Sarajevo: st. Uriyan Dedina, 93; tel.: (33) 668-147, 210-913.
The unified emergency number is 112, the police is 122, the fire department is 123, the ambulance is 124, and the telephone information center is 1182.
Codes of some cities: Sarajevo – 33, Banja Luka – 51, Mostar – 36, Tuzla – 35.