Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Bosnia and Herzegovina to ease COVID-19 entry restrictions 0600 Sep. 12; most foreigners allowed entry with a negative COVID-19 test.

Alert Begins 11 Sep 2020 11:42 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions remain

Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina will ease the country's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) entry restrictions beginning 0600 on Sept. 12. All foreigners will be permitted to enter the country provided they possess a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. In addition, all citizens of Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro as well as any immediate family members who might not be citizens of these countries will be allowed entry without a negative COVID-19 test provided they are entering from their country of citizenship. Cabin crews, freight crews, diplomats, members of foreign militaries stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as passengers transiting through Bosnia are not required to provide a negative test.

The international airports in Sarajevo (SJJ), Tuzla (TZL), Banja Luka (BNX), and Mostar (OMO) have reopened for international commercial flights. Nonessential businesses, including restaurants, bars, and shopping malls, have reopened, subject to social-distancing requirements. Most educational facilities remain closed nationwide. Indoor gatherings of up to 100 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed. Public transport is operating on a reduced schedule. Individuals must wear a protective face mask when in public and keep at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) away from others.

Any restrictions may be extended or otherwise amended with little to no advance notice, depending on disease activity in the country.

Follow all official instructions. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories, and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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