Authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are tightening coronavirus disease (COVID-19) entry restrictions as of Oct. 26. Protective face coverings are mandatory in outdoor public spaces, as well as all indoor spaces. Authorities have instructed all hospitals and health institutions to designate 30 percent of their capacity for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, due to current insufficiencies.
All foreigners are permitted to enter the country provided they possess a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Cabin crews, freight crews, diplomats, members of foreign militaries stationed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as passengers transiting through the country are not required to provide a negative test. Citizens of Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro, as well as immediate family members, can enter without a negative COVID-19 test provided they are entering from their country of citizenship.
Nonessential businesses, including restaurants, bars, and shopping malls, have reopened, subject to social-distancing requirements. Public gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. Individuals must wear a protective facemask when in public, including on public transport, and keep at least 2 meters (6.5 feet) away from people from different households.
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 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.