Bosnia and Herzegovina
I didn’t know too much about Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) before deciding to come to the Balkans. There is talk of the war and of “East meeting West” but even then I didn’t have a firm grasp on what I would be stepping into. Having both Ottoman and Habsburg influences, this country brings together cultures, religions and politics of al different backgrounds in a beautiful amalgamation that is modern day Bosnia. This integration isn’t perfect and it is deeply layered in their past, both long ago and much more recent, however, getting to spend time here learning about it all will leave you both more grateful and open minded.
Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap
Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)
Entry allowed without quarantine for those who are fully vaccinated, have a Covid recovery certificate or a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen no older than 48 hours if coming from Europe. Test can be within 72 hours if coming from a non European country.
Official currency: KM Bosnian Mark
Budget: Budget travelers can enjoy hostels for under €15 but usually under €10 and you can buy burek and other cheap meals for only a Euro or two. Those looking to upgrade can find apartment and guest houses starting at only €15 and not going up much past €50.
Credit cards: Accepted in tourist spots and hotels but best to carry cash, especially for smaller purchases.
Tipping: 10% at service related place, but some already add it in, so make sure to check
97 jurisdictions can enter visa free for 90 days within 180
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**
**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**
Exercise Increased Precautions
NEVER go on unmarked paths. Suspected hazardous zones are usually clearly marked but undiscovered landmines are still around
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Bosnian
Hello: Zdravo Goodbye: Doviđenja
Yes: Da No: Ne
Beer: Pivo Wine: Vino
When to go
High season is July and August . May, June and September are best for hiking since temps are cooler than the peak of summer. Sarajevo can still be fairly colder than expected, even in spring. February and March are great for winter activities which are cheaper than farther west and offer more daylight than peak winter.
Hire local guides
Shop, eat and stay local
Be environmentally friendly