BiH: Facilitated entry of foreigners into the country

BiH: Facilitated entry of foreigners into the country

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (VMBiH), at the proposal of the Ministry of Security, unanimously adopted the Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Prescribing Additional Conditions for the Entry of Foreigners into Bosnia and Herzegovina, which aims to simplify the entry of foreigners, avoid endangering the health of citizens and to preserve the economy in BiH.

Amendments to the Decision stipulate that foreigners may enter BiH if they present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-KoV-2 virus at the border crossing, not older than 48 hours if they come from European countries, and if they come from other countries, tests that are not older than 72 hours until arrival at the BiH border crossing.

Also, the entry of foreigners into BiH will be approved with the presented confirmation that the vaccination with two doses of vaccine against Covid-19 was completed at least 14 days before arrival at the border crossing, ie that the person was vaccinated with one dose 14 days or more before arrival at the border crossing if it is a single-dose vaccine.

Foreigners who have a doctor’s certificate that they have overcome the Covid-19 disease in the period from 14 to 180 days before arriving at the BiH border crossing are also allowed to enter BiH.

Without fulfilling these measures, children under the age of seven, travelling accompanied by parents or guardians who have one of the four required proofs, as well as foreigners with approved temporary or permanent residence in BiH, may enter BiH if they return to Bosnia and Herzegovina after leaving and staying only in Montenegro, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia, provided that the total stay in these countries did not last longer than 48 hours from leaving the territory of BiH, as evidenced by the imprint of the exit or entry stamp in the alien’s travel document.

Also, without fulfilling these measures, foreigners, citizens of the Republic of Turkey who cross the BiH border every day to perform works on the construction of the Rača bridge within the construction of the Sarajevo-Belgrade-Sarajevo highway according to the list of persons to be submitted to the BiH Border Police.

This decision enters into force on the day of its adoption and will be published in the “Official Gazette of BiH”, the Council of Ministers of BiH announced.

The VMBiH reminds that the previous provisions that, among other things, allow citizens of neighbouring countries – Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without presenting a PCR / rapid antigen test or confirmation of vaccination, ie Covid’s disease, remain in force. -19.

The VMBiH, with eight votes in favour and two against, did not pass the Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Visas, as well as the Decision on Mandatory Application of Preferential Domestic Treatment in Public Procurement Procedures.

The VMBiH will decide on these decisions again in the second round of voting, stated the announcement.