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Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes thousands of tourists every year. If you want to visit Bosnia, you should check whether you need a visa to enter the country.
If you are from a country that requires a visa, you can apply for a short-term or long-term visa. A short-term stay visa allows you to stay in Bosnia for 90 days, while a long-term stay visa allows you to stay for a year.
If you come from a country that does not require a visa, you can enter Bosnia with only a valid passport.
You do not need a visa to visit Bosnia for 90 days within 180 days if you are a citizen, refugee, or stateless person from one of the following countries.
* Citizens of the countries listed above can enter in Bosnia with just a valid passport.
Note: Refugees and stateless persons residing in Central and South America and the Caribbean countries need a visa to visit Bosnia.
You are exempted from a Bosnian visa if you fit into one of the following categories:
The Bosnian visa types are grouped into these main categories:
Transit visa is issued to foreign nationals who require a visa to transit through Bosnia airport when traveling to another country.
A transit visa does not allow you to leave the Bosnian airport, but only allows you to change your flight from Bosnia to another country.
It is issued with one, two or more entries and is valid for three months.
Short-term stay visa is issued to foreign nationals who wish to visit Bosnia for 90 days within a 180-day period.
This visa is issued for one, two or more entries.
You can apply for a short-term visa to Bosnia for the following reasons:
*With a short-term stay visa, you cannot apply for a temporary residence permit.
Long-term visas are issued to foreign nationals who wish to stay in Bosnia for six to twelve months. This visa is issued for one, two or more entries.
Long-term visas are issued for the following purposes:
*If you want to stay in Bosnia for more than a year, with a long-term stay visa you can apply for a temporary residence permit.
Below are all the necessary documents you need to submit when applying for a Bosnian visa:
Bosnia is not a part of the Schengen Agreement, but it aspires to become a part of the EU. However, holders of a Schengen visa or passport may enter without a visa in Bosnia and stay for 30 days.
The processing time for a Bosnian visa is from 5 working days to one month. It starts from the date that the embassy/consulate receives your visa application form.
You must submit your application at least one month before your traveling date for a short-stay C visa.
If you are applying for a long-stay D visa, you must submit your application three months before your traveling date.
The validity of a Bosnian visa depends on your visa type. So, if you apply for a short-stay visa, you can stay in Bosnia for 30 days. If you apply for a long-stay visa, you may stay in Bosnia for one year.
However, if you plan on staying for longer than one year, you should apply for a temporary residence permit.
Here are the Bosnian visa fees:
*If your visa is rejected, the embassy will not refund your money.
Note: Fees can slightly change depending on the embassy/consulate, currency, age, etc.
If your Bosnian visa is rejected, you can reapply for the same visa or appeal the rejection by writing an appeal letter to the embassy/consulate that has rejected your visa.
A residence permit allows you to stay in Bosnia longer than one year. However, depending on how long you plan to stay, you can apply for a:
You can apply for a permanent residence permit after you have stayed in Bosnia for five years with a temporary residence permit.
To obtain Bosnian citizenship, you must stay in Bosnia for five years with a temporary residence permit and another five years with a permanent residence permit.
You can obtain Citizenship of Bosnia by:
Bosnian authorities can reject your visa for different purposes, such as: