Bosnia and Herzegovina visa

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.


Do I Need a Visa to Visit Bosnia?

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.

  1. All EU citizens
  2. Iceland
  3. Russia (30 days)
  4. Albania
  5. Israel
  6. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  7. Andorra
  8. Japan
  9. Saint Lucia
  10. Antigua and Barbuda
  11. Kiribati
  12. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  13. Argentina
  14. Kuwait
  15. Samoa
  16. Azerbaijan
  17. Lichenstein
  18. San Marino
  19. Australia
  20. Macau
  21. Serbia
  22. Bahamas
  23. Malaysia
  24. Seychelles
  25. Bahrain
  1. Marshall Islands
  2. Singapore
  3. Barbados
  4. Mauritius
  5. Solomon Islands
  6. Brazil
  7. Mexico
  8. South Korea
  9. Brunei
  10. Micronesia
  11. Switzerland
  12. Canda
  13. Moldova
  14. Taiwan
  15. Chile
  16. Monaco
  17. Timor-Leste
  18. China
  19. Montenegro
  20. Tonga
  21. Colombia
  22. New Zeland
  23. Trinidad and Tobago
  24. Costa Rica
  25. Nicaragua
  1. Turkey
  2. Dominica
  3. North Macedonia
  4. Tuvalu
  5. El Salvador
  6. Norway
  7. Ukraine (30 days)
  8. Georgia
  9. Oman
  10. The United Arab Emirates
  11. Grenada
  12. Palau
  13. The Unites Kingdom
  14. Guatemala
  15. Panama
  16. The United States
  17. Hol See
  18. Paraguay
  19. Uruguay
  20. Honduras
  21. Peru
  22. Vanuata
  23. Hong Kong
  24. Qatar
  25. Venezuela

* 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.

Other Visa Exemptions

You are exempted from a Bosnian visa if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • If you are a holder of a national ID card of:
    • EU countries
    • Albania
    • Lichenstein
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • North Macedonia
    • San Marino
    • Serbia
    • Switzerland
  • If you hold a passport or residence permit from the European Union, Schengen Area Member States and the United States. You can enter Bosnia without a visa and stay there for 30 days. This rule does not apply if you have a Kosovo passport.
  • If you hold a diplomatic, official/official passport of:
    •  Belarus
    •  China
    •  Cuba
    •  Egypt
    •  Indonesia
    •  Iran
    •  Jordan
    •  Kazakhstan
    •  Moldova
    •  Pakistan
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Tunisia

Types of Bosnian Visas

The Bosnian visa types are grouped into these main categories:

  • Transit (A) visa.
  • Short-stay (C) visa.
  • Long-stay (D) visa. 

Bosnia Transit Visa

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 for Bosnia

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:

  1. Tourism.
  2. Business meeting.
  3. Medical treatment.
  4. Visiting family.
  5. Political events.
  6. Sports events.
  7. Training schools, etc.

*With a short-term stay visa, you cannot apply for a temporary residence permit.

Long-term visa for Bosnia

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:

  1. Work.
  2. Research .
  3. Medical treatment.
  4. Business .
  5. Family reunion.
  6. Research work, etc.

*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.


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Bosnia Visa Requirements

Below are all the necessary documents you need to submit when applying for a Bosnian visa:

  1. Valid passport.
    Your passport must be in good condition and have at least two blank pages.
  2. Copy of previous visa (if any).
  3. Identification documents.
    Your ID must be valid.
  4. Application form.
    Download the Bosnian application form online, print a hard copy and sign at the end.
  5. Tax payment.
    Complete the fee payment upon presentation of documents at the Bosnian Embassy/Consulate and complete payment in cash on the spot.
  6. A photo.
    Your photo must be passport size, color and taken within the last six months.
  7. Travel medical insurance.
    Your health insurance must be valid for the entire period of your stay in Bosnia.
  8. Proof of accommodation in Bosnia.
    This document proves that you have accommodation in Bosnia. This could be a rental contract, hotel reservation, invitation letter, etc.
  9. Invitation letter.
    Invitation letter written by your family members or friends in Bosnia. This document proves that you have a place to stay in Bosnia.
  10. Bank statement.
    This is a document issued by your bank and it must prove that you are financially stable and able to cover your own expenses during your stay in Bosnia.
  11. Flight route.
    This is a document that includes flight date, flight time and return ticket. A return ticket proves that you intend to return to your home country when your visa expires.

How to Apply for an Bosnian Visa?

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Login” button, which can be found in the menu on the right side of the screen.
  2. If you haven’t registered yet, please register yourself first. After registering, proceed to log in to the panel.
  3. Once you are logged in, navigate to the menu on the left side of the panel.
  4. Select the “Visa Application Form” option from the menu.
  5. Fill out this form with the required information.
  6. Finally, submit the completed form.

Is Bosnia in Schengen?

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.

How Long Does It Take to Process a Bosnian Visa?

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.

When Should I Submit my Bosnia Visa Application?

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.

Validity of a Bosnia Visa

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.

Bosnia Visa Fees

Here are the Bosnian visa fees:

  • €35 for a short-stay C visa single entry.
  • €65 for a short-stay C visa multiple entries.
  • €81 for a long-stay D visa.

*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.

What to Do If Your Bosnia Visa Application Is Rejected?

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.

Obtaining a Residence Permit for Bosnia

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:

  1. Temporary residence permit.
    • It allows you to stay in Bosnia for five years.
    • It is issued for the same reasons as a long-stay D visa.
  2. Permanent residence permit.
    • It allows you to stay in Bosnia permanently.
    • It Is issued for the same reasons as a temporary residence permit.

You can apply for a permanent residence permit after you have stayed in Bosnia for five years with a temporary residence permit.

How Can I Apply for Bosnian Citizenship?

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:

  1. Origin.
  2. Birth (if you are born in Bosnia).
  3. Adoption (if a Bosnian citizen adopts you).
  4. Naturalization.
  5. International agreement.

Reasons for Bosnia Visa Denial

Bosnian authorities can reject your visa for different purposes, such as:

  • Providing false information.
  • Submitting uncompleted documents.
  • Submitting documents that are not in good condition.
  • Not attending your visa appointment on time.
  • Not having a valid passport, etc.

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