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Read This Before Travelling To Bosnia And Herzegovina

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!

This week we visit: Bosnia and Herzegovina


People of Bosnia and Herzegovina are rather generous and show great hospitality, but the war has left some marks on the atmosphere itself.

Protests can occur, often without any notice. Small peaceful demonstrations continue to take place and can cause traffic disruptions and prevent access to public buildings.

Serious ethnic and religious tensions occasionally result in demonstrations or other forms of conflict. You should avoid demonstrations and public gatherings as a foreigner, as they have can become violent and foreigners could also be targeted.

Monitor the media for information about safety and security risks.

Look out for suspicious behavior, as you would in your own country. Don’t provoke or challenge authorities.

The crime rate is moderate. Home robbery and vehicle theft occur. Car theft is high in the capital, Sarajevo. Petty crime, pickpocketing and bag snatching also happen, especially at markets and bars, at train and bus terminals, and on public transport. Foreigners are usually not targeted, but there is a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Avoid being alone late at night in clubs and bars.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, cash payment is in local currency (the Bosnian Mark), or in Euros. ATMs are becoming more common. Credit cards and debit cards are increasingly accepted outside Sarajevo, but it is advisable to have enough cash with you if travelling outside of the cities. Travelers’ checks can be cashed at banks.

Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place.

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