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State Department: Bosnia - Herzegovina - Travel Warning, March 26, 1999

Bosnia - Herzegovina - Travel Warning
March 26, 1999

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the commencement of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military operations on March 24 against Serbia- Montenegro, there is an increased possibility for retaliation against U.S. citizens and interests in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly in the Republika Srpska entity. On March 25, the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Banja Luka was attacked by demonstrators. There have also been violations of Bosnian airspace by Serbian military aircraft.

U.S. citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are urged to consider their personal security situation and, if appropriate, to leave the country. Americans remaining in Bosnia and Herzegovina should avoid crowds and demonstrations, keep a low profile, and stay alert for changes in the security situation.

The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was halted by the Dayton Peace Accords in November 1995. However, there are still risks from occasional localized political violence, landmines, unexploded ordnance, and carjacking. As many as one million landmines are still scattered throughout the country, and visitors are advised to remain on well- trafficked surfaces and roadways. There are also occasional flare-ups of violence, sometimes linked to protests over the return of displaced persons and arrests of war criminals. Visitors should avoid crowds and stay away from demonstrations.

U.S. citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina are urged to contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo to register and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Consular Section is located at Ali Pasina 43, tel. (387)(71) 445-700, fax (387)(71) 659-969. For further information on travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, please consult the Department of State's latest Consular Information Sheet on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

This Travel Warning supersedes the March 23 Travel Warning on Bosnia and Herzegovina to update the security situation.

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