State Department: Bosnia-Hercegovina - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992
Bosnia-Hercegovina - Consular Information Sheet
Warning: The Department of State has a Travel Warning for
Bosnia-Hercegovina. U.S. citizens are warned not to travel to
Bosnia-Hercegovina for any reason, due to the ongoing civil war.
October 7, 1992
U.S. Assistance: The U.S. has not yet opened an Embassy in
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Hercegovinia. The United States
Information Service (USIS) Center formerly located in Sarajevo is
closed. U.S. citizens who choose to visit or remain in
Bosnia-Hercegovina despite the warning can register at the U.S.
Embassy in either Belgrade or Zagreb and obtain updated information
on travel and security. U.S. Embassy assistance is limited,
however, due to conflict in the area, lack of communications and
reduced Embassy staffing. The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade is located
at Kneza Milosa 50; telephone 645-655. The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb
is located at Andrije Hebranga 2, tel 444-800.
Entry Requirements: At the present time, Bosnia-Hercegovina entry
permission is granted at the border on a case-by-case basis.
Areas of Instability: A state of war resulting in deaths,
destruction, food shortages and travel disruptions affecting roads,
airports and railways make travel to all parts of Bosnia-Hercegovina
extremely hazardous. Travel to Sarajevo, Mostar and the religious
shrine at Medjugorje, is particularly dangerous.
Medical Facilities: Health facilities are minimal or non-existent;
most medicines are unobtainable. Further information on health
matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's
international Travelers hotline on (404) 332-4559.
Crime Information: General lawlessness and deteriorating economic
conditions have brought an increase in crime. Adequate police
response in the event of an emergency is doubtful. Anti-American
sentiments run high in many parts of the country, particularly in
Currency Regulations: It is impossible to use credit cards or to
cash traveler's checks.
Other Information: Roadblocks manned by local militias are
numerous. These militia groups frequently confiscate relief goods
and trucks, and may otherwise behave unprofessionally.
Registration: U.S. citizens visiting or remaining in
Bosnia-Hercegovina, despite the Warning, can register at either the
U.S. Embassy in Belgrade or in Zagreb and obtain updated information
on travel and security within the area.