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State Department: Bosnia-Hercegovina - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992


Bosnia-Hercegovina - Consular Information Sheet
October 7, 1992

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.

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 Serbian-dominated areas.

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.

No. 92-009

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