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State Department: Bosnia-Hercegovina - Consular Information Sheet, June 18, 1996

Bosnia-Herzegovina - Consular Information Sheet
June 18, 1996

Warning: The Department of State warns U.S. citizens not to travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war has left landmines and unexploded ordnance throughout the country; roads, airports and railways have been bombed and are not functional. Sniping and carjacking are common. Law enforcement and civil authority have not been established in many regions. The December 1995 Dayton Peace Accords are being implemented with the NATO-led implementation force (IFOR) overseeing its military provisions. While progress in establishing a durable peace continues, the situation remains volatile.

Country Description: A cease-fire has been in effect in Bosnia and Herzegovina since October 1995. Following the December 1995 signing of the peace accords, 60,000 NATO-led troops have been deployed in Bosnia. Physical infrastructure was devastated by the war and there is no public transportation. Hotels and travel amenities are nonexistent in most regions of the country. The popular religious shrine at Medjugorje is located within Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Entry Requirements: A passport is required. Permission to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently granted at the border on a case-by-case basis.

Medical Facilities: Health facilities are minimal or non-existent; most medicines are not obtainable. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at (404) 332-4559, or on the Internet at

Crime Information: Mass demobilization of troops and poor economic conditions have brought an increase in crime. Police response in the event of an emergency is often inadequate. Anti-American sentiments run high in many parts of the country, particularly in Serb-dominated areas.

The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" provides useful information on personal security while traveling abroad. It is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.

Currency Information: It is impossible to use credit cards or to cash traveler's checks. German deutsche marks are the currency of choice.

Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens visiting or remaining in Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite the warning, can register at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo and obtain updated information on travel and security within Bosnia and Herzegovina. The U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo is located at Djure Djakovica 43, telephone number (387-71) 659-992.

No. 96-118

This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated January 29, 1996, to update the Warning, Country Description and to delete the section on Areas of Instability. Information about registration at U.S. Embassies in Zagreb and Belgrade has been deleted because routine consular services are now available in Sarajevo.

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